10 October 2014

PAFC players huddle on field The University of South Australia and Port Adelaide Football Club will offer an exciting PhD scholarship in high performance sport next year.

Applications are currently being sought for the PAFC and UniSA High Performance PhD Scholarship, which is worth $28,000 a year, and is the latest development in the partnership between the two organisations.

The scholarship will allow the recipient to work under the supervision of two of the brightest sport science minds in the world – PAFC’s high performance manager Dr Darren Burgess and UniSA’s Head of the School of Health Sciences Professor Roger Eston.

PAFC’s Darren Burgess says the scholarship will be focussed around maximising player athletic development.

“The scholarship will initially concentrate on strength and conditioning strategies for player performance and recovery,” Burgess says.

“But it’s also expected to branch into other research areas related to physiological and psychological factors underlying team sport performance where appropriate.”

Prof Eston says applicants for the scholarship will require an Honours degree in Human Movement or similar.

“The PhD scholarship is suitable for a well-qualified human movement/sports science graduate, although candidates from diverse disciplines are encouraged to apply,” Prof Eston says.

“It’s also suitable to candidates with previous experience dealing with elite athletes as some supervision and exercise programming will be required.”

As well as working with PAFC players, the scholarship recipient will have access to state-of-the-art facilities at both PAFC and UniSA, including the University’s new High Performance and Exercise Science Physiology Clinic at City East campus.

Media contact: Kelly Stone office 8302 0963 mobile 0417 861 832 email Kelly.stone@unisa.edu.au

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