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Performance health aims to provide Australian athletes a competitive advantage through optimised health, support provided by a world class system underpinned by world leading research, innovation and models of care.

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.

Athlete performance health encompasses the broad domains of health and is defined as a state of optimal physical, mental, and social wellbeing related to an athlete’s sporting success, and not merely the absence of illness or injury that limits participation.

During the past three years we have worked with approximately 14 sports and the National Institute Network (NIN) – one of the standout partnerships has been an 85 per cent reduction in injuries in Triathlon Australia’s HP program.

We support National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) and the NIN to design and implement athlete health strategies as a consistent part of high performance programs.

Performance Health Program Objectives

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:

Quantify and prioritise areas of health requiring prevention within sports and across sports

Embed prevention systems into National Sporting Organisations

Increase awareness of the impact of health on performance outcomes

Build workforce capability across the sports industry related to health

Improve the efficiency of the health system within the sporting sector

Lead and enable a connected high performance health system focussed on improving the health and performance of Australian athletes

Lead the creation of new knowledge related to athlete health and its relationship with performance

Lead the implementation of research findings using innovative and proven methods to increase adoption of new knowledge

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