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Sport Performance Innovation and Knowledge Excellence (SPIKE) 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.

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.

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. During 2017, the CoE rebranded as Sport Performance Innovation and Knowledge Excellence (SPIKE), bringing the CoE and Performance Knowledge services under one banner. This amalgamation was implemented with the aim of achieving greater acquisition, communication, and translation of high performance sport knowledge for Queensland.

SPIKE has five distinct functions:

  1. Provide knowledge services to Queensland sport and industry stakeholders.
  2. Build, support and encourage networks focussed on improving athlete performance.
  3. Facilitate ethical research projects with applied outcomes for high performance sport.
  4. Support the next generation of sport practitioners and researchers through postgraduate research scholarships in collaboration with universities and other sport partners.
  5. Fund the purchase and development of specialised technologies to assist athletes, teams and coaches.SPIKE continues to develop strong relationships with research groups and aims to serve as an interactive link connecting governments, universities, industry and the community for applied sport science research. Dedicated to innovative service delivery, SPIKE represents a source of both knowledge acquisition and dissemination in Queensland.
  6. The research arm of SPIKE supports projects that are primarily targeted at improving elite sport practices. At an institutional level, this is delivered through project, fellowship and scholarship support. SPIKE supported research encompasses a wide range of disciplines including biomechanics, engineering, medicine, nutrition, physiology, physiotherapy, psychology and sports management.
  7. The delivery of these five functions is realised through strategic alliances formed with Australian universities, international institutes and academies of sport and selected industry partners.

As mentioned, SPIKE now acts as the Performance Knowledge hub for QAS housing a range of resources focused on supporting the high performance units that service QAS athletes. Access to online databases such as SPORT Discus and Medline provide the latest research across a range of knowledge areas and these are complemented by in-house databases and journals that help facilitate the work of QAS staff. Equipped with the latest in audio visual technologies, SPIKE also offers full video editing, dubbing and production facilities in a variety of formats.

SPIKE’s knowledge services are not limited exclusively to QAS staff, with sport affiliated individuals and organisations encouraged to enquire about potential opportunities to make use of the resources on offer.

You can now access the QAS holdings via the Clearinghouse Catalogue which is part of the National Sport Information Centre/Clearinghouse for Sport.

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Last updated
15 December 2017