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Rights: The University of Waikato
Published 21 June 2007
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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.

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SIMON PEARSON
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.