Dr Sven Rees

Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science - School of Science and Technology

Sven Rees


Dr Sven Rees is a lecturer within the discipline of Exercise and Sport Science. He joins UNE from the Australian College of Physical Education. Prior to his appointment at ACPE, he lectured at the University of Technology Sydney.

Sven completed his PhD. in Sports and Exercise Science (2008), investigating the effects of exercise intervention strategies on neuromuscular and functional performance in an older population. Sven has extensive experience in Sport and Exercise Science; having worked as a Strength and Condition Coach at the NSW Institute of Sport and as a Sport Scientist at the Sydney Academy of Sport.


BSc (UNE), BA (Human Movement) (UTS), HBA - First Class (Human Movement) (UTS), PhD (UTS)

Research Interests

  • Sydney Swans Research Project (2002) – Pelvic Tilt and Thomas Test Report
  • Sven Rees and Millicent Kennelly (2002). Test of the best, Ultrafit Magazine, 70, 64-66
  • Nominee for the AAESS Young Investigators Award - Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science Conference, September/October 28-1, 2006
  • Reviewer for: The Journal of Applied Physiology; Physiotherapy Theory and Practice; European Journal of Applied Physiology; Journal of Sport Sciences, Maturitas; Journal of Aging and Physical Activity; Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Examiner for Doctor of Philosophy Thesis: The relationship between functional tests, muscular strength, outcome scores and radiological assessment in the ACL-deficient and ACL reconstructed knee (Central Queensland University)
  • Examiner for Honours Degree in Human Movement: Factors affecting jumping performance in elite Australian rules footballers (UTS)
  • Examiner for Honours Degree in Human Movement: The Reliability and Validity of 100Hz GPSPORTS Accelerometers (UTS)
  • Examiner for Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science: Lower limb kinematics of pole vault: A feasibility study (ACU)
  • NSW Sport and Recreation independent grant assessor
  • Sole applicant for biometric earphones patent (pending)


Sven Rees, Aron Murphy and Mark Watsford (2009). Effects of vibration exercise on postural steadiness in an older population. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12(4), 440-4

Sven Rees, Aron Murphy and Mark Watsford (2008). The effects of whole body vibration exercise on lower extremity muscle strength and power in an older population: A randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy, 88(4), 1-9

Sven Rees, Aron Murphy and Mark Watsford (2007). Effects of vibration exercise on muscle performance and mobility in an older population. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 15(4), 367-381

Sven Rees, Aron Murphy, Mark Watsford, Ken McLachlan and Aaron Coutts (2007). Effects of PNF stretching on stiffness and force producing characteristics of the ankle in active females. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 21(2), 572-577

Ken McLachlan, Aron Murphy, Mark Watsford, and Sven Rees (2006). The interday reliability of leg and ankle musculotendinous stiffness measures. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 22, 296-304


  • Accredited Exercise Physiologist – Member of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)
  • ACPE - Academic representative to the Academic Board
  • ACPE - Teaching and Learning Committee Member
  • ACPE - Scholarship Committee Member
  • ACPE - Honours Committee Member
  • ACPE – Honours Ethics Committee Member
  • ACPE – Curriculum Review Committee
  • ACPE – Chair of Evaluation Review Committee
  • ACPE – Chair of Sport and Exercise Science Committee
  • First Aid Certificate & Advanced Resuscitation Certificate
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) member
  • ASCA Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Medicine Australia - Sports Trainer Level 1
  • Weightlifting Coach – Level 1
  • Professional Tennis Coach - Level 1
  • Exercise and Sport Science Australia Research to Practice Conferences (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  • American College of Sports Medicine Conference (2015)
  • European College of Sport Science Conference (2007)
  • Business Forum, 2013 (ESSA)
  • Mental Health & Obesity – Mental Health Professionals Workshop
  • Intrinsic Motivation & Motivational Interviewing Workshop (ESSA)
  • Metabolic Syndrome Workshop (ESSA)
  • ECG Analysis and Interpretation Workshop (ESSA)
  • Blood Pressure and Exercise Workshop (ESSA)
  • Diabetes Education (ESSA)
  • UTS, School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism - Research Committee Member
  • UTS, Emerging Fields Committee Member (Extended Quality of Life Project)