Universities Week: Sports Science at the Natural History Museum

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Leading sports scientists from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the University of Kent will be on hand to answer scientific questions at the Natural History Museum on Wednesday 11 June as part of Universities Week, Liverpool John Moores reports.

How do you train goalkeepers to anticipate which way a football penalty will go? Why do athletes with asthma win more Olympic gold medals than their non-asthmatic rivals? How do scientists use grip strength to assess an athlete’s physical fitness? This is the sort of question under consideration.

Greg Whyte, LJMU’s Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science, is one of the sports scientists who’ll be working at the Champion Science exhibition. Professor Whyte has trained everyone from Eddie Izzard and Davina McColl to John Bishop and Chris Moyles, helping raise over £10million thanks to his work with Comic Relief.

Universities Week 2014 will be launched on Monday 9 June by the Universities and Science Minister David Willetts MP at the Natural History Museum in London where a week-long public event will showcase some of the best of UK university research.

Champion Science is one of 44 exhibitions selected to be part of this year’s prestigious Universities Week 2014 event organised by Universities UK.

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