SOME of the world’s best sports scientists and academics are set to host a symposium at Bond University, where they will share their tips to improve athletic performance and training with the public.
The symposium – which is being held as part of the Pan Pacific Masters Games – will focus on the health and performance of mature athletes, and will take place on Thursday, October 30. Athletes must register online prior to attending.
The event has attracted internationally renowned keynote speakers including Dr Christine Brooks of the University of Florida, who is the coaching science coordinator for the USA national track and field team.
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It will also feature some of Australia’s best sports scientists including Professor Aaron Coutts, who has consulted to Nike International and the Carlton and Essendon AFL teams and Parramatta NRL teams, along with Dr Greg Cox, who is a senior dietician for the Australian Institute of Sport and Triathlon Australia.
Bond University Associate Professor Mike Climstein will also present his research into Master’s Athletes health and training.
Professor Climstein said the event was a rare opportunity for athletes, coaches and sport administrators to access the latest ‘best practice’ tips, tricks and research from some of the best sporting minds in the world.
“Apart from a focus on health and performance, this symposium is also focused on ‘Sport for All,’ because we are really trying to encourage more adults to continue with sport as they get older, and the best way to do that is to educate people about proper training techniques and diet,” he said.
“This event is a collaboration of academics and sports scientists specialising in a variety of different fields – from conditioning and training through motivations and reasons for participating to diet and general health – so it will provide an holistic overview of masters sports.
“Anyone who is a masters athlete participating in the upcoming games, or who is a mature recreational athlete should attend to learn more about how they can maximise their sporting ability, avoid injury and improve their overall wellbeing.
“There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and network with the speakers and panellists, so they can apply what they learn on the day to their own specific training techniques.”
The Sport for All symposium at Bond University is a ticketed event, with registration available by visiting http://mastersgames.com.au/ppmg/symposium