SPRINT Research Centre

SPRINT works towards advancing knowledge in the areas of performance, recovery, and injury in the sporting domain.

Who are we?

The Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre is a group of internationally recognized sports scientists working towards advancing knowledge in the areas of human performance, recovery and injury. We deliver impactful and timely research using cutting edge research techniques, across three states in Australia.

What do we do?

SPRINT research focuses on the interactions between human performance, fatigue, sleep and recovery interventions, and the prevention, risk identification and rehabilitation of injury with a strong emphasis on findings that directly translate into practice.

How do we do it?

We employ a holistic approach to all aspects of human performance. Our researchers work closely with several globally recognized organisations including the International Olympic Committee, GameFaceAI, StatSports, National Football League, PepsiCo, Springbok Analytics and the Australian Institute of Sport. Read more about our domestic and international collaborators here.

We have a wide range of capabilities across three campuses (Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney), making our expertise widely accessible.

Digital technologies:

  • Somfit partial polysomnography (novel sleep architecture technology that can be utilized in the home environment).
  • Overnight sleep monitoring with gold standard sleep monitoring, laboratory-based performance testing.
  • Inertial Measurement Units embedded within wearable GPS, iPhone or Android Camera, Artificial Intelligence POSE estimation analysis.

Noninvasive physiological assessments:

  • Cerebral oxygen concentration (NIRS), heart rate variability, cognitive task performance software, tobii pro spectrum (eye-tracking).
  • Body composition using MRI and DEXA.
  • Diffusion tensor imaging, Proton MR spectroscopy, shearwave ultrasound.

In collaboration with the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, we can also conduct invasive physiological assessments including:

  • Resting Metabolic Rate assessments. Housing the only metabolic chamber in the southern hemisphere.
  • Muscle biopsies
  • Molecular biology
  • Tissue biochemistry

Study with us

For more information on our projects, visit our Study with Us page, or view the video below.

Work with us

Fill out our expression of interest form to get in touch.

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Twitter: @SPRINT_ACU

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