Exercise science explores the impact of exercise on the body. Exercise scientists gain knowledge across a range of subdisciplines such as biomechanics, motor control and exercise prescription. Exercise scientists draw upon this knowledge to prescribe exercise programs that help people improve their health and performance.
Exercise physiology expands on the exercise science skillset by using exercise as a rehabilitative and preventative therapy. Exercise physiologists manage a wide range of chronic diseases, including:
UNSW Medicine & Health is creating the leaders of tomorrow. We have connections with some of Australia’s best hospitals, private practices and health organisations. You’ll be learning in world-class facilities across our Kensington campus, rural and metropolitan teaching hospitals, and research centres and institutes. Hands-on training starts in year one, giving you time to grow as a healthcare professional. We offer a broad range of professional placements to ensure you become a well-rounded clinician.
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With a background in exercise science and exercise physiology, you’ll have the skills to care for both healthy patients and those with chronic conditions. You’ll be able to work across a wide range of healthcare settings, including:
The exercise physiology profession is growing, with Medicare, Work Cover, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) and most private health insurers covering services.
You can study exercise science and exercise physiology in the following undergraduate programs:
UNSW has sought program qualification from Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) for the following new programs:
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is a professional organisation that offers accreditation for exercise professionals, including: