7 February 2017
Two USC academics have been named on a list of the top 25 influencers of exercise and sports science in Australia.
Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow Chris Askew and Associate Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology Lainie Cameron were cited for their impact on the industry.
The top 25 influencers list was selected by the CEO of ESSA (Exercise and Sports Science Australia), Anita Hobson-Powell, and published in the association’s December issue of Activate to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Dr Askew, who was responsible for chairing a review of Australian exercise science standards in 2013 when he was president of ESSA’s national board, now chairs its professional standards advisory council.
A USC academic for 10 years, he leads a cardiovascular research group that aims to develop new treatments and interventions to improve exercise tolerance in people with chronic diseases such as peripheral arterial disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm.
“Australia has a strong reputation in sport and exercise science, and many people have contributed to this across several decades,” he said.
Dr Cameron, who became an accredited exercise physiologist after starting her clinical career in osteopathy, was recognised for her teaching as well her authorship (with colleagues) of a ground-breaking 2011 textbook, Clinical exercise: a case-based approach.
She joined USC in 2012 to lead its Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science program and teaches in areas such as exercise for musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Most of her research and clinical practice is in rheumatology (arthritis care).
“Exercise physiology is a young allied health profession in Australia and it is growing fast,” she said. ”It’s an honour to be named as influential in such a dynamic and vibrant profession.”
USC Professor of Sport Science (Biomechanics) Brendan Burkett said: “Exercise science plays an important role in areas such as sport performance, community health and fitness, and in the management of many health conditions. This recognition of Chris and Lainie’s work reflects USC’s impact in these areas.”
— Julie Schomberg