Faculty of Health

Sports Performance Optimisation Research Team (SPORT)


Enhancing athletic performance through analysis and modification of diet, nutritional supplements and training.

The Sports Performance Optimisation Research Team (SPORT) has an interest in enhancing athletic performance through nutritional modulation and supplementation, and via manipulation of training. In combination with collaborators at the University of Tasmania and both National and International partners, the SPORT investigates exercise performance and the associated molecular and system level alterations to provide mechanistic explanations of performance change.

Current SPORT projects include:

  • Enhancing gut barrier function and exercise performance in hot environments with probiotics supplementation
  • Investigating novel modes of caffeine delivery and the effects of caffeine on performance in hot environments
  • Compression for athletic performance and recovery (collaboration with Australian Institute of Sport)
  • Improving treatment of shoulder injury in elite swimmers
  • Influence of gluten free diet on exercise performance in non-coeliac athletes

SPORT in the Media

SPORT Collaborations

Our research group has numerous collaborations with other research institutions (both national and international), national sporting Organisations and Australia's Network of Sport Institutes and Academies. A selection of these are The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Monash University, Edith Cowan University, Waseda University, Australian Institute of Sport, Tasmanian Institute of Sport, Singapore Sports Institute, Canadian Sports Institute, Cricket Tasmania and AFL Tasmania.

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Name: Sports Performance Optimisation Research Team (SPORT)

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For further information on current and/or future projects, please contact Dr James Fell.

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