A Sport Scientist works with athletes to improve their physical performance. They collect and analyse a broad range of data to determine an athlete’s current levels and training intensity.

Tests carried out may include hydration checks, ready-to-train checks, heart rate monitoring, nutrition examination, GPS tracking, sleep analysis and regular fitness assessments. From these, a Sport Scientist can determine whether an athlete is working at the right intensity or overtraining. They liaise with the coaching staff to manage the athletes’ training load, provide regular reports and ensure athletes are in peak physical condition for matches.


As science discovers more about the human body, best practice in sports science evolves. A Sport Scientist needs to keep updated with the latest industry trends to make certain they’re giving their athletes the best support possible.


An undergraduate degree in Sport Science is essential while a Masters degree is becoming a common requirement. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation is advantageous.


Several years’ worth of sport science experience is desirable. Work experience and internships play a key role. Applicants should have worked with equipment such as heart rate monitors and GPS tracking systems, be comfortable devising and monitoring plans and attended CPD events.


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