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    Rights: The University of Waikato
    Published 21 June 2007 Referencing Hub media

    Simon Pearson from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) justifies his choice of sports science. He identifies the important subjects for this career and how his research can make a difference to an athlete’s performance.


    What I really like about sports science is, is being able to help the athletes, you know, knowing that you’ve done something and made a difference to the way they’re performing. So it might only be a very small difference, but when you’re talking kind of elite sports level, you only need a very small difference between winning and losing. So it’s just that, being able to work in an industry I really enjoy. I got into sports science essentially because I finished school, I was trying to think what to do and I've always really enjoyed sports so you know, I wanted to do something that I was passionate about. In terms of what I did at school before that, we did have sports science at the high school I was at, and that was I mean, a lot of me even considering going down that path. Also I did subjects like biology which were useful. Not having studied physics in particular and also calculus it did make bio-mechanics when I got to undergrad, it did make that harder.