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The relationship between sleep, nutrition, and injury risk in elite GAA academy players.


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  Dr Rónán Doherty  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This is a Masters by Research project.

Supervisors: Dr Rónán Doherty, Dr James Connelly, Dr Lydia Devenney, Mr. Karl Lacey, Dr Jim O Donovan.

Project Summary:

Adequate sleep and nutrition habits are vital for recovery and adaptation from training. Adolescent athletes have increased sleep needs and require adequate nutrition to support not only adaptation from training, but also growth and development. The aim of this study is to assess the sleep and nutrition habits of elite underage Gaelic footballers and investigate potential links to injury risk. Previous research has suggested that inadequate sleep (<8h) and poor diet are linked to injury risk in adolescent athletes. Sleep is vital to maintain physical and mental health, recovery, and performance. Sleep requirements differ across the lifespan but for sleep to have a restorative effect on the body, it must be of adequate duration and quality. An assessment of the sleep and nutrition habits of adolescent athletes in relation to injury risk could inform the development of an athlete development curriculum designed to educate coaches and young athletes about the importance of sleep and nutrition in recovery stress balance.

Candidate Qualifications/Requirements:

A first or upper second class honours degree in a discipline related to the field of study (i.e. sports science, nutrition, physiology) is essential.

Application Process

  1. To apply for this Masters by Research project, please send your CV and cover letter to the [Email Address Removed] by 5:00pm, Thursday 9th June. Please include "MR.17" in the subject of the email.
  2. Candidates should hold or expect to hold at least an Honours Degree in a relevant discipline and meet the University’s English Language requirements (minimum IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)
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