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Sports Science

The Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) provides a range of applied support services.

Sport Science examines competition and training performance and is underpinned by each of the major sports science disciplines including Physiology, Biomechanics, Skill Acquisition and Performance Analysis. The QAS Sport Science unit uses contemporary, evidence-based practices to evaluate and impact individual and team sport performance.


Our Physiologists work with coaches, athletes and other scientists in assessing adaptations to training, and monitoring performance both in training and competition settings. This involves the measurement of a range of physiological variables, including cardiovascular, neuromuscular, hormonal, blood and performance variables.


QAS Biomechanists are involved in the observation, measurement and analysis of movement, techniques at training and competition performance, and use their expertise to support coach understanding and athlete development. The team is also responsible for the operation of all KPASS biomechanical testing equipment at the QAS Recovery Centre.

Skill Acquisition

Our Skill Acquisition specialists use their understanding of motor control and learning to design training programs that give both coaches and athletes a competitive advantage. This includes; designing innovative practice approaches to aid athletes in accelerating their skill development, assessing how athletes combine their awareness of their surroundings and their motor skills to perform multiple complex tasks in their sport and using technology to assist in feedback and skill learning.

Performance analysis

Performance Analysis in the training and competition environments ensures that we can systematically observe and analyse aspects of performance and provide quantitative and qualitative information. Coaches utilise this process to compile objective and reliable observations of performance that can then be used to assess current performance promote learning and improve subsequent performance.

Recovery Practices

The QAS Swimming Pool has world-class biomechanical equipment, including a Kistler force instrumented starting block and turn wall, 25m calibrated camera systems both above and below water, and multi-angle video views. QAS scientists working with swimming, triathlon and water polo coaches and athletes utilise the QAS Recovery Centre Pool facilities to help improve performance, both through detailed analysis of their performance and immediate augmented feedback to assist in the skill learning process.

Last updated: 20 Nov 2023