Applied science: strength and conditioning

‘‘The practical and learning opportunities available to not only myself but the other students...
‘‘The practical and learning opportunities available to not only myself but the other students have been unbelievable.’’ — Emily Hodges
Emily Hodges’ life has always revolved around sport and exercise.

Emily no longer competes at international level, but her love of sport continues. The Otago Polytechnic student has completed the Postgraduate Diploma of Applied Science (Strength and Conditioning).

As part of her studies, Emily did a placement with the Otago University Rugby Football Club’s premier team, which she describes as one of the highlights of the year.

‘‘I got to meet and work alongside some pretty amazing people.’’

Emily’s studies have also taken her overseas this year — firstly to Tonga, where she worked within the Tonga Rugby Union, then to Shanghai, courtesy of a Prime Minister’s Scholarship to Asia.

‘‘In terms of personal growth, this year has been massive for me. I have consistently pushed myself out of my comfort zone and it has been the best thing I could have done.’’

Having completed a Bachelor of Physical Education degree at Otago University in 2017, Emily plans to complete a Masters in Physical Conditioning at Otago Polytechnic next year.

Emily has nothing but praise for Otago Polytechnic’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health.

‘‘Having been here for nearly a year now, I can’t think of a more facilitating, positive and progressive place. The practical and learning opportunities available to not only myself but the other students have been unbelievable.

‘‘It is truly an awesome place to study.’’

For more information about studying towards a career in physical health and wellbeing, visit www.op.ac.nz