Crewe Alexandra’s FC first team and under 18s recently visited the sport and exercise physiology laboratories at Staffordshire University as part of their pre-season preparations for the 2017-18 season. The ‘Railwaymen’ completed a series of physiological tests led by our sport and exercise science and strength and conditioning students.
Undergraduate students across all three levels of study were responsible for conducting fitness tests which comprised of measuring players’ body composition, muscular power, muscular strength, and aerobic capacity. The test results provided baseline data to establish players’ fitness having just started their pre-season schedules. With repeat testing likely to occur later on in the season to monitor changes in players’ fitness levels these baseline results support the clubs backroom staff to tailor their training programmes for the appropriate demands of each individual player.
Supervising students throughout this activity was sport and exercise technician, Dr Dean Burt who said, “the experience had provided students with a real insight into the physiology of football. The students who conducted the tests were fantastic and were able to put the skills learnt during their exercise physiology laboratory practicals into real world scenarios working with a group of professional athletes. It is experiences like these that you cannot learn in the classroom, they are vital for student development and their long-term career aspirations, and are part of the reason why Staffordshire University graduates are among the most employable in the UK ”.
We would like to thank Crewe Alexandra for visiting the sport and exercise physiology laboratories. We hope that this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with the football club and wish them all the very best for the season ahead.
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