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Use of 3D body scanning to examine the factors contributing to injury in elite academy footballers S&T73

  • 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


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: S&T73

Injuries are an inevitable consequence of sporting participation and active living. However, while our own research (Grazette and colleagues, unpublished observations) and others have identified an increasing incidence of injury as academy footballers grow and mature the exact reason for this is poorly understood. Substantial resources are expended at elite and non-elite level on injury diagnosis and treatment, and player progression and mental health is significantly impaired as a result of being injured. At the elite level player availability has been linked to team success. A better understanding of how body size and shape interact with growth and maturation to influence injury incidence and burden is likely to enhance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries. This project will use 3D scanning technology to assess body shape and size and will examine how this interacts with player physical performance to influence player injury incidence and burden and progression in an elite football academy.

This project would suit a student who has a 1st class honours and ideally a Masters in a Sports Science discipline. The student will need to be hard-working, innovative and able to work to tight deadlines. Experience of working with team sports athletes would be advantageous.  The doctoral candidate will need to be available to work weekends and evenings and would suit a student who wants to complete BASES accreditation and work in elite sport in their future career.

The PhD will be supervised by Dr John Morris, Dr Chris Saward and Mr Jack Ashby from Nottingham Trent University. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr John Morris.

School strategic research priority

This research is aligned with the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement research centre.

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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