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Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

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Fireworks during London 2012 opening ceremony

Latest news

Systematic review on exercise for adults with spinal cord injury available online

25 July 2017

The article by lead author Dr Jan van der Scheer can now be found online.

News on the exercise guideline project for adults with spinal cord injury

3 July 2017

Developed by Dr Jan van der Scheer, in conjunction with others, the scientific exercise guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury are ready to be developed for clinical practice.

PHC Legacy Document

19 June 2017

Find out what members of the PHC have been up to in the Rio Paralympic cycle through our Legacy Document, showcasing our research and support since London 2012.

Recruiting now: Research Assistant and part-time PhD

2 June 2017

There is an opportunity to join the PHC team as a Research Assistant and conduct a part-time PhD alongside it.

Funded PhD: Shoulder Load in Wheelchair Athletes

2 June 2017

Applications are welcomed for a PhD investigating bilateral shoulder load, propulsion asymmetries and their relationship with pain and injuries in wheelchair athletes.

New PhD opportunity here at the PHC

25 May 2017

Supervised by Dr Janine Coates, the PhD is titled "Exploring Inclusive Sport at the School Games: Pathways to Competitive Sport for Children and Young People with Disabilities"

PhD studentship: Biofeedback for rehabilitation of lower-limb amputees

25 May 2017

Supervised by Dr Laura-Anne Furlong, Lecturer in Biomechanics, this PhD offers an exciting opportunity for applicants.

Update from Dr Jan van der Scheer

24 April 2017

Jan is nearing the end of a visit to the University of British Columbia, here he gives us a taste of what he has been up to.

Research Assistant: Sedentary Behaviour and Health

4 January 2017

An opportunity has arisen to join the team at the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR), University of Bedfordshire, to assist in research into sedentary behaviour and health of people with spinal cord injury

Interested in Shoulder Health & Manual Wheelchair Configuration?

4 October 2016

The Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport would like to hear from manual wheelchair users to share their experience of wheelchair configuration and shoulder pain

Evidence-Based Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI

12 September 2016

Evidence-Based Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI workshop at ISCOS conference

Latest PHC newsletter now out

23 August 2016

To find out what the PHC has been up to over the last 6 months, check out our latest newsletter.

PHC featured on BBC East Midlands and BBC Leicester Radio

26 July 2016

The PHC were featured on the BBC East Midlands 6.30pm show on the 25th July alongside on BBC Radio Leicester on the 06-0900am show.

Researchers developing physical activity guidelines for people with spinal cord injury

20 June 2016

National Centre researchers developing physical activity guidelines for people with spinal cord injury

33rd London Marathon Medical Conference

14 March 2016

Prof Vicky Tolfrey to present at 33rd London Marathon Medical Conference

Debate: How can advances in elite performance inform and support public health?

14 March 2016

Debate: How can advances in elite performance inform and support public health?

Do you have a spinal cord injury? Do you find hot and/or humid environments problematic?

26 February 2016

If you have a spinal cord injury (SCI) your thermoregulatory system is likely to be compromised. However, it is currently unknown which environments, individuals with a SCI can physiologically tolerate at rest.

Loughborough Univeristy Sport Coach and Volunteer Academy

16 December 2015

Loughborough Univeristy Sport Coach and Volunteer Academy have a training session which has been booked with an external coach called Mark Beeby.

PHC 10 year celebratory event

1 December 2015

Tonight the PHC will be celebrating 10 years at special event held in London.

Retired para-athletes are sought for pioneering research project

23 September 2015

Retired para-athletes are sought for pioneering research project in collaboration with the English Institute of Sport

Internship position at Blind Regional Academy Talent Centre

23 September 2015

A strength and conditioning internship at the Blind Regional Academy Talent Centre is available

Internship position at Blind Regional Academy Talent Centre

23 September 2015

A strength and conditioning internship at the Blind Regional Academy Talent Centre is available

World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge

23 September 2015

The World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge will be held at the Copper Box at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from the 12-16th October.

The Very Alternative Guide to Spinal Cord Injury

14 August 2015

The Very Alternative Guide to Spinal Cord Injury is now available to pre-order

Want to get involved in some caffeine research?

6 July 2015

We are looking for individuals with a spinal cord injury to take part in a resting study to understand the acute effects of caffeine.

Self-Funded PhD Project – Disordered Eating in Disability Sport

18 May 2015

Applications are invited for a self-funded PhD project based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.

Discover Science Lectures

24 April 2015

Prof Vicky Tolfrey will be presenting on Pushing to Rio: the science behind the Paralympic athlete as part of Loughborough University's Discover Science Lectures

PhD Research Studentship at the PHC

20 April 2015

PhD Research Studentship at the PHC: Wheelchair Racing Set-up for Optimal Performance

PHC featured in Nature

26 March 2015

PHC featured in current issue of Nature

Prof Vicky Tolfrey's inaugural lecture is now online

2 March 2015

Prof Vicky Tolfrey's inaugural lecture is now online

6th International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference

16 February 2015

6th International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference hosted by the National Sports Institute (ISN) of Malaysia.

