Accredited Sports Scientists (ASpS)
A Sports Scientist provides
expert advice and support to athletes and coaches to help them understand and enhance sports performance; adopting evidence-based, quality-assured practice to evaluate and develop effective strategies or interventions in training and/or competition.
A Sports Scientist may operate
in one or more roles from pure researcher to applied practitioner and may also work in fields outside sport where human physical performance is an important factor.
What distinguishes a Sports Scientist from “a scientist who works in sport”
is their holistic perspective on sports performance. This approach is acquired through tertiary-level qualifications which include foundation knowledge across the primary disciplines of anthropometry, biomechanics, motor control and learning, physiology, psychology, and training methodology; together with advanced, integrated or applied studies in one or more of these areas.
A Sports Scientist always acts with integrity and professionalism, with the physical and mental health and welfare of the athlete foremost in their consideration and operates within the rules and the spirit of sport.
ESSA has a strong and comprehensive regulation system to ensure accredited professionals uphold best practice professional standards and behaviour.
Accredited professionals and members of the association are required to abide by professional standards including:
» ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice
» ESSA Return to Practice Policy
» Scope of Practice
» Sports Science Definition
Sports Science Accreditation
Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1 (ASpS1)
To gain ASpS Level 1 accreditation with ESSA, an individual must:
Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2 (ASpS2)
- be a graduate from a minimum AQF Level 7 qualification, that leads to the award of a Bachelor degree from a higher education provider
- meet the Exercise Science Professional Standards, leading to accreditation as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES), including 140 hours of practical experience for the purpose of undertaking an exercise intervention to improve health and fitness, wellbeing or performance, or focus on prevention of chronic conditions
- meet the Accredited Sports Science Professional Standards – Level 1, leading to accreditation as an Accredited Sport Scientist Level 1
- complete 360 hours of supervised practical experience in sports science.
Level 2 Accredited Sports Scientists are highly experience sports scientists with advanced knowledge, skills and expertise in sports science that is applied across subfields including sports physiology; sports biomechanics; skills acquisition; strength science and performance analysis.
To gain ASpS Level 2 accreditation with ESSA, an individual must:
- have graduated from a minimum AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in the field of exercise and sport science and hold a minimum Honours degree in the field of exercise and sport science, OR
- have graduated from a minimum AQF level 7 Bachelor degree (in a non-exercise and sports science field) and hold post-graduate qualifications at a minimum AQF Level 9 Masters degree in the field of exercise and sports science
- meet the Accredited Sports Science Professional Standards – Level 1
- meet the Accredited Sports Science Professional Standards – Level 2
- have completed at least 3-5 years’ full time equivalent supervised experience.
To maintain accreditation with ESSA, Accredited Sports Scientists are required to:
NB. Other pathways may be available. Please contact the ESSA Office for more information.
- hold and maintain a valid First Aid and CPR certificate when working with clients/human subjects
- hold and maintain appropriate professional indemnity insurance
- complete an annual Continuing Professional Program comprising 20 points per annum
- uphold the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.