The University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences on the Medway campus at Chatham Maritime houses one of the largest endurance research groups (ERG) in the world.
Entitled The Science of Endurance Training and Performance, this free massive open online course (MOOC) is research-based and the content will be useful to anyone across the entire fitness spectrum, from beginners to elite athletes, as well as coaches, trainers and sport scientists.
The course covers the science underpinning psychology, nutrition, training, pain and fatigue, injury and rehabilitation, and respiratory health issues in athletes.
Researchers who are world leaders in their field have contributed to the course. These include:
- Dr John Dickinson, who will focus on respiratory issues in athletes. Dr Dickinson, a renowned expert on asthma in elite athletes, has worked with Team GB swimmers and boxers, amongst others
- Dr Karen Hambly, Hugh Thomson and Kyra De Coninck, will address common endurance related injuries and rehabilitation
- Lucy Hale, lead educator, who will cover performance nutrition for endurance athletes. Dr Glen Davison (coordinator of ERG) will examine the relationship between nutrition, immunity and illness in endurance athletes
- Dr Carla Meijen, who will deliver a week long programme dedicated to sport psychology
- Professor Samuele Marcora, Dr Mark Burnley and Dr Lex Mauger who will present their research in pain and fatigue
- Dr James Hopker who will provide advice on aspects of endurance training and performance
The Science of Endurance Training and Performance starts on 24 April and lasts for six weeks. Each week covers one of six topics and is divided into bite-sized learning steps which include presentations, videos, quizzes and articles. Interaction and discussion between learners and educators is supported by an online community throughout. Hundreds have already signed up, but the numbers are limitless as the course is online and free to access.