Monthly Archives: September 2014

PhD Studentship in Canoeing Performance

Applications are invited from outstanding, highly-motivated students for a studentship focusing on the biomechanical analysis of on-water paddling performance in Canoe Sprint Racing. The project is a collaboration between the University of Lincoln, the English Institute of Sport and British Canoeing. The successful candidate will normally be based at the High Performance Centre, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre and will work alongside the British Canoe Sprint Team. He or she will also be expected to be actively engaged with the research community at the University’s School of Sport and Exercise Science, with occasional travel to Lincoln. The appointment will be funded for four years, subject to satisfactory annual performance.

The student will employ kinematic and kinetic analytical techniques to explore the relationship between equipment, paddle and body movements, and on-water performance. The student will be expected to integrate relevant research findings relating to the biomechanics, physiology, and physics of the sport of Canoe Sprint Racing, with the goal of delivering coherent evidence-based recommendations for improving elite level paddling performance.

Details of the studentship and the application process can be found in the following document:

PhD Studentship (Canoeing Performance)

For more information, please contact Dr Sandy Willmott at

The closing date for applications is Thursday 16th October.

Exploring Flow in European Tour Golfers

New research from the School of Sport & Exercise Science’s Mental Toughness Research Group has shed light on elite golfers’ experiences when competing. Christian Swann and Lee Crust led a team that used a novel, inductive approach to analyse the data from interviews with ten European Tour golfers. Contrary to previously-reported experiences in other sports, the golfers indicated that they could tell when they were “in flow” and were able to control this state. The results also suggested refinements to the existing theoretical model in this area.

With the considerable current interest in golf, arising from the Ryder Cup, the research from Lincoln has been featured by both Science Daily and the Daily Telegraph.

The full article An inductive exploration into the flow experiences of European Tour golfers is published in the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.