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ACC SPORTSMART NINE
PRINCIPLES

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Performing well in sport and enjoying an active lifestyle requires preparation. There are a number of factors to consider. ACC SportSmart covers nine key principles that will help you get the most out of your game.

To learn about the 9 principles and how you can use them, read the SportSmart reference resource (PDF 2.71M)

  1. PLAYER PROFILE

    Player profiling pinpoints strengths and weaknesses. It allows coaches to design their strategies around players’ skills and abilities.

  2. PHYSICAL CONDITIONING

    Prepares the athlete’s body for sport and enhances performance.  This includes warm up, cool down, flexibility, strength, endurance and power. 

  3. PSYCHOLOGY

    Athlete psychology involves preparing the mind for sport and physical activity. Mentally prepared athletes think clearly and play smarter.

  4. SKILL AND TECHNIQUE

    Developing a player’s skill and technique allows them to compete and enjoy their sport.

  5. FOOD AND FLUID

    Players need to eat and drink right to play right. Use food and drink to maintain high energy levels and stay hydrated.

  6. PLAYER WEAR

    Use the right gear for your type of sport. Consider sports requirements and game rules when planning player kits.

  7. ATHLETE ENVIRONMENT

    Athletes need a safe and fair environment when they do sport or physical activity. This includes weather, surfaces, equipment, fair play and behaviour.  

  8. INJURIES

    Identify, assess and report injuries early. This helps reduce the risk of injuries so that players’ performance can be maintained and improved.

  9. TARGET POPULATIONS

    Consider the needs of special populations, eg the disabled, child adolescent or ageing athletes, to help improve their performance and reduce their injury risk.