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Sport & Human Performance
Sport and Exercise Science group research can be divided into Sport related (including Sport Science) and Exercise Science related activities.
Sports related research
Research in Sports Science focuses on preparation and training of professional rugby league and rugby union players, thermoregulation and the use of drugs and nutritional supplements in high performance sport.
Exercise science related research
Exercise Science research involves neuromuscular physiology and biomechanics of athletes, older people and those in special populations. This includes the effects of various conditions on the ability to control muscle force production and posture which is important for mobility and participation in everyday activities for people in various stages of life such as older adults, women who are obese, patients with cardiovascular disease and long-term surfers.
The contralateral effects of unilateral voluntary resistance training and its application is a key interest. This is about the benefits of training for example only one leg which is transferred to the other leg with potential application to workplace situations. As leisure pursuits are taken up increasingly by a range of different social groups with differing abilities, there is a need to analyse and understand the physiology of exercise.
As a model for human athletic performance, thoroughbred racing horses are used to study physiological adaptations to training including swimming and investigation into the polymorphisms of mitochondrial DNA which link to performance.
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