VC Scholarships – PhD at Sheffield Hallam University

The VC scholarship in Sport and Physical activity is an opportunity for you to receive a full-time PhD scholarship at Sheffield Hallam University. This is a fully funded PhD including tuition fees and a bursary. You should work with a member of academic staff to develop your application. The research staff in the Centre for […]

The role of 3D body shape in assessing health risk

Director of Studies: Simon Choppin (S.Choppin@shu.ac.uk) Summary: We have developed a method of using 3D scanning technology to assess the shape of the human body. We want to develop our concept of shape measurement into a method of assessing health risk. Current tools such as the body mass index (BMI) and the waist:hip ratio have […]

The efficacy of Snowboarding Wrist Guards

Director of Studies: Nick Hamilton (n.hamilton@shu.ac.uk) Summary: CSER has led the way in understanding the efficacy of snowboard wrist guards developing a unique dynamic test and contributing to an international standard which will ensure user safety. The test protocol has been shown to differentiate product performance and the ability to mitigate fracture loadings. CSER are […]

Smart materials for helmets

Director of Studies: Dr Leon Foster (L.I.Foster@shu.ac.uk) Summary: Head impacts and the subsequent injuries sustained are an inevitable part of some sports and recreational activities. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, is the mildest and most common form of brain injury. At present there is some contention whether linear or rotational acceleration […]

Objective movement analysis to inform safe return-to-play

Director of Studies: Dr Marcus Dunn (M.Dunn@shu.ac.uk) Summary: Following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery, only 55% of patients return to sport. In adolescents, ≤23% suffer re-injury (i.e. ACL re-rupture), requiring further surgery and rehabilitation. Aside from surgical and rehabilitation costs, re-injury increases risks of juvenile arthritis, negatively impacting quality-of-life via reduced physical activity. Adolescent […]

Ping pong is bouncing back

Major sports such as football, tennis and rugby get extensive media coverage. Less ubiquitous sports such as swimming and cycling usually have to wait until the Olympics or major event to get significant coverage. Table tennis rarely sees much coverage outside of the Olympics, even during a major event. However, this month, table tennis is […]

Sprinting in the wind

The effects of wind on long distance running have been discussed on this blog previously, particularly on marathons. Now with the approach of the World Athletics Championships, I thought I would look at the effects of wind on sprinting. I will begin with my own experiences – when I was a teenager I was an enthusiastic 100m […]