To celebrate 30 years of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), we are reflecting on 30 stories which commemorate the profound impact the exercise and sports science industry and its professionals have had on our communities, and how they have benefited the health landscape in Australia.
Hear from ESSA President, Kirsty Rawlings, as she reflects on our proud history here.
Click here to download commemorative eBook here.
Making Strides on the Gold Coast has played a key role in the amazing recovery journeys of Andy Hensel, paralysed motocross rider, and Alex McKinnon, NRL player, and many more.
In late-2005, Accredited Exercise Physiologists were approved to deliver clinical exercise services for people with chronic conditions under Medicare.
Meet Isa, an 11-year-old boy, living with a rare form of mitochondrial disease. Isa's AEP, Jessica shares their journey on how exercise can empower children, no matter their health.
Our accredited professionals see a range of inspiring clients who make significant progresses in their life thanks to the power of exercise.
The role of exercise in cancer care has helped to significantly grow the exercise and sports science industry over the last decade thanks to dedicated to the cause.
Fasiu's journey is a success story for the NDIS of how exercise is medicine and the important role Accredited Exercise Physiologists play within this scheme.
The growth of our Sports Scientist and High Performance Managers, and ESSA's accreditation system, has shaped the sporting landscape throughout Australia and beyond.
After receiving an ESSA Grant, the Alpine Shire Pole Walking Groups was developed to support the Alpine Shire community impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires.
As the industry grows so too does the niche areas in which exercise professionals play a key role. One of these areas is in neuroscience.
Our exercise and sports science professionals have helped to play a role in the growth of the para-sport space, working with para-athletes at a range of levels.
The 2019 NDIS Announcement is still fresh in our minds. This resulted in some exciting wins for our Accredited Exercise Physiologists providing support through the NDIS.
Exercise is beneficial for those with poor mental health or living with a mental illness. As the research has increased over the years, our industry has played a key role.
After a double lung transplant at a young age, Lara has incorporated exercise physiology in to her life to ensure she is fit and healthy for her upcoming second transplant.
One of the rapidly evolving areas of health care has been the promotion of physical activity in supporting women’s health before, during and after pregnancy.
A landmark win for ESSA was the welcoming of a $1.838 million grant in 2019, highlighting the government's support of promoting physical activity for healthy ageing.
ESSA's public awareness platform, Exercise Right, has played a key role in the promotion of exercise for everyday Australians and who the true experts of exercise are.
Richard and Matthew are one of only a few father and son duos within the ESSA membership, perfectly capturing how the exercise physiology industry has grown.
One health area which has continued to grow is that of "men's health" and the support our ESSA accredited exercise professionals are providing to Australian men.
After 17 years, ESSA's biennial conference, Research to Practice, has grown to become one of the world's best exercise and sports science conferences.
Although 'Exercise Science' wasn’t moved to being an accreditation category until 2016, it has played an important role since the beginning of ESSA.
Molly highlights just how powerful exercise can be in the treatment and recovery of cancer, and how it made her an absolute champion of exercise.
A testament to the role exercise plays in our lives has been the need for accredited exercise professionals to deliver health and well-being services in unique and interesting roles.
As Australia continues to evolve to better support our First Nation peoples, ESSA and the exercise and sports science community are working together in this space too.
As ESSA has continued to grow over the last 30 years, so too has the leaders and pioneers within the practitioner and research space of the exercise and sports science industry.
ESSA professionals are consistently driven by passion, care and commitment to the health of Aussies, even through the harshest of conditions.
With movement widely considered one of the best forms of medicine, ensuring expertly prescribed exercise is widely delivered in public healthcare has been a key priority for ESSA and its AEPs.
Aged Care is a huge growth area for AEPs as we have an ageing population and increased care needs resulting from inactive living.
Thriving Exercise Rehabilitation Inc. was awarded Practice of the Year for 2020 due to their ground-breaking and innovative work.
Dotted throughout the ESSA membership there is a unique group of under-30s who are taking on business ownership and are excelling.
This year we celebrate ESSA’s 30th anniversary and stop to reflect on the journey so far.