Sport, health and exercise
The Sport, Health and Exercise Research Group carries out innovative research in the following five areas:
- Adaptive and Metabolomic Physiology
- Functional and Performance Nutrition
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Sports Studies
Sport, Health and Exercise took in its first cohort of twenty sport and exercise science students back in 1999, followed a year later with the first sports therapy cohort.
The sports studies programme started in 2004 and we now have over 165 sport and exercise science, 110 sports therapy and 160 sports studies undergraduate students.
We took on our first Master's by Research students in 2004 and many of them have gone on to secure jobs in elite sport, such as Dan Howells who worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the English Institute of Sport before recently securing the head strength and conditioning coach position at Wasps RFC and Matthew Monte-Columbo, who was head strength coach at Watford FC and now performs the same role at West Ham FC.
The numbers of postgraduates have increased steadily over the years and we now have twelve postgraduate students studying for Master's or PhDs, including some of our lecturing staff. To date seventeen MSc by Research students and one MPhil student have graduated after having studied sport, health and exercise at postgraduate level at the University of Hertfordshire. Within the next year we should see six PhD students submit their theses for examination.
Some of our current postgraduate research areas include:
- Nutritional and physiological profiling of competitors undertaking an Antarctic ultra-endurance race
- The biomechanics of the golf swing
- The effects of foot structure on lower limb biomechanics
- An assessment of nutritional intake and metabolic characteristics within UK track and field athletes
- 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
We are also excited to be developing research links with Watford FC and Saracens RFC and are confident that research in Sport, Health and Exercise will continue to grow in the coming years.