Sports technology is a rapidly growing market with many of the top international sports technology companies having their headquarters in Ireland (Stats Sport, Kitman Labs, Orreco, STAT, Performa Sport). Currently, academic institutes develop sports graduates with skills to use lab-based technology and analyse data in academic settings to meet academic and publication demands. In contrast, professional sports teams employ skilled data scientists, sports scientists and GPS technicians to manage the data they gather and analyse to manage the development of their athletes. Knowledge and experience working with technology and proficiency in practical sports data analysis for information coach selection, injury risk identification and training programme effectiveness is an essential requirement for sports science graduates hoping to gain employment within professional sports or governing body settings. Currently, qualification in performance analysis is only available at MSc level in Ireland, The projections listed are in line with the expanding sports technology market in Ireland.
This is a full-time course delivered efficiently over 2-3 days per week for 3 academic years. The academic year runs from October – June over 2 semesters.
BSc (Hons) level 8 degree in Sports Performance Analysis
Entry to this course is by direct application with an offer of acceptance on the programme issued following an interview. Students will be registered as an undergraduate degree student with London Metropolitan University.
Career opportunities & progression
The purpose of the programme is to equip students with the practical analytical skills needed to work within sports technology companies and software providers or in practical Professional Sports settings either in Ireland, Europe, USA or Australia.
Course content modules
- Human Anatomy & Biomechanics
- Physiology & Training Principles
- Applied Analysis in Team & Individual Sports
- Applied Principles of Strength & Conditioning
- Sports Science Research Methods
- Sports Performance Analysis
- Work Placement
- Advanced Performance Analytics
On completing the course the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of practical skills relating to work as sports performance analyst.
- Critically evaluate the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education
- Propose appropriate methodologies for a variety of measurements in sport and exercise science and performance.
- Facilitate the enhancement of sport performance through effective analysis
The principal aim is to educate students, from a wide variety of backgrounds, to their full potential at graduate level. The development of potential is viewed as comprising both subject-specific knowledge, as well as a range of transferable skills. The course is designed for those students considering entering employment in sports technology or professional performance sports science. Students study a range of modules considering data analysis alongside the main sports science disciplines. Successful graduates will receive opportunities to complete internships with sports technology companies and professional sports governing bodies. Excellent links with sports technology companies and performance sport domains allow all students to experience a practical-based placement as part of their course.