Over the last 8 weeks Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Wakefield College Sports Science Department have teamed up with Imperial College London.
The collaboration involved a number of the 1st team Wildcat players, Wakefield College’s England Rugby League Players and the Wakefield College Weightlifting team. Athletes were monitored using a range of fitness tests including sophisticated hormonal testing. Hormonal testing is an expensive method of testing and without the support from Imperial College London, UK Sport’s Research and Innovation programme it would not have been possible.
Head of Sport Science at the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Dr Colin Sanctuary stated, “The aim was to allow us to look in really fine detail at the physiological/psychological changes that happen to an athlete during training and competition. As a result, athletes and their coaches will be able to gain an unprecedented understanding of their performance and use this knowledge to gain a crucial competitive edge. The collaborative research will also give individuals new insights into how their bodies work under stress”
Jamie Carruthers, Course Coordinator for the Sport Performance and Coaching Foundation Degree, said, “Wakefield College is delighted to work in partnership with a range of groups; such links into Further (FE) and Higher Education (HE) are key, not only from The Wildcats perspective, but also, from a FE and HE perspective as it potentially allows students ‘real-life’ applied experiences.”
“Over the last two years the relationship between the Wakefield Wildcats and Wakefield College Sport Science Department has gone from strength to strength for example, work has been conducted and completed in relation to ‘individualised nutritional analysis’ and ‘hydration of players during training weeks throughout a season’. Hopefully, such applied work in the future will be developed and maintained.”
“The results from the project will be presented at various Sport Science Conferences and will be published in a peer reviewed journal in the near future. This work has also run alongside a collaboration exploring the mental toughness qualities of professional sportsmen, including the profile of rugby league players with Dr Adam Nicholls and Jason Firth from the University of Hull. Such ecologically valid research and work is vital if ‘our’ understanding of sport, performance and health is to be enhanced. It also shows how Wakefield Wildcats are prepared to examine and explore all aspects of performance.”
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