ESSA celebrates 30 years of supporting health through exercise

2 February 2021

Founded in 1991, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is a professional organisation which is committed to establishing, promoting and defending the career paths of tertiary trained exercise and sports science practitioners.

This year, ESSA celebrates its 30th year anniversary of encouraging all Australians to use exercise and sports science to improve their health, both physical and mental, and performance.

“In terms of professions we are still relatively young yet the impact we have had on the lives and overall well-being of Australians is powerful and lasting. Our accredited professionals are changing lives every day, and I don’t say that lightly. The profound work our industry performs can be, in some instances, lifesaving,” says Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer.

“ESSA as an organisation provides industry leadership through advocacy, research, education and regulation to support exercise and sports science professionals and the Australian community in becoming a more active nation. Our key goal is to continue to raise the profile of our profession and embed expert exercise prescription as part of standard health care and disease management.”

As part of the celebrations, ESSA will be sharing 30 stories throughout the year to commemorate the 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.

“We will be sharing a variety of stories ranging from pivotal moments in our industry, inspiring clients, ESSA professionals raising the profile and more. We look forward to sharing these with you all.”

The first story reflects back on an interview with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and his team who provide exercise therapy for spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions. Their clientele achieves amazing recovery outcomes, including that of paralysed motocross riders and ex-NRL superstars.

“Every day in our national office, we are lucky to hear about the passionate individuals who are either working within this industry or their clients who are using the power of exercise and physical activity to benefit their lives. It’s inspiring.”

You can follow along with ESSA's 30 year anniversary journey via the website here.

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