Professor Peter Reaburn

Session Title:

Managing the masters athlete: an exemplar of successful ageing?

Learning Outcomes:
1.    Describe the motivations of older adults to engage with masters sport
2.    List a number of benefits of engaging older individuals in masters sport
3.    Summarise the key modifications needed in designing a training program for older individuals
4.    Modify an exercise testing and exercise program design for a young athlete to the needs of both a novice masters athlete and high performance masters athlete
5.    Plan a chiropractic screening protocol for a masters athlete



Peter ReaburnProfessor Reaburn is the current Head of Exercise and Sport Science at Bond University. Prior to commencing at Bond in late 2016, Peter spent 20 years in Rockhampton at CQUniversity where he was Head of Department for eight years and won both a National Teaching Citation and CQUniversity Research Supervisor of the Year Award after being nominated by his students.

Professor Reaburn has written or edited six books on applied sport science including two related to masters athletes and sport. He has authored or co-authored with current or former PhD students over 100 peer-reviewed papers and presented over 50 conference presentations.

Peter practices what he preaches. As a younger man, he won four National Surf Lifesaving championships. In 2005 he won the National Ironman Triathlon Championship in the 50-54 years age group that qualified him to compete and complete the Hawaii Ironman World Championships where he finished seventh in his age group and achieved a lifelong dream of completing that event. More recently he has returned to Surf Lifesaving and Ocean Swimming where in 2017 he won a gold medal in the Rescue Tube race in the 60-64 years age group and recently won the 60-69 years age group in The Big Swim, a 2.8 k ocean swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach in Sydney.