School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Research

a close up of a 2012 Olympic medal

Sport performance

The aim is to understand and enhance sport and exercise performance across the ability range by investigating the factors influencing, and methods for improving, human performance in sport and exercise.

Theme Leadership Team

Prof Vicky Tolfrey (Lead), Dr Lewis James and Dr David Fletcher

These objectives encompass the physiological, pedagogical, biomechanical and psychological aspects of performance as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation. To analyse the social, political and economic context within which performance sport takes place.

Theme summary

Key research areas include the effect of nutrition and training on performance and recovery from sport; the impact of high training volumes on the immune system; the biomechanics and motor control of elite sporting performance; talent identification and development; understanding sport through statistical and video based analyses of performance; interactions with sport and eating disorders; sleep to win; impact of sport on bone health, cognition and muscle function; and the psychosocial and behavioural aspects of sport performance and coaching.

Themes that incorporate these specific areas of expertise are