Experts within the local sporting fraternity believe a thorough application of sports science is vital in the development of sport in Zimbabwe.
Sports Science expert, Dr Nicholas Munyonga who is the chairman of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committeeâ€™s Medical Commission, believes the countryâ€™s ability to emulate other nations that have fully embraced sports science is key in the development of Zimbabwean sport.
â€œYou cannot talk of sport development without sports science. We are in a position from a scientific point of view to predict the growth of an athlete by various measurements such that when you identify these athletes you are in a position to determine which athlete will be suitable for the sprints or long distances.
â€œIn football you can be able to determine who can be a good midfielder, striker, defender all because of these scientific studies that we talk about,â€ said Dr Munyonga.
Zimbabwe Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Mutoya echoed Dr Munyongaâ€™s sentiments, indicating the significance of sports science in talent identification.
â€œThe problem has been that we have been carrying out talent identification using the naked eye, yet this should not be the case especially with the presence of sports science which should help in ensuring athletes of the right caliber should be identified for the correct sporting discipline,â€ said he said.
Sports Science has over the years grown into a fundamental field that has been adopted by most countries in Europe in a bid to achieve the best results in sport.
The scientific study of sport focuses on the application of scientific principles and techniques with the aim of improving sporting performance.
Through the study of science and sport, researchers have developed a greater understanding on how the human body reacts to exercise, training, different environments and many other stimuli.
Sports science is a diverse field which incorporates fundamental areas such as physiology, psychology, motor control and biomechanics.