Associate Professor Stephen Bird, PhD, BHMvt(Hons), CSCS, AEP, RNutr, is a senior academic within Sport and Exercise Science through the College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns.  With over 15 years experience teaching and researching in strength and conditioning (elite athlete preparation) and sports science (fatigue monitoring and recovery management) A/Prof Bird has been responsible for overseeing physical preparation of pre-elite and elite youth athletes since 2006 (WRAS), and professional athletes in Australia (1996-2008; 2012-15) and Indonesia (2007-2012). A/Prof Bird was directly responsible for implementation of the Indonesian High Performance Program, in conjunction with the Indonesian Olympic Committee, National Sports Committee of Indonesia and the State Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs of Indonesia,  attending the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing, China as part of the Indonesian Olympic Contingent in his role as Department Head, Strength and Conditioning (1x Gold; 1x Silver; 3x Bronze). His portfolio was responsible for overseeing athlete preparation and coach education for scheduled events by Olympic Council of Asia (2007 SEA Games, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2009 SEA Games, 2010 Asian Games, 2011 SEA Games and 2012 London Olympic Games). Assisting youth athlete development, A/Prof Bird served as Director of Strength and Conditioning at the Western Region Academy of Sport (2006-2015) coordinating the S&C Internship for final year exercise science students providing professional mentorship for more than 30 intern, with placements also conducted through the Australian Rugby Union. The SCI program provides interns with proficiency skills and knowledge required as early career S&C professionals following the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Professional Coaching Structure.

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, A/Prof Bird’s current research agenda examines the application of strength and conditioning methods, nutritional supplementation and sports science technology on health and athletic performance. Current research themes include: Injury prevention through prediction (musculoskeletal movement screening and analysis); Nutritional supplementation for performance (nutrient timing, nutrient/gene interactions; multi-nutrient supplementation, nutritional knowledge and supplementation usage); Trunk stability and athletic performance (pre-determined movement strategies and movement optimisation); Fatigue monitoring and recovery management (frameworks for quantification of athlete load tolerance levels, immune function, illness and injury; travel-related fatigue). These professional works and research areas have resulted in publication of major consultancy reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, text-book chapters, invited position stands and expert reviews.

As an educator, A/Prof Bird’s primary teaching context relates to the field of strength and conditioning science, and exercise rehabilitation. Teaching clinically-oriented courses specialising in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and injury prevention, A/Prof Bird has fulfilled roles of Course Director (Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology); Course review team facilitator; Expert Panel Member, Curriculum Renewal in Exercise Science Project; Facilitator, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program. Current professional appointments occupied by A/Prof Bird include Associate Editor Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, Director of Strength and Conditioning, Western Region Academy of Sport and consultant with MUSASHI Performance Nutrition. Please view StephenBird.co for further information about A/Prof Bird's academic and professional works.

  • SP1002: Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Level 1; CNS)
  • SP3011: Sports Training and Rehabilitation (Level 3; CNS)
  • Sport science consultant for professional athletes and sporting organisations.
  • Area's of research include ergogenic aids, quantification and management of training stress, the neuromuscular and hormonal adaptations to exercise, strength and power measurement, and strength and conditioning in high performance sport.
  • Promote active, collaborative, and small-group work tasks, were students are encouraged to evoke inductive reasoning.
  • 2015 to present - Associate Professor, Sports and Exercise Science, James Cook University (Cairns QLD Australia)
  • 2015 to present - Adjunct Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University (Bathurst NSW Australia)
  • 2010 to present - Adjunct Lecturer, Edith Cowan University (Joondalup WA Australia)
  • 2011 to 2015 - Senior Lecturer, Exercise Rehabilitation, Charles Sturt University (Bathurst NSW Australia)
  • 2006 to 2010 - Lecturer, Exercise Science, Charles Sturt University (Bathurst NSW Australia)
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  • 2015 - Western Region Academy of Sport Life Membership Award.
  • 2015 - NSCA Strength of America Award (USA) - 5x recipient
  • 2012 - Faculty Award for Teaching, Charles Sturt University
  • 2012 - Western Region Academy of Sport - Supporter of the Year
  • 2012 - Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Professional Excellence, Charles Sturt University
  • 2009 - NSW Sports Safety Award Scheme Bronze Award
  • 2007 - NSW Sports Safety Award Scheme Silver Award
  • 2006 - Inaugural Exercise and Sports Science Australia Medal
  • 2005 - National Strength and Conditioning Association Graduate Research Award.
  • 2004 - International Society for Chronobiology Scholar Award
  • 2009 - Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)
  • 2006 - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • 2006 - National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • 1996 - Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA)
  • NSA Registered Nutritionist (RNutr)
  • ASCA Level 3 Strength & Conditioning Coach * Oct 2015
  • ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
  • ASCA Professional Coaching Structure: Professional Coach (PSP)
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • 2015 - Sports Scientist, Australian National Team. U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships, Orlando, Florida Jan 20-25
  • 2014 to 2015 - Academic Advisory Panel, Australian Strength & Conditioning Association
  • 2006 to 2015 - Director of Strength & Conditioning, Western Region Academy of Sport
  • 2012 to 2014 - Sports Science Consultant & Research Associate, Perth Wildcats - NBL
  • 2012 - Sports Science Research Associate, Penrith Panthers - NRL
  • 2011 to 2012 - Grants Review Board, Applied Sports Science, Exercise & Sports Science Australia
  • 2010 to 2011 - External Assessor, National Health & Medical Research Council Project Grants
  • 2010 - Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach Wider Wallaroos Squad, Australian Rugby Union, iRB Women’s Rugby World Cup
  • 2009 to 2010 - Expert Panel, Curriculum Renewal in Exercise & Sports Science Project Funded by the Australian Learning & Teaching Council & the Australian Association for Exercise & Sports Science
  • 2008 - Sports Science Research Associate (Sports Nutrition), Melbourne Storm NRL
  • 2008 - Department Head, Strength & Conditioning, Indonesian Olympic Team, Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing, China, Aug 8 -24.
  • 2007 to 2008 - External Assessor, South African Medical Research Council Grants Review Board
  • 2007 - Sports Science Consultant & Nutrition Advisor, Wests Tigers NRL

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