Performance Analysis and Fatigue
|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, School of Health Sciences|
|Semesters Offered:||September 2013 - Standard|
|Credit Value:||10 credit points|
|Subject Enquiries:||Health Sciences & Medicine|
Telephone: +61 7 5595 4400
|Study Abroad availability:||Not currently available to Study Abroad students|
|Subject Outline:||September 2012 [ Standard ]|
The subject examines how fatigue and athlete performance are related and how decision making is compromised by fatigue. The real life situation of ¿Unexplained and Underperformance¿ is examined using macro and micro biological markers to determine if the onset and extent of fatigue can be predicted, and, with what level of certainty. The interaction of fatigue and decision-making is examined using a prolonged high intensity exercise training model. Overtraining Syndrome is examined and parallels drawn between overtraining in athletes and chronic fatigue management. Areas of sleep deprivation, alcohol consumption and air travel time on team decision-making, on and off the field under such stresses will be assessed. A time series methodology will be used to predict the point/time of poor decision making and linking that point/time to levels of fatigue and individual performances. The validity of clinical tests will be examined to determine the effectiveness of such to predict compromised decision-making. The real life situation of variation in elite performance will be examined using a ¿structure and function derivative model¿. The theoretical material will be complemented by practical, real life examples from current High Performance Managers.
Degree in Sport Science, Exercise Science or similar.
At the end of this subject, the student should:
* Understand the key ethical issues relating to both doping and detection in sport.
* Understand the key procedural (eg: Sample collection and processing) and legal issues affecting anti-doping programs(either through WADA or ASADA).
* Have knowledge of "case law" as related to doping and detection.
* Understand the biochemical/molecular basis of many of the known doping methods, including the use of EPO, growth hormone and "gene doping".
* Understand the principles underlying the use of experimental techniques applied in the area of doping detection, including RIA, HPLC, gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy.
* Know the responsibilities and duties of key personnel (eg: Athletes, Coaches, Doctors, Physiotherapists and other support staff) involved in the operation of anti-doping programs.
* Be able to demonstrated well-developed skills of communication (both written and verbal) as problem solving, either independently or as part of a team.