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Sport and Physical Activity Research and Teaching Network

Collaboration, research and education in physical activity and sport
A collaborative, multidisciplinary network dedicated to advancing sport and physical activity, knowledge, education and innovation.

The Sport and Physical Activity Research and TeAching Network (SPARTAN) aims to facilitate high-impact interdisciplinary research that addresses physical activity and public health, promotes population health, advances knowledge and expertise in athletic performance and identifies novel strategies in injury prevention and management.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH) is proud to include world-leading experts in physical activity and elite sport research. SPARTAN brings together the global expertise of FMH members in Public Health, Sport Science and Medicine and key strategic collaborator Sydney University Sports and Fitness (SUSF) to explore the facilitators of human health, performance, and best practice in injury prevention and management.

We aim for our research, education and collaborations to contribute to better health outcomes for people in the community from vulnerable groups at risk of physical inactivity, through to competitive athletes at every level including juniors, Masters and retired athletes.

Related disciplines

  • Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health
  • Diagnostic Radiography/ Medical Imaging Science
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • General Practice
  • Health Services Management
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Public Health

Our focus areas

  • Community health
  • Consumer engagement
  • Disability
  • Injury prevention and management
  • Mental health
  • Physical activity and health
  • Population health
  • Sports performance
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Women’s health


A/Prof Melody Ding
Associate Professor Melody Ding
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Associate Professor Kieron Rooney
Associate Professor Kieron Rooney
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