About the Sports Science Committee

The UK Deaf Sport Sports Science Committee (SSC) was established in October 2011 and consists of sport scientists, university academics and medical experts working together to establish performance-enhancing sports science support for deaf athletes in the UK.

Barriers and lack of performance knowledge are currently encountered by deaf athletes and this has restricted their effective sporting progression to elite sport.

The SSC was formed to provide national leadership, advice and guidance for all National Deaf Sport Organisations and NGBs for their future work by establishing sports science support infrastructure, processes, procedures and systems to help deaf athletes achieve world-class performance standards.

The UKDS SSC has produced these guides for reference:

Performance and physiology articles

Fitness testing heart

Fitness testing

Recovery methods

Recovery methods



Training aerobic capacity

Training aerobic capacity

warming up

Warming up

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Youth resistance training

Sports injury articles


Ankle sprains


Knee sprains

soft tissues

Soft tissue knee injuries

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Wrist sprains