Step 3: Scientific Research
Working with any athlete or team, a sport science practitioner must perform a needs analysis of the sport. This is to give you an understanding of the scientific underpinning of the demands that the sport brings, therefore, you can implement an appropriate program to improve performance.
This requires studying of the scientific literature, as well as understanding the individual, goals and the working environment.
It is also very important to do your own testing and research, especially in boxing as there is not much scientific literature. This can build a database that you can compare results to and tell you a lot more about the physical characteristics of boxing.
- Needs Analysis
- BS: Search for and read the scientific literature for the physical, tactical, technical and psychological demands of the sport.
- Create a testing battery
- BS: By using the needs analysis, we were able to select a range of tests to assess the physical characteristics of boxers.
- Invite boxers to test
- BS: Testing was free to competitive boxers, multiple sessions were advertised on social media and through e-mail.
- Analyse results
- BS: Paired up and analysed multiple sets of data to obtain a detailed understanding.
- Share findings
BS: Most sport scientists share findings through academic papers, but this doesn’t really appeal to the boxing community. Our results helped write articles like these.
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