Sports Science Program Puts Pitt Students at Forefront of Developing Field

By: Courtney Caprara

In today’s connected world, sports teams are combining science and technology to enhance their athletic performance with data. Monitoring equipment that was previously available only in research laboratories and to professional teams is now more accessible, allowing athletic organizations of all levels to use sports science to their advantage.

The new sports science master’s program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), one of only a few programs in the country dedicated specifically to this growing field, will prepare students in one year to begin a career in sports science, including an internship with a local collegiate or professional sports team.

“Sports science can include anything from heart-rate monitoring to tracking players on the field using GPS technology to analyzing performance data to determine when an athlete is back to full health after an injury,” said program director Dr. Matthew Darnell, an assistant professor in the SHRS Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition. “Every team approaches data differently based on its needs, but with the common goal of training in a smarter, more efficient manner and preventing injuries. Our future students will provide additional resources to the teams they work with, using their skills to help the organizations glean more from the sports science data they are collecting.”

For additional information about the sports science program, visit the SHRS website. The program is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 semester through March 2019.

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