JCU sport scientists' day in Parliament

@JCU JCU sport scientists' day in Parliament

Two of JCU's top sports scientists will show school children and politicians alike how they measure sporting performance at Queensland State Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday, November 9).

Mr Wade Sinclair and Dr Carl Woods, lecturers in the College of Healthcare Sciences, will provide an interactive display on the Speaker’s Green at the Science and Sport in Parliament event.

They will examine performance data analytics, which means using data to work out what makes a winning team win, and what makes a losing team lose, and the different characteristics they show.

They will have a stall, with small equipment such as monitors and GPS units that are worn by athletes, and core temperature monitors and other equipment to monitor training loads in athletes.

“One of our focuses is heat, and how JCU capitalises on being in the Tropics and how athletes can use and prepare better for summer competitions,” Mr Sinclair said.

The event is designed to align with the Olympic theme and in the countdown to the Commonwealth Games, the focus is on excellence in science and sport.

Dr Geoff Garrett AO, Queensland’s Chief Scientists and Bennett King, Executive Director, Queensland academy of Sport are heading the program, which includes a panel discussion with science and sport professionals, and sport displays and interactive demonstrations.


Wade Sinclair

Wade Sinclair joined Sport and Exercise Science (SES) in 2003 as a Research Officer after completing his honours thesis investigating the thermoregulatory responses of junior surf lifesavers exercising in protective clothing. Wade completed his undergraduate education with James Cook University and has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary teaching) progressing to an Associate Lecturer (2008-2009) and Lecturer (2010 to present).

Currently, Wade has collaborative arrangements with Surf Life Saving Australia, the National Rugby League and North Queensland Cowboys, Aspetar - Qatar's Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital as well as various Australian and International Universities. Away from University, Wade is the current Assistant Coach for the Australian Life Saving Team (since 2013).

Carl Woods

Carl joined James Cook University in 2015 after completing his PhD at Edith Cowan University. His research interests include Talent Identification and Talent Development in team sports, Skill Acquisition, Performance and Data Analytics acquired through integrative performance analysis technologies, and the measurement and development of Athletic Movement Skill in junior athletes.

Carl has extensive experience researching in high performance environments in Australian football at both the elite junior and senior level. He continues to provide research consultation to the Australian Football League's Talent Pathway in the areas of Skill Acquisition, Talent Identification and Talent Development. Additionally, he provides research support to the sport science department at the West Australian Football Commission.

At JCU, Carl coordinates and lectures SP2010 - Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control, and SP3015 - Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control. Additionally, he is currently supervising one honours student at JCU, and multiple higher degree by research students located at interstate institutes.

·         Quantifying the development gap between talent identified under 16 and under 18 Australian footballers: the use of physical, anthropometric and athletic movement skill assessments (Honours, Principle supervisor, James Cook University).

·         Motor competence of high level junior Australian football players: implications for talent identification and development (Honours, co-supervisor, The University of Newcastle).

·         The relationship between training and game demands in junior Australian football: investigating the specificity of training (Masters, co-supervisor, Notre Dame University, Fremantle).

·         Attentional focus and its effect on goal kicking accuracy in junior Australian football (PhD, co-supervisor, Bond University).