Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Our aim is to continue growing an environment which promotes nationally and internationally recognised research.

The Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences currently brings together expertise across four of the tenets of exercise sciences: physiology, psychology, biomechanics and coaching/pedagogy. The research interests of our members comes under the banner of Performance and Well-being. Within this contextual frame-work our research is grouped into the following research areas:

We offer our Sport and Exercise Sciences PhD, and a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researchers.

You can keep up-to-date with our research activities by following us on Twitter.

Current projects

  • Pacing strategies in big-city marathons
  • Limitations to maximal oxygen uptake and the incidence of VO2 plateau
  • Visual search and anxiety in sport
  • Visual impairment and adaptive gait
  • Ultra-marathon performance and nutritional aids
  • Temporal analysis of lightweight women's judo
  • Understanding the coach-athlete relationship
  • Movement and biomechanics across the lifespan
  • Physical activity promotion and sedentary behaviour reduction in the workplace
  • Physical activity promotion and sedentary behaviour reduction in special populations

Consultancy services

Our BASES-accredited Sport Science labs are home to the Performance and Exercise Testing Consultancy. In addition to tests for individuals we also offer tailored training and workshops for groups working with professional and semi-professional athletes.

If you would like to find out more about the research services and support available to your organisation, please contact Prof Justin Roberts or Prof Lee Smith.

Group members

Dr Dan Gordon
Dr James Johnstone
Katrina McDonald
Dr Charlotte Nevison
Dr Kjell van Paridon
Prof Justin Roberts
Adrian Scruton
Prof Lee Smith
Dr Anna Stodter
Dr Matthew Timmis

PhD researchers

Shaun Chapman
Henry Chung
Felicity Clarke
Georgia Dunn
Joanna Engel
João Guerra
Christopher Maskell
Katrina McDonald
Ashley Meggitt
Olawale Olanrewaju
David Stephens
Michael Trott
Lee Waters
Thomas Bates (DProf)

Research assistants

Viviane Merzbach

Coronavirus research at ARU

We've responded to the coronavirus pandemic by leading research projects into health, wellbeing and interventions. Read more about the work of our Covid-19 Research Group.