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Physical Characteristics of Lumbar Stress Fracture in Fast Bowlers


   School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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  Dr M King, Dr K Brooke-Wavell  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Project detail:

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

Lumbar Stress Fractures cause the greatest time loss in cricket and are more common in adolescent athletes. Significant work has gone into understanding the relationship between lumbar stress fracture and workloads and fast bowling technique, but no previous study has analysed the underlying physical fitness of players. This study aims to identify the key differences in physical characteristics between those players who go on to sustain a lumbar stress fracture and those who don’t. The project will quantify the incidence and nature of spine injuries in male elite junior cricketers, with a focus on stress fractures in fast bowlers. Most importantly, it will examine which physical fitness factors are related to injury risk. The findings will help to inform guidelines for effective strength and conditioning practices with Youth athletes to ensure safe adaptation and minimise injury risk in academy cricket. The project will be based in the NCSEM-EM and will benefit from the Centre’s facilities (including dual X-ray absorptiometry, magnetic resonance imaging and motion analysis) and clinical links. The study will also benefit from the ECB’s facilities and access to elite cricketers.

Entry requirements:

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in sport and exercise science, human biology/physiology, biomechanics, physiotherapy or related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the above subjects will be an advantage. Good team working organisational and communication skills are essential. Experience of work within a sports setting is desirable. Experience and understanding of S&C practice may be viewed as beneficial.

English language requirements:

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/applicants/english/).

How to Apply

All applications should be made online (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research). Under programme name, select ‘School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences”. Please quote the advertised reference number SSEHS/MAK/ECB in your application.


Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £16,062 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.
The opportunity is subject to external funding. In the event that the funder withdraws prior to recruitment the studentship would be withdrawn.
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