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  Physical testing and injury surveillance with the Football Association of Wales (FAW)

   Faculty of Life Sciences and Education

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  Dr Morgan Williams, Dr Kate Williams  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a fees-only Sport PhD studentship in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales. The successful applicant will be part of the Performance, Injury & Sports Therapy group based on the USW Sport Park campus in South Wales.

Being available for training and competition is critical for success in football. Player availability provides a multitude of benefits such as: continuity, consistency, fitness stimulus, familiarity with systems of play, and competition for places that drive performance. Therefore, supporting players and providing an environment to avoid injury and keep them on the field is an important part of the coaching process. To do this, coaches benefit from understanding the factors that could contribute to injury.

This programme of study will utilise a battery of physical fitness and muscle strength tests to monitor injury risk when players enter and exit international training camps. We also intend to measure the training and competition activities performed during the camps (using interpreted GPS and Performance analysis). The baseline and changes observed in the battery of tests will be associated with training and match load and injury risk. The information is essential for FAW player welfare and their duty of care while in camp.

This research builds on previous work from the Performance, Injury & Sports Therapy team surrounding physical performance and risk factors for lower limb injury in male academy footballers (Dr Steven Jones, Dr James Silver) and rugby union players (VALD/IRFU study); but also risk factors for lower limb injury in female athletes (Dr Sania Almousa USW PhD & Women’s WRU/USW study).

Supervision team: Dr Morgan Williams and Dr Kate Williams

Scholarship details

The studentship comprises tuition fees at the UK home student rate (£4712, full-time) for three years.


Eligible applicants will:

  •  Have a degree (2:1 or higher) in an appropriate discipline e.g., Sport Science or Sport Therapy.
  • Possess a reasonable understanding of Sport Science research methods and have an interest in research with developing young talented athletes.
  • Be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop new research skills.
  • Have well-developed interpersonal skills for collaborative work.
  • Have ability to conduct field testing using a range of equipment, familiar with GPS and Performance analysis. 
  • Have an ability to produce technical reports and communicate findings.

This studentship is only open to UK residents.

How to apply

Please visit the Graduate School webpages

You will need to select MPhil / PhD (Sport) from the drop-down course list in the online application form. Please indicate in your personal statement that you are applying for this funded studentship.

A research proposal is not required.

You may contact Jane MacCuish [Email Address Removed] for advice on the application process.

For informal discussions about the research, please contact Dr Morgan Williams [Email Address Removed].

Closing date: Wednesday 30th August.

Interview date: TBC

Start date: 1st October 2023.

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