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AIS Movement Science

The AIS Movement Science discipline was established on 1 July 2010 to develop an integrating approach to the observation and analysis of performance in training and competition environments. This approach draws upon the distinctiveness of disciplined Biomechanics’ insights and the emerging methodologies and theoretical insights offered by Performance Analysis and Skill Acquisition.

Members of the discipline work with AIS coaches in a range of projects that includes summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic sports, development sports and programs for young athletes in professional sports.

Biomechanics was a founding discipline of the AIS in 1981. Biomechanics is the study of forces and the effects of those forces on and within the human body. Whenever a force is applied to the body, biomechanics can analyse and interpret its cause and effect. AIS Biomechanists are involved in the observation, measurement and analysis of training and competition performance and use their expertise to support athlete development.

The refurbishment of AIS facilities has provided additional facilities for biomechanists to analyse performance. These facilities include a new multi-purpose indoor testing facility with a five-lane 100 metre indoor track.

A Performance Analysis Unit was established at the AIS in 2002 to provide a focus for the use of information and communications technology by coaches to develop athlete performance in training and competition environments. One of the key features of performance analysis is its integration of disciplined insights into learning and performance. These insights range from the 'expert' observations a coach makes to those that sports scientists, sports medicine practitioners and physical therapists provide.  

Those interested in developing the application of performance analysis in training and competition environments share the following characteristics. They:

  • make a permanent record of performance
  • observe in a systematic way
  • record and then analyse selected aspects of performance
  • provide quantitative and qualitative information.

Coaches use this process to compile objective and reliable observations of performance that can then be used to develop performance and promote learning.

The AIS Movement Science discipline has a key role to play in the Institute of Sport's quest for excellence. Its formation highlights the dynamic nature of working with coaches and athletes in technologically rich environments.

Further details on the practices of AIS Movement Science and how AIS and Australian athletes benefit from the work in this field can be found throughout this website.  Select one of the links above to learn about the various facets of AIS Movement Science.

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