Category Archives: Research

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.

Lincoln Students Shine At UKSCA National Conference

The School are very proud of three students who gave research presentations at the recent 2014 UK Strength & Conditioning Association Annual Conference. Emma Hall and Lee Corry, who have both just completed their BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science degrees, presented research posters based upon their dissertation projects.  Emma’s work, co-authored by her supervisor Dan Bishop, was entitled “The effect of plyometric training on handspring vault performance in adolescent female gymnasts”. Lee’s study, “Dietary nitrate enhances power output during the early phases of maximal intensity sprint cycling”, was co-authored by his supervisor Tom Gee.


 Emma  presenting her work

Postgraduate student Paul Harsley presented a poster entitled “Reproducibility of speed, agility and power assessments in elite academy footballers “. These results represent part of his ongoing MSc by Research project, which is being supervised by Dan and Tom.

All of the presentations were well received, reflecting the quality of the strength and conditioning research being undertaken within the School.  Particular congratulations are due to Lee and Tom, who were awarded a conference prize for Best Poster! This is a remarkable achievement for an undergraduate study, and the recognition added to Lee’s positive reaction to the conference:

“The UKSCA conference was a fantastic experience; it was interesting listening to leading researchers in the field, especially those whose studies I had used in my own undergraduate work. It was a pleasure to represent the University at the conference by presenting Tom’s and my poster, and was also great to see interesting posters from other universities. When our poster was announced as one of the winners it was totally unexpected and a little bit surreal. This was a very proud moment for us both knowing all the hard work that was put into the study and poster had paid off. For me this award topped off a great final academic year.”

Lee Corry UKSCA

Lee with his award-winning poster

New Funded PhD Openings in the School of Sport & Exercise Science

The University of Lincoln is investing over half a million pounds in new strategic research opportunities, including fully-funded PhD studentships to start in September 2014. Twenty fully-funded candidates will be entitled to full UK/EU fees and a stipend of £15,000 a year for a maximum of three and a half years.

Applications are invited for a number of projects, including the following that include academics from the School of Sport & Exercise Science in their supervisory teams:

Entry requirements and details of how to apply can be found on the individual Studentship links above.

Applications should be made by 5pm on 18th April 2014. Candidates will be notified w/c 5th May of the outcome of the process. Interviews are anticipated to take place w/c 26th May.




Research Update: Cognitive Load & Endurance Exercise Performance

James McCarron, a PhD student from the Psychophysiology of Exercise and Sport Performance Research Group was the latest speaker in the Postgraduate Research Seminar Series in the School of Sport & Exercise Science. James’ research explores the relationship between pacing strategies in endurance exercise and the competing demands on brain processing from other cognitive loads. Participants in his studies were asked to complete endurance tasks under three conditions: no additional cognitive task, an ‘easy’ cognitive task, and a ‘complicated’ task (the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task). James presented his provisional findings – showing clear detrimental effects of a cognitive task on exercise performance, and vice versa – to an audience of staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Cognitive woodway

One of the School’s first PhD students, James is well placed to reflect on the rapid increase in research activity:

“Since beginning my PhD in January 2011 I have seen substantial growth within the postgraduate research community in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. With the acquisition of new technology over the years in a number of the sub-disciplines within Sport Science, exciting research is emerging. There are now specific groups that aim to produce top-class research across wide-ranging areas. This is definitely a stimulating and optimistic place to be for the aspiring sports scientist.”

Postgraduate research students joining the School this academic year are Rachel Williams and Alice Carter (Health Advancement Research Team), Jodie Levick and Franky Mulloy (Biofeedback in Sport), Lizzie Stamp (Mental Toughness) and Paul Harsley (Psychophysiology of Exercise and Sport Performance).

More information on all of the School’s research groups can be found here.