Research Themes | Sports Performance Group

Current research in Sports Performance


Developing areas

The Sports Performance Group intend to add a more clinical dimension to their mostly applied research portfolio through the rapidly emerging Sports Medicine theme supported by extensive collaborations with elite teams, coaches and sports medicine specialists.

Priority areas will involve a continuing focus on the mechanisms underpinning anxiety effects on motor performance, novel training methods including intermittent hypoxia training as a legal means of improving sports performance and early (subclinical) prediction and prevention of injury through novel biomarker development.

We will also be increasing our collaborative research, both national and international. Recent collaborative research includes:

  • Stress and performance: Prof L Hardy (Bangor University, UK) and Dr C Harwood (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Hypoxia: Prof M Poulin (University of Calgary, Canada), Profs J Richalet/R Mounier (University of Paris, France), Prof V Pialoux (University of Lyon, France) & Dr G Foster (University of British Columbia, Canada).
  • Cartilage repair: Prof C Archer (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Respiratory training: Prof L Passfield (University of Kent) and Prof S Kotecha (Cardiff University).


Key facts

Olympic athletes have taken full advantage of our research during their preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

We have developed lasting relationships with several National Governing Bodies including British Cycling, British Boxing Board of Control, British Paralympic Association, Welsh Rugby Union, Football Association and Football Association of Wales, and British Triathlon Federation.

Their athletes have taken advantage of the Unit’s research infrastructure including novel intermittent hypoxia training paradigms that have made material contributions towards several world-leading sports successes.




Research team

Professor Richard Mullen
Dr David Shearer
Dr Larissa Nelson
Dr Gemma Robinson
Dr Dean Whitcombe
Dr Morgan Williams