Sports training - athlete support services 


Charles Darwin University is one of only five Registered Training Organisations in Australia to offer this new nationally accredited course, Certificate III in Sport (Athlete Support Services). It is being run in conjunction with Sports Medicine Australia, who are the peak national body for sports medicine and sports science.

Students who complete the sports training specialisation, which covers seven subjects delivered over a two month timeframe, will be able to operate as Nationally Accredited Sports Trainers with sporting clubs or at sporting events.

There is a real need in the Territory - and elsewhere in Australia - for sports trainers who can attend sports events at all levels, from senior and junior level, from the local footy game to the AFL, even international events. Sports Medicine Australia requires trainers for various sports to assist team physios and other trainers. There are so many opportunities and if you like travelling - NT sporting teams need trainers to travel interstate for National Championships.

Graduates will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in Sports Training and qualify for three year accreditation and membership of Sports Medicine Australia. For a small fee you can be part of Australia’s world leading sports medicine community and enter a national database of sports trainers to gain coverage at local or interstate events, assign to a sporting club, or gain insurance options and further training.

This course is for anyone interested in supporting their sport and the players - parents, athletes, coaches, teachers, gym or fitness instructors and other health care professionals.

Students will be taught taping, bandaging and first aid; treatment of injuries; warm-up, stretching and cool-down programs; how to deal with medical conditions in a sport setting; as well as organising and liaising with coaching and other sports science support staff.

Some units in the course also articulate into other nationally accredited sport and recreation, and fitness courses at Charles Darwin University, and there are plans to introduce sports massage therapy into the program in 2007.

If you don’t want to tackle the whole sports trainers course, try one of the units - a three day course in Injury Prevention and Sports First Aid to help the sporting community.

The Certificate III in Sport (Athlete Support Services) program is delivered after hours - on weekends and weeknights - to obtain practical skills, combined with some external units of study.

The first intake for 2006 will commence on April 19. To enrol, please contact PJ Guarini on 08 8946 6374, or email