Sports-science Roundtable: Does Sports-Science Research Influence Practice?

Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2006 Jun;1(2):161-8. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.1.2.161.

Abstract

As sports scientists, we claim to make a significant contribution to the body of knowledge that influences athletic practice and performance. Is this the reality? At the inaugural congress of the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science, a panel of well-credentialed academic experts with experience in the applied environment debated the question, Does sports-science research influence practice? The first task was to define "sports-science research," and it was generally agreed that it is concerned with providing evidence that improves sports performance. When practices are equally effective, sports scientists also have a role in identifying practices that are safer, more time efficient, and more enjoyable. There were varying views on the need for sports-science research to be immediately relevant to coaches or athletes. Most agreed on the importance of communicating the results of sports-science research, not only to the academic community but also to coaches and athletes, and the need to encourage both short- and long-term research. The panelists then listed examples of sports-science research that they believe have influenced practice, as well as strategies to ensure that sports-science research better influences practice.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Sports / physiology*
  • Sports Medicine*
  • Task Performance and Analysis