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Exercise and Sports Science

The Exercise Medicine Research Institute houses an innovative, multidisciplinary and productive research team in exercise science dedicated to investigating the extent to which exercise can be employed in chronic disease management, principally cancer, to materially improve patient outcomes. The team’s unique convergence of exercise medicine, clinical patient care, and innovation in health interventions has underpinned their achievements in cancer research. Most notably, the multifaceted research in exercise and prostate cancer enables direct translation of research findings into practical outcomes for patient benefit, including the design and implementation of clinical and community based cancer survivorship programs.

More specifically, the research studies seek to understand the emerging and significant role of exercise medicine in the oncology setting by incorporating a systematic program of research across the cancer survivorship continuum including pre-treatment, active treatment and recovery; living after recovery; advanced cancer and end of life.

Researchers in the Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research (CESSR) conduct high-impact scientific research and provide postgraduates with training and supervision in the area of exercise and sports science with the aim of improving our understanding of human movement.  Major areas of research specialisation within the Centre include:

  • Strength and conditioning;
  • Physiology of Sports Performance;
  • Psychology of Sports and Exercise; and
  • Sports Biomechanics.

Research programs have been extensively supported by strong research partnerships in which each of the collaborators contribute their own expertise and professional networks with colleagues from other disciplines creating synergies and exponential opportunities for collaboration.

Research Centres and Groups

 The School of Medical and Health Sciences supports centres and groups in the area of exercise and sports science research:

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