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26 Sep 2013

Sport science uncovered at Natural History Museum

Loughborough’s sport scientists will be showcasing their latest research at the Natural History Museum’s Science Uncovered event this Friday (27 September).

Projects on High Intensity Training, lab-grown muscles, hopping for health and the impact of overeating will all be under the spotlight, and researchers will also be presenting findings from their Olympic legacy work and a study exploring injury risks for white water raft guides. 

Visitors to the museum will be able to have a go at a high intensity workout, speak to Loughborough’s scientists about their research, view video footage from studies and see some of the equipment used in their tests. They will also be able to try out an NHS tool developed by Loughborough’s sports psychologists that matches people to specific sports.

Loughborough coordinators Dr Sian Williams Worrall and Dr Hilary McDermot said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our sport scientists to team up with the Natural History Museum to share their research with the public. Sport science isn’t just about elite athletes, and a lot of the work we do is aimed at the general population or those with chronic disease.

“To be the only University outside of London to be at the event is a real honour.”

Science Uncovered takes place at the Natural History Museum in London on Friday 27 September from 4pm to midnight, and features 400 researchers, curators and students from the museum, Imperial College, Royal College of Art and Loughborough University. 

It is part of European Researchers' Night – an initiative that will see science events take place at 300 cities across Europe.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. It has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league, and in recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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