PhD Studentship: Does Neck Strength Have an Impact on Head Accelerations in Footballers

This funded PhD place is housed throughout the Centre for Bodily Exercise, Sport and Train Sciences (PASES) at Coventry College and is in affiliation with the Premier League. The PhD will kind a part of the Premier League ’s growing work throughout the space of Participant Well being and the profitable candidate will contribute to the Premier League’s Elite Efficiency Crew’s actions within the space. The PhD may even help the rising work on the evaluation and administration of the cervical backbone that PASES undertakes as a part of the interdisciplinary scientific analysis by way of the applying of bodily exercise, sport and train to enhance well being and efficiency throughout the life course. 

The centre has appreciable experience, spanning bodily exercise and sport efficiency, physiology, biomechanics, train psychology, energy and conditioning. The utilized nature of the analysis undertaken by researchers within the centre entails engagement with companions within the discipline of sport, train, and well being, to establish ‘actual life’ issues to offer a solution-based method. 

Soccer is a novel sport had been a participant deliberately makes use of their head in a tactical technique to cease, cross or rating through heading the ball. Moreover, sports activities associated concussion (SRC) happens on account of biomechanical forces to the top, neck, face, and trunk areas that leads to pathophysiological modifications within the mind and are widespread in touch sports activities thus, has turn into an space of focus in soccer. There may be elevated dialogue within the medical, scientific and broader group referring to soccer gamers’ and their long-term Mind Well being. There may be due to this fact a want to higher perceive SRC, heading publicity and any potential mitigations, with one method being neck energy.

The neck is a supporting construction that’s an integral a part of the spinal column and the energy of the neck in flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation contribute to sustaining correct posture. Weak spot and or imbalances within the neck musculature can result in damage and been linked to elevated threat of SCR. Thus, the main focus of this PhD is to grasp the significance of the cervical backbone and the related musculature and its position in well being and wellbeing of soccer gamers. 

Coaching and Growth  

The profitable candidate will obtain complete analysis coaching together with technical, private {and professional} expertise.

All researchers at Coventry College (from PhD to Professor) are a part of the Doctoral School and Centre for Analysis Functionality and Growth, which offers help with high-quality coaching and profession growth actions. 

Entry standards for candidates to PhD

  • A bachelor’s (honours) diploma in a related self-discipline/topic space with a minimal classification of two:1 and a minimal mark of 60% within the venture ingredient (or equal), or an equal award from an abroad establishment.


  • the potential to have interaction in modern analysis and to finish the PhD inside 3.5 years

An enough proficiency in English should be demonstrated by candidates whose first language isn’t English. The overall requirement is a minimal general IELTS Educational rating of seven.0 with a minimal of 6.5 in every of the 4 sections, or the TOEFL iBT take a look at with a minimal general rating of 95 with a minimal of 21 in every of the 4 sections.

To search out out extra in regards to the venture please contact: Dr Samuel Oxford – [email protected]

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