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Train like a Warrior
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences recently offered a unique opportunity to discover how the First Emperor’s real warriors would have trained in ancient China more than 2,000 years ago, as part of the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum in Liverpool.
This special public engagement event compared modern day training techniques to the ones used by the Terracotta Warriors using expertise from Liverpool John Moores University’s Head of Strength and Conditioning Carl Langan-Evans with advice from Dr Xin Liu, an international historian at the LJMU History Department.
As well as seeing demonstrations facilitated by Britain’s leading sports scientists, visitors to the event had the chance to test out their own strength and fitness – examining their jumping power and whole body and grip strength, while learning what a Terracotta Warrior would eat and how they would mentally prepare, compared to today’s athletes.
LJMU graduates and combat athletes Liam Molloy and Joe Phillips took part in the demonstrations. They were by supported Carl Langan-Evans during their studies so that they could combine academia and sport.
Liam, who graduates with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science, is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athlete and a Full Contact Contender (FCC) amateur featherweight champion. Joe, who has trained as a boxer, also studied Sport and Exercise Science and undertook a strength and conditioning internship with LJMU in his final year, working with the men's basketball team and women's rugby to improve their athletic performance, and also helping Liam towards a recent amateur title win. He will soon start an MSc Strength and Conditioning postgraduate course at LJMU.
The Perception Machine
In June Professor Zoe Knowles took part in ‘The Perception Machine’ whereby scientific experts from the fields of astrophysics to biological anthropology were invited to share new perspectives on selected artworks from Tate’s Constellations exhibitions that offered engaging possibilities for interdisciplinary interpretation. In their hands, artworks became cognitive, historical and cultural ‘lenses’ with scientists offering unexpected insights into formal design and technical processes, past realities and future prospects. Prof Knowles and colleagues from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences tutor on the MA Art in Science programme at Liverpool School of Art and Design whose postgraduate students and staff led the project. The MA Art in Science programme provides exciting opportunities for artists and scientists to collaborate and explore the boundaries of art and science practice-based research.
World Cup fever
Look out for our experts from the Football Exchange commenting in the media around the World Cup this June and July. Follow @LJMUfootball for all the latest from the team who are also celebrating 20 years since the Science and Football degree started at LJMU – the first in the world! Look up #SandF20 to see what’s happened so far this year. Our Features section contains an interview with Dr Martin Littlewood Head of the Football Exchange on this project.
Look out for F2FSS with the Society for Endocrinology at Big Bang North West on 10 July 2018.
LJMU hosts first National Co-ordinating Centre for the Public Engagement Ambassadors event
LJMU hosted this event in April on behalf of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement which saw 15 Ambassadors from the Midlands and the North attend to share ideas and experiences for public engagement. Dr Zoe Knowles who leads Face to Face with Sports Science hosted the event and is herself a NCCPE Ambassador. Laura Steele, a representative from the NCCPE, noted how fantastic it was for colleagues to meet their peers and share best practice, drawing inspiration from LJMU’s public engagement activities.