PhD Studentship: Wheelchair tennis: Applied biomechanical support

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date of studentship: 1st January 2018

Interview date: Week commencing 13th November 2017

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor: Prof Vicky Tolfrey

Secondary supervisor: Dr Mark King

Additional supervisor: Dr Barry Mason

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Full Project Detail:

The Tennis Foundation celebrated its most successful Paralympic Games ever for players on its World Class Performance Programme after bringing home six medals from Rio last year. This studentship is an opportunity to provide applied biomechanical support to their players. The project will be based in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM-EM) building and will form part of the research activities of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC).

Key deliverables of the PhD programme of study include:

  • Collecting kinematic and kinetic performance data on a range of wheelchair tennis players;
  • Establishing the key technical principles of the tennis serve for wheelchair tennis players from both a performance and injury perspective;
  • And if avenues permit – exploring the chair ergonomics/ propulsion technique and technological developments to maximise on court athlete performance.

The findings will help to inform guidelines on wheelchair tennis coaching and player development to improve performance and minimise injury risk. The study will also benefit from the Tennis Foundation facilities and access to wheelchair tennis players.

Find out more:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/phc/

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/microsites/ssehs/biomechanics/index.html

Entry requirements:

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in sport and exercise science, biomechanics, physiotherapy or related subject.  A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the above subjects will be an advantage. Good team working organisational and communication skills are essential. Experience of work within a sports setting is desirable. Experience with working within tennis and/or a sporting environment with coaches will be particularly useful.

Funding information:

This studentship is supported by the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the Tennis Foundation at Loughborough University. The studentship is for three years and will ideally start in January 2018. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details:

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Prof Vicky Tolfrey e-mail v.l.tolfrey@lboro.ac.uk, Dr Mark King e-mail m.a.king@lboro.ac.uk, telephone 01509 226326 or Dr Barry Mason e-mail b.mason@lboro.ac.uk, telephone 01509 226387.

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Please quote reference number: SSEHS/VT/MAK

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Midlands of England