PhD Studentship: Concussion injury patterns in elite Scottish Rugby Union

Edinburgh Napier University - The School of Applied Sciences

Closing date: 5pm Thursday 5th January 2016.

Edinburgh Napier University is seeking to strengthen and expand niche areas of research excellence across a broad portfolio of both discipline-based and inter-disciplinary research. A new strategic partnership launched in 2016 saw Edinburgh Napier become home to one of the new BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy venues.  As part of this ongoing work, the present PhD studentship represents a collaborative research partnership between Edinburgh Napier University and the Scottish Rugby Union.

Applications are invited for a full-time bursary available in the School of Applied Sciences, for a 3 year PhD, open to both Home, EU and International students.  The PhD Scholarship will cover full annual tuition fees * and include an annual stipend at the UK Research Council rate.

International students will be required to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International fee rate) plus £14,625 annual stipend.

Project Description: Sport related concussion events are becoming increasingly highlighted within the sporting media, and within the academic literature sport related concussion is an emerging and increasingly important area of focus in the protection of athlete health.  While both the short and long term consequences and burden of this injury are beginning to gain greater recognition, with an array of signs and symptoms that are often subjective in nature many still often go unreported or unrecognised. Additionally, many risk factors associated the condition are unknown.

Studentship aims:

(1) Examine the frequency, nature and causes of concussion injuries within Scottish Rugby Union.

(2) Validate current assessments and protocols for concussion GRTP processes.

(3) Investigate risk factors within training and match play and their relationship with concussion events.

Essential criteria:

  • A first class degree or an MSc (equivalent) specialising in sports science/medicine or physiotherapy.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Good IT skills, including Excel, and some database management.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in handling large volumes of data.
  • Ability to engage, build relationships and work co-operatively with others whose assistance and support is required.
  • Ability to work appropriately with confidential medical data and deal with individuals involved in the project sensitively.
  • Ability to travel within the region and throughout Scotland, including occasional overnight stays.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload, and balance conflicting demands and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to invoke trust and respect from others.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English.
  • Highly motivated with a passion for sports injury/illness prevention research.

Desirable criteria:

  • Research experience, i.e. an early career researcher who is keen to develop their own path and research area within sports injury and concussion.
  • Evidence of previous work (paid or unpaid) in a high performance sport environment.
  • An understanding of and empathy to the needs of athletes and coaches in a sporting environment.

Informal enquiries to: Dr Debbie Palmer-Green

Interviews will take place week commencing 16th January 2017

Edinburgh Napier University is committed to supporting equality in the workplace and encourages diversity. We currently hold a bronze Athena SWAN institutional award.

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