PhD Studentship: Optimising warm-up strategies in female soccer

  • Chichester, West Sussex
  • 29th November 2021

Employer: University of Chichester

Contract Type: Full-time, Fixed term

Bursary: Tax-free stipend of £12,500 and a full-time home-fees waiver

Duration: April 2022 – March 2025

Reference: RQ0000001526

Full Description:

The Institute of Sport, Nursing and Allied Health (IOSNAH) is offering up to 3 full-time research bursaries (PhD studentships) across different discipline areas within Sport and Physical Activity. 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 £27.66 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 April 2022. Part-time research is possible and will be considered on a case by case basis. 

The IOSNAH 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 over 50 full-time members of staff researching various topics within sport and physical activity (with particular research strengths and interests in Occupational Performance, Developing Sporting Performance, Health and Well-Being and Equality and Inclusion). We currently have a cohort of 24 MPhil/PhD students. 

Successful applicants will be shortlisted and advised of presentation/interview dates. 

In team sports, the warm-up is considered a holistic activity with the aim of preparing players from a physiological, psychological, and technical/tactical perspective whilst reducing the risk of injury and minimising fatigue. Players may engage in warm-up activity prior to kick-off, during half-time, or for substitutes, throughout the match. Although warm-up activity is deemed an essential component of player preparation there remains equivocal evidence regarding optimal strategies in team-sport environments. Research has typically found improvements in subsequent physical performance following short-duration warm-ups compared to traditional soccer-specific warm-ups. However, players have reported to feel more psychologically prepared for competition following a longer duration warm-up. The influence of the warm-up on performance throughout match-play as well as the contribution to overall weekly training load are important questions for practitioners who aim to balance performance and recovery for a squad of players. Therefore, the aim of this research project is to investigate optimal warmup strategies in female soccer. 

For an informal discussion concerning the project please contact the project Director of Studies, Dr Naomi Datson (n.datson@chi.ac.uk). 

Interview date: w/c 13th December 2021 

Please visit the website for further details and to apply: https://tinyurl.com/mebw2z8x

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