Toowoomba’s Matthew Cox and Ben Norley are undertaking an internship with the National Basketball League (NBL) club as part of their professional placement.
USQ has partnered with the Bullets as the club’s official Education Partner for the 2016/17 NBL season, opening up a number of opportunities to promote and demonstrate the many ways people can benefit from university study.
USQ School of Health and Wellbeing Senior Lecturer Dr Robert Crowther said practical experience was one of the best ways to prepare students for success in their chosen career.
“It is wonderful to see our Sport and Exercise students given the chance to gain hands-on experience and make industry connections, while working closely with coaches and professional athletes,” Dr Crowther said.
“Not only will it help develop their ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge and apply practical skills in a work situation, but it will also provide them a rare insight into the different facets of elite sport on and off the court.”
Mr Cox and Mr Norley, who both hope to become exercise physiologists or strength and conditioning coaches, attend up to four training sessions each week and are courtside for every Bullets home match.
Mr Cox said he had gained a lot from the experience.
“Working with professional athletes and coaching staff has opened my eyes to the many aspects of individual and team performance I never knew before,” he said.
“I have benefited a lot from this placement by expanding my knowledge and growing in confidence with my communication and coaching ability.”
During their placement, the pair have worked with coaching staff to make sure exercises are performed correctly and been responsible for player tracking using data collected from catapult GPS and polar heart rate monitors.
“I have made some great connections and I hope to learn more about analysing data, providing better technique advice and learning how to administer exercise programs,” Mr Norley said.
“This experience, as well as the support from USQ, has given me the tools and confidence to be successful in a professional environment, and the motivation to chase my dreams.”
To learn more about studying Sport and Exercise at USQ, visit www.usq.edu.au/study.