Image by Victoria University: Professor Hans Westerbeek, Dean, College of Sports and Exercise Science Victoria University (left) and Graham Dudley, CEO Global Performance Testing (right)
Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) are proud to announce a new collaboration with Global Performance Testing (GPT).
Recognised around the world for their applied and translational research in sport, health and active living, Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) join forces with Global Performance Testing Australia, an innovative, Melbourne-based company that helps to empower the athletes of today and tomorrow.
Global Performance Testing provides performance testing services across all sporting codes – at the whole spectrum of skills and ability. GPT applies stringent protocols to ensure quality assurance, and employs experienced and trained staff to ensure reliable and comparable data.
Victoria University and Global Performance Testing will work with sporting associations and clubs, schools and community groups to create new benchmarks, develop intervention or high performance programs. The collaboration will expand sport performance research to the population at large to not only positively influence the sporting potential of individuals but also the health of the community at large.
Sport scientists at ISEAL will work on validating GPT's existing quality assurance structure (GPTQA), allowing for the development of international benchmarks or standards.
"Beyond validating the GPTQA we are working towards securing further connections to sport and health advancing organisations and use the data collected by GPT to improve sport performance and community health – based on hard evidence" said Professor Hans Westerbeek, Dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science and also Victoria University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor of Sport Strategy.
The collaboration will also provide Victoria University’s sport students with employment opportunities to work in performance testing with GPT. This will allow them to gain practical experience in the field of sport science and work towards a career in the sport industry.
Graham Dudley, the CEO of GPT says that "We have been seeking a partner who can take the data that we collect and turn this into research information that will support and benefit elite and community athletes but also the general public. The collaboration with Victoria University is an amazing opportunity where data collection at scale comes together with ISEAL’s significant research capacity to turn our data into valuable sport performance and health and wellbeing information.”