Prof Vicky Tolfrey's inaugural lecture 14th January

7 January 2015

Prof Vicky Tolfrey's inaugural lecture is taking place next Wednesday (14th January) at Loughborough University

The International Symposium of Sport Science in athletes with SCI

20 November 2014

International Symposium of Sport Science in athletes with spinal cord injury in Wakayama, Japan

4th International Parasports Congress, Brazil

28 October 2014

PHC members, Prof Vicky Tolfrey and Dr Brett Smith will be presenting at the 4th International Parasports Congress in Brazil on the 5-7th Nov

Recruitment

22 October 2014

Recruitment for thermal perception study in spinal cord injured individuals in the heat

Sport in Society conference

20 October 2014

Govtoday’s inaugural Sport in Society conference will be held at the Mermaid Conference & Events Centre in London on 19th November 2014

SSHRC Partnership Grant

8 September 2014

We are delighted to report that the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance will continune its work on disability policy over the next 7 years as part of a partnership led by Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis of McMaster University.

Save the date - 12-13th March 2015

19 August 2014

Save the date - 12-13th March 2015

PHC members presenting at the Applied Association of Sport Psychology

19 August 2014

PHC members presenting at the annual conference of the Applied Association of Sport Psychology

International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference

19 August 2014

Prof. Vicky Tolfrey will be presenting at the International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference tomorrow

Great day at the "Reluctant Heroes" Photo Exhibition

19 May 2014

Great day at the "Reluctant Heroes" Photo Exhibition unveiled at a special event at the Aspire National Training Centre in Stanmore to mark Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day.

Non-Stop Spinning Challenge

1 May 2014

Non-Stop Spinning Challenge in support of Aspire

Internship/volunteering opportunities

24 April 2014

Internship/volunteering opportunities available at the Leicestershire Centre’s – Disability Player Development Centre and Blind Player Development Centre next season

Photography Exhibition: "The Reluctant Heroes"

10 April 2014

Photography Exhibition: "The Reluctant Heroes"

Disability Football Masterclass 24th April

25 March 2014

The FA Masterclass in Disability Football will bring together speakers on a range of topics related to disability football including: sports science; physiotherapy; medicine; sports massage therapy; orthopaedic surgery; and epidemiology.

PhD Opportunity at Liverpool John Moores University

7 March 2014

PhD Opportunity at Liverpool John Moores University investigating muscle-tendon mechanics and gait analysis to evaluate and develop stretching interventions for children with Cerebral Palsy

Prof Vicky Tolfrey will be speaking at the 2014 Performance Coaching Conference

6 March 2014

Prof Vicky Tolfrey will be speaking at the 2014 Performance Coaching Conference hosted by British Triathlon on Saturday 15th March

Are We Inspired Yet? Digital Storytelling by Young People with Disabilities

28 February 2014

We are looking for young people with disabilities (age 11 to 18) to create digital stories about their experiences with sport and physical activities.

PHC member off to Sochi Paralympics

26 February 2014

PHC member, Andrea Bundon, is off to the Sochi Paralympics!!!

Latest edition of the PHC is now available!!

3 January 2014

Latest edition of the PHC is now available!!

Fit for Life & Sport guides

19 December 2013

Press release on Fit for Life & Sport guides on Loughborough University homepage

Download your own Fit for Life & Sport guide today!!

9 December 2013

As part of the Active Healthy Living Grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the PHC have developed 5 disability-specific guides

Expert Spotlight with Dr. Brett Smith

3 December 2013

Expert Spotlight with Dr. Brett Smith

PHC 'Paralympic Pioneers'

25 November 2013

Article showcased in the recent Loughborough University View magazine.

Wheelchair Tennis Development Fund (WTDF) project

20 November 2013

PHC project on Wheelchair Tennis Development Fund (WTDF)

Wheelchair tennis development has a positive impact

7 November 2013

Wheelchair tennis development has a positive impact

Congratulations to Tom Paulson on passing his PhD viva today

4 October 2013

Congratulations to Tom Paulson on passing his PhD viva today

Ask the Expert: Dr Brett Smith

30 September 2013

Ask the Expert: Dr Brett Smith

Editorial board of Sociology of Sport Journal

26 September 2013

Brett Smith has been invited onto the editorial board of Sociology of Sport Journal.

Searching for new talent at Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby

3 September 2013

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby are on the search for new talent

BASES Expert statement

29 August 2013

BASES Expert statement on the the Assessment of exercise performance in athletes with a spinal cord injury produced by PHC members has now been published in the BASES Sport and Exercise Scientist magazine.

PHC Newsletter Issue 13 (Summer 2013) on website now

13 August 2013

PHC Newsletter Issue 13 (Summer 2013) on website now

New Research Associate appointed at PHC/Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby

8 August 2013

New Research Associate appointed at PHC to support Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby.

