Category: Live online events

Live online professional development opportunities

BASES Webinar – The REF and future learnings for the subject area. For all S&Ex Sciences HE

Tuesday, 17 October 2023 15:00 - 16:00 BST



Professor Marie Murphy and Professor Bill Baltzopoulos

Communication with Stakeholders and Athletes Webinar

Wednesday, 18 October 2023


This is part of a three-part series for Sports Scientists.

Youth Athletic Development Webinar: Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Practical Approaches to Improve Recovery Webinar: Wednesday, 4 October 2023
Communication with Stakeholders and Athletes Webinar: Wednesday, 18 October 2023

Enhancing athletic performance and fostering strong connections between coaches and athletes lie at the core of effective communication in the sports environment. By employing proficient communication techniques, coaches can accelerate skill acquisition, facilitate teamwork, and overcome negative thoughts and feelings without compromising trust. The establishment of a reliable rapport between coaches and athletes greatly influences sporting outcomes, as it enables the provision of clear and constructive feedback on skill execution. Rather than relying solely on instinctive patterns, effective communication models should be embraced, considering athletes’ information processing and learning preferences. Negative interpersonal communication patterns can severely impact knowledge transfer and impede performance during training and competition. Hence, prioritizing clear, accurate, and empathetic communication empowers athletes to understand their inner processes, regulate emotions, and achieve improved performance.


Presented by Dr Sacha Fulton, ASpS2

Sedentary Versus Active Behaviour Profiles Virtual Workshop

Saturday, 14 October 2023 11:00am - 2:00pm AEDT


Over the last two decades there has been an increasing focus on the adverse health effects of sedentary behaviour. Specifically, the health effects of sedentary work and leisure time, sleeping patterns and shift work have all been studied. Further work has examined if, and if so, to what degree, physical activity and, its sub-component exercise training, can offset the detrimental effects of sedentary and sub-optimal sleeping behaviours. As the most commonly noted health effects are on cardio-metabolic organ systems the potential for serious adverse events is significant.

This workshop therefore provides a summary of the published literature for the following related topics:
i) Health effects of sedentary work and leisure-time behaviours.
ii) Health effects of shift work and other sub-optimal sleeping habits.
iii) The ability of physical and activity and prescribed exercise training to mitigate the health effects of sedentary and sub-optimal sleeping behaviours.
iv) Recommended strategies, both activity and non-activity based, to offset adverse health effects of sedentary and sub-optimal sleeping patterns.
v) Grading of the level and class of evidence to support activity and non-activity based solutions to abrogating adverse health effects attributed to sedentary and sleeping behaviours.

Presented by Professor Neil Smart

BASES Webinar – Breast cancer awareness month – what are we doing to protect our athletes’ breast health?

Monday, 2 October 2023 11:00 - 12:00 BST


What is breast health? It is not just about breast cancer. What does it mean to be breast healthy? We will be discussing all the positive things we can consider in the sporting world to help promote breast health. Considerations include;

  1. the link between breast cancer and exercise
  2. being breast aware
  3. appropriate breast support in sport
  4. breast impacts, injuries and pain in sport
  5. Call to action

Practical Approaches to Improve Recovery Webinar

Wednesday, 4 October 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm AEDT


This is part of a three-part series for Sports Scientists.Youth Athletic Development Webinar: Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Practical Approaches to Improve Recovery Webinar: Wednesday, 4 October 2023
Communication with Stakeholders and Athletes Webinar: Wednesday, 18 October 2023

High performance sport and the importance of successful performances have led coaches, athletes, administers and sport science personnel to continually seek any winning edge or margin that may improve performance. It follows that the rate and quality of recovery is extremely important for the high performance athlete and that optimal recovery may provide numerous benefits during repetitive high-level training and competition. Understanding different recovery interventions and their effect on fatigue, muscle injury, recovery and performance is important.

