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From ‘Interesting to Useful’; the application of Sport Science to real-world problems


A leading academic, with worldwide links to the sport rugby, is to present his inaugural lecture next month.

Dr Ben Jones

Ben Jones, Professor of Sports Physiology and Performance, at Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie School of Sport, will be talking about the application of sports science to real-world problems.

Ben has been involved in many research projects since he joined the academic staff at Leeds Beckett in 2013. Before that, he completed his undergraduate, Masters’ and PhD at the university.

He currently leads or co-leads research projects funded by Leeds Rhinos, Rugby Union’s Yorkshire Carnegie, Wasps and Bath Rugby, the Rugby Football League, the Rugby Football Union, World Rugby and a number of independent schools across Yorkshire. He is also a UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning coach and holds consultancy roles with the RFL, Yorkshire Carnegie and Leeds Rhinos.

Professor Jones said: “During my inaugural lecture I will discuss how Sports Science can be used to address real-world challenges. Traditionally, Sports Science has been interested in how the human body and mind responds and adapts to exercise. While Sports Science is acknowledged as an emerging discipline, the increase in research over recent years has now developed a large evidence base. These findings can be applied to a range of different fields within sports, including sports performance, talent identification and development, health, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and sports participation and development.

“A current challenge within Sports Science is the translation of research findings into policy and practice. Traditionally, sport have been reluctant to change and adopt new methods. The challenges of applying research into practice can be overcome through the successful application of Sport Science research, by considering unique factors.”

The inaugural takes place at the James Graham Building at the Headingley Campus on Wednesday 20 June from 6-7pm. You can register for the event here

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