Exercise and sport science student Daniel Dimattina is drive to help others achieve their exercise goals.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)
I was involved with an AFL based study, completed a Certificate III and IV in Fitness and participated in diabetes, weight-loss and muscle recovery research and completed work placement at a strength and conditioning company.
Studying physical education and biology in VCE sparked my interest in how the body works and how to maximise its potential.
Coming from a sporting background and completing work experience with a personal trainer, I wanted to develop that knowledge to the point where I could help others achieve their exercise goals.
Through RMIT’s industry connections, I was exposed to almost every aspect of the allied health and fitness industry.
The program has been great in providing me with the right skills and knowledge to apply in the workforce. I was also challenged to develop fundamental employability skills like communication, responsibility and adaptability.
One of the most challenging but also rewarding experiences was facilitating an exercise program for people with learning and movement disabilities. It helped me appreciate the need for patience, respect and empathy when dealing with other people.
Strength and conditioning was my favourite subject. It was practical and really interesting, dispelling a few exercise myths.
Learning to train properly, to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury has many practical applications. It allows people to excel at their sport and to be healthy and functionally independent in old age.
I’m looking forward to graduating and eventually furthering my studies in exercise physiology.