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Sam Jones

Sam Jones

The Foot-Ball Interaction in Rugby Union Place Kicking

Place kicking contributes 45% of all points scored in Rugby Union.

One of the unique aspects of place kicking is the ability of kickers to use a tee and ball orientation of their preference. Given the ‘egg shaped’ nature of a rugby ball, this clearly has implications for the mechanics of the impact between the foot and the ball.

This research project will use both empirical and theoretical biomechanical methods to understand the foot-ball interaction, with the objective of informing the ball setup preferences of place kickers to ultimately enhance their success rates.

IACHUS - Bridgend Project: Improving Attainment and Activity by Enriching Children's Health and Wellbeing in the Community and in Schools across Bridgend

Partner company: Active Young People Department (AYPD) at Bridgend County Borough Council.

I am working alongside the AYPD to create a sustainable method for collecting health and wellbeing data from primary schools. The data that I collect (including fitness, physical activity, physical competence and emotional wellbeing) will be used to analyse intervention effectiveness across several schools. The AYPD will use this data to create school and community programmes to improve children’s health and wellbeing in Bridgend.

Amie Richards

Amie Richards

Kathryn Ann Jordan

Kathryn Ann Jordan

Delivering Air Quality Specific Nudges to Help Increase Physical Activity and Reduce Asthma Attacks in Children

Through my research, I will be conducting formative work that will ultimately inform the development of an intelligent app.

The aim is to provide personalised nudges according to local air pollution, to promote physical activity in youth diagnosed with Asthma. We must first establish an accurate understanding of levels of physical activity in those diagnosed with Asthma, and identify the key barriers they face in increasing their physical activity levels, if we are to engage children successfully.

Understanding, Protecting, and Promoting the Wellbeing of High Performance Swimmers

Previous research suggests that the specific pressures associated with elite sport may negatively impact on the mental health and wellbeing of athletes (e.g., Rice et al., 2016). In particular, high-performance swimmers face a number of additional stressors that have the potential to threaten their wellbeing (e.g., Lang 2015).

My research focuses on protecting and promoting the wellbeing of high-performance swimmers. I am using qualitative methods to explore perceptions of wellbeing within high-performance swimming, and identify areas that may benefit from intervention.

Ultimately, the aim is to implement and evaluate an intervention aimed at improving the wellbeing levels of high-performance swimmers.

Katie Uzzell

Katie Uzzell

Helen Parrott

Helen Parrott

Optimising the Start to 15m in Swimming Through Pre-Race Interventions

In swimming, the start to 15 m can contribute up to 30% of total race time (lyttle and benjanuvatra 2005) meaning enhancements in start performance have the potential to impact the overall race for distances up to 200m.

The aim of my research is to measure how pre-race interventions, such as heated garments, can influence performance and improve start time. in conjunction with this, i aim to observe how the proportion of start time has changed since the adoption of new rules and whether previous results are still applicable to the current elite swimming world.