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
Date/s Access within 3 weeks of enrolment
Time/sMarch 2024
Duration 5 hours online learning followed by synchronous sessions in March 2024
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Prerequisites/s There are no prerequisites for this course.
Certification Certificate of Attendance / Completion
Fee/s $50.00 AUD 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. Participants are encouraged to apply their new knowledge simultaneously within their own practice and to share this with the participant group throughout the course. A certificate of participation will be sent upon successful completion of the course.

The course takes an estimated total of 5 hours to complete and participants will have access to the course for up to six months. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled to connect participants together for general discussion and hold Q&A sessions with experts over the six-month period.

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


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Group bookings can be made upon request.  Please email for more information.

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