Athlete and coach development services

The Athlete and Coach Development Services Unit uses group planning to address coach and athlete needs for all of the following:

  • physiology
  • strength and conditioning
  • nutrition
  • sport psychology
  • sports medicine
  • athlete career education
  • biomechanics 
  • new skills.

Physiology services

All of the following testing and services are provided at the Institute:

  • physiological testing
  • workload monitoring
  • recovery, hydration and nutrition education
  • VO2max, lactate and velocity testing
  • field testing for teams. 

The exercise physiologist is responsible for maintaining laboratory standards to comply with the National Sport Science Quality Assurance (NSSQA) program.

Strength and conditioning 

Training programs at the NTIS aims to improve all of the following:
  • mobility
  • stability
  • strength
  • speed
  • endurance.

Strength and conditioning also addresses any specific musculoskeletal predispositions to injury that are found through movement assessments. 


A sports dietitian guides athletes and coaches on all of the following:

  • a balanced diet
  • food preparation
  • fluid intake
  • pre-event meals
  • tournament meal planning
  • weight division meal planning
  • energy levels
  • food for recovery.

A sports dietician will also give group and individual sessions to teach you to cook quick healthy meals that fit in with a full work and sport training schedule, or how to shop for healthy groceries.

Sport psychology 

This service improves mental skills for elite performance including all of the following:

  • self-talk
  • relaxation
  • pre-game routines
  • body language.

The service assists athletes to do all of the following:

  • improve confidence and focus
  • enhance pre-performance
  • deal with error recovery
  • set goals for motivation and performance
  • deal positively with injuries, deselection, retirement
  • develop effective communication
  • defeat loss of self-confidence.

Sport psychology contact

Contact sports psychologist Liz Grylls
Phone: (08) 8922 6851

Sports medicine

Sports Medicine is an area of vital importance for all athletes because of 'two way impact'. 

Sport can cause injury to physical wellbeing and injury can affect performance in sport. 

Elite athletes are often those that can endure the longest, hardest, best periods of training unaffected by interruptions such as injury. 

This makes injury prevention and appropriate, fast and thorough injury management a key component of performance enhancement.

The following Sports Medicine resources have been developed for athletes and parents:

The NTIS has a number of medical policies and guidelines including:

NTIS athletes are provided with simple education about important topics such as:

  • acute and chronic injury identification, with early stage management up to reporting the injury and being assessed by the NTIS physiotherapist
  • injury reporting process: fast identification + fast reporting + fast assessment = optimal management planning
  • communication and compliance requirements for athletes, coaches and NTIS Athlete Services providers to ensure the injury management runs smoothly.
  • injury management process: optimal management planning + cohesive implementation + communication = optimal outcomes.


To improve the technical aspects of performance this service provides all of the following:

  • observation
  • measurement
  • analysis
  • ways to avoid injury
  • analysis during competition.

Heat training 

The Institute is a National Heat Training and Acclimatisation Centre. It does research and finds ways to compete in hot and humid conditions.

Facilities include all of the following:

  • monitoring equipment
  • a climate control chamber
  • a solar radiation simulator
  • a chilled spa.

All of the following information can be collected:

  • fluid balance
  • oxygen consumption
  • regional sweat rate
  • cutaneous blood flow
  • core and skin temperature.

Personal excellence 

This service addresses issues that face athletes including all of the following:

  • social media
  • image/public profile
  • media 
  • mental wellbeing
  • integrity
  • professionalism
  • career and education
  • finance
  • anti-doping
  • illicit drugs and gambling.

For more information on personal excellence in elite sport, read the following:

Last updated: 20 April 2016