Sport Research Solutions
Using the technology within the Exercise and Sport Science Laboratory in Lower Ganfield, the CUSPI regularly assesses the performances of Carroll University student-athletes as part of a long-term athlete monitoring program. While the information collected during monitoring sessions are used to provide feedback for coaches and athletes, it also allows the CUSPI staff to provide further long-term insight about the alterations among athletes at all levels of maturity, ability, and experience. Despite being incredibly valuable information, very little exists among collegiate athletes, especially at the Division III level. Another benefit of long-term athlete monitoring is the ability to conduct a four-year athlete monitoring study (freshman to senior) to help provide a greater understanding of the intercollegiate sport experience at the Division III level. These data would provide invaluable information for sport coaches as well as the health and medical community. Furthermore, it would help establish a database of normative performance values that currently does not exist. This type of research may be viewed as “hypothesis-generating” or “discovery research,” which could result in experimental hypothesis-testing research designs.
Additional sport science research may use hypothesis-testing designs to answer specific questions that may unfold from the athlete monitoring program or from interactions between the sport scientists and coaches. Examples of such studies may include investigating:
- The relationship between specific fitness characteristics (e.g. strength, power, flexibility, etc.) and sport performance.
- Differences between different resistance training methods and their effects on short- and long-term strength-power or endurance performance adaptations.
- Nutritional interventions with various supplements or nutrient timing.
- Exercise technique alterations or mechanical ergogenic aids.