AIS ties up with new institute

Victoria University's newly created Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living has linked with the Australian Institute of Sport in a partnership to fund research.

The institute was established earlier this year with the appointment of a founding director, Professor Hans Westerbeek, and research teams in sports science, exercise and rehabilitation science, and active living.

As part of its partnership with the AIS, ISEAL has created a chair in sports science held by Professor Damian Farrow that is jointly funded to undertake research projects.

These will include undergraduate and postgraduate programmes developing research skills to support AIS sport programmes in skills acquisition, physiology and performance analysis; applied research projects to enhance athlete talent development pathways of partner sports organisations and working with the CSIRO on harnessing interactive technologies for sport skill learning.

Director of the AIS, Professor Peter Fricker, says that ISEAL, with its broad collection of scientists and its new research facilities, will allow the AIS to increase its capacity significantly,” Professor Fricker said.

The institute will move into a new purpose-built $30 million facility at the Footscray Park campus later this year and works with major sporting partner, the Western Bulldogs, schools and sporting clubs in the west of Melbourne.

Professor Farrow says the institute will help produce the next crop of champion athletes by developing strategies to get kids away from their computer screens and into their backyards and sporting fields.

Professor Westerbeek says, “Australia leads the way in high performance sport but is in danger of becoming a Third World country in regard to effectively developing sport in the community.

“We are becoming an increasingly sedentary society with growing problems of obesity and associated diseases such as diabetes.

“The work we are doing at ISEAL addresses physical activity at all levels, from the top athletes to the general community to enhance wellbeing and ensure that an active life is accessible to all,” says Professor Westerbeek.

At the launch: ISEAL Director Professor Hans Westerbeek (left) with AIS Director Professor Peter Fricker and Olympian former Awesome Foursome rower Mike McKay, now the director of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

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