Performance optimisation

High-level performance today requires athletes to develop within a highly competitive and demanding environment, in extremely uncertain and sometimes suboptimal conditions. The social, psychological and physiological demands can be extremely stressful for athletes and are likely to significantly reduce their performance levels. If they continue for an extended period, these stressful situations can affect athletes’ capabilities by altering their decision-making processes for instance. To maximise their chances of success under these conditions, athletes need to mobilise and train their ability to adapt.

The research work carried out proposes to meet two main goals with a view to optimising training methods:

  • Understanding the adaptive processes and the strategies put in place by athletes and their support teams in stressful situations in order to then assess how performance is affected by stress management training programmes;
  • Analysing the different levels that structure the generation of movements, from motor control to information perception and the performance of actions to optimise their execution.

The teams from INSEP’s research laboratories are working to put in place innovative training protocols based on the combination of environmental stresses, such as heat or hypoxia, while working on the nature of the muscle-tendon interactions involved in sports movements.