The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) mission is to lead and enable a united and collaborative high performance system that supports Australian athletes to achieve international podium success.
The Athlete Availability Program (AAP) was an initiative of the Applied Technology and Innovation team within the AIS to achieve this.
The Athlete Availability Program is now known as Athlete Performance Health, reflecting a shift in strategy to embed the learnings of the program into practice.
Over the past three years we have worked with approximately 14 sports and the NIN – one of the standout partnerships has been an 85 per cent reduction in injuries in Triathlon Australia’s HP program. This change is about furthering the support of NSOs and the NIN to design and implement athlete health strategies as a consistent part of high performance programs.
Surfing Australia's Sally Fitzgibbons and Australian Diving athletes have taken part in the Athlete Performance Health program.
Athlete Performance Health Program Objectives
The Athlete Performance Health was developed to provide support and expertise to sports and their athletes to increase the probability of athletes reaching peak performance and maintaining their health ahead of Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Athlete Performance Health objectives are to:
Research at the AIS
The AIS offers a number of PhD scholarships based at the AIS campus in Canberra. The positions are fully funded in collaboration with partner organisations including various Australian Universities and Institutes of Sport. The Athlete Performance Health team also supports PhD candidates external to the AIS, with many embedded in National Sporting Organisations, State Institutes or professional sporting teams. The PhDs contribute important research output to Australian sport to ultimately improve athlete health and performance.