What makes our bold new building within the Moore Park elite sports precinct so significant for our highly regarded sport science program?
To better understand how the building will allow the university to take sport science to the ‘sporting field’, UTS:InProgress spoke to Aaron Coutts, Professor in Sport and Exercise at UTS, about a key facility known as the motor control research space and how it will boost relevant and high-impact research outcomes for scholars and sportspeople.
The motor control research space in the ARDC building
Inside the motor control research space
Who will use the space?
This space will mainly be used by UTS Sport and Exercise Science researchers and research students, working with athletes. Additionally, the motor control and skill acquisition research space could be used by industry partners in collaboration with UTS, in particular major professional sporting organisations and community sporting groups.
What activities will be conducted in the space?
Assessment and training of perceptual-cognitive skill in athletes – through simulations of training and match play – will be one of the major uses of the space. For example, the space will support the work we’re doing on decision-making with the NRL by allowing us to recreate league games in a controlled environment. From the head-cameras and eye-tracking glasses worn by athletes, we’ll see exactly what they’re seeing in a game, how they’re reacting and how they’re making decisions. We’ll also be able to track fatigue, stress and other factors in a similar way.
What are the likely outcomes?
As well as supporting individual performance, we envisage that research into perceptual-cognitive skills, such as the project with the NRL, will ultimately allow us to develop a standard of excellence that becomes a development tool for less experienced athletes. In addition, the insights we get from this research space can be integrated with insights from other spaces in the new building, such as the exercise physiology and biomechanics labs, to give us a broader view of athletes’ performance.
Works in progress
With just two-and-a-half months to go until practical completion of the building – in which UTS Sport & Exercise and Physiotherapy will co-locate with the Australian Rugby Union – the construction crane is down and the work-site is a frenzy of activity.
- Glazing is being installed on the top floor and is 95% complete overall – meaning the building is almost watertight.
- The building’s five lifts are up and running – allowing the construction crane and loading platforms to be dismantled.
- Louvred sections forming the external sunshade system on three sides of the building are being installed.
- The indoor sports field on level 3 is close to completion, with just the glazing to be completed, final fix of services and flooring to be laid – as well as those all-important basketball hoops to be installed.
- External work to the western plaza around the UTS entry is underway, and landscaping has begun.
- Illuminated UTS façade signage has been installed.
Sky signage has just been installed above the UTS entry to the ARDC building [photo: Bridgette Kelly]
An artist's impression of the ARDC building when completed
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