While many athletes focus on the neuromuscular component of Sports Performance, the actual physical frame of an athlete also plays a role. For example, rugby forwards are expected to be a substantial build. Without a large build, an athlete can only compete in position that require speed and agility. Similarly, an athlete that is too small will be unable to compete in distance running or high jump events. Eventually, these athletes will be limited to recreational activity.
Recent advances in science have helped scientists better understand the mechanics of athletes’ performance. Advanced statistical modeling, new analytical frameworks, and GPS tracking have all revolutionised how sport performance is measured. The analysis also allows coaches to monitor progress and identify changes in technique and performance during training and rehabilitation. Athletes can also be rated according to their effectiveness relative to a predetermined expected outcome. For example, a football coach might expect a certain passing completion rate and winger speed from their wingers.
Many athletes also participate in sports performance training to improve their overall athleticism and prepare for a particular sport. Performance training involves a variety of exercises designed to enhance specific areas of athleticism. A good trainer will carefully assess the current athletic ability of each athlete and develop a custom plan to suit their needs and limitations. Athletes may also benefit from mental training. Sports Performance training enhances mind-body coordination, which is critical in all sports.