Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences

A world-leading research institute

Our research in Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked 2nd in the UK for research quality power, with 100% of the research environment assessed as world-leading (REF 2021).

The Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) is the home of broad-based, multidisciplinary, fundamental and applied research. RISES have been awarded the Research Team of the Year 2015 by Educate North.

Our research highlights include:

  • adapting play areas and schools in order to tackle unhealthy lifestyles and obesity in children
  • working alongside Premiership football clubs, locally and across the country for performance analysis and injury prevention strategies
  • providing cardiac screening and investigating the cardiovascular health of athletes
  • studying nutritional support for elite athletes, stem cell biology in ageing and muscle wasting
  • investigating learning via imitation in autism
  • examining muscle control in cerebral palsy via interactive video games

RISES staff interrogate the ‘exercise response’ from the cell to the community; from the elite athlete to multiple clinical groups; from the youngest to the oldest members of society.

Take part in our research

The Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences run research studies throughout the year. We are often seeking a wide range of people to take part in various research.

If you are interested in taking part, take a look at our current studies to find out more.

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Research expertise and services

LJMU Sport Science: @LJMUSportSci

LJMU Sport Nutrition: @LJMUNutrition

Face to Face with Sport Science: @F2FSS

Football Exchange: @LJMUFootball

Physical Activity Exchange: @LJMU_PAEx


Graeme Close, Professor of Human Physiology: @close_nutrition

Greg Whyte, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science: @gpwhyte

James Morton, Sports Physiologist and Nutritionist: @JamesyMorton

Lee Graves, Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Health Prescription: @wiigraves