Research & Development and Flex Time

When PSAA students are not participating in afternoon sports activities, they continue their learning at school, engaging in Research & Development or Flex Time.

What is Research & Development (R&D) Time?

The Parkland Student Athlete Academy is proud to partner with the University of Alberta in order to expose our students to cutting edge sport science practices. During Research & Development time, the experts at the University of Alberta Green and Gold Sport Systems present to our students on a variety of topics.

R&D topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Sports psychology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sport nutrition
  • Athlete monitoring
  • Load management
  • Gap analysis

Students are then asked to take this knowledge and apply it to their personal development by completing cross-curricular projects and assignments.

As students grow in the program, they will be asked to use the scientific method to track their progress, determine the effectiveness of various training modalities, optimize their training habits and otherwise conduct sports science experiments before communicating their findings.

What is Flex Time?

Although R&D and Flex Time may appear to be interchangeable, they differ in scope. While R&D is designed to facilitate authentic learning experiences in the realm of sport science, Flex is focused on the holistic development of the student athletes.

During Flex Time, we may explore:

  • Best practices in leadership, time management, teamwork and other concepts relevant to sport
  • Careers in sport, including physiotherapy, journalism, analytics, events management, and business 
  • Lesser-known sports and activities within the physical education curriculum that build on students' general physical literacy