On track to be Number One in sport

La Trobe University has launched a new bid to become Australia’s leading sports university.

La Trobe sport image collageThe University aims to be ‘the place to be’ for elite athletes, as well as for sport study and research.

La Trobe Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar today released details of the new La Trobe Sport unit at the sporting mecca, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, to an audience representing the wide range of Victoria’s sporting community.

Professor Dewar said the University had already forged strong relationships at all levels of the sports community and La Trobe Sport was a signal of increased commitment.

‘La Trobe Sport will drive the University's vision to be the leading Australian university for sport – the best place to study sport, the best at sport research, and the best at working with the sport industry and community partners,’ Professor Dewar said.

‘La Trobe is very much a part of Melbourne – our nation’s sporting capital – and we see sport very much as a part of La Trobe’s commitment to making a difference.

‘With the sporting world reeling from a wide range of big issues, La Trobe is continuing to put resources into sport academic programs and research to help solve some of those challenges.

‘We want to make a substantial contribution to the long term sustainability of the Australian sport industry and the welfare of all its participants at all levels – from grassroots right up to elite athletes,’ he said.

La Trobe already has partnerships with a range of sports organisations, including:

  • AFL Players Association
  • AFL SportsReady
  • Bendigo Spirit
  • Melbourne Cricket Club
  • Melbourne Heart Football Club
  • Netball Australia
  • Northern Football League.

La Trobe University currently delivers a range of courses that produce graduates to work in the diverse global sport industry as: managers of sport organisations, stadiums and events; physiotherapists, podiatrists, physical education teachers, psychologists, and exercise physiologists; and sport journalists reporting on sport and the people who compete in, coach, officiate and administer sport.

La Trobe University is engaged in research as diverse as designing new prosthetic aids for amputee athletes, evaluating the social and economic impact of the global sport industry, designing new technologies to assist stadiums like the MCG to operate more effectively, investigating better sports nutrition regimes for athletes, and prescribing exercise programs to people of all abilities to overcome injury or to maximise performance.

The Director of the new unit is Professor Russell Hoye and the Manager of Sport Partnerships is Lisa Hasker. The Director and Manager are supported by the La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Carlton Football Club coach Mick Malthouse.

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