SPORTING EDGE: CQUniversity’s exercise and sports sciences lecturer Aaron Scanlan (left) monitors Patrick Tucker’s training program. Aaron is involved in collaborative research designed to improve of Australia’s top netballers.
SPORTING EDGE: CQUniversity’s exercise and sports sciences lecturer Aaron Scanlan (left) monitors Patrick Tucker’s training program. Aaron is involved in collaborative research designed to improve of Australia’s top netballers. Allan Reinikka Rokascanlan

Rockhampton man's research could take netball to new heights

ROCKHAMPTON'S Aaron Scanlan is heading up a collaborative research study that could take Australian netball to new heights.

The CQUniversity exercise and sports sciences lecturer has teamed up with Sydney-based physiotherapist Sean Mungovan to investigate strategies to improve training schedules, performance outcome and recovery patterns in elite female netball players.

Both men have experience working with national and international competitors in basketball and netball. They are conducting their research with the New South Wales Swifts, a team in the Trans-Tasman Netball League.

Dr Scanlan said the project was aimed at developing a high-intensity circuit test that replicated key movement patterns during netball competition.

It involves a range of netball-specific sprints, stops, shuffles, turns and changes in direction.

His role was to determine the test's reliability and validity.

The research team started working with the Swifts in late 2012. Testing would continue through 2014 to see if any changes were found in fitness through the season.

Dr Scanlan said the project would also assist in faster rehabilitation of players returning from injury.

Ultimately, the researchers plan to roll the test out nationwide at both an elite and semi-professional level to examine its usefulness.

"We are planning to approach and implement the test to all teams competing in the ANZ Championship moving into 2015," Dr Scanlan said.

"We see this as a significant opportunity to advance our understanding and practice in netball.

"This research is fundamental if Australia is to continue to compete at a high level internationally."



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