University of Tasmania exercise science students recently joined forces with the Northern Rangers Soccer Club to help give an edge to pre-season training.
Students Amy-Lynne Simmons, Casey Mason and Rachel Austin, assisted by Strength and Conditioning Coach and Accredited Exercise Physiologist Michael Cheney, performed exercise tests that were valuable in understanding players’ leg strength, repeat running ability and endurance.
“Amy, Casey and Rachel were integral to the session’s success and gained valuable experience which can be used once they finish tertiary studies,” Michael said.
“The players really enjoyed the day and the professional approach the students displayed during the testing.
“The data gathered from the day will not only help with planning, but also be used as an educational tool for the players in helping them improve their individual and team games.”
Michael Cheney, who also works at the Exercise Physiology Clinic based on the Newnham Campus, said the club was very grateful for the students’ assistance.
“It was the first time the club had a day specifically set aside to perform specific exercise tests that were suitable for the game of soccer,” he said.
“As a club, the Northern Rangers are working on becoming more professional, not only to help with their player’s performance but also attract new players to the club.
“The club’s aim is to become the first choice among potential players in the Launceston area.”