Victorian Institute of Sport

Sport Science

Our mission is to give VIS athletes a competitive edge using a science-led approach to athlete preparation.


The objective of VIS Sport Science is to assist coaches to improve the performance of VIS athletes through the integration of scientific principles and methods.  This involves analysing performance and providing the coach with information to assist in athlete preparation.

Sport Science at the VIS encompasses the following areas:

Performance Analysis - an objective way of recording performance so that key elements of that performance can be quantified in a valid and consistent manner.  Performance Analysis involves -

Exercise Physiology - examines the physiological demands of an athlete's performance and how they adapt to training.  It involves -

Biomechanics - the scientific discipline which studies mechanical parameters of human motion and sports performance. It involves the observation, measurement and analysis of performance using force platforms or telemetry systems, 3D video analysis, speed guns and high speed cameras.


VIS Sport Science Team

Dr Harry Brennan - Sport Science Coordinator

Jamie Bahnisch - Sport Scientist - Performance Analyst

Nick Owen - Sport Scientist

Cathryn Pruscino - Sport Scientist

Nick Sanders - Sport Scientist

Rodney Siegel - Sport Scientist

Dr Elaine Tor - Sport Scientist - Biomechanics

Sylvie Withers - Sport Scientist