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In the QT May 2016

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USQ Senior lecturer Dr Robert Crowther with Western Pride
general manager Pat Boyle and team captain Jesse Rigby.


From May 2016 QT  – UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) students are gaining advanced knowledge and skills in the rapidly growing sport and fitness industry, through an ongoing partnership with the Western Pride Football Club.

USQ Senior lecturer (Biomechanics and Motor Learning) Dr Robert Crowther was recently presented a framed, signed jersey in recognition of the University’s support, which had played a pivotal role in helping further develop the club’s players.

Dr Crowther said USQ was proud to continue supporting the National Premier Leagues (NPL) club and work with the coaching staff to establish more work-integrated learning opportunities for USQ’s Sport and Exercise students.

The Western Pride plays in the national second-tier NPL Queensland competition.The club comprises male and female teams from under 12 to seniors.

USQ has been working with the Pride on a number of projects, including providing internships for the University’s Sport and Exercise students.

“This gives our students an excellent chance to put their theoretical knowledge into practice while working with coaches and semi-professional athletes,” Dr Crowther said.

“Last year we had two students actively involved with the coaching staff during weekly training sessions, assisting with warm ups and cool downs, physical training off the field such as resistance and strength, and physical testing of athletes.

“One of those students is still at the club working as a sports trainer.

“We hope to have a third-year student at the club on a full-time basis next year to assist in more complex training and testing components such as player recovery strategies, loading analysis and decision- making training.”

USQ’s Sport and Exercise students will be on hand to help the club when the Pride’s senior men’s team host New Zealand at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Wednesday night.

Students will assist coaching staff and be responsible for player tracking using data collected from catapult GPS.

Western Pride general manager Pat Boyle said the club appreciated the support it had received from USQ.

“It is fantastic for the club to have such a highly-regarded university on board as a major partner,” Boyle said.

“For the club it is not only about how we compete on the field, it is about the finer details behind the scenes required to maintain a professional standard and potentially give us that edge over our opposition.

“The students provide the club with additional resources and support, as well as analysis to the players and coaching staff.

“The partnership has also allowed the club to keep up-to-date with emerging trends in sport science and technology.”