UC Research Institute for Sport and Exercise
11 Kirinari Street
Sport and exercise medicine
Members of the Sport and Exercise Medicine research group work closely with staff involved in injury prevention and athlete availability programs at the Australian Institute of Sport and across Australia’s National Sports Institutes and Academies network with UCRISE currently being the Australian sector lead in industry-partnership workplace embedded doctoral student programs.
High-performance occupational health has seen the continued development of new research links between UCRISE and the Australian Defence Force, in the context of the combatant being an "athlete" with specific physical and cognitive requirements often being tested under extremely challenging conditions. An example being examining neck injury predictors in Air Force fast jet pilots.
Currently, members of UCRISE’s Sport and Exercise Medicine theme collaborate with colleagues in the Faculty of Science and Technology developing algorithms for better analysis of CT images of sports injuries and in developing AI interventions for early recognition of mental health issues in athletes. The effectiveness of exercise on aging, body composition and balance in older persons is also being investigated along with mechanisms for improving child and adolescent balance development.
UCRISE Sport and Exercise Medicine research staff and doctoral students undertake research achieving international recognition, with ongoing projects with NASA, the microgravity somatosensory project, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Earth, Moon and Mars Gravity Project and with Wingate Institute (Israel) examining human somatosensory enhancement in high performance occupations.
Within the Sport and Exercise Medicine theme the UCRISE Physical Literacy research program improves the physical literacy of all Australians through physical education, sport, and community linkages. Physical literacy is distinct from sporting prowess, athleticism, cardiovascular fitness, or time spent being active, which are among a long list of positive outcomes produced by becoming physically literate from a young age.
Physical literacy involves the ability to move effectively, the desire to move, the perceptual abilities that support effective movement, the confidence and assurance to attempt movement challenges, and the ability to interact effectively with the environment and other individuals.
The main activities in the current funding cycle for UCRISE include the Physical Education & Physical Literacy (PEPL) program in South Australia involving an evidence-based translational system to increase physical activity, improve physical literacy and enhance delivery of the PE curriculum in primary schools, the Active Early Learning (AEL) project in Queensland childcare centres, and the longitudinal Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) project now in its 15th year. Collectively these projects (primarily Category 2 and 3 funded) will determine how lifestyle in childhood and adolescence affects quality of life in adulthood and old age for Australians.
In another partnership project, the NSW Institute of Sport and UCRISE are undertaking a multiyear research program “Optimising Talent Identification: Integrating Coach Ratings, Psychometrics and Perceptual Neuroscience.” The project will analyse the potential for perceptual neuroscience measures to increase the success rates of talent identification programs at the NSWIS. The project is embedded at the NSWIS Olympic Park office working with and alongside coaches, athlete & coach talent advisors, performance support staff and athletes.
Functional Foods and Nutrition Research (FFNR) laboratory research focuses on investigating the impact of functional foods and beverages on the psycho-cardiometabolic outcomes, effects of low carbohydrate and ketogenic diets on physical and mental health, and effects of dietary patterns and supplements on cardiovascular and cognitive function.
- Ashleigh McGill; Ankle somatosensation in novel environments: a simulation of Moon and Mars gravity
- Jinyao Xu; Somatosensory impairment in the lower limb and its association with balance and limitations in stroke patients
- Fahad Alfarraj; Risk Assessment and Predictive Measures Associated with The Most Prevalent Injuries in Male Professional Soccer Players
- Ben Currie; Performance Health in Australian Diving Athletes: Optimising Injury Prevention and Health Systems and Practices
- Richard Saw; Imaging (MRI) Lumbar Spine Bone Stress: Interpretation, Methods, and Injury Prevention
- Stephen MacGabhann; Optimising Talent Identification: Integrating Coach Ratings, Psychometrics and Perceptual Neuroscience
- Sara Guevara; Investigating factors that affect athlete attrition on the high performance pathway: A complex systems approach
- Melissa Muzeau; The brain KPI's : Profiling and monitoring toward a new game changer for performance optimisation and mental health
- Jack Mest; The physical & psychological associations with fear of movement in lower limb tendinopathy
- Ali Fitch; Optimisation of Athlete Health and Performance Progression in Australian Divers and Triathletes
- Kylie Holt; Pathoanatomy of an Elite Swimmer's Shoulder
- Matthew Turnbull; The financial impact of athlete health on the financial costs and team performance in the Australian Football League
- Byron Field; The use of instrumented mouthguard technology to quantify head injury in Professional Rugby Union
- Trevor Spencer; Gluteal tendon repair outcomes
- James Wallace; Neck pain in high performance jet aircrew
- Ceridwen Radcliffe; The influence of the foot spring on patellar tendon load during landing
- Daniel Tait; The role of the foot and ankle in landing biomechanics associated with non-contact ALC injury
- Laura Mackenzie; Development of a validated educational training program for use in the prevention of Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration
- Louise Drysdale; Bone Stress Injury- Evaluation of Burden, Causes, and Exploration of Preventative Strategies in Classical Ballet
- Brittany Harriden (PhD Student); Davidson plum (Davidsonia jeresyana) as a functional food product; the effect on vascular function in athletes
- Hollie Speer (PhD Student); Age-related hypertension and changes in blood pressure, what are the roles of oxidative stress in ageing skeletal muscle and vascular systems
- Amanda Bulman; The effects of L-Theanine as a functional ingredient on quality of sleep