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Dr Shona Halson - Senior Recovery Physiologist

Dr Shona Halson - Senior Recovery Physiologist 

After completing a PhD in the area of overtraining and fatigue, Shona joined the AIS Physiology Department in 2002 where her role involves service provision, education and scientific research. Shona is passionate about conducting applied research into the areas of recovery, fatigue, sleep and travel.

She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has authored several book chapters on sleep, fatigue and recovery.

It is a privilege to be able to work with some of our country’s finest athletes in an environment that is supportive of research and development. The combination of working with athletes on a daily basis, engaging in research and exploring new ideas means that we can give our athletes the best service provision and advice possible. The ultimate goal is to help our athletes achieve their goals on the world’s biggest stages."


Dr Jo Miller - Senior Recovery Physiologist

Dr Jo Miller - Senior Recovery Physiologist 

Jo is a Senior Recovery Physiologist and her primary focus is enhancing recovery processes and performance in Paralympic athletes.

Working across all Paralympic Sports Jo has expertise specific to individual recovery strategies, precooling, sleep, and travel. Within Paralympic Sport, Jo’s passion is working to enhance the understanding of how different physical disabilities impact exercise performance and recovery. Jo provides education and advice to minimise training related stressors and maximise recovery.

Additionally, Jo is involved with applied research to evaluate strategies to enhance recovery in high performance athletes, supervising an array of PhD and post-graduate students. 

"Working across an array of sports and therefore disabilities is challenging and rewarding, as is contributing to the journey of an athlete’s development throughout training and competition. In addition, involvement in applied research to continue to improve our knowledge and therefore best practice in a relatively new area of sport science is exciting."


Dr James Broatch - Post doctrate Fellow

Dr James Broatch - Postdoctoral Research Fellow (AIS - Victoria University) 

James is an early career researcher, with expertise in both mechanistic and applied recovery physiology. His PhD investigated the effects of cold-water immersion on the adaptive response to exercise in human skeletal muscle, in which he developed skills in a number of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques.

James has also worked on a number of collaborative research projects in areas including hydrotherapy, compression garments and nutritional supplementation. Other areas of expertise include thermoregulation, hemodynamics, and sleep analysis.

"From a young age I developed a strong passion for sport, and more recently the science behind sport, exercise and human physiology. Working at the Australian Institute of Sport has allowed me to make a career out of this passion, while simultaneously working with world-leading experts and Australia’s elite athletes."


Clint Bellenger - Recovery Physiologist

Clint Bellenger - Recovery Physiologist

Clint moved to Canberra in 2017 to take up a position in performance recovery following positions at the South Australian Sports Institute and the University of South Australia. Clint completed his PhD in 2016 investigating the effect of training-induced fatigue on autonomic heart rate regulation. His other research interests include performance recovery and its periodization, training load monitoring in endurance sports and quantifying match demands in team sports. At the AIS, Clint works with a variety of sports including boxing, athletics, gymnastics and basketball.

It has long been a dream of mine to work as a physiologist in high performance sport, and I am very fortunate to practice that profession at the AIS. It is amazing to work with some of the very best minds in sports science as we strive to improve the performance of Australia’s athletes.


Peta Forsyth - Recovery Physiologist

Peta Forsyth - Recovery Physiologist

Qualifications:

  • B Sports Studies (Honours), University of Canberra
  • BSci (Exercise and Health Science), University of Minnesota, USA

Peta's PhD research is on conducting practical recovery sessions to support athletes across a wide range of sports. Peta also assists with physiological and recovery support provided to Paralympic athletes.

Peta's professional interests include:

  • thermoregulation in spinal cord injured athletes
  • precooling
  • performance recovery

Stephanie Shell - PhD Scholar

Stephanie Shell - PhD Scholar (Recovery) 

Steph completed her Undergraduate Exercise Sport Science and Honours degrees at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds. Steph has recently started her PhD at the AIS in conjunction with the University of Technology Sydney. In 2016, Steph completed the AIS Postgraduate Scholarship in Physiology, Recovery. Her research areas of interest include performance recovery, load recovery balance and fatigue management.

I love coming into work every day – the AIS is a positive place to work, with a very strong team focus. It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to work with such like-minded and determined people who inspire me to continually strive for success.”


Georgia Romyn - PhD scholar

Georgia Romyn - PhD Scholar (Recovery) 

Georgia graduated from the University of Western Australia with First Class Honours in 2013, and has spent the last two years conducting her PhD at the AIS in conjunction with Central Queensland University.

Her research interests include investigating the physical and cognitive performance benefits associated with increased sleep duration and sleep quality, and developing best practice travel strategies to reduce jet lag and travel fatigue in athletes. Georgia is part of the Performance Recovery team and provides recovery servicing and support to Basketball Australia, the AIS Combat Centre, Netball and Hockey.

It is a privilege to conduct research while working at the AIS in a high performance sporting environment. Working with elite athletes, coaches and service providers, from a wide variety of sports and disciplines, every day constantly presents new and exciting opportunities, challenges and chances to grow as a researcher and physiologist.”


Barry Horgan - PhD scholar

Barry Hogan - PhD Scholar (Recovery) 

Barry is a sport scientist (performance recovery) and strength and conditioning (S&C) coach who has accumulated over a decade of experience working across various levels of sport in Ireland and Australia. Barry graduated with a BSc. in Sport Science & Health from Dublin City University in 2008, followed by his MSc. in Exercise Science (S&C) from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2012.

Barry is currently completing his PhD titled ‘The effect of post-exercise water immersion on muscular performance in athletes’ at the AIS, in conjunction with ECU. Barry’s research and applied interests include athlete fatigue monitoring and recovery, the provision of applied S&C / sport science support in team sports, and the transfer of training to competition. Barry is currently providing applied servicing support to the AIS Centre of Excellence volleyball athletes.

The AIS is a fantastic organisation to be a part of. It is a very positive work-place in which to challenge oneself on a daily basis. The people are its strongest asset, followed very closely by its facilities. Overall, it is an excellent environment which gets an amazing blend between applied servicing and support delivered to athletes, while concurrently investigating new areas of research, development and innovation in a high performance training environment.”


Shane O'Riordan - PhD Scholar

Shane O'Riodan- PhD Scholar

Shane joins us from Ireland with an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick, Ireland and a masters degree in Exercise Physiology from Central Michigan University, USA. He commenced his Ph.D. at the AIS in conjunction with Victoria University, Melbourne in 2017. Shane’s Ph.D. will investigate the effects of sports compression garments on athletic performance, recovery, and adaptation. Other research interests include optimising recovery strategies and player load management in team sports. Shane aims to pursue a career in high-performance sport upon completion of his Ph.D.

I enjoy the welcoming and friendly atmosphere among the staff and athletes here at the AIS. From a professional standpoint, it provides an excellent environment for a young researcher to develop both research and applied skills.


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