This was a great experience for the students to put theory into practice when they took park in a Sports Science workshop.
The first session saw students testing reactions, speed, dynamic power and strength. The morning quickly became a competition to see who was fastest, strongest and most powerful. Ryan and Shane demonstrated great speed whilst Richard and Jack reacted quickly to the flashing lights on the Batak machine (much to Charlotte’s annoyance).
After a short break all students completed the wind gate anaerobic test, 30 seconds flat out on a bike to measure muscle power, endurance and fatigability followed by the vo2 max or maximal aerobic capacity test. Ryan was the guinea pig whilst the rest of the team recorded results.
The morning was intended to help students with assignment based work but they also had a chance to talk to the staff who work in the lab. Dan was a Strength and Conditioning Coach at PAFC and lectured at Marjons, and Jordan had completed a degree in Health Exercise and Physical Activity and was starting a PGCE at Marjons in September. Both were excellent role models and allowed students to see how the units we are studying apply to the world of work and the possible further education/job /opportunities available as a result of taking the BTEC.
An excellent morning was had by all and well done to the students for conducting themselves in a mature and sensible manner.