About VU

Sport and Recreation Industry Pathway (SARIP) program

VU is excited to be part of the Sport and Recreation Industry Pathway (SARIP) program, supporting secondary school students to achieve their aspirations in sport.

SARIP began as a partnership between VU’s College of Sport & Exercise Science and three local schools – Essendon Keilor College, Manor Lakes College and Maribyrnong College. It is now available to all secondary school students and their teachers.

The SARIP program delivers a quality sport based curriculum which supports students’ study in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). It offers students with a passion for sport invaluable experience and industry links that provide a pathway to additional qualifications, tertiary study and workplace opportunities.

As part of the SARIP program, students come to VU to participate in Physiology and Biomechanics testing and other exciting projects.

Student outcomes

Participation in the program allows students to gain:

  • exposure to our state-of-the-art sport and learning precinct
  • access to leading researchers in sport & exercise science
  • benefit from our industry connections such as the Victorian and Australian Institutes of Sport, Western Bulldogs, AFL and Netball Victoria
  • support for their study in subjects including Physical Education, Biology, Health & Human Development, VET Sport & Recreation
  • targeted career advice
  • a pathway to further study at Victoria University.

Exercise Physiology labs

Exercise Physiology labs are used to study human performance and physiology in sport, exercise and health.

SARIP students will have the opportunity to participate in typical Physiological performance testing including:

  • VO2 max testing
  • power testing (i.e. wingate)
  • altitude and heat acclimatisation.

Biomechanics labs

Biomechanics labs are designed to perform technique analysis and understand the mechanical factors that affect human movement in sport, in the elderly and in disease.

The SARIP program uses the Biomechanics laboratory to perform technique analysis to understand the mechanical factors that affect human movement in sport.

Motor Learning & Skilled Performance labs

The Motor Learning & Skilled Performance labs are used to study the acquisition, performance and perceptual cognitive aspects of movement and related skills.

The lab has been used for the relationship between perception and putting action in golfers, as well as fundamental motor and visual skills of AFL footballers.

SARIP students use our lab technology to observe decision making processes in a live sport situation.

Programs for schools

Sport Science Education Big Day Out

Enhance your students' learning with our Sport Science Big Day Out laboratory activities designed to complement the VCE curriculum.

We offer three activities which can be run separately or as a series.

The sessions are for Years 11 & 12.

Peak Performance - Physiology for Physical Education

This session complements student learning outcomes relevant to VCE PE Unit 3 Aos2.

Students discuss and report on laboratory exercises designed to explore the assessment of physiological functions. They have the opportunity to participate in typical physiological performance testing, including:

  • VO2 max testing
  • Wingate power testing.

Throw It, Kick It Better - Biomechanics for Physical Education

This session complements student learning outcomes relevant to VCE PE Unit 1 Aos2.

Students discuss basic kinematics, looking at the difference between qualitative and quantitative measurement techniques using state-of-the-art equipment.

The program uses the Biomechanics laboratory to perform technique analysis to understand the mechanical factors that affect human movement in sport.

Keeping Cool - Homeostasis for Biology

This session complements student learning outcomes relevant to VCE PE Unit 2 AoS1.

Students investigate ‘homeostasis’, examining the human body’s adaptations to changes in temperature during exercise.

Using state-of-the-art equipment, students are able to produce their own test data for discussion. They test physiological variables (HR, Temp and O2%) at rest and then after exercise.

Program fee

There will be a participation fee for this program. Please contact us to discuss your program and we will be able to tailor a proposal to need your requirements.

Enquire now

To register your interest in VU's Sport Science Big Day Out laboratory activities please fill out and submit our enquiry form.

VCE Physical Education (PE) Unit 3 & 4 exam revision lecture

This lecture forms part of the VCE revision lectures. It is provided FREE to VCE PE Unit 3 & 4 students to prepare them for the exams.

Contact us

For further information regarding the program please contact:

Barbara Opar, SARIP Program Coordinator
Email: barbara.opar@vu.edu.au