QUT’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences has partnered with Water Polo Australia to provide a research scholarship to a suitably qualified and highly motivated student. This industry-based candidature will have a core research focus based around the physical determinants of elite water polo players. The School of Exercise and Nutrition Science has a close working relationship with its internal department stakeholders in addition to National and local community sporting bodies inclusive of the Queensland Academy of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport and Professional Player Network.
The implementation of a PhD project will provide the student with a full-time position combining research with strength and conditioning and sport science support. In adopting this approach, the student will be exposed to high level sports science experience in the areas of physiology, strength and conditioning, performance analysis and skill acquisition, as well as the opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience in real-world sport settings across key Water Polo Australia programs.
Potential research topics will include:
1. The physical determinants of high performing water polo players.
- Hip and shoulder strength and range of motion.
- Biomechanical analysis of eggbeater and relationship with above measurements.
2. Physical requirements of high performance water polo games.
- External load (GPS tracking), Internal load (sRPE and HR zones), performance analysis.
- Relationships between game requirements and physical performance tests.
3. The relationship between physical performance levels and injury incidence.
Dr. Vince Kelly – Associate Professor
P: 07 3138 6172