AECC University College Become Official Sport Science Partner of Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team

AECC University College are thrilled to announce their latest partnership with military charity, Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team (AFPST), as their Official Sport Science Partner. 

During 2018, the institutions Sport and Exercise Scientist and Lecturer in Exercise Science, Phill Heritage, has been working closely with AFPST, providing sport science testing and analysis. The AFPTS works as a charitable organisation which enables the acceleration of recovery of wounded, injured or sick military personnel and veterans through the medium of performance alpine skiing, snowboarding and Nordic/biathlon, providing a winter sports focus for disabled athletes to regain their spirit of challenge and competition.

The team have already been utilising the AECC University College Sport Performance Centre facility, gaining insights into muscle activity and strength patterns to assist their performance. This work will also help them prepare for the World Cup season in December, with an aim to reach the Paralympic Games. Phill has been with the team in the snow tunnel in Oberhof, Germany, monitoring their hydration status and sweat rates around training, conducting skills audits with the athletes and the teams head coach, and helping to develop new athlete monitoring and assessment protocols. 

Students of AECC University College will also benefit from this partnership with dedicated intern support through rehabilitation sessions and assistance with data analysis. We look forward to working with AFPST and continuing to support them in their crucial work in supporting our veterans.

For those interested in sport performance and wishing to develop a deeper understanding of how to improve your training outcomes and competitive performance, Phill Heritage will be presenting the final event in our free Expert Talk Series. Titled 'The Science of 'Fitness': The Physiology of Fitness and How to Train for Optimum Performance", the talk will address the common mistakes people make with reference to performance physiology, how different sporting requirements vary training needs and will provide an insight into simple methods that can be used to significantly enhance your performance. If you're an athlete, coach, trainer or teacher, or even if you're simply trying to be more active, this talk is for you.

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