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Professional Certificate in
High Performance Conditioning

In-Season Training for High Performance Athletes – Six day intensive course

A rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the elite AFL high performance environment.

Be at the coal-face of in-season training. This six day intensive course provides you with a rare chance to benefit directly from Adelaide Football Club (AFC) and UniSA’s sport science expertise.

With course curriculum developed by UniSA’s internationally recognised exercise science expert Professor Kevin Norton and a range of Adelaide Football Club’s applied sports scientists, and strength and conditioning specialists. You’ll have access and direct engagement with the Adelaide Football Club’s High Performance, Sports Science and Coaching teams as they prepare elite-level athletes in one of the world’s most competitive sporting environments.

You will live and breathe in-season training with the full team and their inner sanctum as they prepare for games, manage recovery, and design and monitor training loads.

This course is designed for those with qualifications in sports science or those with high performance industry experience. 

Course Info

Live and breathe in-season training with an elite AFL team.

Work integrated learning

Based on the principle of work-integrated learning, you will be fully immersed in the high-performance environment of Australian Football League Club, the Adelaide Football Club (AFC).

Immersion experience at an iconic AFL ground

You will be directly involved in planning meetings and delivery of all aspects of conditioning and physical preparation of elite athletes during the regular season of AFL and attend two 2019 Toyota AFL Premiership Season games at Adelaide Oval.

The matches you will attend are:

  • AFL Round 12 clash with Greater Western Sydney at Adelaide Oval on Saturday 8 June
  • AFL Round 13 clash with Richmond at Adelaide Oval on Thursday 13 June
  • SANFL Round 9 Glenelg v North at Glenelg Oval on Monday 10 June

Practical learning meets sports science expertise

Combining practical elements with formal tutorials, you will learn real skills for real application.

Experience all elements

You will experience all facets of in-season training, from preparation, game day program, and recovery.

  • Planning for the game day week
  • Conditioning programs and development
  • Physiological considerations of physical preparation at the highest levels in sport
  • Periodisation of in-season training sessions
  • Recovery strategies including gym, skills, massage and resistance
  • Injury surveillance, rehabilitation and monitoring workloads

Draw on the University of South Australia’s sport science expertise

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise, providing the best student learning experience and research that continually extends the boundaries of knowledge.

A dynamic and agile University, UniSA is no. 1 in Australia for quality education (2019 THE University Impact Rankings).

With its strong industry partnerships and outstanding facilities, the School of Health Sciences is internationally recognised for its creditable 30-year history of teaching in Human Movement, Sport and Exercise Science. 

UniSA has the only ESSA (Exercise Sports Science Australia)-accredited Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology programs in South Australia.

The School of Health Sciences also has a distinctive research profile whereby evidence-based research outcomes inform innovative teaching to provide the most-up-to-date knowledge and practices for workforce-prepared graduates.

This is exemplified by the excellent research profile in Human Movement and Sports Science, as SA’s only University rated as ‘above world class’ in this area in the Australian Government’s Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) 2018.


$3500.00 + GST which covers:

  • All course materials, training, inner sanctum experiences, some lunches provided
  • Tickets to each of the Adelaide Oval and SANFL games

Key Dates

Applications close: May 31st, 2019

Course: June 8th – 13th 2019

Contact and general enquiries



Application and Eligibility

Students are required to have, or be enrolled in, a Bachelors degree in Human Movement, or Sports / Exercise Science or related area or can demonstrate at least 2 years experience in a high performance sporting environment.

Prospective students will be required to upload a one page summary supporting the application for enrolment to assess qualification to the criteria and suitability.


Download the application form