Sport students took a break from their scheduled learning recently to meet one of the world’s leading sport scientists.
Naomi Datson, HE Lecturer and Head Sport Scientist for the Northern Ireland F.A, visited the Year 2 students to deliver two sessions, one classroom based and one practical, to two groups in the morning and afternoon. Naomi has a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University and has previously worked for the English F.A. for 10 years as the Women’s team Head Sport Scientist. She also worked as a Physiologist with the Australian Institute of Sport, gaining one of only two available international posts within this prestigious organisation.
Students were completely inspired and mesmerised by her talk as she gave a ‘Day in the Life’ insight into her role, as well as a sports coding MacBook workshop focusing on data and performance analysis. Students also undertook a GPS practical and review session to gather movement data, and conduct performance analysis.
Sport studies Tutor, Jodie Jones, commented, “Today’s visit from one of the country’s leading figures in sport science provided a rare behind the scenes insight into the world of sport. Students could also witness first-hand how the knowledge from their course directly links to the world of employment in sport science, focusing on wide-ranging skills and roles linked to data analysis, performance management, nutrition, recovery and psychological support for elite players. The students were enthralled by the sessions and I think many will be contemplating careers in a field they may not have previously considered.”