Dr Laura Mason
Senior Lecturer
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 602787
Room: Academic Office - A105
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Research interests:

Physical functioning and body composition of Haemodialysis recipients and Renal transplant recipients
Exercise prescription for patients on Haemodialysis and for Renal transplant recipients
Metabolic syndrome in chronic kidney disease
Isokinetic strength testing in elite sport and clinical populations

Current research projects:

Exercise prescription for patients on Haemodialysis
Exercise referral for Renal transplant recipients
Identifying asymmetry using isokinetic dynamometry in elite soccer

Collaborative partners:

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (NHS)
Swansea City FC

Currently completing PhD in the area of physical activity and renal disease

MPhil on the topic of oxidative stress and familiarisation

Publications

  1. & Digit ratio (2D:4D), myocardial infarction and fibrinogen in men. Early Human Development 133, 18-22.
  2. & Immersive Virtual Reality as a teaching aid for anatomy. In Proceedings of the Virtual and Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Conference 2018. (pp. 49-60). UK: IMPublicationsOpen.
  3. & (2019). Virtual reality as a teaching aid for anatomy. Presented at INTED2019 Proceedings,, 5132-5137. Valencia, Spain: 13th International Technology, Education and Development Conference. doi:10.21125/inted.2019.1275
  4. (2017). LONG-TERM INTRADIALYTIC CYCLING AND THE IMPACT ON QUALITY OF LIFE.. doi:10.3252/pso.eu.54ERA.2017.
  5. (2015). The impact of clickers on module evaluation questionnaire responses. Newport, Wales: Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference.

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Teaching

  • SR-113 Human Neuromusculoskeletal System

    The purpose of the module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the following systems of the human body: skeletal system, muscular system, articular system, nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, urinary system. In addition an introduction to medical engineering will be given, highlighting the variety of topics studied within the field of medical engineering.

  • SR-141 Human Anatomy

    The purpose of the module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the following systems of the human body: skeletal system, muscular system, articular system, nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system and urinary system.

  • SR-253 Exercise Physiology

    The module develops the understanding gained from Human Anatomy (SR-141) and Human Physiology (SR-145). This lecture and practical based module will provide information on: homeostatic mechanisms; energy supply during exercise; the short term and chronic effect of exercise on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; the sites of fatigue during exercise and the physiological challenges presented by extreme environments. Throughout this module, we will discuss how ageing and disease influence the response to exercise, as will the techniques available to assess physiological responses. The module provides an essential base for progression to level 3 modules and projects in Sport and Exercise Physiology.

  • SR-257 Kinanthropometry

    The purpose of this module is: (i) to develop knowledge of the rationale, theoretical basis and methodology of Kinanthropometry and body composition assessment; (ii) to develop practical skills and confidence in performing kinanthropometric and body composition measurements, and in interpreting the data obtained, (iii) to develop an appreciation of the validity of differing techniques in special populations, including athletes and children.

  • SR-314 Health Related Exercise

    Physical inactivity and sedentary time create a significant burden on global health. The science that underpins the relationship between physical activity and health has grown considerably over the past 10 years. Such is the weight of evidence the World Health Organisation ranks physical inactivity as the 4th largest non-communicable disease related to early death, one place above obesity. The science is fascinating and the interaction between psychology, physiology, biomechanics, laboratory and field science fuse together in this module. You will work with children and older people to better understand the factors affecting health, fitness, quality of life and wellbeing during the growing years and ageing years. The module uses meta-analyses to study what works to improve physical activity health and wellbeing in children and older people. You will be expected to understand case studies and how exercise may affect health and wellbeing in these groups and work on your own and in a group to demonstrate your knowledge both verbally and in writing. Be prepared to meet children and older people as part of the practical activity included in the module. Students wishing to work in the health and fitness industry, public health, health promotion, allied health professions, teaching or clinical areas would most benefit from participation in the module.

Supervision

  • 'Effect of playing level on isokinetic dynamometry in football' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
  • 'Influence of carbohydrate ingestion on fatigue and injury risk in female football players' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2003 Present BSc Sports Science degree Swansea University

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Sports Science Outreach Coordinator

    0 - Present

  • Deputy Portfolio Director

    2013 - Present

  • Examinations Officer

    2015 - Present

  • Sports Science SAILS co-ordinator

    2015 - Present