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Multiple concussions in rugby players change proteins in their blood

A new study shows that retired rugby players who have suffered multiple concussions have abnormal levels of certain proteins in their blood.
Male rugby players in a game.

Euro 2024: women need safer fan spaces at big football tournaments to stamp out hostility and abuse

With Euro 2024 in full-flow, Professor Stacey Pope, from our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, looks at what more can be done to help women feel more safe when attending major football tournaments.
A female football fan wearing England face paint in front of an England flag

Alumna to represent Great British rowing team at 2024 Paris Olympics

Alumna Lauren Irwin has been announced as part of Team GB’s 42-member rowing squad for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games this summer.

New reviews on interventions to prevent childhood obesity

Carolyn Summerbell from our department is Senior lead author in two new reviews on Interventions to prevent obesity in children - which are out now!
Young Children playing in a park

Professor Brett Smith appointed to Qualitative Inquiry editorial board

Qualitative Inquiry is a prestigious journal that provides an interdisciplinary forum for qualitative methodology and related issues in the human sciences.
Student carrying out study with monitoring equipment

Physical activity insecurity is stopping youngsters from getting active, study finds

New research suggests that feelings of discomfort and unsafety are preventing some young people from being physically active.
The feet of a person wearing bright trainings walking along a path

Capturing fans’ memories of Sunderland football club

A new research project will capture fans’ memories of Sunderland football club going back to the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Black and white photo of Ian Porterfield's winning goal for Sunderland Football Club in the 1973 FA Cup Final

Welcoming our new Head of Department Professor Mark Stoutenberg

We are delighted to welcome Professor Mark Stoutenberg who joined us in the new year as of Head of Department for Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Head of Department

WoMaHN Inaugural Symposium and Key Members Meeting

This week Professor Cassandra Phoenix will join a group of international scholars at the University of Tilberg for the inaugural symposium and Key Member meeting of the Women’s Marginalised Health Network (WoMaHN), where she will present work from the programme of research she is leading within the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences on movement through menopause.
An image of an artwork called Hope II by Gustav Klimt

A thank you to Professor Martin Roderick as he ends his term as Head of Department.

January 2024 marks a big change for the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences as Professor Martin Roderick ends his five year term as Head of Department.   
A headshot of Prof Martin Roderick against a neutral background

Professor Brett Smith: keynote address on narrative theory

Professor Brett Smith is invited to deliver a keynote address at the Physical Activity conference later this month.
Prof Brett Smith

Professor Cassandra Phoenix Inaugural Lecture: “Use it or lose it”: Thinking critically with moving bodies over time

Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Cassandra Phoenix of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. We welcome you to join us on 24 January at 4pm in the Teaching and Learning Centre (room TLC113) for Professor Phoenix’s Inaugural Lecture. In this celebratory event, Cassandra will provide an overview of her research on ageing and physical activity in relation to experiences of health and wellbeing. The talk will be followed by drinks reception.
Professor Cassandra Phoenix