Category: Live online events

Live online professional development opportunities

BASES Webinar – BASES Accreditation: Pedagogy

Tuesday, 7 May 2024 12:00 - 13:15 BST


This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the accreditation process for those wishing to apply in the pedagogy category. It will also be useful for those wishing to convert from a different category through the reaccreditation process. Examples of activities and evidence that can be used to meet the competencies for the pedagogy category will be shared.  There will be time for participants to reflect and ask questions about how they might fulfil the requirements of an application.

Learning Outcomes of the Webinar:

By the end of the webinar it is anticipated participants will be able to:

Describe the accreditation process for BASES accreditation in the category of pedagogy

Recognise appropriate sources of evidence in relation to the accreditation competencies

Identify examples from their own practice that could be used in an application

Menstrual Cycle Myths Webinar: Understanding the Influence of the Menstrual Cycle on Performance of Athletes

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEST


This webinar will delve into the impact of the menstrual cycle on female athletic performance, a topic that has gained increasing attention in the past decade among exercise professionals and in elite sporting settings. We will review existing research to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the menstrual cycle affects exercise performance and what we do and don’t know from current literature. The discussion will also focus on debunking common myths surrounding menstruation, providing exercise professionals with valuable insights to better support athletes and individuals in managing their training and performance throughout the menstrual cycle.  Lastly, we will consider potential flags to look out for when considering working with female athletes. 

Presented by Hannah Dower, AES

Threats & Opportunities for Kids on School Holidays Webinar

Friday, 10 May 2024 12:30pm - 2:00pm AEST


We know a lot about how kids use their time during the school term, both at school and at home, but very little about how they use their time on holidays, when it is harder to access and assess them. The few studies that have been done suggest that on holidays kids are less active, spend more time in front of screens, and more time sedentary. Diet quality also declines, and caloric intake increases. 

As a result, weight increases and fitness declines faster during holidays than during the school terms. In one US study, the entire annual increase in children’s weight occurred over the summer holidays. Some studies suggest that the declines are worse for kids from disadvantaged families, increasing the gap between the rich and the poor.

These effects may be due to the lack of structure that kids experience during the holidays. At school, there are (ideally) programmed activity periods, healthy tuckshop food, and minimal screen time. During the holidays, sporting competitions often stop, there is open access to food in the home, and kids often have unsupervised screen time. The structured day hypothesis may explain relative declines during the holiday period.

Studies have also shown that in general kids who engage in programmed activity during the summer break — holiday camps, activity days, sports — do better than kids who do not. There is a strong holiday camp culture in Europe and North America, but not in Australia. We should also look at empowering parents to keep kids active during the endless summers, and perhaps even at shortening the summer holiday period.

Presented by Professor Tim Olds

Webinar series by Dr Brian Hemmings – Gaining and Maintaining Clients in your Professional Training

Wednesday, 1 May 2024 12:00 - 13:30 BST


Meeting the challenges of the BASES SEPAR is not an easy task. This webinar is aimed at prospective/current supervisees and supervisors with an emphasis on the process of gaining and maintaining clients during the training pathway. 

This is the first webinar of four presented in this series, and as a result, there is a deal for those wishing to attend all four. Both BASES Members and Non-members can purchase and sign up, via the register button at the top right, to all four webinars for the price of three. For BASES Members, the price is £60 for all four, and for Non-members it is £75.

Identify active methods for gaining and maintaining new clients 

Discuss ways of generating opportunities that target the SEPAR consultancy competencies  

Utilise individual/peer supervision to maximum benefit 

Target CPD activity for the development of specific consultancy competencies 

Manage imposter syndrome/self-presentation concerns 

Demonstrate how transferable skills can be used for successful client interactions 

Mental Health First Aid Blended Online Course

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 3:00pm to 7:00pm AEST


ESSA are proudly presenting a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course for ESSA Exercise & Sports Science Professionals. 

The Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches participants how to provide initial support to another adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis, until professional help is received, or the crisis resolves. Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults, how to recognise and respond to an emerging or worsening mental health problem and the treatments and supports available.

