Sport and Exercise Science Honours projects

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Research in sport and exercise science at USC covers a broad range of interests and includes the following specific research areas:

  • sports biomechanics
  • technology and software developments
  • recovery techniques for training fatigue
  • skill acquisition
  • science communication for coaches, athletes and officials
  • elite athlete career development and transition
  • correction of performance errors
  • enhancing athletic performance
  • psychological health in populations
  • strength and power training
  • anaerobic and aerobic conditioning
  • movement quality and function
  • the role of exercise in lifelong health and wellbeing
  • exercise prescription and industry practices
  • performance analysis
  • optimisation and preventing injury
 

Key research areas

Supervisor

Areas

Associate Professor Chris Askew

Email: caskew@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5961

  • exercise physiology
  • cardiovascular disease
  • blood flow responses to exercise and physical stressors
  • muscle fatigue

Dr Tom Bailey

Email: tbailey@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5718

  • acute and training effects of passive heat therapy in healthy and diseased individuals
  • exercise therapy and cardiovascular risk in children with sleep-disordered breathing
  • exercise therapy, surgery and cardiovascular health in abdominal aortic aneurysm

Professor Brendan Burkett

Email: bburkett@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5430 2827

  • human health and performance
  • sports biomechanics
  • technology and software developments in human health and performance
Angela Calder

Email: acalder@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5152

  • performance recovery
  • coach education

Associate Professor Melainie Cameron

Email: mcameron@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5459 4545

  • exercise as medicine
  • non-pharmaceutical arthritis care
  • systematic reviews of clinical interventions
  • clinical practitioner development

Dr Adam Gorman

Email: agorman@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5430 2824

  • Skill acquisition (motor learning)
  • Acquiring perceptual-motor skills
  • Investigating the factors that underpin perceptual-motor performance in experts
  • Decision-making
  • Pattern perception
  • Attentional focus
  • Representative practice design (designing practice sessions to optimise skill learning)
  • Qualitative analysis of coaching practice sessions in relation to the use of skill acquisition
  • Adaptability in skill execution
  • Use of EEG to enhance skill
 

Dr Dale Lovell

Email: dlovell@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5459 4464

  • strength and power training
  • individual and team speed development
  • anaerobic and aerobic conditioning

Dr Lisa Martin (nee Fraser)

Email: Lisa.Martin@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5459 4638

  • elite athlete career decision making and development
  • the impact of career transition on psychological adjustment in elite athletes
  • correction of performance errors in sport
  • enhancing athletic performance
  • psychological health in older populations
  • psychological impact of unemployment

Daniel Mellifont

Email: dmellifo@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5014

  • Sports medicine – initial management systems and teaching
  • Injuries and clinical biomechanics
  • Knees

Dr Rebecca Mellifont

Email: rmellifo@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5065

  • scholarship of teaching—first year engagement and blended learning
  • 3-dimensional movement analysis—children’s gait (normal and pathological) and fundamental movement skill development
  • sport biomechanics—swimming performance

Dr Mark Sayers

Email: MSayers@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5459 4703

  • biomechanics of team sports
  • biomechanics of rugby union
  • performance analysis
  • efficacy of strength and power training exercises

Dr Colin Solomon

Email: csolomon@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5430 1128

  • exercise physiology
  • respiratory physiology
  • long duration exercise

 Dr Max Stuelcken

Email: mstuelck@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5459 4629

  • injury surveillance
  • links between biomechanics and injury
  • optimising sports technique
  • coaching interventions to reduce potential for injury
  • movement variability and coordination

Current Honours projects

Title Primary supervisor

The effect of post-surgery exercise therapy on exercise tolerance and cardiovascular risk in peripheral arterial disease.

Associate Professor Chris Askew

Email: caskew@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5961

The effect of peripheral arterial disease on muscle capillary supply and microvascular blood flow during exercise.

Associate Professor Chris Askew

Email: caskew@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5961

Understanding the inflammatory and cardiovascular responses to exercise in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Associate Professor Chris Askew

Email: caskew@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5961

Brain blood flow responses to body tilting: a potential form of “brain training”?

Associate Professor Chris Askew

Email: caskew@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5961

Determining the effect of body composition on the thermoregulatory and recovery effects of cold water immersion in elite athletes.

Associate Professor Chris Askew

Email: caskew@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5961

The combined effects of passive heating and exercise therapy in patients with peripheral arterial disease

Dr Tom Bailey

Email: tbailey@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5718

Cardiovascular risk and endothelial function before and after surgery in children with sleep disordered breathing

Dr Tom Bailey

Email: tbailey@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5718

Effect of surgery on cardiorespiratory fitness, inflammation and blood vessel function in abdominal aortic aneurysm

Dr Tom Bailey

Email: tbailey@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5718

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