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An evaluation of the development and use of the 4A’s multidisciplinary framework for sports science service delivery.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 27, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

In today’s climate it is widely acknowledged that Premier League football clubs are considered as being business operators who generate profit from the buying, developing and selling of players giving it a unique culture, with the opportunity for huge financial rewards. Consequently, sporting organisations are ever increasing their utilisation of performance analysts, strength and conditioning specialists and sport psychologists under the guise of sport science service providers. These scientists are said to enhance sports performance through the development of systematic frameworks which allow the embedment of rigorous scientific training and knowledge into not only their own domain but in addition, that of other departments through the offering of novel insights.
Commonly referred to as multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), the basic premise of service providers is to integrate knowledge from across disciplines to approach and work with players in a collaborative manner in order to aid performance. The aim of an MDT in the sports context is therefore to enrich a players learning and development experience by using various experts input to achieve a common goal.

The overall aim of the proposed project is therefore to systematically evaluate the theoretical and operational merits of the 4A’s framework and its conceptual components in order to report upon firstly, its academic rigour and secondly appraise the practical application and subsequent impact of the model.

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

• Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
• An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

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