ECU has been globally recognised for its sports research.
Announced tonight, the university was ranked in the top 100 for sports science in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
It also achieved a top 250 ranking for education for the sixth year in a row and a top 300 ranking for psychology.
ECU Joondalup’s sports science researchers have worked with some of Australia’s most elite athletes and sporting teams, including the West Coast Eagles, Perth Glory, Orica Green Edge (now Mitchelton-Scott) for cycling and Surfing Australia.
ECU also has links with Olympic training centres as well as NFL, Malaysian sevens rugby and Sri Lankan teams.
Research projects include strength training for physical performance and health, aerial performance in surfing, sprint cycling, eccentric exercise, dehydration in mixed martial arts and the biomechanics of ballet dancers.
ECU was also the first university in the world to offer studies in Australian Rules football, launching the Bachelor of Science (Sports Science and Football) in 2011, which also offers the option to specialise in soccer.
Last year, the university signed a 10-year agreement with the West Coast Eagles to develop a high performance centre at the new Lathlain Park training ground.
“These rankings reflect what individual athletes and major sporting teams have known for some time, that ECU is one of the world’s best universities in the field of sports science,” Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman said.