Improving the SHAPE of sport research

The SHAPE Research Centre – Flinders University’s Sport, Health, Activity, Performance and Exercise Research Centre – has awarded a new PhD scholarship for the first time, thanks to the contribution of $90,000 from the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation and Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing

Emma Milanese

The PhD Scholarship has been awarded to Emma Milanese, who has previously conducted community sport research projects, working with children, adolescents and older adults from various population groups around South Australia.

Her scholarship will be to investigate the significance of sport in the lives of young people in low socioeconomic status (SES) communities.

Her experience includes conducting qualitative health research with marginalised and vulnerable groups such as children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, socially isolated older adults and those living in rural areas.

Ms Milanese is also executive officer of a not-for-profit sport organisation called SportsUnited, which seeks to provide people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate in sport.

Plugging into the core research themes of the SHAPE Research Centre, she will contribute to research associated with Physical Activity and Movement behaviour as well as the Sport, society and culture theme.

Her research has focused on investigating how to improve physical activity as well as assist the prevention of chronic disease. “I also have experience exploring sport coaching and pedagogy, as well as transitional pathways in sport, through sport and using sport as a tool to improve retention rates and decrease drop out of high school students,” she says.

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