Brian joined the JCU Exercise Physiology Clinic in 2017 as a Clinical Educator after completing his Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical). Completing his undergraduate education with James Cook University in 2016, Brian continued on with his studies and completed an honours thesis investigating the effects of periodised resistance training in Australian Soldiers in early 2018. In addition to his tertiary education, Brian is also an accredited strength and conditioning coach having completed the requirements of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Associations Level 2 course in 2015 and is recognised as a professional level coach under the ASCA’s Professional Coaches Association. Away from University, Brian is also the strength and conditioning coach for the Townsville District Rugby League Referees Association.

Previous to working at JCU, Brian was a Corporal in the Australian Army where he was responsible for maintaining the fitness of the Soldiers in his charge. This led to a passion for understanding occupational fitness and inspired Brian to undertake courses in weightlifting, powerlifting and sports training. Since leaving the Army, Brian has continued to serve as a reservist as a Human Performance Officer at the Lavarack Barracks Human Performance Centre and as the Australian Invictus Games Teams Powerlifting coach.

Within the Clinic team, Brian supervises third and fourth year Exercise Physiology students as they implement exercise interventions for various medical conditions in the clinic. As part of his duties, Brian also teaches into the third and fourth year Exercise Physiology subjects, presenting the occasional lecture and facilitating practical classes.

  • SP3017: Principles of Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice (Level 3; TSV)
  • SP5200: Professional Communication and Practice for Clinical Exercise Physiologists (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5201: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Conditions (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5202: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5203: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Metabolic Conditions and Kidney Disease (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5204: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Neurological Conditions and Cancer (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5205: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Mental Health and Fatigue Disorders (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5206: Clinical Exercise Physiology Research and Practice (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5207: Clinical Exercise Physiology Placement 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5208: Clinical Exercise Physiology Placement 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • Strength and Conditioning in Tactical Athletes
  • 2017 to present - Human Performance Officer, Australian Army (Townsville)
  • 2017 to present - Associate Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
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  • 2017 - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • 2016 - Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA)
  • 2016 - National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • 2018 - ASCA Level 1 Tactical Strength and Conditioning Trainer
  • 2017 - Strength and Conditioning Coach, Townsville District Rugby League Association
  • 2017 - ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist (AEP/AES)
  • 2017 - Powerlifting Coach, Australian Invictus Games Team 2017-2018
  • 2016 - ASCA Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • 2016 - Australian Weightlifting Federation Level 1 Club Weightlifting / Sports Power Coach

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Australian Army - Contract Research

Quantifying the acute physical, cognitive and physiological responses of various training modalities in Australian Soldiers

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$21,655 over 6 years
The project sets out to answer the following research question: What is the degree of stress, fatigue and recovery experienced by Australian Soldiers after bouts of occupationally specific physical activities? To answer this question, the project will develop an evidence-based assessment protocol to assess levels of fatigue and stress in Soldiers after bouts of occupationally related strenuous activities across various periods of employment. This will inform the chain of command on appropriate recovery times for different modalities of training, ensuring that soldiers remain combat-ready throughout their training cycles and minimise symptoms overtraining.
Brian Heilbronn, Kenji Doma, Wade Sinclair and Anthony Leicht in collaboration with Jace Drain (College of Healthcare Sciences and Defence Science and Technology Group)
Sport Science; Military; Injury Prevention; Tactical Athlete; Army

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