School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


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Centre for Youth Sport

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has a long-standing reputation for conducting impactful research in the area of youth sport.

The Centre for Youth Sport brings together experts from a wide-range of disciplines that are all located within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. These experts all share a common interest in the sports performance, sports participation and health and well-being of children and young people.

The Centre of Youth Sport will ensure that staff within SSEHS continue to take a leading role in the academic study of youth sport in collaboration with other key stakeholders including other academics across the UK and beyond.

Enquiries from those who wish to learn more about our work are welcomed and Dr Carolynne Mason (01509 226378 / will be pleased to respond to any initial contact.

The youth sport research that is currently in progress is focused on:

  • Elite sport: gifted and talented performers in physical education and sport
  • Young people, school-based and community sport
  • Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health in young people
  • Equity and inclusion in, and through, sport

Staff expertise includes:

  • Programme evaluation
  • Measurement of Physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Intervention design
  • Systematic review and meta-analyses
  • Coach/Athlete Relationships
  • Diet, Nutrition and Eating Behaviours
  • Measurement of biological maturity
  • Motivation and Engagement
  • Teacher Education and Parent Education
  • Early years, Transitions and Life-course
  • Exercise testing for children
  • Talented Performer Profiling

The key strengths of the Centre for Youth Sport include:

  • High Quality Research Environment
  • Multi-disciplinary staff
  • Evidence of Impact
  • Partnership working