Health Sciences

High Performance Sport Summer Seminar 2017

High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017
High Performance Sport Seminar 2017

Photo gallery of the 2016 High Performance Sport Summer Seminar

The High Performance Sport Summer Seminar series is on Monday 6 February and Tuesday 7 February 2017 at the ACU Melbourne Campus.

ESSA CPD points

1 CPD point per delivery hour; maximum of 5.5 CPD points per day; maximum of 11 CPD points claimable for any AEP, ASpS1, ASpS2 and/or AHPM.

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Attend one or both days of this two-day event which brings together world leaders in high performance sport and athlete management.


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General entry payment options

Attend 1 day only: $250
Attend both days: $350

Students and Alumni payment options*

Attend 1 day only: $100
Attend both days: $200

*Please note: We will require proof of student status (student ID to be supplied) upon registration at the seminar. Failure to provide proof of student status will result in no entry to the seminar.

Meet our world class presenters

Dr Stuart Cormack

Dr Cormack is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University. Prior to this role, he spent 14 years working in the Australian Football League, including 8 years as the Fitness Coach at the West Coast Eagles highlighted by two Grand Final appearances and winning the 2006 AFL Premiership. In addition, Dr Cormack spent 4 years as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport where he worked with a number of elite athletes in a variety of team and individual sports in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Stuart received his PhD from Edith Cowan University and is actively involved in applied sports science research, including supervision of a number of postgraduate students. Dr Cormack is also a Level 3 Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Life Member of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. He has published numerous papers in scientific journals and co-authored several book chapters, including “Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes (2nd Edition)”, “High Performance Training for Sports” and “Strength and Conditioning – Biological Principles and Practical Applications”.

Dr Cormack regularly presents at sports science and coaching conferences in addition to providing consultancy support to various organisations, and has ongoing roles with the International Cricket Council, Australian Institute of Sport Combat Sports Centre of Excellence and Melbourne Football Club. Dr Cormack has an interest in all areas of athletic preparation with a particular focus on monitoring training load and fatigue in elite athletes and its impact on performance.

Dr Shona Halson

Shona Halson is a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, where her role involves service provision, education and scientific research. She has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and has been involved in conducting research into the areas of recovery, fatigue, sleep and travel. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

Shona was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has authored several book chapters on sleep, fatigue and recovery.

Marc Portus

Marc Portus is the Head of Movement Science Discipline at the Australian Institute of Sport and has 15 years’ experience working in elite sport. He has a PhD in Sport Science (Biomechanics) and a strong interest in the relationship between technique and performance. He will be delivering "The Winning Edge", the high performance sport strategy behind Australia's talented athletes.

Neil Gibson

Neil is the Director of Sport, Performance and Health Oriam: Scotland's Sports Performance Centre and staff of the Heriot-Watt University. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sport and exercise science at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 2003 before taking a position with the English Institute in Manchester as a sport science technician.

In 2004 Neil made the trip 'up North' to work for Heart of Midlothian Football Club, spending 8 seasons at the club during a tumultuous yet successful period in it's history which included a Scottish Cup and qualification for the Champions League. During his time with Hearts Neil worked with both the academy and first team holding the position of Head of Sport Science before departing for pastures new. In 2010 Neil accepted a position with Heriot-Watt University leading their programme of applied sport science services whilst contributing to teaching and research at the University.

For the last four years Neil has been employed by Oriam: Scotland's Sports Performance Centre as Director of Sport, Performance and Health after helping secure funding for the development and designing key aspects of the facility. In his current role Neil manages a team of multi disciplinary practitioners and coaches working with a range of high performance athletes including football, rugby, squash and athletics. He is a published author, accredited high performance physiologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists and accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the UKSCA. In addition to his work in professional football Neil is currently sport scientist to the Scotland men's national football team and continues to work with the Scottish Squash team following a successful Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and as part of their preparation for Gold Coast 2018.

Neil has held consultant roles with GB Water Polo and Scotland Rugby League as well as being a contributor to a number of postgraduate courses at Universities within the UK.

Seminar schedule

Date and Time Monday 6 February 2017 Tuesday 7 February 2017
10:00am - 11:15am

From Research to Application

Prof Mike McGuigan
Auckland University of Technology, NZ

The Acute:Chronic Ratio

Dr Rich Johnston

11:15am - 12:30pm

Guest presenter

Hamstring strain injuries in elite sport

Dr David Opar

12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm

The Winning Edge

Dr Marc Portus

Training youth athletes

Neil Gibson
Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Athlete tracking and technology

Prof Aaron Coutts
University of Technology, Sydney


Dr Shona Halson

3:30pm - 4:00pm Break Break
4:00pm - 5:00pm

International Perspectives of High Performance Sport Systems

Dr Marc Portus
Prof Mike McGuigan
Rob Leeds (Tennis Aust)
Anne Marie Harrison (VIS)

From the Lab to the Locker Room

Andrew Russell (Hawthorn FC)
Dr Grant Duthie (ACU)
Neil Gibson


Australian Catholic University
Daniel Mannix Building
Philippa Brazill Lecture Theatre
(Ground Floor)
8-18 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
(Melbourne), Victoria