Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor Grant Tomkinson

Main Campus
City East

Applications Close
02 Dec 2022

Study Level
Masters by Research

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
No stipend funding

About This Project

Handgrip strength assessment is a simple and low-risk method for assessing strength. Current handgrip strength assessments emphasise the ascertainment of maximal force, which is only a single aspect of muscle function. Digital handheld dynamometers provide unique opportunities to examine several aspects of muscle function beyond strength capacity, while also maintaining procedural ease. Specifically, digital handheld dynamometry can assess the rate of force development, submaximal force steadiness, and fatigability, which may be related to various aspects of whole-body strength because many resistance exercises involving significant gripping which, in addition to increasing muscle strength, can also alter handgrip strength characteristics. This project will examine whether various aspects of handgrip strength are related to aspects of athletic performance and game-related statistics in AFL and AFLW players.

What you’ll do 

Research design, data collection (physical fitness/performance testing of AFL/AFLW players), travel (to/from the Adelaide Football club for player testing), data analyses and synthesis, communication of scientific findings (oral, written, and visual).

At the conclusion of this research project the candidate is expected to:
  • effectively operate with and upon a body of knowledge
  • effectively problem solve and be a critical/creative thinker
  • work effectively autonomously and collaboratively
  • communicate effectively (oral, written, and visual) in professional practice and the broader community
  • possess effective data organisation, management, analysis, and synthesis skills.
Where you’ll be based 

This research will be conducted in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), which is a part of UniSAs Allied Health and Human Performance (AHHP) Unit. ARENA is a research centre that creates real-world solutions to help all people be active, eat better, and perform at their best. The student will be located at UniSAs City East campus, in a research environment that includes the principal supervisor, and AHHP faculty and graduate students.

Supervisory Team 

Financial Support 

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Additionally, any Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant who holds an offer of admission without a living allowance will be eligible for the Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship. This scholarship is to the value of $46,653 per annum (2023 rates). Any Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship recipient will also receive a fee waiver.

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time. 

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.

All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. 

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide. 

Essential Dates 

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Friday, 2 December, 2022.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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