How science helps athletes win medals

Gary Brickley and Matt Stone
Gary Brickley and Matt Stone

Athletes and academics from the 2012 Olympics have been brought together by the University of Brighton to explain how science is helping win medals.

The evening presentation ‘The Science Behind Elite Sporting Performance’ is open to the public and will be attended by Paralympic cyclist Darren Kenny OBE, a University of Brighton honorary graduate who won silver and bronze, and Dr Steve Ingham, head of physiology at the English Institute of Sport, who worked with Olympic champions including gold medal heptathlete Jessica Ennis.

The event, sponsored by the Physiological Society, starts at 6pm on Friday, 19 October, at the university’s Eastbourne campus in Denton Road, and is being held as part of Biology Week.

The evening has been organised by Dr Emma Ross, senior lecturer in the university’s School of Sport and Service Management, which has been recognised internationally for cutting-edge research and testing of athletes.

Dr Ross said, “This is a fantastic line up of guests who will explain how science can turn athletes into Olympic champions.”

Other speakers will be GB triathlete Todd Leckie, a medical student at the university, and Dr Gary Brickley, senior lecturer in the School of Sport and Service Management and an exercise physiologist, who worked with Paralympians Sarah Storey OBE (four golds), David Stone MBE, University of Brighton alumnus (one gold, one bronze), and Darren Kenny who will be bringing along his medals.

The book a seat at the free event, go to: www.brighton.ac.uk/sasm/about-us/news-and-events/news-2012/the-science-of-elite-sporting-performance-symposium/