Sports Research & Innovation session - 26 October

Western Sydney University is hosting a Sport Research & Innovation session as part of Research Week.

This session will explore recent research the University has recently undertaken with a number of our key sports partners.  Please see more information on each of the topic areas the session with cover.

High Performance Physiology
Presenter: Associate Professor Jason Siegler – Sports & Exercise Science – Western Sydney University
Co Presenter: Dr Kenneth Graham - Principal Scientist NSWIS
This session will cover a brief history of the NSWIS/Western relationship, and how this partnership has evolved from student placement opportunities to generating industry funded research outputs. As well as highlighting previous successes, Dr's Siegler and Graham will discuss the impact of conducting collaborative research within the realm of elite sport.

Youth Athletic Development
Presenter: Dr Ric Lovell – Sports & Exercise Science – Western Sydney University
Co-Presenter:  Mr Tony Wignell – Head of Physical Performance – Westfields Sports High School
The speakers will provide an overview of the relationship between the Sport & Exercise Science staff at the University, and the high performance team at Westfields Sports High School.  The session will include overview of both past and on-going research projects examining injury prevention, load monitoring and athletic development in young team-sports athletes, with particular reference to the role of biological maturation.

Talent ID
Presenter: Dr Kylie Steel – Health & Physical Education – Western Sydney University
Co-Presenter: Mr John Quinn – Academy Director – GWS GIANTS
This session will cover the state of talent identification processes currently in use and provide a foundation for the exploration of other, previously unexplored options, such as those related to cognition and perception.

Fan Centred Approach to Health Promotion
Presenter: Dr Emma George – Health & Physical Education – Western Sydney University
Co-Presenter: Mr Michael Basan – Manager, Community Development & Engagement – Parramatta Eels
Fans and members are an important part of any sporting organisation. In this presentation, we will discuss the benefits of fan engagement, the potential for sporting organisations to promote good health, and suggestions for health promotion initiatives in the sporting environment. We will provide an overview of the findings from a qualitative research project with Parramatta Eels members and fans and discuss the implications of these findings for future practice.

Community Membership Program
Presenter: Mr Keith Parry – Hospitality, Marketing & Sport Business – Western Sydney University
Co-Presenter: Mr Fayssal Sari – General Manager – Community – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
This session will cover the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs' Brydens Community Membership program, an innovative initiative that is providing refugees and others from disadvantaged backgrounds with free family memberships to the club. The aims of the program and the evaluation that has been taking place will be detailed, revealing the social inclusion benefits that such a scheme offers.

Fan Cultures
Presenter: Dr Ana Rodas – Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology
Co-Presenter: Mr Mark Jensen – Head of Marketing & Community – Western Sydney Wanderers
This session will cover the need to understand football fan cultures as diverse and dynamic when developing safety and security measures. One dimensional law and order responses that focus on traditional understandings of football fans as 'hooligans' have been ineffective and often result in alienating the supporter base. Instead we suggest that nuanced understandings of manifestations of fan cultures are possible, allowing for the development of innovative and informed approaches to crowd management.

Date:          Wednesday 26 October 2016
Time:         11.00am - 1.00pm
Agenda:     11.00am - presentations commence
                  12.30pm - networking and student research showcase, light refreshments  provided
Venue:       Female Orphan School, Building EZ, Parramatta South Campus
                   Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere
RSVP:  Attendance is limited, please rsvp here, for any questions please contact Laura Robinson on 9685 9800