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People love watching sport, people love playing sport but some people also love the science of sport. Have you ever wondered just how much science and technology goes into training the athletes we all love to watch? How can clubs make their players fit and strong to maximize chances of success? What's better; cutting edge AI or a 'old school' coaching approach? Come along , have a pint and hear Leeds' sport scientists display their work.
Could you train a rugby player? How tech is used to prepare players for battle.
Dr Daniel Weaving (Lecturer in Sports Performance at Leeds Beckett and 1st Team Sport Scientist at Leeds Rhinos )
Everybody knows that professional rugby league players are subjected to brutal running and collision events during training and matches. However, during the most demanding passages of competition, just how tough do they become? To try understand this question, sports scientists are turning evermore to wearable technology combined with advanced data analysis and artificial intelligence. In this talk I will discuss how these developments in science and technology can complement more traditional coaching methods to optimise performance, and ultimately, prepare players for battle.
Feeding a Growing & Developing Rhino
Nessan Costello (PhD Student & Lecturer Leeds Beckett University and 1st Team Nutritionist at LUFC)
Rugby is a rigorous sport, where athletes’ bodies are pushed to their limits. In collisions, for short intense periods athletes experience G forces similar to pilots in the red bull air race. These stresses result in considerable muscle damage, which can lead to implications both in individual performance, and also human health. Our body’s ability to maintain, recover and grow is hugely affected by the fuel we consume. In this talk I will discuss how we maximise recovery of youth rugby league players through nutrition, and how it can be used to grow and develop a young Leeds Rhino.