Towards compilation of practical guidelines for soccer heading in youth players: Biomechanical loading and coaching implications.

University of Chichester - Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences

The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences is offering up to 4 research bursaries PhD studentships across different discipline areas. The bursaries offer students the opportunity to undertake a programme of doctoral research whilst also, potentially, developing their experience of learning and teaching in higher education in a supportive and supervised environment.

The studentships carry a tax-free stipend of £12,500 and a full-time home-fees waiver. Students accepting the bursary may also undertake teaching duties up to a maximum of 6 hours per week 120 hours per annum , subject to availability. Such duties will be remunerated currently at £25.83 per hour . The bursary is funded for 3 years, subject to satisfactory annual review.

The preference is for students to undertake full-time research starting on the 1st October 2017. Part-time research is possible and will be considered on a case by case basis.

The Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences has a strong research environment and has achieved excellent results in the most recent Research Evaluation Framework with 97% of our research deemed to be internationally recognised and over 50% deemed to be internationally excellent . We have 28 full-time members of staff researching various topics within sport and exercise sciences with particular research strengths and interests in Occupational Performance, Developing Coaches and Athletes, Health and Well-Being and Nutritional Supplementation . We currently have a cohort of 22 MPhil/PhD students.

Details of the available project and who to contact for informal enquiries are provided below.

The Application Process

For further information on the projects we are recruiting to including person specifications for each project , the studentship role and an application form please visit our website or email: Successful applicants will be shortlisted and advised of interview dates.

Application deadline: 20th August 2017

Interview date: w/c 4th September 2017

Towards compilation of practical guidelines for soccer heading in youth players: Biomechanical loading and coaching implications.

In recent years the medical consequences of concussion, particularly the risk of brain injury have gained widespread media attention. In response, in 2015 US Soccer created rules to ban heading of a soccer ball in players under 10 years old. Further, they have placed limits on the amount of ‘heading’ that can be performed by players under the age of 14 years old. The proposed programme of study will record cranial accelerations during training and competition, in partnership with EPL academies. A range of differing interventions will also be performed in an attempt to reduce loading through a technique coaching programme, and also modification of existing technology in an effort to provide guidelines for safe learning of this fundamental skill in young players.

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Dr Neal Smith Field Leader in Biomechanics and Research Methods, tel: 01243 816295, email: and Professor Mike Lauder Head of Department

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