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Associate Professor Aaron Scanlan

Associate Professor in Exercise and Sport Sciences
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Rockhampton North
Rockhampton campus - 81/1.12
About Me

Dr Aaron Scanlan is an Associate Professor in Exercise and Sport Sciences at Central Queensland University (CQU). Aaron is the Lead for the Exercise and Sports Science Rehabilitation Research Cluster, and an Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Scientist and Accredited Sport Scientist. He coordinates the exercise and sport physiology undergraduate units at CQU and is an active postgraduate supervisor having supervised several research students to completion across all levels (Honours, Graduate Certificate, Masters, and PhD). Aaron's research focus is multi-dimensional, exploring various aspects of applied sport science and being recognised as a world leader specifically in basketball research. He has authored >180 journal manuscripts, >60 conference publications, and 7 book chapters, while also attracting >$750k of funding and support. Aaron strongly values working with good people and making a genuine impact on industry and community. In this regard, Aaron has collaborated with researchers from >20 countries and engaged with sports teams and organisations through research and consultation roles, including the National Basketball Association, National Basketball League, Women's National Basketball League, Euroleague, ESSA, United States Olympic Committee, ANZ Netball Championship, Australian Institute of Sport, and Athletics Australia.

Universities Studied At

Central Queensland University - 2011 - Development of the Basketball Exercise Simulation Test (BEST) based on the activity demands of current open-age Australian male competition

Bachelor of Human Movement Science (Honours)
Central Queensland University - 2006 - The physiological and performance effects of lower body compression garments during endurance cycling

Universities Worked At

Central Queensland University
Associate Professor in Exercise and Sport Sciences - 2022-current
Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Sciences - 2015-2021
Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Sciences - 2012-2014


Ranked in the Elsevier World's Top 2% of Scientists list - 2022, 2023
Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Journal of Sport and Health Science - 2021
Publication Recognition Award (CQU) - 2018, 2019, 2020
Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Researchers, Early Career (CQU) - 2015

Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Australian Awards for University Teaching) - 2018
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Learning and Teaching (CQU) - 2016
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Good Practice in Learning and Teaching (CQU) - 2016
>40 Commendations for Educator of the Year Awards

Professional Experience

Editorial roles
Editorial Board Member - PeerJ (2023-current)
Editorial Board Member - Sports (2017-current)
Guest editor for special issue - Optimizing player health, recovery, and performance in basketball II - Frontiers (2023)
Guest editor for special issue - Optimizing player health, recovery, and performance in basketball - Frontiers (2021)
Guest editor for special issue - Improving basketball practice and performance - Sports (2018)

Industry roles
Sports Science Course Accreditation Working Group member - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (2022-2023)
International Basketball Research Network member - Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and the Higher Sports Council, Spain (2022-current)
Basketball Special Interest Group (including Chair position for 3 years) - National Strength and Conditioning Association (2017-2023)
International Program Committee for the International Conference on Sport Sciences research and Technology Support (2019-current)
High Performance Coach and Sport Scientist - Rockhampton Rockets Queensland Basketball League team (2008-2016)
Regional Talent Assessment Centre Coordinator - Australian Sports Commission (2008-2011)

Reviewer roles
Reviewed manuscript submissions for 47 different international journals in exercise, sport, physiology, and medical disciplines
Reviewed postgraduate submissions for 12 national and international universities
Reviewed for several local, national, and international grant programs, award panels, conferences, and book publishers

University roles
Teaching Awards Assessment Panel member - CQU (2021-current)
Mentor for Learning and Teaching Awards program - CQU (2019-current)
Elite Sporting/Performer Contact Officer - CQU (2017-current)
Exercise and Sport Sciences Course Reference Committee member - CQU (2016-current)

Professional Memberships

Exercise and Sports Science Australia

National Strength and Conditioning Association

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4207 Sports science and exercise

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Research Interests
Health Sciences

Sports science and exercise - Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Team sport; training; basketball; testing; performance; nutrition; recovery; technology.

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