Exercise Physiology Clinic - students leading exercise therapy.
During Semester 2, 50 postgraduates students in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology program across the Melbourne and Strathfield campuses provided goal-directed exercise therapy to 70 participants. The clientele included 30 ACU staff members from various schools and offices such as IT, Psychology, Marketing and External Relations, Nursing, Campus Ministry and Social Sciences to name a few. In pairs, students were allocated at least two clients and their scope of practice spanned both acute and chronic musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions, cardiopulmonary exercise rehabilitation, client education regarding fatigue management, and balance training for falls prevention. Feedback on the students was that they displayed absolute professionalism and enthusiasm, and as a testament to their success, clients have since enquired about the possibility of other student-led clinics in the near future.
In 2016, there will be more student-led clinics and exercise therapy services delivered through the School of Exercise Science nationally through its Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. On the Melbourne campus, this will coincide with the opening of the “Exercise Lifestyle Clinic” offering Exercise Physiology services to the public. This complements the School’s “Exercise Lifestyle Clinic” on the Strathfield campus which continues to deliver exercise therapy and rehabilitation to many chronic disease patients, with strong referral pathways from the local hospitals and GPs in the community.
David Dawes from IT was a participant in the exercise clinic. David Dawes and Justin Kemp showcase the Master of High Performance Sport, School of Exercise Science shirt.
ACU Exercise Science - Bringing home multiple SMA awards!
In October, our PhD student, Ryan Timmins, was awarded with the Best New Investigator in Exercise and Sports Science and the ASICS Medal at the Annual Sports Medicine Australia Conference. Ryan’s research focused on identifying elite soccer players at risk of future hamstring injury, which involved screening athletes to predict their risk of injury and then monitoring injury during the season. The SMA conference received well over 300 abstracts from all over the world, from which Ryan was shortlisted and subsequently won the ASICS Medal for the best paper at the entire conference. This truly reflects Ryan’s dedication and hard work over the last few years - congratulations!
Ryan Timmins with his SMA award.
Coming in 2016 – new courses!
We are proud to announce the introduction of two new courses to the High Performance Sport suite, the Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis and the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership. It is hoped that these new (primarily) online programs will address the needs of the high performance sport industry. The School will be welcoming students participating in the intensive week(s) in February 2016 - in Melbourne (1st -6th Feb) for the Master of High Performance Sport and the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership, and in Strathfield (8th -11th Feb) for the Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis. The initial two days of the intensive week will also form ACU’s annual High Performance Sport Summer Seminar (Melbourne, 1st & 2nd Feb), which is available to industry professionals and others. This two-day event brings together world leaders in high performance sport and athlete management and has attracted CPD from Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).