Jonathan first completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Hons) degree before progressing into a PhD in sport science. After completing his PhD, he was offered a teaching position then a full academic position as a senior lecturer in exercise, health and performance in the Sydney School of Health Sciences.
He was offered the opportunity to conduct research while being embedded in the Cleveland Indians, a Major League Baseball team as a sport scientist.
"I have always had a strong interest in sport. I was an athlete first, being heavily involved in baseball, athletics and cricket during my time at school. When it came time to choose an undergraduate degree, it was a relatively easy choice for me to explore exercise and sport science.
"I did not really have a clear goal or career aspiration in mind, but I knew I was interested in learning more about the human body and how this understanding could improve sports performance and reduce sporting injuries. Once I completed my undergraduate degree, I was heavily involved in coaching baseball and cricket at elite levels and was interested in further developing my understanding of ways to improve outcomes for athletes in these sports.
"It had always been a dream of mine to work with a Major League Baseball team so when the opportunity arose to work with the Cleveland Indians as a part of my sabbatical (Special Studies Program), I jumped at the chance. The relationship developed from there and I was offered a fellowship to conduct research while being embedded in the team as a sport scientist for 2 years.
"It has been an amazing experience and I look forward to bringing some of these experiences back into my research and teaching work at the University."
"The most unique feature about Major League Baseball is the playing schedule. A typical season consists of 162 games across a 180-day period. This means we play an average of 6.3 games per week. As a result, our daily routine is very well practiced and typically involves the following: