MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013

Athletic Performance Engineering

Dave Clarke, Postdoctoral research associate

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Limited to 50 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

This course covers state-of-the-art scientific principles and tools for optimizing training for athletic performance. The course will feature four half-day segments that cover the following topics: 1) Principles of exercise physiology and training program design, 2) Computer models for optimizing training and racing strategies and 3) Guest lectures (tentatively on bicycling biomechanics and marathon pacing).

While the course is geared towards endurance sports performance (e.g., running, cycling, swimming, triathlon, etc.) the principles apply to other sports as well.

No formal sign-up is required but please email me beforehand to inform me of your intention to attend any of the sessions.


Sponsor(s): Biological Engineering
Contact: David Clarke, 16-463, 617 324-5671, CLARKEDC@MIT.EDU

Guest lectures (tentative)

Jan/18 Fri 09:00AM-12:00PM 56-154

We have tentatively scheduled guest lectures on aspects of bicycling science and on marathon pacing.

Dave Clarke - Postdoctoral research associate

Principles of training

Jan/18 Fri 01:30PM-04:30PM 56-154

This session focuses on the principles of training planning. We will cover basic exercise physiology, workout design, periodization/long-term planning and example case studies.

Dave Clarke - Postdoctoral research associate

Quantitative optimization of training

Jan/19 Sat 09:30AM-12:30PM 56-154

We will present the critical power and impulse-response models and their implementation for optimizing training programs.

Dave Clarke - Postdoctoral research associate

Guest lectures (tentative)

Jan/19 Sat 01:30PM-04:00PM 56-154

Session Description TBD

Dave Clarke - Postdoctoral research associate