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Conference at Leeds Beckett to share rugby research


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A conference hosted by sport scientists in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University is set to share the latest research findings in the field of rugby and youth sport.

Leeds Beckett rugby union team

The event will take place on Sunday 12 March in the Great Hall at Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus, with speakers including leading international researchers in the field and practitioners currently working with athletes across all levels.

The conference will offer attendees the opportunity to find out more about current research in rugby in areas including coaching practice, physical development, nutrition and identifying and developing talent and is aimed at coaches, strength and conditioning staff, sports scientists, PE teachers and anyone working with young athletes.

Organised by Dr Ben Jones and Dr Kevin Till, the conference will focus on answering questions relating to physical development, nutrition and energy requirements, recovery, training load, psychology, optimising resistance training and match demands and skill.

Tickets cost £20 and this includes a copy of book, 'The Science of Sport: Rugby' by Dr Kevin Till and Dr Ben Jones.

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr Jones, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology at Leeds Beckett and Research and Innovation Manager at The Rugby Football League said: “The CARR conference is designed to share information and knowledge with researchers, practitioners and coaches working with youth athletes. We’ve been really fortunate to be able to secure some excellent speakers from across the world, covering a range of topics which will all help coaches working in the field.

“The rugby science research group at Leeds Beckett University have conducted a large number of studies, and published them in scientific journals. The conference is a key opportunity for us to share the work outside of academic circles, as this was its primary intention of the project.”

The conference will also showcase research undertaken at Leeds Beckett in collaboration with Leeds Rhinos rugby league club and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union club. The Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project was set up in 2014 by Dr Jones and Dr Till to investigate various aspects of youth rugby, ranging from the nutritional requirements of players, fatigue responses following match play, to the psychological development of youth players.

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