Darren Burgess

Darren Burgess

Doctor of Philosophy (2012)
High Performance Manager, Port Adelaide AFL Club and PhD candidate

"ACU provided a fantastic framework for my research process, work ethic and fundamental values, which has given me the perfect base for making future decisions.

I had the opportunity to be mentored by some outstanding staff at ACU, and decided to tackle a PhD because of their support.
I love my job. Being involved in elite sport with a group of players I care about is amazing, and my career has provided me with some great opportunities. The experience of qualifying for the World Cup was a highlight, and constantly discovering new facts about what the human body is capable of doing always fascinates me.

My role is varied and hectic. I do everything from training players to analysing data and blood samples, monitoring heart rates, designing football drills, and supervising rehabilitation and strength programs.

I’ve been blessed to work in environments which have blown me away. I loved every minute of my time with the Australian soccer team, and with Liverpool FC in the UK. Although challenging, there is barely a day that actually feels like work."


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