Recovery aims to restore physiological and psychological processes, so that the athlete can compete or train multiple times per week at an appropriate level. Recovery from training and competition is complex and involves numerous factors. It is also typically dependent on the nature of the exercise performed and any other outside stressors that the athlete may be exposed to. Athletic performance is affected by numerous factors and therefore, adequate recovery should also consider such factors.

This webinar will cover:
• Understanding fatigue
• Timing of recovery – Concept that recovery is a 24 hour phenomenon
• Aims of Recovery – Encouraging athletes to have confidence to know what they need to do to recover
• Types of Recovery including hydrotherapy, active recovery, stretching, compression garments, massage, sleep and nutrition.
• Recovery Formula – Proactive rather than reactive approach 
• Practical Implications
• Recovery Protocols


Presented by Dr Sacha Fulton, ASpS2

The Impact of Peripheral Arterial Disease on Gait Webinar

Tuesday, 3 October 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pm AEDT


Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) involves the build-up of plaque (atherosclerosis) along the arteries that carry blood to the peripheries (legs). Overtime, this plaque can reduce oxygen-rich blood supply to the peripheries. The impact of this reduced blood supply can be detrimental on a patients’ health and impacts their walking ability and performance. This webinar concisely describes the impact of PAD on gait and highlights strategies for exercise therapists to assist clients presenting with PAD.


Presented by Dr Robert Crowther, AES, AEP

Youth Athletic Development Webinar

20 Sept, 4 Oct and 18 Oct


This is part of a three-part series for Sports Scientists.Youth Athletic Development Webinar: Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Practical Approaches to Improve Recovery Webinar: Wednesday, 4 October 2023
Communication with Stakeholders and Athletes Webinar: Wednesday, 18 October 2023

Establishing good health and physical activity habits during the early stages of life may drive children and adolescents to continue to have an active lifestyle during adulthood. Through increased physical activity, specific muscular adaptations and enhancement in motor skill development will occur. Exercise also plays a role in skeletal health, prevention of excess body fat accumulation, and improvements in psychological health and well-being. This helps prevent osteoporosis, obesity, and other comorbidities that may develop later in life. Furthermore, regular participation in aerobic physical activity improves mood, self-appraisal, mental discipline, and socialisation. 

Much of the activities that young children engage in should have an emphasis in enjoyment, peer-to-peer interaction, safety, age-appropriateness, and effectiveness. The fun factor promotes exercise adherence which is especially important for girls because they are more inclined to significantly decrease their level of activity after they reach puberty. Children and adolescents also enjoy the social interaction during training sessions, games, and competitions, which is another important factor that encourages physical activity participation. Training programs for children must be safe and guided by an expert so that under or overtraining does not occur, and injuries can be prevented. Exposing children to multiple physical activities and sports is far more beneficial in encouraging exercise and sport adherence. Specialising in one sport at an early age (<15 years) may result in overtraining, burnout, and a less positive psychosocial development. 

Presented by Dr Sacha Fulton, ASpS2

Industry Presented Webinar | Follow Your Gut

On demand


Addressing Factors that Hinder and Support Athlete Gut Health      


Sponsored by: Gatorade Sports Science Institute

Course Description 

The presentation is focused on how diet, exercise, and stress can impact the gut microbiota and gut health. We will also review some of the evidence regarding the gut microbiota of athletes and the effectiveness of probiotics in the prevention/treatment of GI symptoms, illness, and stress/anxiety. 

Learning objectives 

After participation, the attendee should be able to: 

  • Explain how the microbiota is impacted by nutrition, exercise and stress, 
  • Explain how the microbiota plays a supporting role in immune health, 
  • Explain how performance is impacted by poor gut health, and 
  • Identify ways athletes can support and improve gut health. 


Participants will be able to use the following takeaways in their daily work: 

  • Understand how dietary recommendations may impact gut health. 
  • Understand how stress and exercise may impact the gut microbiota. 

Presented by Kris Osterberg, Ph.D., R.D., CSSD, FACSM