HBKU college considers an objective method to monitor sports training

The College of Health and Life Sciences (CHLS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) presented a lecture by influential researcher from the University of South Australia, Professor Jon Buckley, highlighting the using heart rate kinetics to monitor the physical performance of athletes.
Professor Buckley, Dean of Programs at the University of South Australia’s Allied Health and Human Performance Academic Unit, conducted a study with the aim of developing an objective method of assessing fatigue and recovery in athletes during changes in training load. Noting that recovery after sports training and performance competition is complex and involves many factors, the findings could inform a precision approach to training adjustments to optimize performance and reduce the risk of overtraining and injury.
Dr Hend Mansoor, Assistant Professor at CHLS, said: “We are delighted to give our students and faculty the opportunity to benefit from Professor Buckley’s widely respected expertise and foster such research relationships. We have gained a better understanding of his study and its potential to have a real impact on physical performance. His speech aligned with the orientation of our exercise science program at CHLS, which aims to develop knowledge about the relationships between physical activity and physical fitness, towards preventive health care.
Heart rate kinetics are faster in well-trained athletes at the start of exercise, indicating their sensitivity to training status. Professor Buckley explained how a maximum increase in heart rate at the start of light exercise can help track improvements in physical performance as athletes recover and also to assess this increase in heart rate across multiple sports and for male and female athletes. The conference ended with a broader discussion with participants from the international scientific community, CHLS professors and graduate students of the Master of Science in Exercise Science, a joint program between CHLS and the Arnold School of Public Health. from the University of South Carolina.

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