Sport and Exercise Science

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Sport and Exercise Science


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: 

  1. Exercise, Health and Disease Management

  2. Understanding and Enhancing Sport Performance

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.

Collaboration partners

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
USC sports science graduate Ryan Crowther
Rian Crowther

USC sports science graduate Rian Crowther at Cricket Australia continues his studies through USC by conducting research into cricket spin bowling.

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