This was a post I made in another thread.
This is a little long-winded, but I think the story is worth telling. I have a 24 year old relative, who has graduated from Sturt University with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. He has continued his studies towards a higher degree by research with the University.
He has had a very good mentor at the University, who directed him to his first practical work, where he worked with a disabled female swimmer. Under his guidance with diet and training schedule, she soon was surpassing her best times to a considerable degree.
As part of his course, he started working with the NSW Waratahs, initially in a learning role with their Super 15 strengthening and conditioning group. He is now leading the strengthening and conditioning group of the junior Waratahs and will continue to do so in the next season.
During the off-season twelve months ago, he worked for some weeks with a Texan (USA) College and some of their sports teams. They were so impressed with his results, they have tried several times to get him to go back, which he will do in the future.
During the past couple of years, he has spent some time at the Sydney Swans and the Sydney Roosters to gain additional, varied experience.
He says it is well-known in the “industry”, that the AFL Clubs and the Super 15 Clubs are well ahead of other sports in the scientific approach to strengthening, conditioning and rehabilitation. Other than the Roosters and one or two other rugby league clubs, the NRL clubs, including Wests Tigers, are well behind the times.
This may explain the injury and rehabilitation problems in our Club.