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Sport Health and Wellbeing newsletter June 2016


Do you want to get fit over the summer?  

Volunteers needed for research into different exercise modes (Cardio vs. Weights) on strength, muscle mass, and cardiorespiratory fitness

Researchers within the School of Sport, Health and Social Science, led by Dr James Steele, are looking to conduct a project comparing the effects of high intensity of effort exercise using either resistance training or cycling upon improvements in strength, muscle mass, and cardiorespiratory fitness.
They are currently looking for: 

  • Healthy male adults (age +18 years) currently not engaged in structured high effort resistance or aerobic training.

Participants may be engaged in low effort physical activities (eg walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, or yoga) and must not change their physical activity habits during the study.

Participants in the study will undergo a series of lab based tests before then completing a ten week intervention of training twice a week each lasting ~20-30 minutes.

Participants will then be retested afterwards to see how much their strength, muscle mass, and cardiorespiratory fitness has improved from the intervention.  For more information, email James Steele,

EduMove partner with Kick It Out

We are delighted to inform you that the EduMove and Kick It Out have partnered to develop a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) course for Year Five and Six students. Called EduKicks, the programme will support teachers to deliver six sessions of a football based innovative and empathy-in-education course that utilises real life football related scenario and apps to help pupils and families to learn and change behaviour relating to discrimination.

The course is supported by an emerging body of conclusive evidence from on-going pilot studies conducted by researchers in the Sport, Health and Wellbeing Research and Innovation Hub. With a sharp increase in racist and other discriminatory abuse in football, transformative and engaging education targeted at children and families is the sustainable solution for the future. 

Schools across the country are already signing up for it. If your school contact is interested, please ask them to send an email to Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick it Out, to express interest: 

Further information

EduMove Anti-discrimination - education through football app

In the upcoming weeks, the EduMove team in collaboration with Kick it Out and Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research will be launching a PSHE/Life skills education app called EduKicks. The app aims is to provide an interactive and physically engaging learning tool to help children build knowledge and empathy on various forms of discrimination using football drills and technology.

The app's primary target group is football loving children between the ages 9 -14 (primary school years 5 and 6 and secondary school years 7 and 8). However, non-football loving children have an alternative option within the app.

It would be appreciated if you could examine and/or play the game (app), where applicable with your children, and provide feedback via completing the relevant questionnaires (takes two minutes) on the links below.

Medical Research Council: Supporting new researchers towards independence 

The MRC has recently increased the flexibility of its funding schemes for post-doctoral researchers and as such has produced new simplified guidelines for applications for a number of these schemes. For any early career researchers looking to apply for these schemes then the new guidelines are definitely worth checking out

Further Information

Hub Success Stories

Jessica Colwill - Undergraduate Student

Congratulations to Jessica who received a £75 voucher for winning the Student Poster Presentation Competition at this year's Research and Innovation Conference.

jessica colwill sport prize award

Patrokolos Androulakis-Korakakis - Undergraduate Student

Congratulations to Patrokolos who received a £75 voucher for winning the Student Oral Presentation Competition at this year's Research and Innovation Conference.
A number of both staff (including Dr Panoraia Andriopoulou, Dr Mark Doyle, Henry Dorling, Lynsey Melhuish, Jim O’Brien, and James Fisher) as well as students (including Craig Perring, Stephen Ketteringham, Sam Moss and Jake Hemstock) also presented their work at this year's  Research and Innovation Conference.

BASES Supervisor Success

James Wright, Lab Director and Technician Instructor in Sport Science, has recently become a registered supervisor for the BASES Supervised Experience process. James will be working with some of our recent graduates and staff to enable them to gain their BASES accreditation.

Further information

Dr Oscar Mwaanga

Course Leader in Sport Development Dr Oscar Mwaanga recently participated in a high profile debate at a Commonwealth even marking International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The debate heard experts argue in favour of, and against, the contribution that sport can make to susitainable development and whether governments should focus on investing in sport for health.

Further information

Professor Steven Henderson

Professor of Impact and Social Innovation Professor Steven Henderson, along with both previous SSU colleagues and the Southampton City Council Public Health Team, recently co-authored a piece published in the journal Public Health titled “Mapping and evaluation of physical activityinterventions for school-aged children”.

