Introduction to Sports Science and Sports Medicine
Sports Science and Sports Medicine ensure athletes are in the best possible shape to win medals at major events
Getting the best performance from an athlete involves more than just having a talented swimmer, a great coach and a sound training regime.
Sometimes it involves having a better knowledge and understanding of that athlete, their training process or even medical considerations when swimming. This is where sports science can help.
British Swimming's Sports Science
Athletes who are part of the World Class Swimming Programme have access to Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) support. Fundamentally it is built around providing access and support to the best performed swimmers. Access and support is tiered and is based on British Swimming and UK Sport’s funding and placement of swimmers within the World Class Swimming Programme (WCSP).
SSSM services are provided by staff located at the National Centres for Swimming in Bath and Loughborough. This includes technical lead, performance scientists, performance nutritionist, psychologist, physiotherapists, performance life style, strength and conditioning, soft-tissue and medical staff. Whils these staff are primarily based at a National Centre they provide support to all athletes on the World Class Swimming Progamme.
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