Exercise And Sport Science Practicum


The Exercise And Sport Science Practicum Unit is designed to provide students with work-based experience in an exercise or sports science setting.

A minimum of 140 hours is completed under the supervision of an approved exercise and sports science, fitness or allied health professional, in settings such as sports science laboratories, hospitals, fitness centres and rehabilitation centres. Students will work with professionals such as scientists, rehabilitation consultants, personal trainers and physiotherapists.

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Course: Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Student was essentially based within the strength and conditioning section of the NTIS where she assisted with the preparation of core strength programs, spotting, demonstrating, providing technique advice and supervising athlete exercises. Student was also involved in creating mental skills checklists for athletes and conducting Draft Camp physiological testing.

Special project: Preparation of a booklet about training female athletes.

Course: Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science stream)

Student assisted with physiological field testing for AFL, rugby, hockey, cricket and tennis and the associated data entry, analysis and report preparation. He also took a primarily observational role with athletes’ strength and conditioning sessions.

Special project: Survey of core temperature pre-cooling techniques.

Student assisted with field testing for AFL and hockey and associated data entry and report generation. He was also involved with biomechanics testing and video analysis for an elite sprinter to improve her times, and with physiotherapy injury feedback sessions. Student spent a significant amount of his placement time with strength and conditioning video analysis and training.

Special project: Literature review of sport science knowledge appropriate for coaches of a Junior Development Program for Triathalon

Student's main activities were field testing, data analysis and report generation. This included some AFL, cricket, hockey, and tennis, but the bulk of work was with Rugby League GPS data analysis.

Special project: Literature review on the Physiology of Rugby League with an emphasis on fluid balance and thermoregulation.

Student assisted with data entry for research on pre-cooling being conducted at the NTIS (National Heat Training and Acclimatisation Centre). Other duties he performed included data input for the ACE program and general filing; gym maintenance; development of a Theraband exercise database; and assisting with recording urine specific gravity and skin fold data as a part of the athlete profiling and testing program.

Special project: Electronic reference database (pdf. and word documents) for journal articles held by the NTIS.

Student assisted with data collection for research on pre-cooling being conducted at the NTIS. This included the measurement of blood lactate and glucose, and the setting up of skin thermistors for research subjects. His fieldwork included the determination of hydration status using urine specific gravity and colour and sweat rate estimation on a number of NTIS athletes.

Special project: 2004 tennis hydration session report written up in the form of a journal article.

Course: Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science stream)

Student assisted with fracture casting and exercise prescription post fracture, musculoskeletal exercise programs and gait analysis for outpatients, and exercises for patients on orthopaedic and acute inpatient wards. The student also assisted with various activities as part of the pulmonary rehabilitation processes, and mobility and exercise programs for surgical ward patients.

Special project: Production of a handbook entitled Exercise Program for Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis – Patient’s Guide to Full Recovery.

The student assisted with a range of acute and chronic pain clients and took a partial load independently. The partial load mainly involved conducting a knee patients exercise program during which clients were instructed and monitored on gym equipment and steps to build up muscle mass and leg strength. Balance work on wobble boards was also included and the program was run as circuit classes. Patients were discharged once sufficient rehabilitation had occurred.

Special project: Core strength and stability - Review of selected journal articles.

The student’s main clinical activities were to observe patient treatment within the physiotherapy department, help patients with exercises and to assess individual patient’s ability to perform exercises.

Special project: Literature review on knee osteoarthritis.

The student was engaged in providing programs for a variety of client conditions. These included low back pain, fractured and crushed limbs, and programs for patients post orthopaedic surgery. Activities involved providing the assistance for assisted stretches and ensuring clients performed prescribed exercises with the correct technique and modifying exercises where necessary. At times the student was required to explain exercises to patients who had little understand of English language.

Special project: Management approach and skills development for back pain - facet joint and spondylitic conditions.

Course: Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science stream)

The student worked with selected patients in teaching balance, stability, proprioception and strengthening exercises, as well as ensuring correct technique and teaching new exercises in hydrotherapy sessions. The student was also able to observe and to contribute to specialised lower limb rehabilitation classes by offering new exercises for patients.

Special project: Literature review on recovery techniques.

The student provided assistance to patients through hydrotherapy, Pilates and lower limb exercise classes, as well as assisting patients with mobility when moving to and from the various hospital wards. The student was also required to complete a series of pre specified student placement tasks.

