Sport Science, Exercise and Health

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Joanna Nicholas

Phone: (+61 4) 0373 2905

Start date

Jan 2015

Submission date

Joanna Nicholas


Understanding the characteristics of pole dancing as a form of physical activity in Australia: An analysis of demographic, psychological, physiological, and biomechanical factors.


Pole dancing has become a popular form of physical activity since being introduced in Australia in the early to mid 2000s. However, at present, little empirical research has been undertaken on the motives, benefits, and risks associated with participation in this exercise genre. This research aims to establish an empirical foundation surrounding the demographical, psychological, physiological and biomechanical characteristics of pole dancing as a physical activity.

Why my research is important

The outcomes of this research will assist in educating the community, health professionals, and current stakeholders; plus serve as a platform for future research to be conducted in specific exercise science disciplines.


  • Australian Postgraduate Award
  • Bruce and Betty Green Scholarship


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