The High Performance Programme students attended a trip to Cardiff MET University to experience the top level facilities and expertise.
The students were split into two groups; Group A for team sport players and Group B for individual sports performers (e.g. athletics, swimming, tennis etc). The students then took part in three one hour workshops on a range of topics that included physiology, injury prevention/screening, performance analysis and sport psychology.
Jodie Richards explained what happened during the sports psychology session:
Charlotte Blewett Harris described her experience:
Group B’s first session was Injury Prevention. We did three exercises to test our functional movement; deep squats, hurdle step, and in-line lunge. For each you could get 3 marks – 0 if it was painful, and 1-3 marks depending on how well you performed the exercise.
For the deep squat, you had to hold a pole above your head, and squat down three times; you were marked on whether you kept your heels on the floor, whether your back stayed straight and facing forwards, how low you could go and whether your knees looked weak or not.
For the hurdle step, you had to hold the pole along your shoulders below your neck, and step over a hurdle, tapping the other side with you heel before bringing it back over again. This was marked on whether you could stayed balanced and straight, and whether you could lift your leg over the hurdle without twisting at your hip/knee or touching the hurdle.
The last test was in-line lunge – this was a more complexed test. Firstly, you had to measure your tibial length by kneeling down- this is the length from your ankle to the bottom of your knee. You then had to hold a pole straight down your back, and then put your other heel on the marked point, before lunging. You were marked on how balanced you were, and how straight you stayed.
It was very interesting to find out how mobile each joint we tested was, and how we could improve for our sport to prevent any injuries.