Frustrated on how to apply real sports science concepts into a training program? For this week’s Friday Five, Dr. Jared Fletcher, a Canadian sports performance scientist, separates fact from fiction and explains what works and what doesn’t.
About Dr. Jared Fletcher
Dr. Jared Fletcher is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB, Canada. There, he teaches courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and statistics. His current research interests lie in examining the energetic implications of muscle-tendon interaction during running and walking and physiological methods to optimize performance in athletes. Specifically, Dr. Fletcher is interested in how measures of heart rate variability and skeletal muscle fatigue can be used to best prescribe training intensity and duration in elite and recreational athletes.
Prior to arriving at MRU, Dr. Fletcher was a Mitacs-Accelerate postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary and a research associate at the Ward of the 21st Century (W21C) within the Cumming School of Medicine and O’Brien Institute of Public Health, also at the University of Calgary. He has also been a sport physiologist with the Canadian Para-Swimming team since 2006 and the lead sport physiologist since 2015. His work with the swim team has led to multiple Pan-American, World Championship, and Paralympic medals and several Paralympic and World Records. The practical work has also led to changes in athletes’ warm-up and cool-down procedures and modifications to training prescription and periodization.