The PhD studentship will examine the training load, health, and wellness of elite football players, as a collaboration between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and the University of Brighton. The position will be based at both the club training ground in Lancing, West Sussex, and the University of Brighton School of Sport and Service Management in Eastbourne.
Elite football players undergo periods of considerable stress in playing and training at different phases of the season. The stresses may be multifaceted and related to physical, physiological, psychological, and psychosocial in nature. The tracking and monitoring of players longitudinally over a competitive season, allowing prescription of recovery and regeneration, and encouraging peak performance, is an ongoing challenge to science and medicine teams.
The successful candidate will carry out a number of key studies to examine physiological overload and to determine key markers that may have an impact upon performance. They will work across academy teams, disability teams, as well as male and female squads. Data will be evaluated to identify key periods of underperformance, illness, injury and adaptation. Psychological inventories will be used throughout the season to determine mental wellbeing. Blood and additional biological markers will be examined to determine changes during intense periods of training and playing.