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

IRESE News Updates

PhD studentship "The effect of ischaemic preconditioning on post-exercise hypotension and haemodynamic regulation" (joint between Bangor and Cardiff Metropolitan Universities)  

The Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and exercise  (IRESE)  Sciences is a strategic partnership between two of the leadings schools of Sport in the UK. Talented and motivated graduates are invited to apply for a fully funded PhD studentship to pursue innovative and challenging studies in cardiovascular physiology.

Based primarily in Cardiff, but working across both institutions, the PhD student will benefit from specialist training in a range of techniques, including vascular ultrasound, transcranial Doppler and  sympathetic microneurography. For more details and instructions on how to apply, please click on the link.

Link: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/research/Pages/Scholarships.aspx

SHES Research to Enhance Endurance Performance

SHES PhD student, Anthony Blanchfield, has been working closely with SHES Sport Psychologist, Dr James Hardy and Prof Sam Marcora (ex SHES, now Kent University) to implement tailored interventions designed to reduce the perception of effort and correspondingly enhance endurance performance.  Their recent findings based on a two week protocol of motivational self-talk, were published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise [1] and also received coverage from Runners World, the New York Times, The Huffington Post and Men’s Fitness.

[1] Blanchfield, A. W., Hardy, J., Staiano, W., de Morree, H. M., & Marcora, S, M. (2013). Talking Yourself out of Exhaustion: The Effects of Self-Talk on Endurance Performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Advance online publication.





SHES Staff Extend links with the MoD in new Research Contract

Prof Neil Walsh, and SHES colleagues, Dr Sam Oliver and Dr Matt Fortes from the Extremes Research Group (ERC) have successfully been awarded a £1.35 million research contract into the Association of Vitamin D with Injury Risk, Health and Physical Performance in British Army Recruits.  This three year project, in collaboration with Prof William Fraser at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, started earlier this year with the appointment of three Research Support Officers and two PhD students.  Prof Walsh and his team will investigate the links between vitamin D deficiency and the incidence of injury, illness or under-performance and to support appropriate policy on Vitamin D supplementation for UK Army recruits.

Extremes Research Group Awarded European Hydration Institute Grant

Prof Neil Walsh, and SHES colleagues, Dr Sam Oliver and Dr Matt Fortes from the Extremes Research Group (ERC) have successfully been awarded a £80,000 grant by the European Hydration Institute.  They will be carrying out research over the next six months into a Hydration Index as a process for investigation of hydration status in individuals.

Matt Parker Presents at the SHES Student Conference 2014

The School was honoured and delighted to welcome Matt Parker as guest speaker at the annual Student Conference held on 2 April.  Matt is an honorary lecturer in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences and has recently (2013) been appointed as Head of Athletic Performance at England Rugby, with an eye on the 2015 World Cup.

After a PhD in Physiology and working for a period of time in medicine, Matt started his sports career working for the English Institute of Sport where he contributed to Olympic swimming and other programmes.  However, he is probably better known for his work as Director of Marginal Gains for British Cycling.  Whilst there Matt led sports science and successfully coached the cycling teams in the lead up to two incredibly successful Olympics for them (in Beijing 2008 and London 2012), and to other World and major cycling records, including Britain’s first winner of the Tour de France (Sir Bradley Wiggins).  

ECB funded PhD Research Studentship in Talent Identification and Development

The Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) at Bangor University has successfully been awarded a fourth (since 2010), four-year full time PhD Research Studentship funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).  Once appointed, the successful candidate will be supervised by Prof Lew Hardy and Dr Gavin Lawrence from the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University, and Dr Michael Bourne from the ECB.  S/he will be expected to conduct research on talent identification and development focusing in particular on the practice, training, and competition histories of elite cricketers. S/he will also be expected to engage in supervised applied support work with players, coaches, and other support staff within the ECB’s performance pathway.

SHES Masters Students support the ’Island Race’, Anglesey Half Marathon

Two SHES MSc students, Tammy Lewis Jones and Sam Green, have been working with Island race organisers, Always Aim High, to write training programmes for aspiring competitors to run the half marathon course in a certain times.  Tammy and Sam are linked to Always Aim High as part of the University’s Access to Masters scheme (ATM).  Always Aim High Events Manager, Rob Samuel is also an ex-SHES graduate, GB mountain runner and local running legend. The race, run on Sunday, 2 March, saw a record breaking 1,100 runners taking part. Tammy and Sam will also be doing some hydration/body composition analysis at the upcoming Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon event, to be held on 18 May.
Click here for Island race results