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National Accreditation Schemes: Australian Sport

On 19 December, the Australian Sports Commission announced national accreditation schemes for sport scientists and strength and conditioning coaches. The Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport will work in partnership with Exercise & Sports Science Australia and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association "to apply the high standards of accreditation to Australian sporting organisations over the next 12 months". The announcement confirmed that, as a condition of the Australian Sports Commission’s sport investment agreements, all sport science and strength and conditioning staff working with national sporting organisations will be required to have the relevant accreditation with Exercise &...

Sticking Together

Introduction I have been thinking about a collective noun I use a great deal, a 'community of performance analysts'. I tend to refer to 'a community of practice' too. Whenever I do so I am mindful of the contribution Etienne Wenger, Nancy White and John Smith (2009) have made to understanding communities, their practice and their stewardship in a digital age. I enjoyed reading Bill Johnston's (2013) discussion of attributes of thriving communities and noted that in response to a comment about his post he added "value exchange is at the heart of the strategy… and that done properly, communities can actually...

Accreditation

Introduction I saw this alert five days ago https://twitter.com/VisualPA/status/453822961703976960 I went to Charlie's blog post on the Visual Performance Analysis site and tried to comment on a delightful, challenging post. At that time, the site thought I was a Spambot. I am not but I missed the opportunity to support and reply to Charlie immediately. I applaud Charlie's willingness to address the accreditation issues head on. In the intervening time Jason Lear and Rob Carroll have responded in detail. My post is a contribution to the discussion. I am really pleased Charlie has shared the findings of his investigation into performance analysis. His post notes...

Sharing Sport Science and Sport Medicine Principles

The Australian Institute of Sport has proposed principles for sport science and sport medicine as "a practical guide to assist boards and senior management of sporting organisations in performing their oversight function" in relation to Sport Science and Sport Medicine practices. (Official announcement here.) There is an introductory video: http://youtu.be/cS6UTPBF-9k The principles cover five key areas: Staff integrity and capability (the qualifications of sports science and medicine staff and their adherence to a code of conduct) Sport Science and Sport Medicine policy framework (a regularly reviewed supplements policy, medication policy and injection policy) Education (of coaches, athletes and staff in relation to Sport Science and...