The role of a Registered Exercise and Sport Scientist
Registered Exercise and Sport Scientist have the ability to use pre-screening tests on healthy populations to determine the risk of completing activity. RESS have the ability to screen for appropriate cardio-pulmonary responses to sub-maximal and maximal physical activity. They are able to select tests, reliably conduct, and correctly interpret results to determine function and performance on the strength-endurance continuum for a range of testing procedures. This includes but not limits to: anthropometric, strength, power, anaerobic capacity, aerobic capacity, economy of exercise, cardiopulmonary function, flexibility and common variables in body fluids. An RESS has the understanding of laboratory health and safety regulations and adherence to hygiene regulations, body fluid/tissue sampling and handling and emergency procedures. They have the ability to work and consult with other specialists in associated professions.
Over the next 12 months the Sport Science Accreditation pathway is under review.
The review is being led by Dr Mel Bussey and Dr Andy Kilding, with the intention being to work with High Performance Sport New Zealand, key sports organisations and Sport New Zealand to further develop the accreditation pathway in sport science so it reflects the future ways of working that will likely be required for sports scientists working in performance and health (non-clinical) settings.