MSc Students Join Para-Monte to Take School Kids to Altitude!

50 steps was all it took for school pupils to experience the effects of altitude on their bodies. On the 26th June 2019, I was given the opportunity to help raise awareness about the effects of altitude alongside a wonderful charity called Para-Monte. We were invited to the eighth annual Big Bang Fair, which invited over 10,000 secondary school students from the region, to provide information about many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) areas of expertise. It was a great honour to help spread the word about altitude and increase the reach in which Para-Monte has on the public to allow individuals to understand the dangers of altitude; a message at the forefront of Para-Monte’s vision due to the tragic loss of the founders’ son (Adam Savory) in 2012 due to an altitude-related incident.

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Prof. Guillaume Millet meets our MSc students

It’s been great to welcome Prof. Guillaume Millet in May this year. Guillaume delivered a keynote on “The study of neuromuscular fatigue in both performance and clinical settings” before meeting our MSc and PhD students the following day for an  “Ask the expert” Workshop.

During the workshop, Guillaume took the time to answer questions related to the study of neuromuscular fatigue, fatigue as a symptome, and the training of the neuromuscular function. With extended experience in conducting research around the world – France, Canada, etc – Guillaume was also happy to share his research experience and offered a few tips to the MSc students interested in postgraduate research studies in the UK or abroad.

During the keynote, Guillaume defined fatigue with a particular focus on the study of neuromuscular fatigue. Guillaume presented some his key findings in both contexts of extreme sport performance and clinical populations and concluded with some research work he was conducting at the time, and offered some insights into the research field in the near future.

Both sessions were very well received – A great experience and opportunity for us all.

Guillaume also visited our labs when MSc students were testing paratriathlete Joe Townsend under the leadership of Dr. Gary Brickley. What a busy week for us all!

Thank you Guillaume.

Visit of the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre

Our Applied Sport / Exercise Physiology MSc students have visited the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre this week. The centre is located on the Falmer campus of the University of Sussex, only a 40-min drive from our Eastbourne campus.

During this session, four participants for a PhD study we are currently conducted in our sport and exercise science laboratory lied very still in an MRI scan for around 20 minutes, for a measure of all phosphorus compounds in the vastus medialis. Two of these participants are MSc students on our courses. Each participant had agreed to take a creatine supplement for 6 consecutive days. Our visit to CISC this week was our second visit, i.e. post- supplementation.

Our MSc students were in the control room to witness the procedures. They learned how an MRI scan operates and they were introduced to the measurement of molecules such as inorganic phosphate, phosphocreatine, or ATP within a muscle (the vastus medialis in this instance). Students were also invited to review two research papers recently published in the literature where changes in these metabolites were measured during exercise.

During this visit, our students were exposed to cutting-edge technology, state-in-the-art equipment, and research and innovation in the field of applied sport and exercise physiology.

 

Keynote by Gill Myburgh – Strength & Conditioning – Long term athlete development

Our students were invited to attend the keynote of Gill Myburgh who is currently the strength and conditioning coach for Joanna Konta and other international tennis players. She is currently completing her PhD on growth and maturation of future tennis players. In this event, Gill discussed S&C support for elite level athletes and issues around the identification and development of future tennis stars.

BASES student conference – Newcastle 2018

The experience of one of our students this year, Luke Holland:

“The BASES student conference in Newcastle was a fantastic experience which exceeded my expectations and widened my breadth of knowledge in the world of sport physiology, sport psychology and nutrition. I was very fortunate, following my abstract submission, to showcase my MSc Applied Sport Physiology final project in front of 200+ Sport and Exercise Science students and staff where they asked inquisitive and challenging questions.

The keynote lecturers on both days were inspiring giving an in-depth detail of what their role was and the journey from when they started as BSc Sport and Exercise scientists. One of the keynote lecturers presented at the BASES student conference dinner at St James Park (home to Newcastle United football club).

If you are a budding second-year SES student planning about doing a dissertation to showcase in front of all the UK universities, a third year who has already completed their dissertation and possibly speculating about doing a Master’s degree or a post graduate student who has done or about to do exceptional work I would highly recommend going to next year’s BASES conference held in Dundee. If I could relive this experience all over again I would in a heartbeat.”

Sports analytics and innovations summit 2018

Three of our MSc students – Josh Pennick, Mitch Raynsford, and Ross Mccarthy – attended the Sports analytics and innovations summit 2018; Josh’s impression on his return:

The sports analytics and innovations summit surpassed my expectations, and I assume the expectations of the other two MSc students also, who accompanied me to London for the day. It was an incredible experience to not only hear first hand, all of the fascinating work that is going on in current elite sport, but also to gain an in-depth insight into the daily work and personal schedules of the highly accredited individuals who gave their talks on the day. These included the likes of sports scientists and sports analysts working in elite football and rugby teams (Southampton FC, Everton FC, Leeds Rhinos RFC, Welsh Rugby and more), Strength and conditioning for elite teams (Liverpool FC, Nottinghamshire County CC), the former head of Talent ID at the FA, the head physiotherapist at GB boxing and a performance analyst from the EIS amongst others. With both breakfast and lunch included along with face-to-face contact with these individuals, I would highly recommend this experience to anybody looking to pursue a career in the field of elite sport. It has confirmed and solidified the path I wish for my career to take.

Launch of a new blog by our Environmental Extremes Lab

Have a look at the new blog of our Environmental Extremes Lab; it’s packed with really interesting stuff, from teaching- to research-based activities. Every year, several of our MSc students get involved with the Environmental Extremes Lab for some extra-curriculum experience, or to conduct their own research project (Final project, a 60-credit module).

This is where it all started for some current and former research students and staff !