Using a practical, evidence-based action plan, course participants learn how to approach someone they are concerned about and initiate a conversation about those concerns. Participants also learn how to offer initial support and information and how to encourage the person to seek professional help or other supports. Adults who complete the course become Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders), equipped with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to provide someone with mental health information and support when it matters most.

This Standard Mental Health First Aid course is delivered in a Blended Online format. You will need to complete eLearning materials online prior to attending the online course on the scheduled day. 

Resistance Training for People with Heart Failure Virtual Workshop

Monday, 22 April 2024 4:00pm - 6:00pm AEST


This virtual workshop will summarize the existing literature on resistance training (RT) for people with chronic heart failure (CHF). The benefits of RT in people with CHF will be described and common methods to establish an individual with CHF’s RT capacity will be provided. Recommendations for RT exercise prescription in people with CHF will be made. A discussion of the safety considerations for RT in people with CHF will be discussed. 

The American Heart Association (AHA) has just published a new guideline on resistance training (RT) and Neil Smart was invited to present a specific session on RT for people with chronic heart failure (CHF) at the recent AHA Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, USA, Nov 2023. Both the updated AHA guideline and Professor Smart’s presentation were part of a 4-part symposium entitled “Resistance is not Futile’ and subsequent panel discussion. These recent works provide the ideal, timely opportunity to provide an update to ESSA professionals.

Presented by Professor Neil Smart, AES, AEP

Strength & Conditioning and Clinical Practice: A Two-Way Street Webinar

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 2:00pm - 3:30pm AEST


The presentation, “Strength & Conditioning and Clinical Practice: a two way street,” offers essential insights into how exercise practitioners can incorporate principles of strength and conditioning into clinical rehabilitation settings and vice versa. This presentation will highlight the utility of strength and conditioning approaches in many clinical capacities including when dealing with chronic pain, neurological conditions, and more. Further, the presentation will then explore how the biopsychosocial model, which is becoming ubiquitous in clinical settings, can strengthen our approaches to strength and conditioning.  

Dr Mitchell Gibbs starts by defining the underlying principles of strength and conditioning, such as specificity, the interplay between volume and intensity, and the overarching importance of the dose of exercise. This emphasizes the need for exercise prescriptions to be tailored to an individual’s needs and capabilities, whilst still maintaining an appropriate dose to elicit desired adaptations.

Addressing chronic pain, Dr Mitch discusses the role of graded exposure and strength training (Gibbs et al., 2022 Musculoskeletal Care). They illustrate how these methods can improve pain and disability without affecting the magnitude of improvement in pain compared to ‘traditional’ approaches (Gibbs et al., 2022 Clin Rehab), which challenging traditional views that suggest rest and avoidance of activity. Real-life case studies are presented to support these points, demonstrating successful application of strength and conditioning principles in pain management. Dr Mitch then continues with examples of how strength and conditioning principles are able to be applied in a range of clinical settings from neurological to cardiometabolic and more. 

Pivoting, Dr Mitch then applies the same logic to strength and conditioning and the lessons that can be learned from the clinical context. Beginning with the profound similarities between pain and fatigue as experiences not entirely explained by physiological markers, Dr Mitch takes the audience on a thought experiment of how a biopsychosocial lens can enhance our understanding of strength and conditioning in athletic settings. Drawing on key work questioning the historical/traditional approaches to periodisation and performance, Dr Mitch aims to leave the audience with a critical mindset toward ‘following the rules’ in strength and conditioning, moving toward ‘questioning the rules’ toward innovation. 

Presented by Dr Mitchell Gibbs, AES

Powerlifting Fundamentals for Athletic Performance Webinar

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 2:00pm - 3:30pm AEST


This webinar develops practitioner understanding and knowledge of the similarities and differences between non-disabled and para powerlifting competition, the uptake of powerlifting participation in Australia and applications for coaches and athletes to improve athletic performance. 

Participants in this webinar will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of powerlifting participation and the benefits of participation across the lifespan. For those working with athletes, this webinar will provide insight into athlete preparation and modifiable factors that influence competitive success. 

For general applications, this webinar will provide contemporary measures of strength for comparison and assessment in practice and will highlight new tools available to assess these outcomes.

Presented by Dr Dan van den Hoek & Dr Christopher Latella

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