The field of sports is one of the most challenging. A slight let up in practice or an iota of lethargy can cost the sportsman or his team a medal or an important win.
The sheer pleasure we derive from watching football hero Ronaldo, score that stunning goal for Real Madrid becomes the hot topic in football circles for days on end. The stunning winner Nadal, scores from an absolute impossible position on the tennis court leaves his opponent doomed & his fans feverish with joy.
These top athletes & their kind, for their performance, have a lot to thank the rapidly developing field of Sports Science. Sports Science is a faculty of science that abets & aids the sporting fraternity create milestones that they crave for & sports lovers savour.
What exactly is science in sport? How far does it go in helping the sports person maintain his/her dream runs? It’s as a matter of fact a vast field and besides other things includes psychology, physiology, motor control, bio-mechanics, nutrition, diet and a heap of other means to achieve most favourable sporting excellence.
Sports Science helps athletes conquer their self-imposed mental limitations. It helps the sportsman achieve optimum physical power, much needed for peak performance. It lends a hand to rid them of the jangling nerves & smothers the butterflies that emerge from nowhere in the playing fields.
Performance against odds is the ultimate challenge for the sportsman. Surpassing oneself is the key to being the world’s best in sports. It is the biggest drive for the athlete. Sports Science helps the performer bring out his best at the right moment.
It is the beat that helps a football champion like David Beckham put it all together with his banana free kicks that crash into the back of most goal posts.
Besides supplementing the mental strength of the sportsman, Sports Science also benefits us in our everyday lives. For eg it has been of great assistance in cutting down the time we take in recovering from our everyday injuries. Injuries that not so long ago took us days to recuperate from can now be treated in a much shorter time, thanks to advancement in Sports Science. It also influences what we wear, eat and adorn our feet with.
Whichever way you look at it Sports Science is here to stay & be a part of our lives
How about heading that dusty football in your attic or better getting that MBA in football management?
About the Author
Rohit Kulkarni is a faculty at AKFDC (Bharati vidyapeeth), a premier educational institute dedicated towards education, development and training of sports industry professionals in India.