Game play

Psychology and Development Research Group

Promoting positive change in identity, performance and wellbeing

We work with all people interested in sport, physical activity, and physical education including:

  • Olympic and Paralympic athletes and UK institutes of sport
  • Professional and competitive sports teams
  • Community sports and physical activity groups 
  • School and higher education institutions
  • Disabled and non-disabled athletes
  • Organisations supporting coaches, athletes, teachers, and professionals in the sports industry

Our vision is to be internationally recognised as leaders in generating and applying sociological and psychological knowledge in sport, physical activity, and physical education from grassroots to elite – as well as how this empowers the development of all people involved.

Our expertise

Our staff members are world-leading experts in innovative qualitative and quantitative research methods. We publish our work in peer reviewed journals and present at international conferences and national policy forums. Our research findings impact policy and practice in applied settings. Our main areas of expertise cover:

  • Study of the daily existence of athletes, physical activity participants, coaches and support staff and how they understand themselves and others within their environments using a wide range of cutting edge, multidisciplinary scientific approaches
  • Being able to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions promoting positive changes to player, physical activity participants, coach, support staff and sport science practitioner identity, performance and wellbeing, both during and after their sport-related careers
  • Exploring how the sport and physical activity culture informs effective coaching, teaching, sport science, and sport psychology service delivery and how people working in this context can be developed within their professional training
  • Critically exploring the conditions that constrain and various marginalised groups, such as disabled sports participants

Collaborations

Staff members have extensive networks with numerous national and international elite and professional sporting organisations, International and national Para sport agencies, local authorities, NHS and community organisations, schools, and professional bodies, providing our students with research and placement opportunities. Examples include professional UK and European professional football, cricket, and rugby teams, The Horseracing industry, Olympic sports, and UK institutes of sport. Our work and collaborations have led to successful research tenders, commissioned projects and international conference organisation.

Publications

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9 papers found

  • Journal article

    Comparing the efficacy (RCT) of learning a dance choreography and practicing creative dance on improving executive functions and motor competence in 6–7 years old children

    Rudd J, Buszard T, Spittle S and O'Callaghan L and Oppici L

    Publish date:01/03/2021

  • Journal article

    Olympic coaching excellence: A quantitative study of psychological aspects of Olympic swimming coaches

    Cook GM and Fletcher D and Peyrebrune M

    Publish date:01/03/2021

  • Journal article

    Retrospective and concurrent perspectives of the transition into senior professional female football within the United Kingdom

    McGreary M and Morris R and Eubank M

    Publish date:01/03/2021

  • Journal article

    Effect of Linear and Nonlinear Pedagogy Physical Education Interventions on Children’s Physical Activity: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (SAMPLE-PE)

    Crotti M, Rudd J, Roberts S, Boddy L, Fitton Davies K, O'Callaghan L and Utesch T and Foweather L

    Publish date:15/01/2021

  • Journal article

    “Girls Aren’t Meant to Exercise”: Perceived Influences on Physical Activity among Adolescent Girls—The HERizon Project

    Cowley E, Watson P, Foweather L, Belton S, Thompson A and Thijssen D and Wagenmakers A

    Publish date:07/01/2021

  • Journal article

    Sit Less and Move More - A multi-component intervention with and without height-adjustable workstations in contact centre call agents: a pilot randomised controlled trial

    Morris A, Murphy R, Hopkins N, Low D, Healy G, Edwardson C, Collins B, Timpson H, Shepherd S, Cochrane M and Gavin D and Graves L

    Publish date:04/01/2021

People

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