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Use of Brain Endurance Training to Combat Mental Fatgue and Optimize Sport Performance


   School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Mental fatigue can impair performance in sport. Brain Endurance Training (BET) has been proposed as a solution. In a seminal study (Dallaway et al., 2021, JSAMS), we showed that 6-weeks of concurrent Brain Endurance Training – comprising mentally-fatiguing cognitive tasks during exercise – improved subsequent handgrip exercise performance mentally taxing conditions compared to standard exercise only training. In sum, after Brain Endurance Training our participants perceived the exercise to be easier (i.e., less effortful). We now want to extend our research findings to whole body exercise (e.g., cycling, running, swimming) and team sport (e.g., football, rugby) in order to optimize performance. In sum, the project aims to evaluate the benefits of various new training modes and plans that are available in a commercially-available brain endurance training app.

The project will involve collaboration with a technology company (SSWITCH.CH) that has developed apps (e.g., SOMA-NPT) for athletes.

A background in Sport Science or Psychological Sciences is required for this project.

Please contact Prof Ring () to discuss this exciting project.


Funding Notes

Self-Funding only

References

Dallaway, N., Lucas, S.J.E., & Ring, C. (2021). Concurrent brain endurance training improves endurance exercise performance. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, 24, 401-411. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2020.10.008

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