EXPERT ASSISTANCE FOR BAFANA BAFANA FROM UKZN’S DISCIPLINE OF SPORTS SCIENCE
Postgraduate students at UKZN’s Discipline of Sports Science under the supervision of Professor Andrew McKune, an Exercise Physiologist and Dr Terry Ellapen, the Head of the Biokinetics Laboratory, will offer their expertise to South Africa’s national soccer team, Bafana Bafana during the forthcoming Fifa 2010 World Cup in June.
An Exercise Testing Team, comprising Honours and Masters students within the discipline together with the two academics are expected to carry out performance exercise testing on Bafana Bafana while they attend training camps in Durban in the run up to the sporting event. Players will be tested for strength, endurance and recovery capacity, flexibility, speed, power, balance and core strength to determine their strengths and weaknesses and establish if they have accomplished the fitness goals drawn up by their Strength and Conditioning Specialist (SCS). Services rendered by the Discipline will serve as a guide to the SCS who in turn will modify each player’s training regimen to ensure that they maintain high fitness levels throughout the soccer spectacle.