Norwood Football Club PhD Scholarships

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For the first time, the University of South Australia in partnership with Norwood Football Club, will provide the opportunity for three candidates to receive support for a range of exciting Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) projects. Financial support will be used to provide top-up scholarships and to cover project costs.

Key information

Top up scholarships ($7,000 per annum) and project support will be negotiated for applicants in receipt of a Research Training Program domestic RTPd Scholarship ($27,000 per annum), or project support will be provided for students in receipt of a USAPA scholarship ($27,000 per annum) awarded from the University of South Australia.

Project 1: Athlete recovery

This opportunity will aim to assess the effect of hydrotherapy (i.e. cold water immersion) on chronic performance. In particular, the frequency at which athletes perform hydrotherapy will be manipulated, to establish the effect of frequency manipulation on performance adaption.

It is known that obtaining adequate recovery (i.e. sleep, nutrition, hydrotherapy, compression, massage etc.) is important in the training process since it facilitates the physiological adaptions required to improve exercise performance. Several studies have investigated the effect of hydrotherapy on acute performance (i.e. performing hydrotherapy following a bout of fatiguing exercise), however few have investigated the effect of hydrotherapy on chronic performance (i.e. performing hydrotherapy during a structured phase of training).

Eligibility: Applicants should have a First Class Honours degree or a Masters by Research qualification in human movement or exercise science and be eligible to apply for an RTPd scholarship.  

Supervisors: Professor Jon Buckley, Professor Kevin Norton and Dr. Clint Bellenger.

Project 2: Sport Psychology

This project will be focused on informing the appropriate selection and implementation of mindfulness techniques based on individual athletes and sport specific requirements. The project will also establish optimal mindfulness training parameters such as training duration and frequency, to best derive athlete wellbeing and sport performance outcomes.

Mindfulness training techniques are increasingly being adopted in sport settings not only to support athlete wellbeing but to also ensure high performance is maintained in complex competitive situations. Mindfulness techniques are now understood to specifically represent a unique form of cognitive training that enhances processes such as attention and emotion regulation that are fundamental to wellbeing and performance. This research will make a difference in understanding the factors which influence the benefits of mindfulness training for athletes.

Eligibility: Applicants should have a First Class Honours degree or a Masters by Research qualification in human movement, exercise science or psychology and be eligible to apply for an RTPd scholarship.

Supervisors: Dr. Maarten Immink, Dr. Alyson Crozier and others suited to the needs of the candidate.

Project 3: Men’s Health

With the decline of fitness levels in the male population aged 35 years and over, this major public health concern is not only a challenge but also under researched. Through this project, the Men’s high performance program will engage men to improve their fitness and weight management through their interest in football, and encourage them to incorporate small, incremental physical activity and dietary changes into daily life to support long term fitness goals and weight loss maintenance.

Applicants should have a First Class Honours degree or a Masters by Research qualification in human movement, exercise science or another relevant health discipline and be eligible to apply for an RTPd scholarship.

Supervisor: Professor Kevin Norton.

Norwood Football Club Partnership

The University of South Australia and Norwood Football Club formed a strategic partnership in 2018. One component of the partnership are these PhD projects, which are expected to have direct educational benefits to Norwood Football Club members and the club, informing best practice when it comes to high performance sport science, sport psychology, and men’s health.  

The PhD candidates will also benefit from a breadth of highly regarded experience, working closely with esteemed UniSA researchers as well as the Norwood Football Club.

How to apply and closing date

Application closing date: 30 September 2018
For more information on how to apply please contact Miss Deborah Williams: health.research@unisa.edu.au

+61 8 830 22887

Areas of study and research

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