ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST & PH.D. CANDIDATE
B. Ex & Sp. Sci, Msc Cl. Ex. Sci. & Reh Ph.D. Candidate
- Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (B. Ex. & Sp. Sci.)
- Graduate Diploma Exercise and Rehabilitation (GDip. Ex. & Reh.)
- Masters in Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation (MSc. Cl. Ex. Sci. & Reh.)
- Currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in collaboration with Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), Western Health.
Project Title: Uncovering the Interaction between Bone and Muscle in Older-Adults with Osteosarcopenia: Effects of Exercise.
Musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation – bone and muscle chronic diseases – osteoporosis and sarcopenia- self-myofascial release techniques – chronic disease management – diabetes and cardiovascular disease management and exercise interventions – lifestyle modifications – heathy populations – functional movement and conditioning – sub-elite and elite injury prevention, management and conditioning.
Memberships and Associations:
2010- current Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Physiologist
2010- current Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Scientist
Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS)
Australia New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research (ANZSSFR)
Sports Medicine Australia
American College of Sports Medicine
Cassandra Smith is an accredited member of the Exercise and Sports Science Association of Australia, with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, a Masters Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation as well as currently undertaking her Doctor of Philsosophy (Ph.D.) studies.
Over her career, Cassandra has worked as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for 7+years in the industry, consulting at a variety of private practices, as well as having worked with sporting clubs and athletes including rowing, Australian rules football, running and a mixed variety of sports at a junior sub elite performance academy.
In parallel of her career consulting as an Exercise Physiologist, she also has a strong passion for education, as well as clinical application. Cassandra has been involved in education and academia having worked at Victoria University for 4+years, teaching into the Undergraduate (Clinical Science) and Masters program to upcoming exercise physiology students.
During this time, Cassandra completed her Masters which involved her contribution to a clinical trial and development of a minor thesis dissertation focusing on chronic heart failure and oxygen kinetics. Cassandra has also been involved in paper publications during this time, and in 2017 received a scholarship to undertake her Ph.D. project.
She is focusing on her Ph.D. on the cross talk between bone and muscle, in people who suffer from low bone and muscle mass and strength, termed osteosarcopenia.
Cassandra has a strong passion for evidence based practice, and is excited to implement and combine her knowledge from her studies into her clinical practice. Her main goal in her practice is to teach lifelong skills to her clients; empowering individuals through movement and education, and to encourage engagement in self-management.
Honours or Awards
2017 Doctor of Philosophy, Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship (Victoria University)
2015 Masters (Minor thesis) Sponsorship, Victoria University
2010 Golden Key Society for recognition of High Achievement in Academic grades
Levinger P, Caldow MK, Bartlett JR, Peake JM, Smith C, Cameron-Smith D, Levinger I. The level of FoxO1 and IL-15 in skeletal muscle, serum and synovial fluid in people with knee osteoarthritis: a case control study. Osteoporos Int. 2016.
Smith C, Muhammad A, Jerums G, Hanson E, Hayes A, Allen J, Sbraglia M, Selig S, Wong C, Hare D, Levinger I. Assessing the value of BMI and aerobic capacity as surrogate markers for the severity of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction in patients with type 2 diabetes who are obese. Clinical Med Insights
Woessner M., Levinger I., Neil C., Smith C.L., and Allen J. Effects of Dietary Inorganic Nitrate Supplementation on Exercise Performance in Patients with Heart Failure: A Study Protocol for a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Cross-Over Trial
April 2016 Research in Practice Conference, Melbourne AUS
Title: Assessing the value of BMI and aerobic capacity as surrogate markers for theseverity of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction in patients with type 2 diabetes who are obese
Thematic Poster Presentation (5min oral)
May 2016 American College of Sports Medicine, Boston, US
Title: 3 Months of Nitrate plus Exercise Training Improves Hemodynamic Profile in Peripheral Arterial Disease.
October 2017 Tom Penrose Community Service Grant, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)
Cassandra provides Exercise Physiology to Fitzroy North, Fitzroy, Carlton North, Carlton, Abbotsford, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Northcote, Thornbury, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Preston and Fairfield.
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