Centre of Excellence (CoE) and Applied Sport Science Research
Leonard King BA (back left), Professor Allan Hahn (QAS CoE) and Professor Greg Hill VC USC (far right); with CoE Scholar Bridie Kean and semester two 2016 scholarship holders of the Paralympic student athlete program project.
QAS Strength and Conditioning Coach Andrew Lullham using the Nord Board implemented as part of a project lead by the Queensland University of Technology with long jump athlete Naa Anang.
Building on the successes of the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), the Queensland Government established the Centre of Excellence for Applied Sport Science Research (CoE) in 2004. The primary aims and objectives of the CoE are to facilitate research and to communicate research results which assist the QAS to develop elite Queensland athletes, teams, and coaches.
A secondary objective is to supply Knowledge Services to sport organisations. Knowledge Services aim to contribute to improving sport delivery for athletes by assisting a wide variety of stakeholders including coaches, officials and administrators.
The Centre of Excellence has three distinct functions:
- To facilitate applied research in the field of sport science.
- To provide postgraduate scholarships with universities in the field of applied sport science.
- To fund the purchase and development of specialised technologies to assist elite athletes.
These three functions are provided through strategic alliances with Queensland universities, Australian and international institutes and academies of sport and selected industry partners.
The Centre of Excellence is continuing to develop strong alliances with research groups and is aiming to serve as a point of interaction among governments, universities, industry and the community for applied sport science research in Queensland.
The CoE supports research aimed at improving elite sport practices. Research support is provided at an institutional level through project, fellowship and scholarship support, with sport science encompassing a wide range of disciplines such as biomechanics, engineering, medicine, nutrition, physiology, physiotherapy, psychology and management.