Aspiring champions in rowing' cycling' triathlon' athletics (track) and hockey received a boost to their training after participating in exercise testing at CQUniversity Bundaberg last weekend (Saturday' 18 June).
Led by CQUniversity physiotherapy lecturer Sasha Job' the research testing determined the fitness' strength' power' agility' and other measures of physical function of 26 local athletes.
Ms Job said the joint initiative between Wide Bay Sports Academy (WBSA)' CQU and local physiotherapists provided baseline data on the athletes' allowing the program coordinators to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
"The young athletes' aged between 14-17 years' will receive individualised planning to support their progression to the next level of performance'" she explained.
"Over the coming weeks the information will be analysed and presented to the athletes' coaches' and the academy.
"This is the first time testing of this type has been offered for athletes in Bundaberg. Results will help support goal-setting' allow us to provide more targeted strength and conditioning programs' and monitor performance."
The program also assisted in training the next generation of allied health professionals with exercise science and physiotherapy students involved in the testing.
This was the first interprofessional collaboration between exercise science and physiotherapy at CQUniversity Bundaberg.flickr embed.