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Sports Biomechanics, Motor Control and Strength and Conditioning: developing effective pathways of skill development and physical preparation to enhance athletic performance in Strength and Power Events.

   Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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  Prof Gareth Irwin, Dr Hans von Lieres, Dr Ben Rosenblatt, Mr Chris Type  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

With athletes training near their physiological maximum identifying the most effective and efficient pathways of skill development and physical preparation is desirable. Linking these findings to coach education, athlete centred support and talent identification are key to ensure ecological validity permeate the research. Based on the principles of training and underpinned by the biomechanics of human movement and concepts of motor control this research programme will aim to examine the fundamental determinants of performance and explore effective skill and physical development methods in elite athletics. The overall purpose of the research is to gain an insight into the key performance indicators that can 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.

Informal enquiries should be directed to:

Professor Gareth Irwin [Email Address Removed]


Four-year bursary of £ £18,622 per annum (2023/2024 rate) plus tuition fees (at EU/UK rate)


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, motor control or strength and conditioning). The applicant should be able to demonstrate the necessary experience or potential to successfully complete a higher degree by research. Prior experience as a practitioner in Strength and Conditioning is essential and part of the role will be to work within the support team for Welsh Athletics. The successful candidate with be expected to delivery and in some cases design S&C programmes for Welsh Athletics elite programme athletes.  


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