The School of Exercise Science kicked off Semester 1 2017 in early February with the delivery of its High Performance Sport intensive programs across the Melbourne and Strathfield campuses. In Melbourne, the intensive week started with a two-day High Performance Sport Summer Seminar, which captured the external sports science community and introduces new people to ACU. Among the world class presenters were Dr Marc Portus, Head of Movement Sciences at the Australian Institute of Sport, Neil Gibson, Director of Sport, Performance and Health at Oriam (Scottish Institute of Sport), Dr Shona Halson, Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, and Professor John Hawley of the Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research.
Professor Justin Kemp, National Head, School of Exercise Science said:
The Master of High Performance Sport continues to attract a large and engaged cohort of new students, with this intensive week being the jewel in the crown. In its 4th year of delivery, greater numbers of experienced career professionals are enrolling in our Master degree, as well as our Graduate Certificates in Performance Analysis and in High Performance Sport Leadership. This indeed is evidence that ACU’s High Performance Sport suite of degrees has a strong reputation as the course of choice in the industry. What is really exciting is that many of these industry professionals are based internationally, from USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific, and from organisations like the English Premier League, the NBA, Major League Soccer and National Hockey League in the US, and the Super 15s rugby union.”
Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology - Exercise Lifestyle Clinic (ELC)
The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology work-integrated learning initiative, the Exercise Lifestyle Clinic (ELC), was bigger and better than ever in Semester 2 2016. Across the two sites in Strathfield and Melbourne, the ELC serviced more than 100 clients in six weeks, including over 450 individual appointments. Students were responsible for the coordination of the clinic, including the design and delivery of intensive, individualised exercise therapy. Students had much to be proud of, with 98% of clientele stating that they’d recommend our program to a friend if they were in need of similar exercise services. Importantly, 94% of students indicated that the ELC was a valuable learning experience, contributing to the development of both their clinical reasoning and clinical decision making skills in preparation for external professional placement in 2017.
Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students during the Exercise Lifestyle Clinic (ELC)
The School continues to strengthen its research profile, including a recent collaboration with the world-renowned Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar. Dr David Opar and Dr Ryan Timmins received $235,000 in funding to further their work examining hamstring muscle architecture and hamstring injury. As part of the grant, the ACU research team will also work with researchers in Qatar and the Netherlands to develop advanced MRI sequences to better image structural characteristics of the hamstrings.