School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Peter Alway

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PhD student

Start Date: July 2016

Primary Supervisor: Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell

Secondary Supervisor(s): Dr Mark King


Peter graduated from the University of Roehampton in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences. He then gained a MSc from the University of Jyväskylä in Biology of Physical Activity, majoring in Biomechanics. Following this, Peter was awarded a studentship to study for a PhD at Loughborough University.


Title: Vertebral adaptation and stress fracture in elite cricket fast bowlers

Stress fractures are the most common spinal injury in fast bowling, which can result in up to 2 years out of the game. Thus the purpose of the study is to understand the cause of spinal stress fractures through analysis of bone health, and relationship with various cricket specific factors. Furthermore, this study aims to develop new bowling guidelines to allow safe vertebral adaptation and prevent injury, and to develop guidelines for the management of stress fractures.