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PhD Studentship: Computer simulation modelling of fast bowling to minimise lumbar stress fractures in cricket

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    Dr M King
    Dr K Brooke-Wavell
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Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship investigating the causes of lumbar stress fractures in cricket, supported by EPSRC (CASE), the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The project will be based in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM-EM) building.

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Full Project Detail

Lumbar stress fractures are the greatest time-loss injury in cricket and can contribute to premature retirement. Fast bowling places high loads upon the lumbar spine and is likely to contribute to the aetiology of lumbar stress fracture. This project will quantify the strain sustained by the lumbar spine of fast bowlers, where the strain is greatest, how strain differs between different bowling techniques, and if strain differs between players who suffer lumbar stress fracture and those who do not. The findings will help inform coaches on safe bowling techniques to minimise injury risk and prolong careers. The project will be based in the NCSEM-EM and will benefit from the Centre’s facilities (motion analysis and magnetic resonance imaging) and clinical links. The study will also benefit from the ECB’s facilities and access to elite cricketers.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, mechanical engineering, computer science or biomechanics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage. Good team working organisational and communication skills are essential. Experience of work within a sports setting and programming skills are desirable.

Contact details

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Mark King e-mail [Email Address Removed], telephone 01509 226326 or Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell e-mail [Email Address Removed], telephone 01509 222749.

Application details

Reference number: SSEHS/MAK
Start date of studentship: 1st October 2019
Closing date of advert: 2nd August 2019
Interview date: 14th August 2019

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences”.

Please quote reference number: SSEHS/MAK

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3.5 years and will start in October 2019. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £15,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition fee only. Please note that the number of EPSRC funded places for international students is limited and they are awarded on a competitive basis.

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