Sport science knowledge exchange with former PhD student



Pictured: The Applied Psychology Research Group and Football Exchange leads (Professor Joanne Butt and Dr Martin Eubank) with colleagues from Norwegian University of Science and Technology

LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences recently welcomed former PhD student Dr Niels Feddersen on to campus for a research and knowledge exchange visit.

Dr Feddersen’s own PhD focused on organisational cultures in British Olympic sports, and he has since gone on to join the Skill and Performance Development in Sports and School Research Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Research group colleagues Dr Stig Arve Sæther, Dr Nils Petter Aspvik, Dr Ingar Mehus and Dr Rune Høigaard travelled from Norway with Dr Feddersen and met with both staff and current PhD students from LJMU’s Applied Sport Psychology Research Group, The Football Exchange and the Coaching and Pedagogy Research Group to share examples of best practice in the field.

Alongside his Norwegian University colleagues, the LJMU alumni presented research exploring player development and transitions within Academy football in England and Norway.

Other presentations focused on research on players across Europe and their experiences of transitioning to Academy football clubs in England.

Following these presentations, Dr Feddersen facilitated a round table discussion with current LJMU Professional Doctorate students on applied implications for sport psychologists working in football settings.

Pictured: Members of the Coaching and Pedagogy Research Group with colleagues from Norwegian University of Science and Technology

LJMU’s Coaching and Pedagogy Research Group also shared some current research projects, including Group Lead Dr Amy Whitehead’s presentation titled “Case Study: Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, investigating the interactions of diet and mental coping strategies in an ultra-runner using Think Aloud”. 

Following this presentation, the group explored research ideas and potential future collaborations between colleagues from Norway and members of the Coaching and Pedagogy Research Group.

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