A human movement expert at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) have been honoured with a prestigious international award for strength and conditioning training provided to teenage athletes.
Dr Stephen Bird, a lecturer and researcher at the School of Human Movement Studies at CSU in Bathurst, has returned from a ceremony in Las Vegas in the United States where he received the 2011 Strength of America Award on Friday 8 July from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in conjunction with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.
“This is a significant achievement as Charles Sturt University and the Western Region Academy of Sport are only one of nine institutions to receive the award in 2011, and we are the first international institution and the only Australian ‘school’ to receive this award, which recognises excellence in delivery of strength and conditioning programs to high school athletes,” said Dr Bird.
“The School of Human Movement Studies /WRAS Strength and Conditioning Internship (SCI) program aims to develop athleticism for sports readiness by improving their ability to move, as many athletes present with movement limitations.”
Dr Bird is the supervisor of the SCI program that received the Strength of America Award. The award recognises high schools, and related institutions, that achieve the gold standard in strength and conditioning programs by demonstrating excellence in their school’s athletic supervision, education, programs, and facilities.
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