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Exercise and Sports Sciences

Exercise and Sports Sciences

Charles Sturt University's (CSU) courses in Exercise and Sports Sciences can lead you to exciting and rewarding careers in a variety of diverse areas.

  • Do you love sport or fitness and see yourself working in the industry?
  • Are you passionate about health and wellbeing?
  • Do you have a desire to teach students how to lead active and healthy lives?
  • Are you searching for a fast paced career that combines your passion for sports and your love for writing?

Career opportunities

  • Accredited Exercise Physiologist 

    If you are interested in a career focused on the rehabilitation of patients, you may choose to specialise as an exercise physiologist.

    Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) are recognised allied health professionals who specialise in exercise interventions for people who have a high risk of developing, or already have chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries.

    They design and deliver exercise programs. They have a wide range of knowledge and skills and work across a variety of areas in the health, exercise and sport science fields, and may specialise in:

    • exercise for rehabilitation
    • exercise for health and wellbeing
    • exercise intervention
    • chronic and complex medical conditions
    • musculoskeletal rehabilitation
    • work conditioning and
    • improvements in sports performance.

    Physiologists workplace duties include delivering an education and advice about health and physical activity and providing clients support to change to a more active and healthy lifestyle.

    Careers in exercise physiology are vast and varied and can include scientists, clinical researchers, clinicians and sports trainers.

    Exercise rehabilitation physiologists are employed in a range of rehabilitation settings including private and public, government and non-government, hospitals and health practices.

    Employment opportunities also exist within government and non-government agencies including WorkCover, Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career as a health consultant or you could choose to become involved with sports performance and threshold testing.

    Professional recognition


    Accreditation as an exercise physiologist is exclusively through Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is available for university qualified health professionals who have met accreditation criteria set by the organisation. You must register for accreditation with ESSA if you wish to be a Medicare, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, health fund or WorkCover provider.


  • Exercise Scientist

    Are you searching for a career that combines your love for athletics, exercise, health and fitness? Exercise Scientists play a support role in assisting amateur and professional athletes with performance, injury rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning by implementing specialist training and conditioning programs. Exercise Scientists can also gain employment in physical rehabilitation clinics and other roles in the health, wellness and physical fitness industries.

    CSU’s courses in Exercise and Sports Sciences can lead you to a range of exciting and rewarding employment opportunities, including:

    • sport: sports administration; strength and conditioning; emerging technologies; sports journalism
    • strength and conditioning: professional and club sports teams; private or public sports performance clinics; workplace health programs; corporate fitness; physical therapy / sports medicine based clinics; institutes and academics of sport in Australia and abroad
    • health promotion and fitness industries: corporate or community fitness programming; personal training; fitness centre management; leisure resort program design; health and physical education teaching
    • rehabilitation: exercise prescription for chronic conditions; within hospital or clinical settings; practitioners in occupational therapy and physiotherapy programs
    • preventive medicine: cardiac technician
    • research
    • occupational health and safety governance: rehabilitation policy and program development and implementation; injury case management; health risk appraisal; risk management
    • corporate sector: fitness testing; training program coordination and development; implementation of OH&S policies and programs tailored to the specific needs of an organisation and recruitment.

    Professional recognition

    CSU’s Bachelor of Exercise Science is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education. This course is recognised by the peak international body, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the USA. The NSCA Education Recognition Program prepares students to become Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs), a professional industry standard credential recognised worldwide. Graduates are therefore well placed to gain employment around the world.


  • Health and Physical Education Teacher

    Do you have a passion for health and wellbeing? Perhaps you are a natural-born leader with a desire to teach the vital health and welfare information required for students to lead active and healthy lives. If so, you should consider a career as a health and physical education teacher.

    Health and physical education teachers ('PE teachers') create learning programs for students that link physical activities with issues related to health and wellbeing. Teachers instruct students in sports, recreational activities and healthy lifestyle issues, in order to encourage and develop physical fitness and skills, self-esteem and interpersonal skills.

    PE teachers have well developed critical and reflective thinking, attitudes and skills necessary to enable them to work as a professional health and physical educator. CSU’s Health and Physical Education courses include periods of practical experience through workplace learning.

    Health and physical education teachers are employed in public and private schools, entering the teaching service with the Department of Education and Training (DET), the independent schools, Catholic and Diocesan systems of schooling. Recognition of your degree will also see graduates employed overseas and in other Australian states. In addition to full-time roles within schools, there are some opportunities for relief or part-time work.

    Professional recognition

    CSU's Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) is a nationally accredited and registered tertiary degree with the NSW Institute of Teachers.


  • Sports Journalist

    Are you searching for a fast-paced career that combines your passion for sports and your love for writing? Sports journalism is a highly competitive career area where journalists are able to write and report on some of the most captivating sports events nationally and around the world. If you consider yourself a gifted wordsmith, are motivated by deadlines and have an interest in sports of all kinds then a career in sports journalism could be for you.

    Sports studies and communication are among the fastest growing areas in contemporary society, the media and the sport and recreation industries.

    As a sports journalist you could be given the opportunity to meet sporting heroes and elite athletes from many sporting codes. You will:

    • gather and write the news
    • conduct interviews
    • review sports matches
    • compile feature articles, and
    • deliver information to the public.

    Job opportunities for sports journalists are diverse, and graduates can expect to find employment in areas such as:

    • sports journalism
    • sports broadcasting
    • sports webcasting
    • positions in a sports agency, team or league
    • corporate media information officer
    • match reporting
    • sports marketing


Learning and teaching facilities

CSU prides itself on teaching excellence in the core areas of exercise and sports sciences. Backed by a multidisciplinary and cutting-edge research profile, we aim to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed in a dynamic and modern employment sector. Students are provided opportunities to gain valuable industry experience, with subjects designed for professional practice placements and career management studies.

CSU provides a range of laboratory, exercise testing and sporting facilities to ensure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, including:

  • rehabilitation and wellness clinic
  • exercise biochemistry laboratory
  • biomechanics laboratory
  • exercise physiology laboratory
  • hydrostatic weighing facility
  • DXA scanning equipment
  • climate control chamber
  • new multipurpose gymnasium
  • resistance training area
  • aerobics/dance studio
  • motor behaviour laboratory
  • general science teaching laboratory


Through  Charles Sturt University, exercise and sport scientists conduct research in the  fields of Exercise Physiology and Physical Education in an attempt to improve  sport equipment and training techniques.

Researchers may be employed  by institutes and academies of sport, physiotherapy or allied health clinics,  physical rehabilitation clinics and also the Defence Force to train soldiers  and conduct research. Some sporting equipment manufacturers also employ  exercise and sports scientists to help design equipment.

There is the opportunity for  exercise and sports scientists to advance or focus their career through  postgraduate qualifications.

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"CSU in Bathurst is unique due to the opportunity to get involved with the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) internship program. Being a part of this program really developed my passion and growth as a coach." Nyrie Atkin


"My study has provided the pathway to accreditation in exercise science and also exercise physiology." Anna Coughlan

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CSU academic Dr Jack Cannon shares the personal touch offered in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at CSU, and the facilities available for students to gain hands-on experience.

CSU academic Dr Jack Cannon shares the personal touch offered in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at CSU, and the facilities available for students to gain hands-on experience.