Sport performance

Understanding and supporting the enhancement of athletes’ performance in competitive sport.

We investigate the optimal preparation for, delivery of, and recovery from athletic activities. Drawing on multiple scientific disciplines and methods, we seek to better understand the factors associated with performance enhancement and use this knowledge to support athletes, teams, and coaches. We advocate the health and inclusion of all those who perform or operate in sport-related contexts.

Research areas

Experts in Sport: Commonwealth Games 2022 video special

Experts in Sport welcomes guests involved in the Commonwealth games with a range of practitioners from Loughborough University, including Professor Vicky Tolfrey, Professor of Applied Disability Sport and Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport; Dr Chris McLeod, an expert in eating behaviour at Loughborough University; and Dr David Fletcher, Sport Psychologist at Loughborough University.

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Our researchers

Dr Lee Taylor

Dr Lee Taylor

Deputy theme lead (research)

Dr Jamie Barker

Dr Jamie Barker

Deputy theme lead (research)

Research spotlight: Faster, healthier, longer

Our biomechanics research – conducted in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and dating back to 2004 – has focused on players’ fast bowling techniques with a view to enhancing individual performance whilst reducing the likelihood of injury.

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