Further information 

James Fisher

Course Leader in Fitness and Personal Training, and Dr James Steele, Sport, Health and Wellbeing Hub Fellow Dr James Steele and James Fisher were recently co-authors along with colleagues in Germany and Zurich on a piece published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness titled “The effects of low volume resistance training with and without advanced techniques in trained subjects.”

Further information

Jane Adlard

Senior Lecturer in Psychology Jane recently co-authored a piece in the journal Policing and Society titled “Intra-police communication in public order police management."

Further information

Dr Richard Elliott

Course Leader in Football Studies and Business Dr Richard Elliott, Associate Professor and Director – Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research, recently authored a piece in the journal International review for the Sociology of Sport titled “Finding the back of the net: Networks and migrant recruitment in Norwegian football.

Further information

Media Coverage

A number of our Hub members and their work has been covered in the media over the past month including:

Dr Zöe Wimshurst, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, appeared on the ITV show It’s Not Rocket Science aired on Tuesday 1 March on ITV 1 at 8pm.

Research conducted by James Fisher, Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal Training, and Dr James Steele, Research and Innovation Fellow, was recently featured in an article on Yahoo news.

Further information

Dr James Steele, Research and Innovation Fellow, was interviewed about physical activity, use of pedometers and the 10,000 steps a day recommendation by Alex Dyke on BBC Radio Solent on Tuesday 8 March 2016.


Recent journal, conference and book chapter outputs

A number of our Hub members have recently had success in attaining a range of outputs including:

Two of our undergraduate students presented their dissertation research at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference at Bangor University. Jess Colwill, BSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal Training, presented her work titled “Comparison of Nutrition Knowledge based on the AfN Competence Framework between Level 2 Exercise Professionals and the General Public” and Craig Perrin, BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science, presented his work titled “Lower back strength and muscle activation patterns in competitive soccer players with and without hamstring strain injuries (HSI) - a retrospective study”.

Dr Joel Rookwood

Senior Lecturer in Football, has recently contributed a piece to The Football Collective reflecting on his use of visual methods in teaching and research from his travels to over 135 different countries across 6 continents.

Dr Michelle Jones

Director for the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, recently co-authored a piece published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine titled “Psychosocial factors associated with outcomes of sports injury rehabilitation in competitive athletes: a mixed studies systematic review”. This piece was also picked up by popular sport science infographic producer Yann Le Meur.

Further information

Dr Oscar Mwaanga

Associate Professor in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, spoke recently about his EduKicks Project (Education through football) at a meeting of the Southampton Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce – RSA Engage: Southampton -

Further information 

Matt Johnson

Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology and Coaching, Dr Francesca Gwynne, Course Leader for BSc Applied Sport Science, and Dominic Cunliffe, Course Leader for Sport and Physical Education, were successful in obtaining a research grant of £4000 from the Solent Learning and Teaching Institute to investigate what constitutes successful and unsuccessful mentoring in sport coaching.

Dr Imogen Tijou

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and Lara Webber, Lecture in Psychology, Along with Chris Dunn and Yasmin Zaman from Solent Health Spark delivered a poster titled “Headstart Pilot of Mindfulness in Schools Project” at the Mindfulness in Schools Conference 2016

Further information 

Matthew Harvey

One of our recent psychology graduates, also delivered a poster titled “Open Up and Say …” A Preliminary Study of the Aetiology and Maintenance Cognitive Vulnerability Perceptions as Mediators in the Relationship Between Negative Dental Beliefs and Dental Anxiety” at the BPS Health Psychology Annual Conference.

Further information 

Dr Ali Hill

Course Leader for BSc Sports Coaching, and Scott Burnet, Senior Lecturer in Research Methods and Physiology, have recently had a poster accepted to present at the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 15th Meeting 2016 titled “Inter-Programme Variation in Dietary Analysis” 

Further information

Dr James Steele

Research and Innovation Fellow for Sport, Health and Wellbeing, recently co-authored along with international colleagues a study titled “Comparison of upper body strength gains between men and women after 10 weeks of resistance training” published in the journal PeerJ.

Further information 

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