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RFU Injured Players Foundation Research Grant Award

Dr Toni Williams and Dr Chris Kay have been awarded a research grant from the RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF) to develop a 5-10 year research plan.

RFU Injured Players Foundation Research Grant Award

This project is in collaboration with Professor Stephen Mellalieu from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Dr Ross Wadey from St. Mary’s University, and Professor Vicky Tolfrey, Dr Carolyn Plateau and Dr Jamie Barker from Loughborough University.

The IPF is a charity providing support and information to rugby players in England who have sustained a catastrophic spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury playing the game of rugby union. The IPF also work to prevent these catastrophic injuries through research and education initiatives.

Leeds Beckett University have a history of working with the IPF through delivering the Battle Back weekend and other adventure experiences as part of the IPF’s Engage programme. This programme aims to empower injured players and change perceptions of their abilities through involvement in physically and socially challenging activities. The aim of the current project is to work collaboratively with key stakeholders in the IPF (e.g., beneficiaries, charity trustees, IPF staff and relevant 3rd parties) to gather knowledge concerning their needs and identify their research priorities. This information will be used to co-design a future research agenda and guide funding decisions for research projects within the IPF.

About the Authors

Dr Toni Williams

Toni is a Senior Lecturer is Sport and Exercise Psychology at Leeds Beckett University. Her research broadly explores disability, health and physical activity.

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Dr Chris Kay

Dr Chris Kay is a Senior Research Fellow working with Carnegie Great Outdoors. He predominantly works with wounded, injured and sick military personnel on a project called Battle Back. This is delivered and researched by our staff on behalf of The Royal British Legion. At The Battle Back Centre, week long courses are delivered that encompass adaptive adventurous training and personal development for military personnel who are recovering from injury or illness. Chris oversees the longevity research which is conducted in line with these courses, gathering information to understand what part these experiences have in facilitating the participant's recovery.

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