Sports Engineering

Sports engineering combines knowledge of mechanical engineering, physiology, biomechanics, physics and materials to improve sporting performance through enhanced equipment and facility design.

Sports engineering focuses on external factors that affect sporting performance, such as the environment and equipment. Sports engineers may, for example, develop: a new soccer ball that behaves more consistently wherever it’s struck; or a real-time force measurement and telemetry system that records the forces generated during each rowing stroke.


You can major in Sports Engineering in our:

A major enables you to specialise by completing a series of courses within your degree in an area of interest. This major will prepare you to enter, and excel in, the rapidly growing international sports engineering field. Our Sports Engineering major focuses on applying mechanical engineering skills to the design and manufacture of: sports equipment and apparel; rehabilitation and exercise equipment; and sports facilities. In addition to topics related to design and engineering science fundamentals, you’ll undertake studies in: physiology; anatomy; biomechanics and sports materials.

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Careers in sports engineering

The need for sports engineers is driven by a shortage of people with multidisciplinary skills to develop new technologies for elite sports. As a sports engineer you may work with athletes, sporting teams, manufacturers and/or sports institutes to analyse sporting performance and exploit every possible gain. You will also be well placed to manage multidisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers and physiologists working in the sports industry.

Graduates have gone on to undertake all kinds of exciting research projects, ranging from developing aerodynamic cycling helmets, to customised, propulsion-enhancing wheelchair seats. The University of Adelaide is renowned as a leader in the sports engineering field and has strong collaborations with:

Set on engineering but don’t meet the entry requirements?

We want to ensure everyone with a passion for engineering can pursue it. If you don’t have the prerequisites to directly enter an engineering degree, but attained a Selection Rank of 70 or above and completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (or equivalent), consider our engineering pathway program. Successful completion will guarantee you a place in your preferred Adelaide engineering degree. Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway.