Training plays a vital part in optimising athletic performance. It must be of adequate volume and high enough quality to not only improve performance, but also to keep the athlete injury free. Over the past few years, scientific research has tried to better understand the relationship between training load and injury.
It is exciting times for the Western Sydney Academy of Sport as they welcome their Official Vocational Education Partner BCA National.
As a highly regarded registered training organisation and consulting company, BCA National offer quality vocational education in a number of areas. Of particular interest to the Academy is BCA National’s focus on providing educational opportunities for aspiring, current and former athletes – through participation in their Sport Development Diploma that is being rolled out in western Sydney.
On 21 October the 2017/18 athletes gathered at Western Sydney University’s Kingswood Campus for the annual Athlete Induction Day. New and returning athletes gathered in the morning ready for a day full of information, preparation and learning.
Basketball NSW is the principal program partner in the inaugural Western Sydney Academy of Sport’s basketball program. Both the Academy and Basketball NSW have worked collaboratively to develop and implement the 2017/18 program. The program is designed to replicate Basketball NSW’s Developing Athlete Program (DAP) with the added value of education components.
Josh Gadd is not your typical year 12 student studying for his HSC. On top of the stress of upcoming exams, Josh puts a lot of hours into training and practicing his golf! Training that has paid off once again.
Sports strapping (or taping) is extremely common in the sporting world and the everyday clinic. Very rarely will you attend a sports match and not see someone running around with one part or another strapped up. In fact, most competitive sports teams allocate time before each training session and game purely to allow their athletes to be strapped!
Each year at the Academy’s annual Athlete Dinner & Awards Night our Major Scholarship Partner, Woolworths present the highest achieving male and female athlete from the program year with a generous scholarship to utilise on sporting costs and equipment with an added component that goes towards education expenses.
On Tuesday 19 September, two long-standing athletes Joshua Gadd and Lauren Woods made their way to NSW Parliament House for a leadership forum followed by a parliamentary reception. The leadership forum saw special guest speakers including Nathan Hindmarsh (NRL Ambassador), Anne Fitzgerald (ClubsNSW) and Samantha Poolman (Giants Netball). These special guests spoke to athletes on what it takes to become a good leader and how they made it to where they are today.
When you need to see a physio, a lot of people pick a physio based on word-of-mouth recommendations or whoever Google tells you is closest. As some of you may know, this can be a bit hit and miss.
On Friday 8 September Castle Hill RSL Club played host to the Academy’s athletes, athlete families and VIP guests for the 13th Annual Athlete Dinner & Awards Night. With special guest speakers Kristina Brice, Julie Fitzgerald and Briony Akle.