Michael Eagling

Current student

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I was initially interested in studying sports science, but after talking to bioscience lecturer at a Loughborough Open Day, I felt that the biological sciences course was the one for me. This was mainly due to its more scientific focus on the functions and processes of the human body, with a link to sports and exercise.

During my degree I was keen to complete a placement. I secured a role in the biomechanical gait analysis lab at the University of Salford, but the lab was unable to operate as a result of COVID-19.

Fortunately, my placement tutor helped me to find work in a similar field, as a running technique coach at FixMyRun. Based in Salford Quays, the company coaches clients in correct running and movement techniques, as well as rehabilitated through injury.

The knowledge I gained on my course was particularly useful in the main project I was asked to assist with; a project aiming to develop a live biofeedback system for clinical treatment of dysfunctional breathing.

Michael Eagling

The researchers involved didn’t have backgrounds in human biology as such, and my knowledge of the functional aspects of the breathing process was valuable in determining the involvement of particular muscles in this process.

As part of my work at FixMyRun, I have worked with people of all abilities, backgrounds, and interests, from academy level footballers to individuals attempting their first marathon, to individuals recovering from a stroke.

I wouldn’t say there was one individual achievement within my coaching that I was proud of, but seeing how my coaching has helped people to be more confident in what they enjoy doing is what makes the work so gratifying.

I found all the work I did across my placement interesting and enjoyable, and it helped cement my personal interests as being in the understanding of the functions and processes of the human body.

In particular I really enjoyed my coaching work at FixMyRun, and since finishing my placement year I have actually continued working there at weekends while still studying at Loughborough. I may continue working there once I graduate from university also.

My key piece of advice is to do anything and everything. It’s something I’ve learned myself over my time here, and I think being involved in as much as possible (within reason) and trying different things is a guaranteed way to ensure you get the most out of your time at University.

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