Supporting the Female Athlete

Learn about the unique physiology and requirements of females in sport.

A self-paced online course to develop your knowledge on coaching and supporting female athletes.

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Location Online (featuring synchronous or recorded Zoom sessions)
Date/s Commences 29 August 2022
Duration 5 hours online learning followed by a four-week applied learning block
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Prerequisites/s There are no prerequisites for this course.
Certification Certificate of Attendance / Completion
Fee/s $50.00 inc. GST

With the increased awareness and focus on the unique physiology and requirements of females in sport, this short course is designed to advance your knowledge and skills in the areas of training, nutrition and injury prevention for female athletes. Designed to benefit coaches and support staff at all levels of sport, particularly within the development pathway, participants will also gain an understanding of how to create healthy sporting cultures that support optimal performance for female athletes.

This online short course is delivered in four self-paced modules that include informative seminars by leading practitioners in female health and performance, as well as Q&A sessions with athletes and coaches. The modules will be followed by a four-week applied learning block which will involve group discussions with other participants in the course, as well as an opportunity to apply some of your learnings directly within your sporting environment. A certificate of recognition will be sent upon successful completion of the course.

The course takes an estimated total of 5 hours to complete, followed by a four-week applied learning block where participants can put their knowledge into practice. This phase does not rely on participants having direct access to athletes during this period and will also involve peer-to-peer discussions within the online learning cohort. Students will have access to the course for up to six months.

Includes presentations from:

  • Professor Sophia Nimphius, Edith Cowan University, specialist in the enhancement of athletic performance and reduction of injury risk.
  • Professor Holly Thorpe, founding member of the High Performance Sport New Zealand WHISPA (Healthy Women in Sport: A Performance Advantage) multi-disciplinary working group.
  • Alicia Edge, CEO of Compeat Nutrition and Performance Dietitian for Football Australia.
  • Ros Cooke, Lead Physiotherapist for England Netball and Team GB Women's Football.

Course content

Topics covered will include:

  • Medical & Dietary Considerations for Female Athletes
  • Training & Performance Across the Menstrual Cycle
  • Communication & Psychology for Female Athletes
  • Strength & Conditioning and Injury Prevention Considerations

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information


T: 9479 1586


This program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A refund will be provided if the program is cancelled.