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Sun, 22 May 2016

International recognition for JCU’s strength and conditioning

James Cook University has attained recognition for strength and conditioning in its Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science degree from the peak international body, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the United States.

James Cook University has attained recognition for strength and conditioning in its Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science degree from the peak international body, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the United States.

Associate Professor Stephen Bird, researcher and lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, said that after an extensive application process JCU have been advised that it was now one of only four Australian universities recognised by the NSCA.

“To achieve recognition by the NSCA we had to show that our educational programs have met, and continue to meet, international best standards in the area of strength and conditioning,” Associate Professor Bird said.

“This is an important standard for us to meet. It tells prospective students and staff that we measure up internationally, and it also opens up valuable international professional networks for our students, graduates and staff.”

Associate Professor Bird said strength and conditioning for elite athletes, particularly in tropical conditions, was an important focus of both teaching and research in Sport and Exercise Science at JCU.

“Our staff and students also work directly with local athletes and sporting teams, applying evidence-based principles to help them optimize performance and avoid injury,” he said.

“Through internships and work placements with teams like the Northern Pride in Cairns and the Cowboys in Townsville our students gain invaluable experience in strength and conditioning and also make a real contribution to the teams’ preparation.

“We work with world ranked athletes from sports including mountain bike, ironman, ultra distance marathon, and beach volleyball. We also coordinate high performance programs with the Northern Pride and Indonesian Olympic Team, and facilitate fatigue monitoring and recovery management for NBL teams travelling to Cairns.”

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