Dr David Opar is a Senior Lecturer in ACU’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences and the Director of the SPRINT Research Centre. A widely published academic, he has been involved in exercise, sport and human movement sciences for the past decade. Dr Opar’s research focuses on hamstring strain injuries, specifically how best to identify individuals at risk of this injury and how rehabilitation practices can be improved. From his research, he also co-invented the NordBord, which is a field measure of eccentric hamstring strength. More recently Dr Opar has joined and contributes to the NFL Lower Extremity Soft Tissue Injury Task Force.
Associate Professor Stuart Cormack from ACU’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences has spent 15 years working in the Australian Football League, including eight years as the fitness coach at the West Coast Eagles, highlighted by two grand final appearances and winning the 2006 AFL Premiership. He also spent four years as a strength and conditioning coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he worked with elite athletes in a variety of team and individual sports in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Associate Professor Cormack has published numerous papers in scientific journals and co-authored several book chapters. He regularly presents at conferences and provides consultancy support to various organisations.
Professor Shona Halson from ACU’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences has been a mainstay of Australia’s high performance sport network. She was the Head Recovery Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport from 2002 to 2018 and has been a part of three Olympic campaigns with the national team. Professor Halson was named as one of Exercise and Sport Science Australia’s three Female Leaders in Exercise and Sports Science on International Women’s Day 2019. Her research focuses on recovery, fatigue and sleep and she has been a trusted advisor to countless elite coaches and athletes.