Special Project: Information sheets for patients on work-related neck pain.

The student assisted with hydrotherapy sessions and patient mobilisation then progressed to exercise prescription and running some programs with patients. The student was also required to complete a series of pre specified student placement tasks.

Special Project: Proposal to introduce cardiorespiratory exercise into hydrotherapy sessions.

Most of the student's time was spent working with patients suffering from a variety of conditions by using hydrotherapy. The student also completed a series of pre specified standard student tasks devised by the workplace that included taping, patient mobilisation and muscle activation activities.

Special project: Report on Pilates as a method of management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions.

During his placement at the private hospital, the student assisted with hydrotherapy sessions and one on one treatment sessions, as well as patient stretches as required.

Special project: Report on rehabilitation techniques for hamstring and groin injuries.

The student assisted physiotherapists in managing classes, provided individual exercise programs and stretches to specific patients.

Special project: Report on the function of education and general exercise in the management of chronic pain.

The student worked as a physiotherapy assistant/sports scientist at the Darwin Private Physiotherapy Clinic helping in all class environments. She organised a number of one-on-one exercise based rehabilitation programs with distant supervision. The clinic particularly appreciated how the student was able to relieve the work pressure on physiotherapists in group environments.

Special project: Effects of eccentric load on musculo-tendinous injuries.

Course: Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science stream)

The student divided his placement time between activities at the Healthy Living NT base in Tiwi and at the Royal Darwin Hospital. At Healthy Living NT, the student's main activity was assisting and running cardiac rehabilitation exercise classes, while at RDH he assisted Healthy Living NT staff with cardiac education sessions with individual patients.

Special project: Home exercise program booklet for people with heart failure.

The student was involved in conducting outpatient rehabilitation programs for patients post cardiac surgery. These four-week, two-hour programs consisted of an hour of exercise and an hour of education. The student also participated in cardiac education within the coronary care unit at the hospital. These rounds involved check which patients were having what procedure and talk to them about basic heart anatomy and physiology relevant to their condition, what to expect in terms of their medical procedure, and the implications of their test results.

Special project: Production of resources suitable for community based indigenous clients returning to activity and regular exercise after cardiac surgery.

Course: Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science stream)

During her placement at this personal training facility, the student assisted with cardio-vascular and resistance training, as well as stretching activities with clients. The student also gained insight into the marketing of a small business through mail outs and staffing a promotional display held in a public venue.

Special project: Research into corporate package potential for one on one personal training.

Course: Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science stream)

The student's practicum was undertaken on a full-time basis and as such he completed the new employee induction program for Konekt, to provide a through introduction to the company. The student was then involved in pre-employment functional assessments, prescribing exercise and conditioning programs for injured workers, a number of worksite and one home visit.

Special project: Pool exercise program, information sheet for pre-employment and suitable duties program.

The student’s experience was principally focussed on the impact of workplace injury and related workplace costs and risks, and was completed on a part-time basis. This involved functional capacity testing and exercise and conditioning programs for injured workers and worksite visits, as part of work conditioning and return to work programs.

Special project: Exercise program for a client with Beck’s Muscular Dystrophy.

Course: Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science stream)

The student assisted with the delivery of and led some Exercise Physiology sessions for patients and Physical Training sessions for apparently healthy people. She also delivered some hydrotherapy classes and assisted with cardiac rehabilitation classes. As part of the placement, the student was required to manage a small administrative load.

Special project: Group exercise intervention proposal to aid in the maintenance of health and recovery of Darwin residents diagnosed with cancer.

Course: Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

The student assisted primarily in the delivery of the Healthy Heart program. This entailed the administration of a number of tests, compiling and explaining a subsequent report for the client. The student was also responsible for developing exercise programs for some clients who presented with musculo-skeletal injury.

Special project: Preparation of a pamphlet on blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

The student’s duties were to open the clinic and prepare equipment, conduct healthy heart and exercise rehabilitation programs, and to conduct musculoskeletal and posture assessments.

Special Project: Literature review and laminated posters on the prevention of falls.

Course: Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

The student’s activities included conducting a variety of fitness classes, organisation for the University Games, talent ID and fitness testing, as well as business promotion and administrative duties.

Special Project: Intensive strength and conditioning program for the NT University Football Club.