Athlete development and performance

Aims of ADPRN

With the 2016 Rio Olympic Games fast approaching there has been considerable interest into the range of influences which impact on the dynamic and complex process of athlete talent development and performance. In response to this, this research network aims to enhance athlete development and performance by providing contemporary evidence-based approaches rather than relying on traditional outdates practices.

This research network also aims to develop and enhance research activity through the building of a cohesive research team that is focused on athlete development, performance and coach/teacher professional learning with a long-term aim of establishing a research/consultancy centre. In doing so, this network will also contribute to athlete development and assist in growing Australia’s talent and also contribute to high-performance targets which underpin Australia’s "Winning Edge" sporting policy. In particular this network will have the capacity and community networks to advance understandings of "best practice" in athlete development and performance. This network will establish the school as a leader in research into best practice in athlete development and performance.

Specific objectives include:

  • conducting multidisciplinary research into athlete development and performance. This will include developing a greater understanding of talent development environments, performance under pressure, and coach/teacher professional learning.

  • providing evidence-based recommendations to key stakeholder organisations and individuals.

  • publishing our research in a wide range of outputs.

The proposed group of researchers have the capacity and community networks to advance our understanding of ‘best practice’ in athlete development and performance.