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Associate Professor Amanda Benson

Course Director Exercise and Sport Science
PhD, The University of Sydney, Australia; Master of Science, Eastern Illinois University, United States; Bachelor of Education (Physical Education), Massey University, New Zealand; Diploma of Teaching, Palmerston North College of Education, New Zealand

Biography

Associate Professor Amanda Benson is an accredited exercise physiologist with Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) with an interest in using exercise for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. She supervises research (honour's, MSc, PhD) in physical activity and exercise, including resistance training, in children and adolescents as well as adults. She conducts research using physical activity, resistance training and technology-based interventions within school settings, healthy (workplace) and clinical populations (cardiac, metabolic health, type 2 diabetes) for prevention and treatment of disease. Additionally, she is interested in the integration of technology such as wearables, sensors and apps for measuring physical activity and exercise to enhance health outcomes and pedagogy. Amanda is a course accrediation reviewer for ESSA that assesses University course accreditation applications for exercise science and exercise physiology within Australia. Her current role at Swinburne is as the Course Director for Exercise and Sport Science.

Research interests

Health Promotion; Health Technology Assessment; Resistance Training; Exercise Physiology; Exercise for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease; Physical Activity; Wearables and Sensor Technology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise: The aim of this project is to investigate ways of using technology and types of exercise prescription to enhance both adherence to exercise and health outcomes. The student will develop clinical exercise physiology and laboratory skills as well as contribute to the shaping of cardiac treatment programs.

Movement Sensors, Physical Activity and Exercise: This research will investigate the use of movement sensors, wearables and apps to provide insight into physical activity behaviour and target ubiquitous health promoting physical activity and exercise interventions. Students will gain specialist skills in exercise physiology, sensor and wearable technology, instrumentation and data analysis.

Pressure Sensors and Motion Analysis for Resistance Training, Health and Ergonomics: This area of research will investigate the use of pressure sensors for biofeedback in sport, health and ergonomics in diverse populations (e.g. youth to high performance athletes). The student will develop specialist skills in motion capture analysis, IMU, pressure sensor technology, resistance training, ergonomics and biofeedback.

Smart (Instrumented) Cricketball: This area of work will build on previous work from the research team to further investigate an instrumented cricket ball to provide biofeedback to cricket bowlers. The student will develop specialist skills in motion capture analysis, infra-red camera technology, EMG analysis, instrumentation and data analysis. 

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Movement Sensors, Physical Activity and Exercise: This research will investigate the use of movement sensors, wearables and apps to provide insight into physical activity behaviour and target ubiquitous health promoting physical activity and exercise interventions. Students will gain specialist skills in exercise physiology, sensor and wearable technology, instrumentation and data analysis. This can be an honours or PhD project topic

Pressure Sensors and Motion Analysis for Resistance Training, Health and Ergonomics: This area of research will investigate the use of pressure sensors for biofeedback in sport, health and ergonomics in diverse populations (e.g. youth to high performance athletes). The student will develop specialist skills in motion capture analysis, IMU, pressure sensor technology, resistance training, ergonomics and biofeedback.This can be an honours or PhD project topic

Smart (Instrumented) Cricketball: This area of work will build on previous work from the research team to further investigate an instrumented cricket ball to provide biofeedback to cricket bowlers. The student will develop specialist skills in motion capture analysis, infra-red camera technology, EMG analysis, instrumentation and data analysis.  This can be an honours or PhD project topic

Fields of Research

  • Exercise Physiology - 110602
  • Human Movement And Sports Science Not Elsewhere Classified - 110699

Teaching areas

Exercise Science;Physical Activity;Technology and Exercise

Awards

  • 2016, Other, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Award for Good Teaching For implementing transformative EdMAC programs , RMIT University
  • 2014, Other, Research Excellence - Team Award, Sports Engineering and Technology (SportzEdge) , RMIT University
  • 2013, Other, Emerging Researcher Award , RMIT University

Publications

Also published as: Benson, Amanda; Benson, A.; Benson, A. C.
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