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Administering a needs assessment can provide a great deal of information about an athlete?s strengths and weaknesses, providing a basis for future development. MST can broadly be defined as a variety of techniques which are used to develop the psychological determinants which contribute to an athlete performing well (Thelwell, Greenlees, and Weston, 2006).A MST programme can be described as a combination of techniques, which are strategically selected to target the weaknesses of a performer. Gordin and Reardon (1995) suggest programmes are a structured to achieve progress quickly, as contemporary athletes are under high levels of pressure to perform, the ability to detect and remove any potential weaknesses is considerably important.
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Methodically, the following essay adopts a predominantly qualitative stand-point as it seeks to develop in-depth evaluations of key areas; however, it also draws on certain statistical premise which can be considered a quantitative practice in itself (Bergsgard 2007; Gratton and Veale 2011). Finally, a conclusion is drawn which indicates that the value of comparative policy analysis lies in its ability to take cross-national perspectives and determine what constitutes an effective practice. Broadly, policy can be defined as a collection of principles which are in place to help guide a rational outcome (Blakemore and Warwick-Booth, 2013).
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Appraisal of the Physiological Underpinnings and Testing Requirement for a Semi-Professional Football Player
The following paragraphs further explore, the nature of the defensive position and specific attributes, considered crucial to performance within it. It should be noted, that there are considerable differences in the nature of the activities which are performed across the different positions on the pitch (Bloomfield et al., 2005). When looking at defenders, it has been shown that they perform the highest amount of jogging, skipping and shuffling movements, as well as undertaking a considerable amount of physical duels (Bloomfield, Polman, and O?Donoghue, 2007; Dellal et al., 2011).
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Introduction The skeletal system is continuously involved in a remodelling process, which involves the formation and resorption of bone (Courtney et al., 1994). This process is made possible by multicellular units, which aid in the production and removal of bone tissue (Francis, 2007). Osteoclast cells carry enzymes that penetrate the bone and erode segments of trabecular matter, whilst osteoblast cell aid in the remineralisation and formation of new bone mass (Frost, 1966). Osteoporosis occurs when regulated bone accretion is compromised and the structural integrity of the bone is reduced (Aaron, 1975).
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