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PhD position: Computer modelling to minimise lumbar stress fractures in cricket

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  • PhD position: Computer modelling to minimise lumbar stress fractures in cricket

    Computer simulation modelling of fast bowling to minimise lumbar stress fractures in cricket

    Project detail
    Applications are invited for a PhD studentship investigating the causes of lumbar stress fractures in cricket, supported by EPSRC (CASE), the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The project will be based in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM-EM) on the Loughborough campus.

    Full Project Detail
    Lumbar stress fractures are the greatest time-loss injury in cricket and can contribute to premature retirement. Fast bowling places high loads upon the lumbar spine and is likely to contribute to the aetiology of lumbar stress fracture. This project will quantify the strain sustained by the lumbar spine of fast bowlers, where the strain is greatest, how strain differs between different bowling techniques, and if strain differs between players who suffer lumbar stress fracture and those who do not. The findings will help inform coaches on safe bowling techniques to minimise injury risk and prolong careers.
    The project will be based in the NCSEM-EM and will benefit from the Centre’s facilities (motion analysis and magnetic resonance imaging) and clinical links. The study will also benefit from the ECB’s facilities and access to elite cricketers.

    Primary supervisor: Dr Mark King
    Secondary supervisors: Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell and Dr Nick Peirce (ECB)

    Funding information
    This PhD is for 3.5 years and will start in October 2019. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply, however total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only. Please note that the number of EPSRC funded places for international students is limited and they are awarded on a competitive basis.

    Too apply see the following link:

    Application deadline: 2nd August 2019
    Interviews: 12th August 2019
    Start date: 1 October 2019