Dr Vincent Kelly

Honorary Lecturer

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences



Vince Kelly joined the School of Human Movement Studies in 2009 after a 15 year career in elite sport working as a strength and conditioning coach with professional football teams and the Queensland Academy of Sport. In addition to his academic appointment, Vince works as a Performance Science Consultant for the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club. Dr Kelly completed his PhD examining the efficacy of beta-alanine supplementation at UQ in 2017. Vince obtained a postgraduate Honours degree in Exercise Physiology (HMS) from The University of Queensland. He also completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science (HMS) at The University of Queensland.


Dr Kelly teaches Sport and Exercise Science in the undergraduate program and coordinates the undergraduate course "Developing the Elite Athlete" and "Sport Science" in the Sports Coaching Postgraduate Coursework Programs. He is also a sessional lecturer in first, second and third year courses. Each year Vince supervises honours students in a wide variety of sport science and strength and conditioning projects.


Vince has previously worked in Strength and Conditioning roles with elite and professional sports including the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Australian Rugby Union, Western Force, Fiji Rugby Union, Auckland Rugby Union, and the Queensland Academy of Sport including several Olympic Gold Medalists. The highlight of this experience was victory in the 2005 7s Rugby World Cup and training the 2011, 2013, 2015 Formula 2 and 2017 Formula 1 Water Ski Racing World Champions.

Community Engagement

Dr Kelly is a leading sport scientist who is a member of the National Rugby League (NRL) Research Committee. He also consults as a strength and conditioning specialist to Ski Racing Australia and Ski Racing Qld. He has previously consulted to the North Queensland Cowboys and Wynnum Manly Rugby League and the International Rugby Board and Australian Rugby Union. Vince is also a leading sport science and strength and conditioning coach educator consulting to Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).


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Research Interests

His areas of research interest include muscle typology in elite athletes, quantification and management of training stress, the neuromuscular and hormonal adaptations to exercise and recovery, sleep and recovery modalities in elite athletes, ergogenic aids, strength and power measurement, and sport science/strength and conditioning in high performance sport.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours Class 1, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland


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  • (2021) Doctor Philosophy

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Caia, Johnpaul, Kelly, Vincent G. and Halson, Shona L. (2017). The role of sleep in maximising performance in elite athletes. Sport, Recovery, and Performance: Interdisciplinary Insights. (pp. 151-167) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315268149-11

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision