has a flourishing research environment looking at elite sports performance and exercise health and medicine.
Sport and Exercise Science research at Swansea University
takes place in the Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) research centre. Engaging in research, teaching and third mission activity that spans the artificial boundaries between traditional disciplines. Swansea University
is unique as the only research-intensive university in the UK where Sport and Exercise Science is located in Engineering.
Research activity in Sport and Exercise Science is in two main areas:
Elite Sports Performance
Exercise Medicine and Health
Our research spans the areas of, science, technology, health and medicine applied to sport, exercise and health settings with children, older people, clinical groups and elite international sports people. Importantly, sport and exercise science research is applied in nature and populates teaching, third mission activities and work-related learning opportunities. It has impact on elite sport, students, industry, patients and the general public.
Recent MSc by Research theses supervised in the area of Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea University
The effect of caffeinated chewing gum on salivary hormones and physical and cognitive performance in professional rugby union players
Caffeine chewing gum and repeated sprint performance : Sleep vs Non-sleep deprivation
The effects of neuromuscular electrical simulation on recovery in elite soccer players
Influence of neuromuscular electrical simulation (NMES) on recovery
Brief motivational interviewing as a clinical strategy to promote health behaviour adherence in those at risk of cardiovascular disease
Examining experiences of interpersonal conflict by Team Wales personnel at major games and championships
Construction and validation of an applied scale to measure readiness to train in semi-professional rugby union players
The reliability and validity of a three-hop test and a three-step test for estimating lower limb peak instantaneous power in men and women
Investigation into skeletal changes in a population of medieval remains found on the warship Mary Rose
Development of lower limb assessment tools for assessing the condition of injured professional rugby players with regard to their return to training/play status
The effect of 6 weeks of trampoline therapy on lower body neuromuscular variables in children with developmental coordination disorder
Variation in lower limb neuromuscular variables in sub-elite under 16 rugby union players
Links with Industry
In addition to teaching and research, academic staff are actively engaged with applied practice and consultancy in sport and exercise settings.
Our well-established links include organisations such as:
Swansea NHS Trust
Carmarthenshire NHS Trust
Welsh Rugby Union
International Rugby Board (IRB)
We also work with elite sports teams including:
Swansea City AFC
West Ham United AFC
Wales 7s Rugby
Our staff also regularly consult in exercise settings with populations with chronic disease, including diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation and renal care.
The Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre has developed its own laboratories that rank alongside the most prestigious and well known universities in the UK. Swansea University
also has a proud reputation for sporting excellence and outstanding sporting facilities.
Sport and exercise science research occurs within the world-leading Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre.
Significant research in diabetes and health as well as sedentary behaviour, physical activity, fitness, fundamental movement skills in childhood obesity is undertaken by a number of clinical exercise science staff.
Our elite sport performance group is leading a project supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government to position Wales at the forefront of Science, Technology and Medicine in elite sport and to promote its wider application in health and education. This project represents a unique collaboration of leading Welsh academics, businesses and sport, with the overall objective of enhancing their respective performances.
Fundamental links integrating engineering and sport and exercise science research are being developed by the Sports Visualisation Group who analyse video material to rapidly produce data for immediate analysis of sports performance. Recently the Engineering Behaviour Analytics in Sport and Exercise (E-BASE) research group was set up to investigate the use of advanced sensor and processing technology to quantify training and activity in sport and clinical populations respectively.
We have international research links and projects with universities in Southern and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USE, Italy and Austria.