CDU offers sports trainer course 


With the Arafura Games about to begin, the need for qualified sports trainers becomes even more relevant to the local community.

Charles Darwin University will begin a six-week sports trainer course on May 15.

The short course will include a component at this year’s Arafura Games, with an excursion to meet sports medicine teams and watch sports trainers and physiotherapists in action.

Classes will be conducted after hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, where students will learn skills in taping up athletes, first aid treatment on the field, knowledge of common sporting injuries, prevention of injury, rehabilitation and medical conditions in sport.

Charles Darwin University is one of only five Registered Training Organisations in Australia to offer this nationally accredited course, Certificate III in Sport (Athlete Support Services). It is recognised by Sports Medicine Australia, the industry body for sports medicine and sports science in Australia.

Course coordinator and lecturer Jodie Ranford said: ‘There is a real need in the Territory for development of more sports trainers to assist our sports – they are required at all levels, from junior competition, and schools, to senior events, the local footy game, rugby, even international events like the Arafura Games.

‘Sports Medicine Australia are always seeking qualified trainers to assist team physios and other trainers at this international event. There are so many opportunities and if you like travelling with your sport then NT schools competitions need trainers to travel interstate for national championships.

‘No prior experience is necessary. This course is for anyone interested in supporting their sport and the players – parents, athletes, coaches, teachers, gym or fitness instructors or other health care professionals such as massage therapists.’

Ms Ranford said that subjects in the Sports Trainer program can contribute towards other nationally accredited courses in fitness (personal trainer) and sport development programs at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

CDU also offers a three-day course in Injury Prevention and Sports First Aid to help the sporting community.

For further information on Sports Trainer and Sports First Aid, contact Ms Ranford on 8946 6374, or email