The Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science focuses on the integration of exercise and physical activity into health care, sports performance, disease prevention and rehabilitation.
Students will explore metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice.
As an exercise scientist or exercise physiologist accredited in Australia, graduates enjoy the privilege of being qualified within a country that possesses an outstanding reputation in the field. Graduates have the opportunity to utilise principles such as biomechanics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and gait analysis to evaluate and improve the performance of a diverse range of athletes.
The career paths followed by graduates are many and varied and depend mostly on the specific iterests and aspirations of the individual. Broadly defined, the areas of employment entered by recent graduates include the sport industry, fitness industry, health industry, occupational health and safety, public health, rehabilitation, research and technology, education and medical insurance.
Featured expert - Dr Ollie Jay
Dr Ollie Jay is the Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory and a Senior Lecturer in Thermoregulatory Physiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Ollie teaches Physiological Testing and Training (EXSS3040) and Environmental Stress and Physiological Strain (HSBH3021).
His research interests include; thermoregulatory impairments, biothermal modelling, heat stroke and pediatric temperature management.
"I enjoy the units I teach because they relate to my area of expertise and I get to share our latest research findings with the students in the classroom.
"The most important thing I can teach students in my courses is to think carefully and work through a problem logically using the information that you have to generate a reasonable answer, as opposed to simply memorizing facts," says Dr Ollie Jay.