How Carlie is becoming a leader in sport

Carlie Bauer
VU’s hands-on approach and industry placements give students an appreciation of why the theories we learnt are important, and how they’re applied to real-world scenarios.

Carlie Bauer
Exercise Science (Human Movement)/Psychological Studies, Clinical Exercise Science & Rehabilitation

Sport lover Carlie Bauer has followed a study pathway from degree to masters – and all the way to sport research at VU. She attributes her success to the industry experience she gained during her studies and her inspirational teachers.

"Hearing how much my brother was enjoying his VU studies prompted my research into exercise science courses. It was clear that VU was an industry leader – and after touring the facilities I was sold.

I learnt from brilliant academics who ignited my passion for areas of study I had never previously considered. I also had an incredible opportunity to go on exchange to Canada which pushed me out of my comfort zone.

During my undergrad, I did a semester-long placement at Western Bulldogs in the Sons of the West program. This is one of the greatest experiences the University offers its students. VU’s hands-on approach and placements give students an appreciation of why the theories we learnt are important, and how they’re applied to real-world scenarios.

During my degree I became aware of the role of exercise physiologists. Ultimately this was the avenue I was most passionate about so I enrolled in the Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation.

COVID interrupted placements during the masters but I was lucky to get the opportunity to complete placement at our VUCER clinic, MD Health and Barwon Health. Placement proved incredibly beneficial once again, putting theory and skills into practice and preparing us for entering the workforce.

In 2021 I enrolled in my Doctor of Philosophy. The working title of my thesis is: “Bone-muscle-fat interaction: uncovering the effect of exercise on lipocalin2 in older adults”.

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