Ever wondered how the world’s best athletes keep stepping it up, year after year? Tech of course! We got a quick snapshot of Victoria University’s Masters of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehab course from current student Jeremy Dunn.

What first interested you and made you want to study clinical exercise science and rehab?

I was involved in sport from a young age and developed an interest in health and fitness during high school. After suffering a number of injuries myself, I became interested in rehabilitation through exercise.

What’re some of the exciting pieces of tech you use in the course, and what’re their purposes?

A number of pieces of tech are used throughout the course, from metabolic carts measuring oxygen consumption to force platforms calculating ground reaction forces.

A metabolic cart is used to measure the oxygen consumption (VO2) and carbon dioxide production (VCO2).

Do you think we’ll see better results in the future through the use of better technology, or are results determined by better training methods?

I think a combination of both. It’ll be interesting to see how advancing technology influences performance but I think that in the end better training methods are where we’ll see most of the improvements in terms of rehab and performance.

What key sports interest you the most when it comes to new technology?

Quite a few sporting teams are using altitude training for performance which I find interesting, but in terms of rehabilitation, the use of underwater treadmills have shown some promising results.

Keen to get some greater insight into more advanced sport-related tech? Melbourne Knowledge Week is hosting Shaping Champions Impact of Sport Technology on Wednesday May 3 for anyone wanting to dive into more!