Centre for Sport Research

CSR’s program of research is built on a foundation of industry and community partnerships, as well as sport and exercise science services. 

We hope to build the capabilities of sport organisations through research into sport governance, management and marketing. 

All our research focuses on gaining positive outcomes for the health of sport as an activity and its participants.

Mission and vision

Our mission is to better the health and performance of people and organisations participating in sports. 

We aim to promote sport and exercise to create healthy communities. We'd also like to build on sport governance and management capabilities to support more participation and involvement in sport.

So that healthy communities and organisations can be created through sport and exercise, sport itself needs to be healthy, i.e. well managed, well delivered and encouraging positive participant experiences. 

“Healthy sport, healthy organisations, healthy community” best describes both our focus and intention.

The broader goal of the centre is to publish high-quality research that will inform policy and influence the work of other researchers, practitioners and professionals working in exercise and sport science, sport development and sport management.

Our research

Sport is at the core of our national identity. It brings people together and helps to preserve the health of Australians. 

Given the place sport holds within the Australian psyche, our research and the outcomes generated are typically newsworthy and provide promotional opportunities to showcase the research excellence and the impact that Deakin University has on the communities it serves.

Our research questions typically come from problems identified by policy makers and those directly involved in the field, from athletes and coaches to volunteers and managers. 


Our research findings impact the range of organisations we work with, including:

  • national and international sporting organisations
  • institutes of sport
  • sports academies
  • professional and community sporting clubs
  • commercial organisations.

Research focus 

Over the next three years, we will be researching: 

  • women in sport
  • sports injury prevention, training and rehabilitation
  • sport as a vehicle to promote mentally healthy communities
  • the development of community-orientated practices by sport organisations
  • transforming sport in India.

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Staff expertise 

One of CSR's strengths is our multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary approach to sport research, with staff expertise in:

  • biomechanics
  • clinical exercise physiology
  • coaching
  • consumer behaviour
  • corporate social responsibility
  • data analytics
  • engineering
  • governance
  • marketing
  • physiology
  • physiotherapy
  • psychology
  • social media
  • sponsorship
  • sport science
  • sports nutrition 
  • strategy.

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Our capabilities lie in:

  • athlete monitoring and performance management
  • sport data analytics and prediction
  • performance and game analysis
  • prediction and prevention of injury
  • 3D gait analysis
  • wearable technologies (validation and application)
  • the (adolescent) athlete pathway
  • women in sport
  • wellbeing and mental health of sport participants
  • sport strategy, management and governance
  • sport marketing
  • social responsibility
  • sustainability in sport.

Contact us

Centre for Sport Research (CSR)
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+61 3 9244 6334
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