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Talent development in female field hockey players: a multidisciplinary perspective S&T58

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded

Overview

NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: S&T58

Talent development is a process dependent on the interaction of multiple factors. However, talent development research in field hockey, and team sports in general, has tended to be cross-sectional and unidimensional in nature. That is, athletes of variant standards (e.g., elite vs. non-elite) are compared at one time point based on their physical characteristics, for example. While some research has simultaneously considered physical and technical indicators of talent in team sports (Honer et al., 2017), there has been less focus on incorporating psychosocial factors within a multidisciplinary approach. This is despite scholars suggesting that the role of psychology is central to negotiating talent pathways (MacNamara et al., 2010). Thus, there is a need to adopt a multidisciplinary approach, whereby the interaction of psychosocial, physical, and technical aspects are considered in examining the development of talented field hockey players. Furthermore, as talent development is considered a process, a longitudinal approach is required to examine age-related changes in these factors as athletes progress toward elite senior status. Finally, little is known regarding talent development in female sport, and this dearth of information may have potentially harmful consequences for the female athlete population. Thus, research in this area is vital to support the development of female field hockey players.

In collaboration with USA Field Hockey, the overall aim of this PhD will be to investigate the psychosocial, physical, and technical development of talented female field hockey players, and how the interaction of these factors influence progression. As the project will be guided by psychological theories and models, an appreciation of sport psychology alongside the other aspects of sport sciences will be important. Further, an appreciation of both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be useful.

We are looking for candidates with a UK 1st Class / 2.1 Bachelor’s degree (or UK equivalent according to NARIC) (essential) in Sport and Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Psychology, or related discipline. Strong UK Master’s degree (or UK equivalent according to NARIC) (desirable) in Sport and Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Psychology, or related discipline. An appreciation of both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be important.

For informal discussions about the PhD, please contact Dr Chris Saward.

School strategic research priority

This research aligns with the Sport, Health and Performance Enhance Research Centre, specifically in relation to both the Sport Performance Research Group and the recently formed Sport and Society Research Group. Furthermore, the work will be in collaboration with an international sports organisation, USA Field Hockey.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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