The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON ranked in the world's top 100 for Sport

The University of Newcastle (UON) Australia's exercise and sport science discipline has ranked in the top 100 in the world, confirmed by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

The Exercise and Sport Science discipline takes a holistic approach to the study of physical health for the entire population. The western world is facing a new era of health challenges related to lifestyle and inactivity, and our students are inspired and empowered to tackle these problems – ultimately contributing to happier and healthier communities.

Through integrated work placements, students have opportunities to gain valuable experience with professional sporting teams, sports organisations, clinics and hospitals.

Leading the path towards a healthier future, our staff take a collaborative approach to education and research, with life-changing results.

A Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science, Dr Suzi Edwards is working to reduce the incidence and severity of sporting injuries, and improve athletic performance in a diverse variety of sporting communities. Her primary research area focuses on investigating the role of the lumbopelvic region within sporting injuries and performance, particular during dynamic lower limb landings and cricket fast bowling. Dr Edwards also recently secured a $387,585 grant to fund collaborative research into hamstring and adductor muscle strain injuries in basketball.

Dr Xanne De Jonge, Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science

Dr Xanne De Jonge completed her "doctorandus" studies (Bachelor's & Master's) in Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 1995. She completed her PhD on the menstrual cycle and exercise performance at the University of Sydney in 2002. A lecturer in Exercise & Sport Science at the University of Newcastle since 2006, Dr De Jonge is placing the little-explored field of female hormones in sport performance in the research spotlight. Xanne has also been collaborating on applied sport science research with the Central Coast Mariners Football Club and the Judo Federation of Australia. During her time at the University, she has secured $222,352 worth of research funding.

Dr Adrian Schultz is passionate about applied strength and conditioning, biomechanics and motor control, with view to enhancing athletic performance (primarily running speed and change of direction ability) and preventing sports injuries. Working alongside the Australian Sailing Team, Adrian's PhD research quantifies and describes the aetiology of low back pain in elite Olympic class sailors. He is also about to launch a series of research projects working internationally with the largest Brazilian Jujitsu franchise in the world, with nine studies set across three discipline areas over the next 2-3 years.

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