PhD-A multidisciplinary analysis of movement competency amongst elite academy footballers

  • The University of Wolverhampton/WWFC Compton training ground
  • 23rd August 2019

Employer: The University of Wolverhampton/WWFC Compton training ground
Reference: 3 year PhD bursary
Bursary: £15,009 + fee waiver
Contract type: Full time

Football is a team sport that requires players to execute a number of fundamental motor skills. Due to the physical demands of the sport the objective when preparing players for competition is to develop performance qualities such as strength, speed, power, and aerobic and anaerobic capacity. In addition to these physical performance outcomes, recent work has demonstrated the importance of developing an athlete’s foundational athletic movement competency (Woods et al., 2016). These skills may be seen amongst senior players due to their long-term exposure to specialised training programmes, however, this may not be the case within junior players or those entering the senior ranks (Woods et al 2015). In response to increasing numbers of youth players missing time through injury, movement competency literature has focused on tests that can individualize strength and conditioning programs to augment long term durability, while increasing performance (Shojaedin et al. 2014).

The PhD aims to investigate:
1. Movement competency assessment methods and validity
2. Performance and durability from a multidisciplinary perspective.
3. Longitudinal assessment of movement competency within an elite environment

It is anticipated this research will draw on a range of methodologies within sports physiology and biomechanics in applied settings. The precise research question(s) and methodologies adopted will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

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