Support Services and Facilities
The school works closely with a variety of experts to ensure that sports pupils remain fit and healthy to perform at the highest levels in their sport.
All pupils on entry to the School of Sport will have a full medical. During their time at the Glasgow School of Sport pupils may become injured and expert advice on diagnosis and treatment is sought. The School of Sport works closely with the National Stadium Sports Medicine Centre at Hampden Park to ensure that it can be both proactive and reactive to pupils needs.
Parents of pupils are a vital part of the support structure and throughout the year the School of Sport will hold information evenings on topics such as Lifestyle Management, Nutrition and Sport Psychology bringing together sports pupils, parents and experts.
It is important that young people in a high performance sports programme have sufficient rest and do not over-train. The School of Sport works closely with other key service providers such as the West Area Institute of Sport and the National Governing Bodies of Sport to monitor and adjust training and competition programmes where necessary to ensure that athletes included in several performance squads do not over-train.
Balancing sport with academic studies is vital, however it is also important that there is time to socialise with friends and family. Time management and setting clear goals is the key and the School of Sport staff, with support from Bellahouston Academy teachers and other experts such as the School of Sport’s Sport Psychologist work as a team to provide information and develop pupil skills in achieving a balanced lifestyle.
The School of Sports Fitness Testing and Monitoring programme is designed to measure a pupil’s fitness level at key times throughout the year. The tests are specific to each sport and up to date test results are provided for the coaching team enabling individual training programmes to be adjusted where necessary.
Eating correctly is vital and the School of Sport employs a sports nutritionist to work with the sports pupils. Nutrition Diaries are issued to pupils to monitor their eating habits and advice is given on food appropriate to their sport. Practical cooking classes are organized in conjunction with Bellahouston Academy Home Economics Department and visits have been organized to the local supermarket with advice on understanding food labels and selecting healthy, nutritious food.
The Glasgow School of Sport has a series of Nutrition Fact Sheets that are tailored to meet the needs of athletes. These include Fact Sheet 1 (171k) - Packed lunches for athletes, Fact Sheet 2 (36k) - Focus on Fuel and Fact Sheet 3 (51k) - Sport Travel Planner.
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