Department for Health

Sports Performance Conference raises the bar

Tue Feb 02 09:37:00 GMT 2016

People in a lecture viewing a presentation from the Sports Performance Conference

The Sports Performance Conference 2016 was attended by sports scientists, practitioners and athletes.


On Friday 22 January a Sports Performance Conference was held on campus that attracted over 200 athletes and sports specialists from across the UK and Europe.

The conference had a unique design which enabled delegates to view multiple perspectives and understand how research is conducted, applied and even experienced by scientists, practitioners and athletes.

Throughout the day attendees listened to a series of talks from leading specialists and were also able to network across the sports community.

Additionally staff from the Department for Health delivered some interactive demonstrations:

Conference presentations

Title Speaker
Overreaching and overtraining in athletes Professor Romain Meeusen
Nutritional support to maintain immunity and promote recovery during intense training Professor Mike Gleeson
The Practical Applications of Sports Nutrition Science Renee McGregor
Applied Research - RIP Science for Performance: How applied is our applied research Professor Dave Collins
Applied Research: Creating sustainable competitive advantage or teaching a pig to whistle Morph Bowes
Lizzy Rees standing with her award from the Sports Performance Conference 2016

Lizzy Rees received the Sports Performance Poster Award 2016.


Recognising excellence in students

At this event, current BSc (Hons) Sports Performance students presented poster displays of their current work.

Lizzy Rees was awarded the Sports Performance Poster Award 2016 for her work which demonstrated academic excellence and innovation.

National and global sponsorship

Throughout the day attendees were able to visit the stands of the event sponsors, including the largest multidisciplinary sports science and medicine organisations in the UK, The British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) and The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

There were also stands for SECA Ltd a world market leader in body composition measuring systems and scales delegates and Chia Charge a well known nutrition product among athletes.

An exceptional conference

The conference was organised by BSc (Hons) Sports Performance graduate and athlete Eva Piatrikova with support from members of the course and departments. Speaking about the conference Eva commented: “This event demonstrates that we are keeping up with contemporary requirements to be a an exceptional course at the exceptional University.”

The conference was funded by the Teaching Development Fund and supported by the Department for Health.

Feedback from the conference has been extremely positive so far and there are plans to organise another one next year.

Speaking about the conference, speaker Professor Mike Gleeson commented: “This was just the sort of concise but extremely informative one-day symposium that is attractive to a wide audience. Events like this are needed to promote understanding of sport performance issues and how science can be applied to solve some of the problems that athletes and coaches face.”

An attendee of the conference, Holly Rush (Great Britain marathon and ultra runner) commented: “The conference was a great success, offering up to date science based research on nutrition, physiology and performance management. It was a great chance to share ideas and to meet like minded people. I'm looking forward to the 2017 lineup.”

Professor Dave Collins, (former performance director for UK Athletics) who has worked with over 60 Olympic medallists said: "With so many conferences overly focused on the intricate details of science it was a pleasure to attend a conference dedicated to performance.”

Nicky Birkinshaw from BASEM said: “The conference attracted a number of keynote speakers and provided an excellent opportunity for both students and professionals to receive up to date learning and research in the specialism of sport and exercise medicine. The lectures were informative, participative, inspiring and pitched at a very high educational standard. We would be keen to be involved with the University in the future as we felt the partnership working was of significant benefit to both organisations."

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