Hao Sun

Current student

PhD student from China
Study area
Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Sports biomechanics is a fascinating major, mainly used to determine the technical principles of specific sports, as the theoretical basis for athletes' technical diagnosis and improving training methods.

What were you doing before you started your PhD?

Before starting my PhD I was a university physical education teacher in Tibet, China.

What influenced your decision to apply to (or stay on at) Loughborough?

Loughborough University been first for sport in the QS rankings for three consecutive years, and has always been my dream school. It is ranked highly for student experience.

Please describe your PhD project.

Chronic ankle instability is a common sprain in our life, especially in sport. It not only brings a lot of pain to the patients but also brings a financial burden to the government.

At present, the treatment of chronic ankle instability is mainly through surgery and physical rehabilitation. In China, Tai Chi is a very popular way of body-building. There are many studies on its good effects on lower limbs. Therefore, I choose Tai Chi as an intervention method to research the rehabilitation of chronic ankle instability. This research has strong practical value.

Why did you choose your area of research?

Sports biomechanics is a fascinating major, mainly used to determine the technical principles of specific sports, as the theoretical basis for athletes' technical diagnosis and improved training methods. In addition, sports biomechanics plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of sports injuries, the improvement of sports and rehabilitation equipment, and biomimetic machinery.

My favourite work is reading literature because it can increase my knowledge.

Please describe a typical day for you.

I usually get up at 7am and enter the office at 8am after breakfast. I'll make a schedule of what I need to do in the day, and give priority to these tasks.

The coolest thing is that I will go to the gym to run for an hour after 12pm, and then go back to the dormitory for a one- to two-hour lunch break.

Most of the time in the afternoon is spent reading literature or doing some scientific training.

I usually leave the office at 8pm, go swimming or go home to make a big dinner, to end the beautiful day.

How do you balance studying with day-to-day activities?

1. Improve time management skills. In order to work efficiently, I make a daily list of priorities. The most difficult tasks are done during the most productive times of the day while focusing on one thing at a time.

2. Get active. Even though I am busy every day, I will spare some time to do physical exercise, which will make my study more efficient and also benefit my health.

3. Communicate with other students as much as possible. As an international student, more exchanges with students can help me learn a lot of knowledge, which is also very helpful to improve my scientific research ability and oral English.

How is a PhD different from any previous studying you have done?

I am learning knowledge more deeply and systematically.

What are you career goals?

I have a clear career plan. After I graduate from Loughborough University with a PhD, I will try to go to Harvard University and do post-doctoral work on biomechanics of foot strikes. Then I will seek a position in a university and continue my scientific research.

How are you funding your studies?

I was the first student in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences to win funding through the China Scholarship Council.

What's your favourite thing about Loughborough?

Of course, it's sports. Volleyball, fitness, badminton, running and so on are all my favourites.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering doing a PhD, what would it be?

1. The interest. Research projects that interest you will not only make you feel interesting but will also get you more involved.

2. The goal. It's important to have a clear career plan, a clear understanding of why you want to do your PhD research and what you want to do after your PhD.

3. Time management skills. Improve your time management skills and learn how to work efficiently.

4. Scientific research ability. Actively carry out scientific research training to improve scientific research ability.