Within the College of Engineering and the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences world-leading research is conducted in a number of areas, including diagnostic sensors, computational modelling of physiological systems, exercise physiology, children’s physical activity, and anti-doping and sports ethics. Our work relates to a wide range of contexts from elite and professional sports, to clinical, home, and educational environments.
Health, Wellbeing and Sport
Here are the research centres and their groups who undertaking research within this area:
- Professor Liam Kilduff (Group Lead)
- Dr Tom love
- Associate Professor Camilla Knight
- Mr Nick Owen
- Dr Neil Bezodis
- Dr Denise Hill
- Professor Mike Lewis (Group Lead)
- Professor Gareth Stratton (Head of A-STEM)
- Associate Professor Richard Bracken
- Dr Melitta McNarry
- Dr Kelly Mackintosh
- Dr Laura Mason
- Dr Elizabeth Williams
- Dr Jo Hudson
- Dr Mark Holton
- Dr Lowri Edwards
- Dr Richard Metcalfe
- Dr Othmar Moser
- Dr Olga Roldan Reoyo
Sports Ethics, Integrity and Governance
- Professor Mike McNamee (Group Lead)
- Dr Andrew Bloodworth
- Dr Andrew Harvey
- Dr John William Devine
- Professor Perumal Nithiarasu (coordinator)
- Professor Michael Webster
- Dr Sanjay Pant
- Dr Raul van Loon
- Dr Chengyuan Wang
- Dr Ankush Aggarwal
- Dr Igor Sazonov
- Dr Hari Arora
- Dr Llion Evans
- Dr Jason Carson
Read our Case Studies
Enhancing performance in elite athletes
Research conducted at Swansea University has helped transform the pre-competition strategies of elite sport. This research has focused mainly on the application of post-activation potentiation (PAP), manipulation of warm-up variables and morning priming for enhanced performance.
This work has had significant impact on the successes of elite skeleton bobsleigh athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympics and a number of other British sports during London 2012 (e.g. British Cycling who won 12 medals).
The research continues to impact elite sports and is being embedded into athletes’ pre-competition routines for Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.
Improving anti-doping education
The use of performance enhancing methods and substances, or ‘doping’, has been the major ethical issue relating to elite sports for several decades. Prof McNamee has led internationally recognised research that has contributed significantly to national and international approaches to catch or deter athletes from doping.
This has taken the form of research underpinning the development of UK wide approaches to anti-doping education for sportsmen and women, educational materials for sports physicians around the world, and significant influences on policy critique and development at the global level for both the International Cycling Union and the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).