Exercise and Sport Science

Exercise and Sport Science

Would you like to train high-performance athletes? Help get your community fit and healthy? Or perhaps you want to minimise and rehabilitate injury in both healthy and physically challenged people?

Exercise and sport science is a rapidly growing industry. Our graduates are allied health professionals and enjoy diverse employment opportunities across the fitness, sport and health industries.

Coach, train and apply physiology, psychology and biomechanics to human physical performance. Consult, test, prescribe and administer programs in commercial, corporate or government settings. Become involved in education, or submerged in clinical settings for cardiac, pulmonary and musculo-skeletal testing and rehabilitation.

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Exercise and sport science investigates how exercise can be used to improve health and fitness, enhance physical performance, and prevent and rehabilitate injury in both healthy and physically challenged people. It is used widely in professional sports, with the aged and the injured.

You will study many interesting and challenging topics in exercise and sport science that have extensive applications in sport and exercise, from high-performance athletes to general community fitness.

This course has a physiotherapy preparation stream designed to provide a pathway to the Master of Physiotherapy offered by Flinders University by undertaking additional specialist units.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Download the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science brochure (PDF 1.85MB).

The associate degree is for anyone who wants to explore exercise and sports science education beyond the diploma level without committing to an undergraduate degree. It also provides a pathway for graduates interested in moving into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Exercise and Sport Science will have the knowledge to become allied health professionals who use exercise as an intervention to improve health and fitness, enhance physical performance and prevent and rehabilitate injury in both healthy (including athletes) and physically challenged (such as the aged and injured) populations.

Find out more about the Associate Degree of Exercise and Sport Science.

Diploma of Exercise and Sport ScienceThe Diploma is an introductory program for anyone who is interested in understanding the human body and its structures and systems. Students will explore the fundamentals of how the human body interacts with its environment and the subsequent optimization of human performance, and the body's acute and chronic responses to exercise.

Students will undertake foundation core units in anatomy and physiology introducing the musculo-skeletal system and the normal physiology of nerve and muscle function, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system as well as other basic cellular and genetic processes.

Find out more about the Diploma of Exercise and Sport Science.

Download the Diploma of Exercise and Sport Science brochure (PDF 2.3MB).

Graduate Certificate of Coaching ScienceCoaching science professionals use exercise as an intervention to improve health and fitness, enhance physical performance and prevent and rehabilitate injury in both healthy (including athletes) and physically challenged (such as the aged and injured) populations.

In this course you will further develop your understanding of sport and exercise using analytical and evaluative skills. You will apply training and competition principles derived from research methods, research design and analysis in sports, performance analysis, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor development, motor skill learning and exercise and sport coaching psychology. You will learn how to identify and develop talent and prepare athletes by using more holistic evidence based approaches, and apply them in a coaching science project.

If you are a coach and you are interested in enhancing sports performance in general and high performance athletes, you can learn how to do so in this course.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate of Coaching Science.

Download the Graduate Certificate of Coaching Science brochure (PDF 1MB).

General enquiries and course coordinator

Associate Professor Ian Heazlewood
Exercise and Sport Science
E: ian.heazlewood@cdu.edu.au (preferred method of contact)
T: 08 8946 6715

Office of Indigenous Student Services (OISS)

If you are an Indigenous student studying at Charles Darwin University, the Office of Indigenous Student Services (OISS) can help you adapt to the university environment, meet the academic requirements of your course, find a tutor if you need one or answer any questions you might have.

Talk to your Course Coordinator or contact OISS directly.