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Exactly what is involved in being a sport scientist or a high performance manager? Deakin University researchers want to find out.

13 September 2013

In a first for Australian sport, Deakin University researchers are looking to reveal the complete picture of what is involved in being a sport scientist or high performance manager.

“While sports scientists have been in the media for all the wrong reasons of late, they do play an important role in the success of our athletes and teams,” said Deakin high performance and sports science expert, Dr Paul Gastin.

“The recent media suggests we know little about their background and how they work. So we are calling on all sport scientists, high performance managers, and sport administrators who employ them, to share their experiences.

“Whether they work at the elite level or at the grass-roots level we want to know more about how they got into their role and the demands of their role in preparing athletes/teams for competition. We also want to hear their views on professional development and the best way in which they can be supported.”

Through this study the researchers will compile a complete picture of what is happening in sport science and high performance management in Australia.

“We hope that the results will inform the development of policies and management practices at national, state and community levels of sport that will better support and improve the work that sport scientists and high performance managers do,” Dr Gastin said.

Sport scientists and high performance managers of all levels and all sports are encouraged to complete the survey available online at: http://tinyurl.com/m5er3an

This study will also examine the recruitment and development practices of sporting organisations who employ sport scientists and high performance managers, so sports administrators are also being asked to provide their insights on the management and policy issues.

“What is unique about this workforce study is that we are also interested in the opinions of sports administrators who employ sport scientists and high performance managers. We want to know what they think in terms of the current and future needs of their organisation that support their development,” Dr Gastin said.

Sports administrators who employ sport scientists and high performance managers can complete the survey online at: http://tinyurl.com/kqeu347

For more information about the study contact Dr Paul Gastin at Deakin University on 03 9889 7748or email pgastin@deakin.edu.au

News facts
  • Deakin University researchers are looking to reveal the complete picture of what is involved in being a sport scientist or high performance manager
  • Call for all sport scientists, high performance managers, and sport administrators who employ them, to share their experiences
  • Through this study the researchers will compile a complete picture of what is happening in sport science and high performance management in Australia.

Media contact

Dr Paul Gastin
Course Director - Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
03 9889 7748/ 0407 508 505
pgastin@deakin.edu.au

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13th September 2013