Identifying risk factors for subsequent injury postconcussion in male, professional Rugby Union players

  • Cardiff
  • 6th December 2018

Employer: Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reference: SRWRSX
Bursary: 14,777
Contract type: Full-time (3 year) PhD Studentship

Project Outline:
Concussion is a mild, traumatic brain injury and is one of the most common injuries in male, professional Rugby Union. In recent years, the incidence of concussion has risen to over 20 per 1000 match hours or one occurring, per team, every two matches. Our recent findings have shown injury risk to be 38% greater following a concussion compared to following any other type of injury. However, very little is known regarding the mechanism behind this increased injury risk, with similar subsequent injury rates shown in American College sports and Association Football. Several deficits in balance, dual-task walking gait and reaction times, as well as greater depressive symptoms, have been reported following a concussion, but currently the link to sustaining a subsequent injury after a concussion has not been investigated. Therefore, the aim of this project is to identify possible risk factors for subsequent injury post-concussion in a cohort of male, professional Rugby Union players.

This is a collaborative project funded by the Welsh Rugby Union and provides a unique opportunity to work directly with professional level sport. The student will also engage in knowledge transfer, liaising directly with medical professionals and potentially informing current rehabilitation practices.

Applicant Criteria:
Applicants should hold a good honours degree (i.e., minimum 2:1) in Sport and Exercise Science / Kinesiology (including biomechanics and psychology components) or related discipline (e.g. biomedical engineering). Ideally the applicant would have or be working towards, a distinction in a Masters degree in a relevant subject area, but strong BSc Honours candidates will be considered. A strong background in quantitative research methods, experience in conducting research on human participants, programming experience / ability to learn programming (e.g. Matlab preferred or Python), good organisation and, written and verbal communication skills are essential. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the necessary experience or potential to successfully complete a higher degree by research.

Application:
Applicants should provide a personal statement (max 1000 words) outlining your experience, reasons for applying and a brief outline of your initial thoughts on the area of research. Please do not submit a formal research proposal. Please email your personal statement and full CV to: Susie Powell (spowell@cardiffmet.ac.uk), Research and Enterprise Officer, Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, CF23 6XD.

Please give us the name, address and status of two referees who are willing and able to provide a reference for you. One of whom should be your present or most recent employer (unless you have not worked before) and one other who is able to describe your suitability for this post. References are normally taken up when the candidate is invited for interview.

Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr Isabel Moore (imoore@cardiffmet.ac.uk).

The closing date for receipt of applications is 6th December 2018. Interviews will take place on 18th December 2018. Candidates are asked to please ensure they are available on the interview date.

Package description:
Three year bursary (stipend) plus tuition fees (at EU/UK rate). Stipend amounts are in line with UKRI rates. For 2018/19 this is set at 14,777. For subsequent years, the doctoral stipend will match those outlined annually by the UKRI.

Vacancy website address: https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/research/Pages/Schol...
Vacancy email address: spowell@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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