MEET KURT VOGEL-

Accredited Sports Scientist of the Year 2016 & Accredited Sports Scientist

 

 

Who am I?

I am an Accredited Sport Scientist and have been working within the Sports Industry for nearly a decade. Whilst completing my Masters degree in Exercise Science, I worked hard to achieve other accreditation’s outside of my degree:

  • Master of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning)
  • ESSA Accredited Sport Scientist [Level 2], Accredited Exercise Scientist
  • ASCA Pro-Scheme professional Strength & Conditioning Coach [Level 2]
  • AWF Level 3 Weightlifting Coach
  • Athletics, Rowing, and StrongFeet Coach Certifications
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

 

What I do?

I have successfully worked with Commonwealth / Olympic athletes from Australia, Great Britain and Nauru, and trained amateur to elite and professional athletes across 27 different sports. I try and take on the viewpoint of the athlete by immersing myself in their sport. This means I’ve gone through a lot of pain to keep up with athletes I’ve trained. I find learning and educating the most enjoyable part of my work.

I currently work at University of Southern Queensland as a Tech Officer in Sport and Exercise Science, whilst training athletes outside of this role. I also enjoy research and am currently working with professional ballet dancers to determine whether it is viable to monitor load using inertial measuring units, similar to GPS units that they use in field sports.

 

Who are my clients?

My current clients are athletes within the sports of tennis, hockey, weightlifting, boxing, athletics, and ballet. Sessions can be purely strength sessions, where I monitor velocity-based training, or can be purely field sessions, where there are specific speeds and metres that need to be run relative to their program, however I place a large focus on motor pattern coordination to improve efficiency and kinetic chain activity of the athlete. As an example, my boxers are currently going through light boxing sessions where the boxers have one eye occluded. We also monitor reaction time pre-, during, and post session, and manipulate variables in training that can enhance this as well. Whereas with ballet, I am only monitoring data and analysing accelerometer, gyroscope, and angular patterns of the device. All of these sessions are written in a way to progressively overload the athlete whilst reducing risk of injury and optimising performance.