Sport and exercise science

Sport and exercise science

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Career outcomes

Our sports and exercise science graduates have pursued careers as:

  • exercise scientists
  • health consultants
  • fitness consultants
  • sports scientists
  • sports coaches
  • exercise physiologists
A sport and exercise science student tests an athlete's breathing and is checking the data.

About sport and exercise science

Sport and exercise science examines the physiology of exercise – how exercise and the human body interact, and what the results and benefits are, with an emphasis on community wellness. An exercise scientist’s work can span from helping someone take the initial steps to becoming more active, through to assisting an athlete at the highest level of their sport perform at their maximum capacity. Upon graduation, students become accredited exercise scientists with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Evidence-based practice

Develop skills that allow you to use best practice, and the latest evidence, to maximise the outcomes for your clients. Learn how to apply this to improve both individual performances and with the broader community to improve health outcomes.

Experience the world

Studying exercise science at ACU provides you with a range of opportunities to build cultural competence and broaden your horizons. You’ll have the opportunity to study a unit, or complete a work placement or community engagement unit overseas. Gain a global perspective and enhance your career prospects.

More than just knowledge

Alongside the essential technical knowledge, you’ll gain soft skills such as leadership, advanced problem-solving and the capacity to communicate effectively, allowing you to be reflective and ethical in your practice. At ACU, justice, equity and respect for the individual are essential tenets of all your units.

Put theory into practice

Opportunities for industry-relevant, professional experience are embedded in the courses through community engagement and practicum, giving you an edge when it’s time to enter the workforce. Our partnerships around Australia and overseas will enhance your learning and provide a range of opportunities, from work experience to collaborative research.

Meet our students and staff

Student profile Sport and exercise student Tania Gallo

Tania Gallo

Bachelor of Exercise Science / Doctor of Philosophy

"The skills I developed at ACU led me into an industry that I'm passionate about, which I hope encourages others to pursue careers they're enthusiastic about. Aside from the literal contribution I have in developing athletes who are ready to perform at their optimum, working in elite sport allows me to have a presence and a voice in decisions that hopefully have a positive impact on the community."

Staff profile Sports scientist Dr Craig Duncan

Dr Craig Duncan

Senior Lecturer, ex-Sydney Football Club

As one of Australia’s leading sports scientists, Dr Craig Duncan’s innovative and holistic approach to player management has enabled high performance teams to achieve greater success.

With more than 20 years of experience in the sporting arena, Dr Duncan is a highly qualified sports scientist who has worked extensively as a strength and conditioning coach, performance analyst and high performance manager. He provides his services to a number of elite sporting teams and was Head of Sport Science for Football Federation Australia. His expertise was instrumental in steering the team which saw the Socceroos win the 2015 Asian Cup.

In 2014, Dr Duncan was recognised as Exercise and Sport Science Australia’s (ESSA) Sport Scientist of the Year.

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