The School of Exercise Science conducts focused research in sports science, injury prevention, physical activity and participation, elite athlete preparation, and the clinical applications of exercise in health, chronic disease and rehabilitation.
The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours) or the Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science (Honours) are one-year full-time or equivalent part-time degrees for students who have already completed a relevant bachelor degree. There are opportunities across our Brisbane, Melbourne and Strathfield campuses, see below for a list of research projects available in the School.
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are commonly used in team sports to quantify the demands of competition and training. Previously, the validity of these systems has been established using discreet running activities. However, in a practical setting GPS are regularly used over longer durations (2 to 45 minutes). Therefore there is a need to investigate the ability of GPS to quantify the running activities over durations specific to what they are commonly used for. This project will use the VICON system as the criterion measure to compare outputs from various GPS systems. The outcomes of this project will help establish the suitability of using GPS to quantify running activities in team sport athletes.
The ability to carry heavy loads is critical to many physically demanding occupations, such as military and fire-fighting. While it is convenient to study load carriage using a treadmill, it remains unknown how or if the energy cost and biomechanics of load carriage differ between treadmill and overground walking. This project, being run in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group), will examine the differences in energy cost between unloaded and loaded walking on a treadmill and overground. There is also the possibility to expand the project to examine differences in gait kinetics and kinematics between the two conditions. In addition to directly informing pack-marching guidelines in the military, the outcomes of this project will also help guide future load carriage research and determine whether a correction factor needs to be added to treadmill data in order to translate findings into real world settings.
Scrummaging forms an integral part of the game of rugby union. In senior level rugby, scrummaging players (i.e. locks) bind to the props in front of them using a crotch binding technique. This technique requires the locks to reach their outside arm through the prop’s legs and bind by gripping the waistband of the prop’s shorts. In Australia, the U19 levels and below use a hip binding technique. This is presumed to be safer, although the evidence is largely anecdotal. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to examine the different forces experienced by players during scrummaging while using the different binding techniques in both a rested and fatigued state. The outcomes of this project will help rugby administrators make appropriate evidence based rule changes to ensure international competitiveness whilst also maintaining the highest possible levels of player safety.
Existing evidence suggests that various components of physical fitness are excellent indicators of the health of children and adolescents, and are strong predictors of health in later life. As a result, the assessment and monitoring of various physical fitness components should be considered a public health priority. Whilst the objective assessment of relevant physical capacities has become highly specialised in various high performance sport domains, the application of these objective testing measures has not been applied to paediatric populations.
This project aims to develop a valid, reliable and feasible exercise test battery to safely assess health‐related physical fitness in children and adolescents. It will incorporate novel quantitative measures with this population in order to establish a normative data sample. In future, this normative sample may be used for comparison to clinical populations, including cerebral palsy and developmental coordination disorder. The project also aims to investigate the relationship between anthropometric parameters and often understated physical capacities including power, speed, rates of force development, eccentric muscle strength, and anaerobic fitness.