Innovation, the way forward in sport
If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got, says NZ expert.
The fourth edition of the Association of Sports Institutes in Asia (ASIA) Congress continued at the Aspire Academy in full swing on Wednesday.
Several experts made detailed presentations on implementation, research and innovation of performance programmes.
Prof Stafford Murray, Head of Innovation and Research Advisory Group Chair from High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), shared insights he gathered from working with top athletes.
“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got,” he said, highlighting the importance of being up to date with what’s going on in the field.
He said that there were some key things to consider while seeking to be innovative in elite sport. One has to identify and define project application and impact measurement, targeted funding and allowing room for in-house engineering.
“At HPSNZ, we say innovation is something that solves a measurable performance issue with a new approach or product which’ll result in sustainable change for a sport, athlete or high-performance sport system,” he said.
Prof Marco Cardinale, Head of Sports Physiology & Research at Aspire Academy, showed high-profile examples of how research from the lab got transferred into sporting successes and medals.
He said there were several things in sport science that can improve performance, if done properly. It includes collecting and sharing training and competition data, interacting day-to-day and developing ‘the coach library,’ being involved in special projects and make sure to have regular debriefs.