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Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

About the department

Our staff and students are committed to the development of sporting excellence; promoting health and wellbeing; and advancements in recovery from injury or illness.

The department has a thriving education portfolio encompassing sport rehabilitation; sport and exercise science; sport and exercise nutrition; and sports coaching and performance science.

Our research promotes a greater understanding of exercise physiology; implementation of evidence-based exercise interventions for health; and approaches to enhancing sporting excellence across the globe.

Head of department

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Professor John Saxton

Accreditations

Research in the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Sport and exercise science research at the University of Hull covers five specific areas of strength including sport and exercise rehabilitation; clinical exercise science, personal technologies in sport and exercise science; sport performance; and anti-doping in sport. Each area is supported by funding streams and led by at least one senior staff member with an established publication record.

Postgraduate students are trained in critical evaluation skills within our vibrant research environment. Our facilities enable students to utilise cutting-edge technologies and research and methodological skills relevant to their area of investigation.

Research strengths

Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation

This multi-disciplinary group focuses on exercise-based rehabilitation of patients with chronic disease conditions/comorbidities.

Led by Professors Ingle, Vanicek and Carroll, our research has distinct relevance to contemporary clinical practice and NHS service development in exercise rehabilitation for several chronic disorders. We explore exercise-based rehabilitation across a number of conditions including cardiovascular disease and chronic heart failure phenotypes; peripheral vascular disease with intermittent claudication; older postmenopausal women with osteoporosis; and lower limb amputees.

Research within these areas incorporates quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies. We work in collaboration with NHS service providers including the vascular laboratory at Hull Royal Infirmary with Professor Chester and colleagues; Hull City Healthcare Partnership’s Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services; and different NHS multi-disciplinary care teams supervising patients following both traumatic brain-injury and lower limb amputation.

We have researched and delivered cardiac rehabilitation exercise classes on-campus, in collaboration with the Hull City Healthcare Partnership. This has contributed to the NHS’ regional coverage by delivering clinically supervised, structured exercise classes for individuals recovering from cardiac events.

Our work also investigates prosthetics services within the NHS – an under-researched area, especially concerning prosthetic provision for older and below-knee amputees.

Our community

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Team GB Partnership

We’re the official University partner of Team GB. Through the partnership we conduct joint research and enterprise projects, delivered by the University in support of Team GB – and deliver opportunities that benefit the University of Hull’s students, staff and communities.

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New Campus Sports Facilities

Extensive sports facilities available across the University campus include a 12-court sports hall, 120-station gym, dedicated fitness studios, floodlit 3G pitches and a new strength and conditioning suite.

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Why I chose Sport at Hull

Watch: Amber Amey tells us about her experiences of studying Sport at Hull.

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Learn from the experts

Hull is a city with a proud sporting heritage and our close working links include partners such as Hull City AFC.

Further afield we have collaborated on major research projects with FIFA, UEFA, the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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Explore our Facilities

Students studying Sport, Health and Exercise Science at Hull benefit from some of the country's leading specialist facilities. Not only that - our students benefit from the University's £16-million investment in a state-of-the-art upgrade of its sporting facilities.

Our teaching and research facilities include the Health and Human Performance and Exercise Physiology Lab, Performance Analysis Suite and Environmental Chamber.