Sport, health and exercise
The Sport, Health and Exercise Research Group carries out innovative research in the following 5 areas:
- Adaptive physiology and functional nutrition
- Applied coaching and leadership
- Functional therapy and biomechanics
- Health and wellbeing
- Sports and exercise psychology
Sport, Health and Exercise took its first cohort of 20 sport and exercise science students in 1999, followed in 2000 with the first sports therapy cohort, and in 2004 with the sports studies programme.
The subject group of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences currently has 450 undergraduate students studying sport and exercise science, sports therapy or sports studies. We currently have eleven postgraduate students studying for Masters or PhDs.
Our first Masters by research students began in 2004 and many of them have gone on to secure jobs in elite sport, such as Dan Howells, who works with England Rugby, recently travelling with them when they achieved the silver medal at the Rio Olympics, and Matthew Monte-Columbo was head strength coach at West Ham United FC until 2014 having held a similar role at Watford F.C.
Current research projects
Some of the current postgraduate research projects being supervised by Sport, Health and Exercise staff:
- An assessment of nutritional intake and metabolic characteristics within UK track and field athletes
- Inflammation and recovery after high-intensity, intermittent exercise: effect of antioxidant nutrition.
- A three dimensional biomechanical analysis of a simulated ankle sprain during static and dynamic activity
- The role of physical activity and exercise during mental illness and personal recovery
- A detailed exploration of the stressors and coping strategies of the athletics coach
- The effects and mechanisms of action of exercise and an anthocyanin-rich dietary supplement on factors associated with Metabolic Syndrome
- Developing cooling strategies for enhancing performance in able bodied and wheelchair fencing
- Women’s leadership of sport in the UK and Africa
- The mental health of elite athletes in the United Kingdom