How do I become a biomechanist or performance analyst?
Many people learn about biomechanics and performance analysis through their university courses of human movement, sport science or physical education. Increasingly, high school students are gaining an interest through the inclusion of biomechanics as a component of the physical education curriculum.
We employ students from various universities in Australia. You will need to contact the Universities by mail, email, or telephone to gain more information regarding their courses.
Third-year university students (second-year for sports engineering students) usually try to do work experience with us, this gives them a better idea of what sports biomechanics, performance analysis and skill acquisition entails.
Every year, we offer scholarships to science graduates who show an aptitude for sports biomechanics; they spend a year with us learning all about AIS Movement Science and working with elite athletes. These positions are open only to Australian citizens and are advertised every year around August/September. They are advertised on the ASC Jobs website and in The Australian newspaper. Applications cannot be received for these until the new advertisement and new application forms are listed on the website.
After a postgraduate scholarship, people look for positions at the state or territory institutes or academies of sport, or at the AIS as a biomechanist. The AIS employs senior biomechanists only after they have had years of training and experience.
Working in AIS Movement Science
AIS Biomechanics is divided into streams, and each stream is responsible for five or more sports. Each stream is made up of a senior biomechanist, a biomechanist and a postgraduate scholar. The steps for advancement would be:
- work experience - work for a minimum 4-week period. Gain work experience in biomechanical analysis, to help determine if this is the direction to take in the science field.
- postgraduate scholars - a one-year position for Australian graduates to help them further develop their skills and help confirm their interest in biomechanical and performance analysis.
- biomechanists - permanent position assisting the senior biomechanists. A support role for the major sports but also responsible for developing the testing methods and systems for minor sports.
- senior biomechanists - permanent position. Must have worked in biomechanical environment for many years. Responsible for developing the testing methods and systems for major sports.
- performance analyst - permanent position. To assist with the AIS Performance Analysis function within the AIS, including the use of computer and video technology aimed at the systematic collection of data and the application of these data to improve athlete performance.
Vacant position are advertised in The Australian and on the ASC Jobs website.