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Physiology

What is Physiology?
AIS Physiology is the branch of biological science dealing with the function of living organisms. Physiology is inherently integrated with other disciplines such as anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics. In the context of sports science, physiology is one discipline that complements other areas of Biomechanics, Nutrition, Psychology, Strength and Conditioning, and Performance Analysis. Scientists in these disciplines work alongside their colleagues in sports medicine such as medicine, physiotherapy and massage. Collectively practitioners in these disciplines constitute the performance support services provided to athletes and coaches.

Exercise science is a branch of the larger discipline of Physiology and focuses on both the physiological and biochemical effects of exercise on the human body. AIS Physiology structures research activities and clinical services to leading Australian athletes. AIS Physiology staff are focused on scientifically improving training and competition techniques in order to provide Australia's athletes with the best possible chance of achieving their sporting goals on a world stage.

How do I become a Physiologist?
Refer to our careers page.

How can I come and work at AIS Physiology
Refer to our careers page.

I'm from overseas and want to work at the AIS - what should I do?
Refer to our careers page.

Can I get fitness tested at the AIS?
Physiological testing can be time consuming and expensive in terms of time, resources and money. The AIS generally only tests athletes accredited with national sporting organisations. By arrangement the Physiology Department occasionally conducts fee-for-service commercial testing for outside groups and organisations. Enquiries should be directed to Australian Sports Commission Events and Sports Camps division.

Can I visit the Laboratory as part of a school-based excursion?
It is possible to arrange a laboratory excursion as a commercial tour if the tour is arranged through Australian Sports Commission Events and Sports Camps division well in advance.
 
What kind of activities does a Sports Physiologist undertake?
Physiologists at the AIS provide expert assistance and advice to athletes and coaches in order to improve sporting performance. Physiologists perform routine exercise testing for athletes and athletes in national sporting teams.

These tests are aimed at determining VO2 max , economy, anaerobic threshold in individual sports such as cycling, rowing, and running; peak power both in the laboratory and in the field, time to exhaustion on various maximal effort performances; and quantifying agility, power, maximal jump height, sprint times, acceleration and flexibility in team game athletes. Physiologists also carry out research in an effort to expand and enhance scientific knowledge of sporting performance.

Can you help me do my assignment?
Staff of the AIS Physiology do not routinely provide assistance to school assignments. The AIS National Sports Information Centre has information that may be of assistance to you.

Does the AIS Physiology have open days for the public?
The AIS Physiology laboratory is not open to the public. Public viewing of the laboratory is available as part of the annual National Science Week. All bookings must be made through AIS Tours. Interested universities, sporting and school groups may view the Physiology laboratory as part of a special tour that can be arranged through Australian Sports Commission Events and Sports Camps division well in advance.

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