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Sports Scientist

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Sports Scientist
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€18 - 52
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Entrants: 18 - 34
Experienced: 34 - 52
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Work with clients to improve their sporting performance and general health using their knowledge of areas such as physiology, biomechanics and psychology.


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Sports scientists study, research and advise on the scientific factors influencing sport and exercise. They have a knowledge of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. They are able to give specialist advice (based on research) on improving individual or team performance and capability.  
 
In order to help their clients to meet their goals, sports scientists design and administer appropriate methods of assessment. After compiling and interpreting results of this assessment, they design a training programme. This could be of a technical, physiological or psychological nature. For instance, psychological preparation, movement analysis or dietary considerations.  
 
Sports scientists who work in sports medicine centres provide advice on sport injury treatments and prevention, nutrition and conditioning.  
 
Sports scientists sometimes work as fitness consultants in a gymnasium, sports or fitness club, where they assess individuals' levels of fitness and devise suitable exercise programmes for them.  
 
Some sports scientists also teach or coach particular sports (in which they hold coaching qualifications) on a part-time basis; others become full-time physical education teachers in schools or managers of sports, leisure and recreation centres.


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Sports science has a major emphasis on biomechanics, psychology, physiology and research methods, including statistics. You will need a strong scientific background in addition to a reasonable level of sporting ability. Good communication skills are essential; you may need to explain things clearly to people from non-scientific backgrounds. You will also need to be patient and encouraging with all clients.


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Organisation: Irish Sports Council
Address: Top Floor, Block A, Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Tel: (01) 8608800
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