Accredited Sports Scientists (ASpS) are highly trained professionals who provide sports science services and conduct research relating to sport in an elite environment such as the AIS, state academy or professional sports club.
They help individual athletes and teams to improve their sporting performance through the use of scientific knowledge, methods and applications in the areas of physiology; biomechanics; psychology; and motor control and motor development. They evaluate research, and they advise on the technical and practical aspects of training; injury prevention; technique; nutritional supplements; performance and recovery practices. Accredited Sports Scientists work at all levels of sport, including with able-bodied and para-athletes.
An Accredited Sports Scientist can help you or your team by:
Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is the peak professional body and sole accrediting body for Accredited Sports Scientists and High Performance Manager. This accreditation is also supported by the Australian Government please see the 2016 Media Release.
To gain ASpS Level 1 accreditation with ESSA, an individual must:
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 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
To maintain accreditation with ESSA, Accredited Sports Scientists are required to:
Accredited Sports Scientists can work in a number of environments, including but not limited to:
At all times an ESSA Accredited Sports Scientist makes the wellbeing of the athlete, the team, and other service users their primary concern by providing the utmost duty of care and never recommending the use of any substance or practice that might knowingly cause the harm to the service user.
NB. Other pathways may be available. Please contact the ESSA Office for more information.