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Coaching biomechanics interface and effective skill and physical development.

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    Prof G Irwin
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

With tennis players training near physiological maximum identifying the most effective and efficient pathways of skill development and performance enhancement is desirable. Developing initial insights in the coaching knowledge and the conceptual understanding of skill will contribute to this PhD programme. Using coaching knowledge in conjunction with biomechanics and motor control approaches this research will aim to examine the biomechanical determinants of successful performance and explore effective skill and physical development methods in Tennis. Exploring the training principles using biomechanics and motor control theory this project aims to make training more effective efficient and safe. The overall purpose of the research is to gain an insight into the key biomechanical indicators that may be used to develop athlete-centred training programmes in order to improve performance.

A detailed research proposal will be developed that ensures maximum impact in the area as well as producing high quality scientifically grounded research.

Partner Organisations

Lawn Tennis Association – The LTA are funding this PhD for the duration of the project, as the National Governing body for British Tennis, the LTA aims to foster and develop the talent of elite players to increase the potential for medal winning success. This investment demonstrates their commitment to utilise sciences inform practice and make training more effective efficient and safe.

Host Organisation

The biomechanics and motor control research group is based in the National Indoor Athletics Centre, within the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. Currently the group, includes academic and research staff, research students and specialist technicians. Our research focuses on understanding and improving sports performance and reducing injury within a sporting and health context and has an internationally leading reputation.


Applicants should have either a good honours (at least a 2:1 classification) undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science or a related area, and potentially an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science (with a specialism in biomechanics). The applicant should be able to demonstrate the necessary experience or potential to successfully complete a higher degree by research. Prior experience within the sport of Tennis is desirable. It is desirable that the applicant can demonstrate experience in Strength and Conditioning and physical preparation of sports performers.

Guidance on your application can be found here:

For an application form please email Rachael Lusted at [Email Address Removed]

The application form should include a statement detailing how your qualifications, experience and research interests make you a suitable candidate for this scholarship.

Please send completed application form and CV to:
Rachael Lusted ([Email Address Removed] ), Research and Enterprise Officer, Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, CF23 6XD.

Informal enquiries should be directed to:

Professor Gareth Irwin [Email Address Removed]:
Tel: +44 (0)29 2020 5027
Mob: +44 (0)7966427296
Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff, CF23 6XD

Closing Date: Wednesday 13th November

Interview Date: Wednesday 20th November

Funding Notes

Package: Four-year bursary of £21,000 per annum (2019/2020 rate) plus tuition fees (at EU/UK rate)

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