Experts in Sport podcast – Commonwealth Games special (VIDEO)

Loughborough University’s Experts in Sport podcast returns with a bumper edition ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

In this special episode, Dan Trussell, Sport PR Officer, sits down with a range of practitioners from Loughborough University and beyond to discuss key themes around the Games.

This includes discussions around Para sport, nutrition, sports technology, performance sport and more. Appearing on the podcast are:

Professor Vicky Tolfrey, Professor of Applied Disability Sport and Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport.

Vicky discusses Para sport research, including the development of 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball which will feature for the first time at the 2022 Games.

Jonathon Riall, Team England Triathlon Team Leader and Head of Performance Services at the British Paralympic Association.

Jonathan covers his day-to-day role at a major championship and the importance of having a strong coach-athlete relationship.

Ben Stephenson, Research Assistant in Sports Performance at Loughborough University.

Ben talks about his experiences at the Tokyo Paralympic Games and how research and innovation is driving Para sport forward.

Dr Chris McLeod, an expert in eating behaviour at Loughborough University.

Chris discusses elite athletes' food planning at events away from their usual training base and how new environments at major championships can influence performance.

Dr David Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in Performance Psychology and Management, Loughborough University.

Dr David Fletcher talks about dealing with the pressures of a home games and how it can affect athletes' performance.

Professor Mike Caine, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Sport and Professor of Sport Technology and Innovation at Loughborough University.

Mike discusses the latest technology in running shoes, offering advice and expertise on how to choose the correct footwear for you. He also touches upon how research and development has shaped the sector.

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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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2022 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2022, and 10th in both the Guardian University League Table 2022 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.