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The Gold Coast has a breadth of experience in sports science, strength and conditioning services and state-of-the-art testing facilities, including three award-winning universities.
Our fast growing city provides an abundance of health care services for a broad range of athletes and their health and medical requirements, giving teams access to a range of leading sport specific specialists including physiotherapists, sports doctors, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, osteopaths, podiatrists and chiropractors.
The Gold Coast has an Altitude Training Centre that works with coaches and athletes to help them achieve their sporting goals in all sports areas, including Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT) to athletes for sports performance enhancement and rehabilitation.
Bond University Sports Centre
Bond University is one of Australia’s leading private universities. Located on more than 50 hectares at Robina, the campus is a leader in sports science and exercise studies.
The Bond University Sports Centre (BUSC) and the associated Bond University Sport Research Centre (BUISRC) are at the forefront of sports science/medicine services and research on the Gold Coast.
In addition to the expanding range of teams and squads assisted by BUSC (across sports such as swimming, beach volleyball and soccer) the institute offers a full range of sports-related services. BUSC and the Research Centre offer testing services across the main sports science disciplines of physiology, biochemistry (including haematology and lactate testing), biomechanics, sports psychology, strength and conditioning and physiotherapy.
Current research projects are directed toward areas such as devising new anti-doping strategies and investigating the exercise dose-response relationships to performance.
Examples of projects and consultancies in which they have been involved include:
- strength and conditioning for Australian National Rugby League teams and internationally based Rugby Union teams
- coordinating sports medicine services for the British Olympic and Para Olympic teams (2000)
- physiological testing services to the Ford Performance Racing Team
- anti-doping research
- talent identification testing women’s Skeleton program.
Contact Bond University
Phone: +61 7 5595 4469
Address: University Drive, Robina
Griffith University prides itself on being an athlete friendly university with a strong commitment to supporting the local community and international sport. Griffith is dedicated to achieving excellence in sports science, medicine research and clinical practice.
With world class facilities and staff, Griffith University and the School of Allied Health Sciences are able to offer a full range of sport and exercise related services to all levels of performance athletes and sporting teams.
Griffith Universitys sport and exercise science and biomechanics research laboratories include state-of-the-art motion analysis and performance testing equipment to enable assessment of:
- aerobic power and anaerobic capacity (VO2 max, anaerobic threshold, respiratory compensation threshold, critical speed etc) during various exercises including running, cycling, rowing and more
- exercise biochemistry (blood, glucose and iron, oxidative stress and gene expression in exercise)
- isokinetic dynamometry and strength testing (using Biodex)
- kinematic, kinetic and electromyographic motion analysis using the latest 3D motion technology (Vicon) laboratory testing can also be complemented with a battery of standard and sophisticated field tests tailored to suit the athlete and their sport
- body composition (DXA, pQCT imaging).
The Griffith Physiotherapy and Active Health Centre offers access to specialised clinicians in the fields of physiotherapy, sports psychology, sports nutrition and sports coaching. All associates of Griffith have extensive experience working with national, international and Olympic level athletes, and expert clinicians regularly provide consults for professional and national sporting bodies. Links with sports and biomedical engineering also enable students to develop high technology solutions for all aspects of sports training, sports equipment and instrumentation.
Contact Griffith University
Phone: +61 7 5552 8800
Address:Parklands Drive, Southport
Southern Cross University
Southern Cross University has a long tradition of supporting sport through its teaching, research, community engagement and the Elite Athlete Program.
Southern Cross University’s Graduate College of Management incorporates a dedicated Sport Business Unit which provides advice and expertise across a range of sport issues. Its expertise is sought by regional, national and international organisations in areas such as sponsorship, public relations and media, event management, sport business analysis as well as performance management and sports law.
Complementing this is diverse expertise in a number of key areas of physical performance. The university’s strength and conditioning knowledge has been utilised by rugby league and rugby union clubs in Australia and overseas, and delivers enhancement of performance for competitive athletes using cognitive behavioural change.
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses include the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science and Nutrition, Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and the Master of International Sports Management.
The University has joined forces with the Australian Sports Commissions National Talent Identification and Development (NTID) program to identify the next generation of sports stars.
It is also a member of the National Network of Athlete Friendly Universities and has developed an Elite Athlete program, providing a wide range of flexible study and assessment options to assist athletes to successfully integrate their academic and sporting aspirations.
Contact Southern Cross University
Phone: +61 7 5589 3000
Address: Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
breadth of experience in sports science
including three universities