Sport Scientists in the Media Spotlight

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Medway campus-based School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SSES) experts have been making the BBC news headlines recently.

Dr James Hopker, Senior Lecturer in SSES, features today (13 June) on BBC’s Radio 1 Newsbeat running tests on reporter Steffan Powell in SSES’s atmosphere chamber. The tests, putting the reporter through his paces with a football fitness test in 30 degree heat and 80% humidity, were aimed at replicating the conditions England’s footballers will face playing in the World Cup in Brazil. See here

Dr Hopker was also interviewed by BBC Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh for a report on the health benefits of cycling that was broadcast on 24 April on the BBC News at 6 and all regional BBC news programmes. Dr Hopker provided expert comment on the effects of ageing on human physiology and also assessed the fitness of Fergus Walsh as part of the piece. See here.

The School also showcased its world-leading research to the public when a team took part in a national event at the Natural History Museum on 11 June. Kent was one of only 47 university’s selected to take part in the event, which formed part of Universities Week 2014, focusing on how universities engage with the public to demonstrate the way research can improve people’s lives.

Dr John Dickinson, Lecturer in SSES, and others from the School demonstrated to hundreds of schoolchildren and members of the public how their research improves the performance of elite athletes, including professional cyclists.

It is expected that SSES will receive further media attention for its pre-Tour de France conference in Leeds (2-3 July) on the science behind elite cycling performance. The conference has already attracted a range of high profile figures from the world of professional cycling with more big names to be confirmed. See here.



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