FINDING COMPETITIVE EDGE: Sport scientist Professor Brendan Burkett.
FINDING COMPETITIVE EDGE: Sport scientist Professor Brendan Burkett. Contributed

Science to find best approach for elite athletes

UNIVERSITY of the Sunshine Coast research into what gives the competitive edge to elite athletes was the topic of discussion at the seminar Sunshine Coast to Rio De Janeiro: The Pathway for High Performance Sport on Wednesday night.

Six leading sports researchers from USC offered insights to the public into the findings used by Sunshine Coast, national and international athletes, including Aussies preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

The seminar, part of the 2016 University Research Conference, covered what USC research has found is best for athletes to eat and drink, how to prevent injury and strategies to recover, different stages of training, how to deal with media attention and how to channel a winning state of mind.

Professor of sport science (biomechanics) Brendan Burkett presented the research alongside five other researchers including Paralympic basketballer and canoer Bridie Kean.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation Professor Roland De Marco said it was a well-attended event.

"On Wednesday night our sport science researchers who are connected to the Australian Sports Academy and the Queensland Academy of Sport presented their findings that focus on Rio and the Olympics," Prof De Marco said.

"That had 70 people in the audience, most of whom were outside of the university.

"The presentation stimulated a lot of questions and answers and was really well received."

He said Tuesday night's public seminar also had great numbers attend and great research presented.

"Dr David Lacey gave a really fascinating talk about identity theft," he said.

"He spoke about his research and ID Care which he established which is where he has counsellors on the line to talk about identity theft to victims of breaches and give them directions to take control of the situation and get back on track.

"That lecture had 40 people from outside of the university attend which was really good to spread awareness."