Peter Harrison Foundation has extended its financial support of the PHC

30 July 2013

Peter Harrison Foundation has extended its financial support of the PHC.

Knowledge Translation Workshop (Thursday 11th July)

4 July 2013

Knowledge Translation Workshop being held on Thursday (11th July), 12.00-13.30.

Job Vacancy- BPA Classification Manager

1 July 2013

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) is seeking a high calibre individual to play a lead role in classification and, in turn, support their ambition to take the best prepared team to each Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

Brett Smith and Keith Tolfrey made Readers

24 May 2013

Brett Smith and Keith Tolfrey have been made Readers in Qualitative Health Research and Paediatric Exercise Physiology, respectively.

Register today for UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine

21 March 2013

Register today for UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic SS+SM on 21-22 May.Dont miss out..contact:Conference2013@paralympics.org.uk

Job Vacancy: Athlete Development manager at BPA

11 March 2013

Job Vacancy: Athlete Development manager at BPA

Family Community Day at Loughborough University 9th March

4 March 2013

Family Community Day at Loughborough University 9th March

Conference programme announced

1 March 2013

Conference programme announced and two weeks till abstract deadline

"Disability Fitness- Breaking down Barriers" in REPs magazine

18 February 2013

"Disability Fitness- Breaking down Barriers" in REPs magazine

PHC now operating under new strands!!!!

5 February 2013

The PHC is now operating under new strands

Disability coaching and Talent ID oppurtunities

5 February 2013

If you want to be involved in Disability sport either as a coach or an athlete, check out the latest opportunities available.....

Call for Abstracts: UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine

29 January 2013

The theme of the conference will be “The Road to Rio: Learning from London”, with the aim being to disseminate and share key lessons learned from across sports and disciplines as we prepare for the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Better Understanding Together

17 January 2013

The English Institute of Sport (EIS) and The Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC) have signified their commitment to advancing the practice and understanding of Paralympic Sport Science by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to work together across a broad range of research areas.

The UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine

20 December 2012

The PHC, in collaboration with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) are pleased to announce the UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine will be held on the 21st-22nd May 2013.

Paratriathlon Talent ID weekend

18 December 2012

British Triathlon are hosting a Paratriathlon Talent ID weekend on the 2nd and 3rd of Feb at Loughborough University. Members of the PHC will be contributing towards this weekend.

PHC Brett Smith attends an All Party Parliamentary Group on Spinal Cord Injury at the House of Lords

28 November 2012

PHC Brett Smith will attend an All Party Parliamentary Group on Spinal Cord Injury at the House of Lords on Wednesday 28th November.

PHC to attend first ever ParalympicsGB sports festival

19 November 2012

The PHC will be attending first ever ParalympicsGB sports festival on the 3rd-4th December at Surrey Sports Park.

Vicky Tolfrey invited to speak at ESRC Festival of Social Science event on Media and Disability

8 November 2012

Vicky Tolfrey has been invited to speak at the ESRC Festival of Social Science event on Media and Disability on Friday 9th November.

Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health Change, edited by Brett Smith, awarded "gold"

8 November 2012

Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health Change, edited by Health and wellbeing strand leader, Dr Brett Smith, was recently awarded ‘gold’ for being voted the favourite special issue from the Routledge Olympic and Paralympic Special Issue collection.

BASES accreditation for Dr Vicky Tolfrey and Dr Barry Mason

7 November 2012

Two members of the PHC have recently received their BASES accreditation.

Understanding the Health and Wellbeing of Spinal Cord Injured Adults in a Care Home

31 October 2012

Members of the PHC, Dr Brett Smith and PhD student, Nick Caddick, have conducted a study “Understanding the Health and Wellbeing of Spinal Cord Injured Adults in a Care Home.”

Christof Leicht and John Lenton successfully defend their PhDs

25 October 2012

Congratulations to Christof Leicht and John Lenton for successfully defending their PhDs.

Disability sport stand at Freshers Bazaar

6 October 2012

Dr David Purdue has continued to work alongside members of Loughborough Students Union to provide students with a disability with greater opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport.

Centre's growth leads to team building activities

17 September 2012

In recent months the Peter Harrison Centre has seen some growth as we have welcomed new staff and research students into the team. So, we thought a team building activity was in order.

Peter Harrison Centre at the Paralympics

11 September 2012

The PHC were very proud to have various members of the team working at the London 2012 Paralympic Games; from games makers to sport scientists.

Dr David Howe on the Pistorius and Oliveria debate

6 September 2012

There has been a considerable amount of media coverage surrounding South African amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius who competed at the London 2012 Games.

Find out more about the Centre's sports biomechanics researcher Dr Barry Mason

31 August 2012

A career profile based on an interview Dr Barry Mason gave to Science Careers details why and how he found himself in his current role as a Research Associate at the centre.

The thin line: Paralympic classification causes controversy

31 August 2012

Dr David Howe talks to CNN regarding the difficulties with Paralympic classfication.