Strength and conditioning: only 99 to go

Doctor Jeremy Sheppard will be surfing's first ever full time Sports Scientist working with Surfing Australia. It's a three-year partnership that will see Australia maintain its status as the world leader in surf education and high performance training.

The specialist from the Edith Cowan University (ECU) has been a strength and conditioning coach for 18 years, having worked and won Olympic medals for national teams in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Australia.

"I am really excited to take up this outstanding position. I have been given the opportunity to apply my passion to training athletes, by serving as Sport Science Manager with Surfing Australia. Surfing is a sport which plays the dominant role in my life and I'll be working for a country that is dominant on the world stage", said Doctor Jeremy Sheppard.

Jeremy is a graduate of a PhD, Master’s of Sport Science, graduate diploma in Elite Coaching, and an undergraduate degree in Human Movement. His research projects have garnered awards from the Victorian State Government, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (USA), the Australian Institute of Sport, the National Sport Science Quality Assurance Program, the National Elite Sports Council as well as several industry partners.

"Through the partnership with Edith Cowan University, I will get to combine this work with my passion for teaching and mentoring students in coaching and research as a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning/Sport Science. Edith Cowan University is possibly the best university in the world for strength and conditioning, employing world experts in several fields of sport science, so this relationship is both exciting and humbling to be a part of", tells Sheppard.

Some examples of the research that will be explored are:

Incidence of trauma injuries surfers incur when executing progressive surfing manoeuvres and possible preventative training strategies that could be incorporated into training programs to prevent and reduce the incidence of such injuries
Fitness training for surfers
Dry-land training methodologies used when teaching aerial surfing
The influence of technique on sprint-paddling performance in competitive surfers
The relationship between upper-body strength qualities and kinematics in sprint paddling performance of high-performance surfers
The effect of strength training on paddling performance in high-performance surfers
An examination of lower body strength qualities in surfers
An evaluation of the use of micro-sensors to quantify training load in high-performance surfers