Sport Scientist

A Sport Scientist is trained expert who assists sports people to achieve the best possible sporting performance. They evaluate research, assess and advise on coaching, training, competition and recovery practices in all areas and levels of sport.

Sports scientists assist sportspeople to achieve the best possible sporting performance, by applying knowledge and techniques from the areas of medicine, physiology, biomechanics (the study of human movement), motor control and development, nutrition, psychology and physiotherapy/massage. Sports scientists may perform the following tasks:

  • devise treatment and exercise programs that support athletes' preparation and recovery, and assist sportspeople to return to training or competition
  • conduct experiments, make observations and interpret data in relation to sporting performances, and communicate findings to officials, athletes, coaches and other support staff
  • design or assist in designing training programs for sportspeople to improve sporting performance without causing injury, or to strengthen particular areas of the body
  • refer clients to medical and paramedical specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists and physiotherapists
  • assist with psychological issues of motivation and stress

Jobs in the area of Sports Science are concerned with the testing and training of elite athletes. Sport scientists work in laboratories and where ever athletes train and compete. The majority of employers are institutes and academies of sport. The Defence Forces also employ exercise scientists to train soldiers and conduct research.

Careers in this role are highly competitive and it is recommended that volunteer work with local sporting teams is undertaken throughout the degree and work placements/internships should be pursued during the degree to reflect a interest in this area a whilst building networks.