Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Dr Samuel Chalmers

Main Campus
City East

Applications Close
11 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:
Domestic Only (no Stipend)

About This Project

Long distance running in hot and humid conditions poses an elevated risk of heat illness. An audit of 1,258 international long distance running events indicated that over 25% of races occurred in environmental conditions that were deemed either moderate, high, or extreme heat (Mantzios et al. 2022). This value increased to ~50% of races when marathons were excluded from the analysis (Mantzios et al. 2022). The importance of evidence-based heat policies is especially apparent given that hot and humid conditions currently regarded as extreme in Australia are soon set to be the new normal, and this is a similar sentiment for other countries in the face of the effects of global warming. 

Heat policies for endurance running have commonly referred to the critical environmental condition thresholds (i.e. those that define different levels of risk [low, moderate, high, or extreme]) suggested by the current American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (Roberts et al. 2021) or the recently revised Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) policy (Jay et al. 2021). However, the validity of both scales remains largely untested. The revised SMA policy uses advanced and sophisticated biophysical theoretical modelling to determine levels of risk for five different sport classifications. Notably, long-distance running resides within a sport classification category that groups intermittent high-intensity sports such as Australian football, basketball, netball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. 

Heat illness risk mitigation strategies also require further scientific validation. It is fair to assume that drinking cold water will cool you down during running. However, whilst an exercising individual will likely feel cooler, their core temperature response to exercise might not actually change during some environmental conditions (Jay et al. 2018). 

This project will provide evidence-based data that can be used to guide the ongoing development of heat policies for long distance running.

The study will contribute towards the development of evidence-based extreme heat policies. The continued and ever-increasing impact of global warming has prompted the development of modern heat policies by sporting organisations. However, these policies are only as good as the research evidence base that underpins them. The work is expected to have tangible impact given the widespread popularity of running across the community from weekend warriors to high-end athletes.

What you’ll do 

The successful candidate is expected to develop relevant knowledge about sport and exercise in stressful environmental conditions that will likely be desirable for employers looking to mitigate the future risk and challenges that are associated with hot conditions. The project will be delivered in a manner that maximises the opportunity for the student to publish research paper/s in a high-ranking journal

Where you’ll be based 

This research will be conducted within UniSAs Allied Health and Human Performance (AHHP) Unit.  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. 
International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

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. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
  • Completion of one of the following (or similar) Bachelor Degrees with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)  of 5.0 or above: Bachelor of Exercise/Sport Science, Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Human Movement, or Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded;
  • Previous involvement with research in the exercise physiology domain.

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 Sunday, 11 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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