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Monday 30 March 2015

Catching up with Applied Sport Science student Adrian Davies

We recently caught up with Adrian Thomas Davies, a BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science student here at Southampton Solent University. We asked him about his sporting background and his experiences of the high performance academy.

How you are involved with High Performance Academy?

Sports massage and lead sport science support.

Why did you want to gain experience with our High Performance athletes?

I was interested in working with a range of athletes from different sports.

What support have you given our Talented Athletes this year?

In sport science support, we get given a specific type of test that the HPA team; Benn, Dan or James want an athlete to take part in, e.g. maximal test for a hockey player. We then research to find an applicable protocol to suit the needs of the athlete and sport and then implement the test on the Wednesday session. I also massage athletes for a couple of hours a week to build up hours for my professional diploma in soft tissue therapy and corrective exercise.

Adrian and the Sports Science team putting HPA sailor, Stephanie Orton through the Vo2 Max Test.

How has this experience helped you develop your skills set?

I have enjoyed the experience of working with a complete range of athletes from varying sports and have developed confidence in leading a team effectively.

Explain to us what your average session with an athlete would entail:

  • Par-Q (participant questionnaire) including resting blood pressure and participant information sheet filled out and recorded.
  • Mass and stature undertaken.
  • ECG electrocardiogram scan, resting heart rate and resting blood lactate taken.
  • Warm up.
  • Incremental test undertaken – Blood lactate, rate perceived-exertion, heart rate and expired gas analysed.
  • Cool down and ensure the athlete is well and talking.
  • Put results in an excel document (we created) and pass the results onto Benn, James and Dan.

How will this make your more employable?

I have gained useful practical skills 2 in using the equipment (e.g. calibration) and how to construct effective reports.

Adrian and Stephanie.

What is your sport, watched or played?

I run the 5k Parkrun every week on a Saturday in the Common. I have also got the Richmond half marathon coming up in September which I hope to get sub 90 minutes.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

Good things come to those who wait. But better things come to those who work for it.

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