Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


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Sport Science

Understanding and optimising sport performance at all levels

The School has an international and long-standing reputation for research into enhancing sport performance. This research theme includes understanding sport within the broader context of underlying mechanisms, behaviours and interactions that impact on performance. Research expertise covers ‘young’, ‘older’, ‘elite’ and ‘recreational’ populations.

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; interactions between sport, exercise and eating disorders; the impact of sport and exercise on bone health, cognition and muscle function; and coach-athlete relationships in sport, coach behaviours, motivation and mental toughness.