Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)Career
Graduates work as exercise scientists with professional athletes and elite sports teams such as the AFL. Other areas include health and fitness, recreation, rehabilitation, aged care and disability.
Exercise and sports scientists may work as part of an athlete’s team. They conduct research, make observations and interpret data in relation to sporting or physical performances and communicate their findings to support staff in order to improve performance.
Exercise and sports scientists devise treatment and exercise programs that support an individual’s preparation and recovery, and help them return to training or competition after injuries.
They develop programs for individuals to improve their physical performance and reduce the risks of injury.
They often attend training sessions and sporting events to monitor sporting performances in addition to working in an office or testing laboratory.
They also refer clients to sports medicine physicians and other health professionals such as physiotherapists, dieticians, sports psychologists and podiatrists.
The growth of Australia’s aging population and an increase in our sedentary lifestyle is creating a need for more expertise in the health sector.
Graduates work with all ages - from children through to the elderly - in rehabilitation, prevention and reduction of disease and the effects associated with aging, and mental health promotion.
In a sporting context, sport scientists will work alongside support staff and coaches to assess and improve fitness (physiology) and skills using biomechanics and motor skill assessments.
In a health setting, accredited exercise physiologists can work alongside other health professionals such as physiotherapists, providing expertise on what exercise will benefit a person and designing their workout program. This can be for those recovering in hospital from musculoskeletal injuries, heart attacks, or other conditions. People may also be referred to an exercise physiologist by a general practitioner as part of a strategy to reduce their risk of suffering from disease.
Exercise and sports scientists are employed in a wide range of areas including:
- peak sporting bodies and organisations
- sporting clubs
- rehabilitation centres
- health providers
- community organisations
- research agencies
The program has strong links with the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS), the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), sporting clubs, rehabilitation centres, and other community exercise and health providers.
You can also undertake work experience by actively engaging in exercise and sport science research projects with industry within RMIT or located externally. Projects include:
- elite athlete performance and skill learning
- physical activity in school-aged children and people with intellectual disability
- skeletal muscle adaptations and exercise performance
- effects of diet, exercise, and behaviour in the development or treatment of obesity and diabetes
Professional recognition and accreditation
The program is accredited with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at the exercise science level, and graduates are eligible for membership with ESSA.
ESSA is a professional organisation committed to establishing, promoting and supporting the career paths of tertiary-trained exercise and sport science practitioners.
Graduates from ESSA-accredited exercise science courses may apply for postgraduate study in National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP)- courses that will enable them to become accredited exercise physiologists through ESSA.
Accredited exercise physiologist
At the postgraduate level, an accredited exercise physiologist can attain a Medicare provider number and thereby receive referrals for exercise, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in the healthcare system.
Eligibility for registration as an accredited exercise physiologist requires graduation from an ESSA-accredited Exercise Science degree and completion of postgraduate study in an accredited National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) postgraduate degree.