Exercise science and psychology are less chalk and cheese than you might think. Luke Stutter studied a dual degree in the two at QUT because he’s “always been interested in how our mental health affects our physical health.”
Now he’s making a successful career in providing strength and conditioning training, and sports psychology for teams like the Queensland Reds and women’s national team, the Wallaroos.
Luke was an intern with the Queensland Reds for nearly 3 years. His favourite part of that job? “I was training with the best of the best in the country, and having a hand in their career success. It was really awesome.”
“Teams get the best of both worlds,” he says. “It’s about how you can integrate the two to benefit the player.” Luke offers both physical and mental support, where most clubs can only afford to hire one or the other. It’s a real necessity too, when constant mental stresses can really affect a player’s game.
“Returning from a shoulder injury, for example, players lack the confidence to start tackling or playing hard. On top of that, they’re thinking, ‘Am I going to have a job next year?’ It’s so important for athletes to be able to stay in the right mindset.”
“Current health trends means I’m always going to have a job.” says Luke. Within the next 10 years, he says, with Australia’s ageing population and declining activity in kids, sports therapists are going to be more important than ever in schools and communities to keep us healthy and active.
“If kids can move well now, they’re in good stead for life.”
Luke’s pathway to Sports Psychology
> > Bachelor of Exercise and Movement Science/Bachelor of Behavioural Science, QUT
> > Student Internship, Queensland Rugby Union (Queensland Reds)
> > Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, St. Joseph’s Nudgee College