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SCU receives international recognition for sport training program


Brigid Veale
21 March 2005
Southern Cross University’s School of Exercise Science and Sport Management program has again received international recognition through the United State’s National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

The educational program in strength and conditioning offered by SCU is the only course of its type in Australia to be recognised by the organisation, which is the world’s number one professional body in sports training and conditioning.

SCU senior lecturer Mr Rudi Meir said the Bachelor of Human Movement Science degree had met stringent criteria in the field of strength and conditioning, set by NSCA’s Educational Recognition Program.

The NSCA has about 50,000 members worldwide and provides a wide range of educational and accreditation services to its members, particularly in the field of sports conditioning and training.

“Quite a few of our students specialise in the area of sports training and conditioning. They come into our course knowing it has been recognised by the peak body,” Mr Meir said.

“Not all Australian tertiary programs in exercise science offered their students units specifically in strength and conditioning training. Our program provides students with up-to-date information about best practice in the industry,” Mr Meir said.

He said the program provided students with the theoretical grounding, as well as practical knowledge of how to apply the theory in the sports training field.

The sports training and conditioning field covers amateur through to elite level sport, with SCU graduates now working with a range of elite sporting associations throughout Australia