By:  Heather Curry
July 12th, 2018

Be a front runner in your favourite sports with sport science jobs!

Athletes and sports teams know it’s good to have maths and computer science in their corner.

We break down the what, who and how of sport science jobs. The bottom line? Having sport science on your side means more opportunities for employment, and a chance to work with your passion

What are sport science jobs?

Code-based skills are in high demand in the sports industry. “Mechanical, electronic, software and materials engineering are all very relevant to sports technology,” says Glen Charlton, a technical support engineer for Catapult Sports.

A sports-related CS career could involve searching through data to help coaches evaluate game strategies, identify talent and predict results. It might also include developing better sports simulators or more realistic ‘exergames’, which combine exercise with gaming for fitness and rehabilitation.

“Any given day, I can be thrown a new challenge, from building a prototype sensor system that captures an athlete’s muscle movements, to writing a machine learning algorithm that automates manual data analysis,” says Aaron Belbasis, a PhD researcher at RMIT University. He’s developing ‘Smart Apparel’ that monitors muscles and ligaments during exercise, looking for actions that lead to injury.

Aaron says CS is a varied career. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with elite athletes, secure design patents, pitch my technology to investors, travel the globe to learn and share knowledge – and, ultimately, tailor the impact of my career upon the world.”


GET INTO CS + SPORTS!

Check out some key sport science jobs and study options…

CAREERS

Sports trainer, sports coach, technical engineer, health data analyst, exercise physiologist, sports scientist, biomechanical researcher, mobile app developer, physical therapist + more!

BACHELOR OF…

Exercise and Sport Science (Hons), University of Newcastle 

Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science), RMIT University 

Engineering Science (Sports Engineering), Victoria University 

Sport Science (Human Movement), Victoria University 

Science (Applied Statistics), Swinburne University 

Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science), University of Sydney

sports analyst

CAREER CASE STUDY

Daniel Pelchen, sports analyst

“As a sports analyst at Collingwood Football Club, I monitor the stats of more than 3000 players each year and indicate to the recruiters who’s performing well.”

Read more about Daniel Pelchen.

CS in action

CS + motorsports

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has a team of computer scientists who plot his every move and use algorithms to optimise his race strategy. Nowadays, computer science plays a major part in ensuring success in most sports.

CS + rugby

The Wallabies’ 2015 Rugby World Cup jersey, for example, was developed by the ASICS Institute of Sport Science in collaboration with the players. It’s lighter, stronger, harder to grab and better fitted than any previously worn – improvements that couldn’t have been made without CS in play.

CS + athletics

Olympic 100 m hurdles champion Sally Pearson teamed up with podiatrist and coach Ashley Mahoney to stay injury-free and improve her personal best. Combining cutting-edge software with super slow motion cameras, Ashley can measure things like step lengths, velocities, flight time over hurdles and forces out of the starting blocks.

“With this information we can make precise judgments and determine if any program changes need to be made,” he says.

– Ben Skuse

Heather Curry

Author: Heather Curry