The research focus within sport and exercise science centres around Human Health and Performance. To achieve this objective the research area has two main themes:
Our research spans all the foundation disciplines of sport and exercise science, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, psychology, coaching, and motor control and learning.
There is a strong emphasis on applied research that has a direct impact on athlete performance and in the clinical sense human health. Our approaches are underpinned by experimental research that is grounded in fundamental scientific principles.
As part of our commitment to quality assurance our laboratories are accredited National Sport Science Quality Assurance program operating out the Australian Institute of Sport.
Our research is connected to the world and region. We collaborate with partner institutions nationally and internationally, as well as local sporting groups and the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. We also engage with the local community through the USC Sports Clinic, where we offer athlete and clinical testing, the assessment of physical literacy, and provide workplace learning opportunities for our undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Sport and Exercise Science research collaborates with several industry partners, which includes:
- Queensland Health
- Swimming Australia Limited
- Australian Paralympic Committee
- International Paralympic Committee
- Sport and Recreation Queensland
- Queensland Academy of Sport
- Australian Institute of Sport
- German Sports University
Sport and Exercise Science research latest news
30 June 2016
Local research has global impact
A free public seminar will showcase how research by the University of the Sunshine Coast is helping local, national and international athletes along the road to the Olympics and other elite level sport.
7 June 2016
Rio athlete awarded bursary by fellow student
A strength and conditioning coach inspired by his Sport and Exercise Science degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast has awarded his own $1,000 bursary to help another USC student follow a similar passion.
21 March 2016
Research to assess how exercise combats dementia
A team of University of the Sunshine Coast researchers has received funding to investigate how exercise might slow the progression of dementia.
17 November 2015
Academic defies gravity - for research
University of the Sunshine Coast academic Dr Chris Askew has spent the past week defying gravity – all in the name of research.
6 August 2015
USC study takes on ‘ticking time bomb’ condition
A specialised research team at the University of the Sunshine Coast is carrying out vital research into ‘forgotten’ cardiovascular conditions.
26 May 2015
Sport scientist to discuss how to promote teamwork
USC sport scientist and Paralympic swimming champion Professor Brendan Burkett will present a public lecture on Friday 29 May on how to promote leadership and teamwork within sporting teams.