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PhD studentship, Hamstring muscle function during sprinting, Loughborough, UK

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  • PhD studentship, Hamstring muscle function during sprinting, Loughborough, UK

    PhD Research Studentship: The mechanics of hamstring muscle function during maximal velocity sprinting: enhancing performance and improving injury prediction, prevention, and recovery strategies.

    Applications are invited for the above studentship in the School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University.

    Hamstring muscle injuries are extremely common in sports demanding high levels of speed and power, leading to considerable time loss from training and competition. The purpose of this project is to develop a greater understanding of why hamstring injuries commonly occur during maximal velocity sprinting and whether anything can be done to predict or prevent them.

    Various performance factors are associated with an increased risk of hamstring injury (muscle imbalances, muscular fatigue, hamstring tightness), however the importance of sprinting technique and movement coordination is often overlooked. The project will entail: 1) determining the typical intersegmental kinematic variability during sprinting, and 2) modelling how replicating typical kinematic variability via changes in muscle parameters (activation parameters, force-length-velocity relationship) affects the loads and stresses within the hamstring muscles. The project will combine motion analysis (Vicon, instrumented treadmill) and muscle strength (isovelocity dynamometer) data with forward and inverse dynamics musculoskeletal modelling (OpenSim) to examine how changes in muscle parameters and coordination variability affects the loads and stresses within hamstring muscles.

    The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per annum for three years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply, and there is a possibility of obtaining funding to cover the difference between UK/EU and International fees but if this funding is not available the difference would have to be covered independently.

    For further information and to apply please click here.

    The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd June 2018 and the project is due to start on Monday 1st October 2018.

    Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Glen Blenkinsop ( and/or Dr Sam Allen (
    Last edited by Sam Allen; June 1, 2018, 06:44 AM. Reason: Additional information