Searching for a career that fulfils your passion for exercise, a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing?
Exercise science may be just be the field you've been looking for.
With many exercise science graduates going on to exciting careers working with sporting superstars both here and abroad, we thought we’d showcase some of them. Let’s meet five MVPs of exercise science.
Athletic Performance Coach, GWS Giants
After completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science at ACU, Lachlan worked in various roles in the AFL before landing his dream job at Greater Western Sydney Giants.
“What I really enjoy at the Giants is predominantly working with the different styles of athletes. No one’s ever the same, and the passion comes from trying to find that one percent in each of the players.”
His advice to anyone considering a career in exercise science?
“Say no to nothing. Make sure you have an open mind, trial everything and get experience across the board. The key to knowing you’ve hit what you love doing is you never have Mondayitis”
Australian cricket captain, exercise science student
If scoring 10 centuries in 57 games, and being the most dominant female ODI batter of all time doesn’t make you an MVP, then nothing will.
Meg started playing cricket in the backyard when she was 10, and then at school before joining her local club. She made her domestic debut for Victoria in 2008 at the age of 16 and quickly settled into the top order. In December 2012 at the age of 20 she broke the record for the fastest 50 and fastest 100 in a One Day International by an Australian female cricketer.
Meg is studying a degree in exercise and health science, and understands the importance of planning for a life after sport.
"Cricket is a big part of my life and it has opened up a lot of doors for me, but it's important to have a career outside cricket,” said Meg. “I plan to continue working in sport when I retire from cricket and my degree will help keep that career path on track."
NRL Sports Scientist, Wests Tigers RLFC
After studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Greta went on to study a Masters in High Performance Sport. At this time, she was a Sport Science Intern at the Wests Tigers, and was fortunate to be offered the role of Sport Scientist - a role she has taken with both hands.
"I think I would have struggled if I didn't have the practical placement...As part of a sporting organisation, they expect you to have that hands-on approach"
Head of Commercial & Community Relations, NSWRL
An expert in community engagement programmes in sport, Jodie worked for many of the top rugby league clubs in various roles before joining the code’s governing body in Sydney.
At the NRL Jodie managed delivery of the ‘Learning with League Centre’ – the only purpose-built classroom housed in the headquarters of a national sporting code. She is the director of their ‘Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well’ primary school programme as well as the ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’ high school module which was presented to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales during his recent visit to Australia.
Head of Strength and Conditioning, Brooklyn Nets
After being headhunted from North Melbourne Football Club last year, Dan Meehan relocated to New York City to work as Head of Strength and Conditioning at NBA team the Brooklyn Nets.
After completing a Bachelor of exercise science at ACU, Dan continued his study with an honours, before helping other students as a lecturer/tutor.
"What excites me most about working in basketball is not the high profile names but the amazing level of athleticism some of the guys display. I just enjoy working with athletes and finding ways to support them and help them to perform at their best."