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Brighton leads firefighters’ health risk research

University of Brighton researchers have been leading the way on a study to see if firefighters are suffering serious health problems from exposure to high levels of harmful chemicals.

For the past year they have been taking blood and urine samples from more than 140 firefighters to determine if there is a link between exposure and incidents among them of diseases including cancer. Read More

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Another successful summer school

In August, we welcomed 23 Year 12 students from schools and colleges across the South East to our Sport Summer School – part of the University of Brighton’s widening participation outreach programme.

Students got to experience university life for a week with a focus on sport courses. The students stayed in halls, took part in lectures, subject tasters, practical activities in the hall and sport and exercise science labs, as well as going on outings. They were also visited by Lewis Hatchett, ex-Sussex County Cricketer, who talked about his inspirational sporting journey and took part in a street dance session led by Rob Gregg from S3 Studios. Read More

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A pill to protect athletes from overheating

A School of Sport and Service Management professor has developed a new temperature monitory system that uses a small core temperature-monitoring “pill” to help protect athletes from heat exhaustion.

The temperature monitoring eco-system being developed by Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, the University’s Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, uses sensors inside a tiny capsule which relay information via Smartwatches on how an athlete’s body is coping with high temperatures during a race.

Medical staff monitoring the information would be alerted if a competitor’s readings were indicating signs of heat stress or hyperthermia and the athlete could be withdrawn. This technology can also help provide more rapid, accurate and dignified temperature assessment at the road/track side in medical emergencies. Read More

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West Ham FC internship

Sport and Exercise Science BSc student Arjun Dosa has taken up an opportunity to spend a year with West Ham United Football Club.

Arjun started the role in July and is taking a year away from his course, returning to complete his degree in September 2020.

Arjun is keen to pursue a career in performance analysis and the hands-on experience he will gain from the internship, alongside his degree, will help achieve this. Throughout the internship he will gain guidance from experts in this field.

Arjun told us how the opportunity came about and what he’ll be working on during his year: Read More

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Showcasing skills

Students studying on our Sport and Exercise Science BSc are given an opportunity during their studies to achieve our unique Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and showcase their skills.

an image of the bronze awardThe awards recognise the multitude of practical skills students develop with us and are a way to demonstrate their capabilities and experience to future employers.

Introduced in 2017, the awards are embedded into the course and detail the many skills learnt, and practical activities carried out, over the three years. In the first year students work to achieve bronze, in the second silver and in the final year their gold award. Read More

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Catching up with Professor Yannis Pitsiladis

We speak to the Professor of Sport and Exercise Science about how the University’s at the forefront of anti-doping research.

​Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, who’s also a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical and Scientific Commission and chairs the Science Commission of the International Federation of Sports Medicine, also discusses the case of Caster Semenya and intersex athletes and his mission to lead a team to a sub-2 hour marathon, completely within athletics regulations.​

As a member of several high-profile organisations, Yannis is at the forefront of helping to solve some of sport’s most pressing issues.

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Awareness raising tournament success

Over 90 students from the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus participated in a 5-a-side football tournament to raise awareness of homophobia within sport.

The Football 4 Peace (F4P) vs Homophobia tournament took place in early May and supported the Justin campaign, which highlights the prejudices in football towards the LGBT community. It was set up in memory of footballer Justin Fashanu who tragically committed suicide after revealing his sexuality in 1998. Read More

Expedition Physiology

The group of studentsThirty third year Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) students travelled to the Brecon Beacons as part of the option module, Expedition Physiology.

This was the 15th time the annual trip took place and it was led by Dr Alan Richardson, with colleguares Dr Mark Hayes, Dr Nick Smeeton, Dr Neil Maxwell and Rebecca Relf. The group were treated to spectacular weather as they hit the Black Mountain hills of Wales – the best in the expedition’s history. Read More

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40 transgender athletes volunteer for Brighton research

University of Brighton scientists are researching how to resolve international controversy over whether transgender sportswomen are competing fairly.

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis and colleagues are conducting a study of more than 40 individuals going through transition, with the aim of determining the fairest way of integrating transgender athletes into elite sport.

Testosterone increases muscle mass and under International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines athletes who have transitioned from male to female are required to keep their levels of testosterone under 10 nanomoles per litre. Read More

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Podcast: Catching up with Dr Gary Brickley

With a week to go until the Brighton Marathon, we’ve been asking the senior lecturer in exercise physiology for some tips ahead of the event.

Gary, a renowned Paralympic cycling coach who used to work with 14-time Paralympic gold winner Dame Sarah Storey, also tells us about his career, his own endurance exploits in open water swimming and his work with Tokyo 2020 Paratriathlon contender Joe Townsend.​

You can like and subscribe to the podcasts via Spotify or Apple Podcasts (click the links to listen to this episode on the relevant platform), or search University of Brighton in your preferred podcast app. Read More