Divers use performance-scientists in order to be the best competitors they can be. This means (in addition to working with an excellent technical coach) they aim to maximise their possible number of training days, enhance the quality of training and competition and develop their emotional skills to increase the chance of them being able to produce their best performance when it counts the most.
Divers enhance their week’s work with their coach by accessing a range of service in sports-medicine (provided by a doctor, physiotherapist and soft-tissue therapist), strength and conditioning (including acrobatic preparation), psychology, nutrition, biomechanics and performance lifestyle.
Strength and Conditioning
Strength is very important for a diver – but raw force production is of limited use. Diving is an acrobatic and aesthetic sport; an athlete needs to be strong enough to produce rotation (harder for a heavier, bulkier body) and do it beautifully.
Fuelling and recovery – a diver expends a great deal of energy during training, and puts stress on the structures in the body. Effective fuelling and recovery allows the diver to be properly energised through training, and to recover optimally before the next training load.
Diving is a repetitive acrobatic sport and athletes need to be able to produce force to make enough height and rotation to produce up to four-and-a-half somersaults or twists. They also need to remain healthy from day to day to maximise the volume and impact of their training.