Angela Calder

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Angela Calder


Teaching areas

  • Introduction to Coaching Science
  • Advanced Coaching Science

Research areas

  • recovery techniques for training fatigue
  • science communication for coaches, athletes and officials


Angela Calder has been actively involved in coaching science since 1987. From 1990 to 2002 she worked for the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in both the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Participation Divisions as a science editor, coach educator, and high performance consultant. Angela has over 110 publications mostly designed to inform coaches, athletes and officials, about sports science applications to their training and coaching practices.

Angela is an authority on recovery training and has worked extensively with many high performance teams, athletes, coaches, officials, and national and international sporting organisations. These have included Tennis Australia (Davis and Federation Cup squads), Australian Rugby Union, Wallaby and Brumbies teams, Surf Life Saving Australia, AFL; Brisbane and Balmain rugby league squads, Touch Australia, New Zealand Rugby Union, Athletics New Zealand, UK Coaching, Sport Canada, the Hong Kong Sports Institute, South African Swimming, US Swimming Coaches Association, Canadian Swimming and Canadian Speed Skating plus others, including the Cirque du Soleil in Montreal.

Angela was the former Director of Sports Development for the Federation of International Touch, and was also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sports Science and Physical Education. For over 20 years she has been an external consultant and reviewer for the national coach and officiating accreditation programs of the Australian Sports Commission.Since 2016 she has been an invited reviewer on High Performance Coaching for the ASC Clearinghouse for Sport.

Angela has supervised USC doctoral students on research topics as diverse as the problems faced by school-age high performance athletes in balancing their training loads and school commitments, and the roles and perceived fatigue of swimming officials at major swimming competitions. She has collaborated with USC journalism staff researching the printed media exposure of the Lightning Netball team.

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