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The Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise (IRESE)

Impact of Research Excellence

The IRESE facilitates collaboration that is anchored in the main sport and exercise science disciplines

Researchers within the IRESE combine international excellence with innovation and communication to ensure that research makes economic, social and cultural advancements. Processes for embedding impact in research activities and for recording impact have been designed to maximise resources and to exploit the potential for cross-disciplinary synergy. There are three main types of impact that characterise the work across IRESE, each type is reflected in our research strengths and examples are given below in our ‘Impact Case Studies’:

  • The first is linked to impacts on practitioners and professional services, where beneficiaries include those involved in the delivery of sports coaching, reflective practice and sports science support – for instance, sports governing bodies and subject/professional associations. Research in sport psychology provided the initial impetus for the impact research in IRESE – especially in the areas of stress and performance, mental toughness, and the psychology of sports injuries. This work continues to flourish and has been evident most recently in a UK Sport funded investigation of the biographies of serial gold medallists.
  • The second is concerned with the health and performance of different populations including those with illness, disease and injury, targeted groups for enhanced sport and physical activity provision, and military personnel. The beneficiaries include the Ministry of Defence, FIFA, the NHS and other health care professionals.
  • The third relates to public policy, specifically through national strategic initiatives for sport, health and tourism in Wales that affect local communities, Welsh regions and the Welsh economy as a whole. The main beneficiaries are those who design and implement policy within Welsh Government, local authorities and non-departmental public bodies.

For each set of beneficiaries there are also indirect beneficiaries – those who benefit from service provision, those for whom health and performance is enhanced, and those for whom particular public policies add value.

IRESE Achievements

The ‘Train in, not select out’ project run by Professor Lew Hardy recently won the prize for ‘Best Improvement in Business Performance and /or Outstanding Innovation’ at the Bangor University’s inaugural Research and Enterprise Impact Awards.

New Clinical Exercise Physiology textbook (3rd Edition) for health practitioners now contains the updated chapter on Arthritis by Prof Andrew Lemmey.