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University of Suffolk PhD programme with Juventus FC

10 Sep 2019 9:30AM

The University of Suffolk has added an international football club to its partners: Juventus FC will collaborate with the University through a PhD programme.

Dr Marco Beato, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning and Research Lead for Sport Science and Coaching will be leading on the collaboration.

Juventus FC will work with the University on the PhD programme in Sport and Exercise Science as Dr Beato explains, “The collaboration between the club and the University of Suffolk is a very important achievement because it proves the international reputation that our course has achieved. The University of Suffolk is going to support the personal and professional development of a first-class sport scientist with the aim to research innovative injuries preventive approaches and training load monitoring strategies with elite professional football players.”

Dr Beato added, “Evidence-based practice in sport can be described as the integration of coaching expertise, athlete values, and the best relevant research evidence into the decision-making process for day-to-day service delivery to athletes. Therefore the use of the evidence-based practice in high-performance sport may improve training and performance, reduce training errors for example injuries or inappropriate training, help balance known benefits and risks in decision making, and challenge belief-based views with evidence.”

“Academics have a deep knowledge of the most recent research literature and such know-how can be used to support sport practitioners. Because sport scientists in football clubs do not have the time to design and lead well-controlled studies where specific protocols are tested, academics can. We are fortunate to have the time, the technology, and the competence for such a task.”

Research in the sport and exercise sciences is growing rapidly and the University of Suffolk has a leading role in the production of innovative research evidence, which has a real impact at national and an international level. Lecturers at the University of Suffolk have great expertise in their own research area, and they lead high-quality research studies in the elite sport performance sciences and in clinical exercise sciences.

Dr Beato said, “Our PhD programme has been designed with the aim to provide students with the highest standard of theory and practical expertise. During this PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, students will be able to plan, create and interpret new scientific knowledge related to their professional practice. Research hypotheses and innovative ideas will be discussed in an open and friendly environment where curious minds may bloom.”

“This collaboration mean our academic team will be in touch with an elite club and professional body. We can transfer new knowledge to our students and therefore the students should learn the most innovative sport science methodologies, which could play a critical role in their future employability. This is particularly true when students can be exposed to some internships/placements in professional clubs. The academics in sport science at the University have developed a very ramified network with the most important clubs in the region and beyond and our students can benefit from it during their studies here.”

The University already works with many professional individuals and teams in East Anglia and south England.

The University offers a portfolio of courses such as Sport Science, Performance Analysis, and Strength and Conditioning, as well as the PhD course in Sport and Exercise Science. All the courses have been designed in partnership with elite clubs and professional bodies.

“One of the critical and most positive aspects of our courses is the time dedicated to practice. It can be very difficult to excel in sport science disciplines if you do not have any applied experience. Therefore, academics at the University of Suffolk have developed the course to allows students to be exposed to a significant amount of applied work in the University labs and with external partners.”

“Some of the most innovative technologies are available for our students such as ‘Biodex Isokinetic machine’ which is a piece of equipment used to detach muscle asymmetries. We use ‘force plate’ measuring instruments to measure the ground reaction forces generated by a body standing on or moving across them and ‘flywheel machines’, which have been specifically designed to efficiently store rotational energy that could be used to increase muscle and movement performance. Our Human Performance Laboratory really is state-of-the-art and provides the perfect environment for our students to carry out multiple scientific tests and to apply this knowledge across a range of sporting disciplines.”

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