Liverpool John Moores University invites public to come Face to Face with Sports Science
28 June 2012
Liverpool John Moores University hosted the latest in its series of 'Face to Face with Sports Science' events last week where visitors experienced what it is like to be an Olympian by trying a series of interactive events which mirrored the physical and psychological assessments elite athletes use to help prepare for major competitions.
As the Olympic Games draws nearer, the University's School of Sports and Exercise Science is holding workshops and exhibitions to showcase the advances in sports science which will have an impact on the London Games.
Some of the techniques available at the city's World Museum, which were devised by LJMU's Chartered Sports and Exercise Psychologist Dr Zoe Knowles and Conditioning Coach Dr Peter Angell, will be put to use over the summer aiding in the preparations of Team GB Wheelchair Tennis player Jamie Burdekin.
Jamie, who will compete in the Paralympic Games, attended last week's session, and said: "Sports science is such an important part of my performance programme and it's especially vital in Paralympic sport.
"It gives you an edge in competitive sport but it's also good for people to realise good health and nutrition are important in every day life."
With this in mind, LJMU's Dr John Dickinson, who is leading the project, believes it is vital that people are educated on the scientific advances associated with sport and health.
He says: "The purpose of Face to Face with Sports Science is to expose people to key scientific and technological developments in Sports and Exercise Science in a hands-on and accessible manner.
"We can't all be professional footballers or Olympic athletes but we can all have an interest in health, nutrition and exercise."
Further exhibitions will take place on 6th July (school workshop), 7th July (public exhibition), 19th October (schools workshop) and 20th October (public exhibition).
Image credit: Liverpool John Moores University
By Carly Baldwin
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