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Applied Sport Sciences Research Group - ASSRG

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About us

The Applied Sport Sciences Research Group (ASSRG) investigates topics within sport and exercise physiology, biomechanics and psychology, along with strength & conditioning.

Key researchers include Dr Andy Galbraith (endurance performance and recovery); Dr Stewart Bruce Low (cryotherapy and injury occurrence within professional football); Dr Gary Doyle (biomechanics and strength and conditioning); Dr Richard Buscombe (stereotype threat and its effect on performance); Dr Ali Monajati (Hamstring and ACL injury prevention); Dr Nick Bourne (healthy ageing); Mr James Beale (green exercise); Mr Lee Brown (strength and conditioning within combat sports).

Research and scholarly activities

Outputs from the group explore themes including the physiology and biomechanics of endurance performance; optimising recovery including cryotherapy and compression; strength and conditioning within combat sports; stereotype threat and its impact on performance; the psychological benefits of green exercise; healthy aging; injury prevention and rehabilitation. Group members are active in consultancy within professional sport, having worked with Commonwealth, Olympic and World Championship medallists.

Facilities

The ASSRG makes use of three sports science research laboratories, two sports therapy suites, a psychological sciences laboratory and a performance analysis research suite. All of these facilities sit within our state of the art SportsDock building on the Docklands campus, providing a teaching and research hub for the Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences subject area.

Partnerships

Staff

Academic Staff
  • Mr Earle Abrahamson 
  • Mr James Beale
  • Dr Nick Bourne
  • Mr Lee Brown
  • Dr Stewart Bruce-Low
  • Dr Richard Buscombe
  • Dr Gary Doyle 
  • Dr Andy Galbraith
  • Dr Ali Monajati
  • Mr Andy Preston

PGR Researchers

  • Symeon Andric 
  • Silvino Domingos
  • Gill Macaskill 
  • Lauren Rhodes
  • Jo Ward
  • Natasha Wehner-Hewson

Publications

  • Galbraith, A. (in press) ‘Physiological assessment of middle and long distance running', in Hayes, P., & Blagrove, R. (eds.) Science and Practice of Training for Distance Running. London: Routledge.
  • Solomon, G. S. & Buscombe, R. (2012).  Expectancy effects in competitive sport.  In the Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching.  Edited by Potrac, Gilbert and Denison.  Routledge.
  • Veg, A., Doyle, G., and Galbraith, A. (2019). Difference in the centre of mass vertical displacement between treadmill and over-ground running in recreational runners measured with inertial measurement units. Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise & Physical Education Research. Vol. 11, Suppl.1: S43
  • Macaskill, G., Doyle, G., and Galbraith, A. (2019). A comparison of treadmill versus outdoor running economy in recreational runners. Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise & Physical Education Research. Vol. 11, Suppl.1: S13
  • Kordi, M., Menzies, C., & Galbraith, A. (2019). Comparison of Critical Speed and D′ Derived From 2 or 3 Maximal Tests. International journal of sports physiology and performance, 14(5), 685-688.
  • Buckthorpe M, Wright S, Bruce-Low S, Nanni G, Sturdy T, Gross AS, Bowen L, Styles B, Della Villa S, Davison M, Gimpel M (2019) Recommendations for hamstring injury prevention in elite football: Translating research into practice. Br J Sports Med. 53 (7); 449-456. 
  • Bowen, L., Gross, A.S., Gimpel, M., Bruce-Low., S., & Li, F-X. (2019). Spikes in acute:chronic workload ratio (ACWR) associated with a 5-7 times greater injury rate in English Premier League football players: a comprehensive 3-year study. Br J Sports Med. 0: 1-9. 
  • Glackin, O.F. and Beale, J.T., 2018. ‘The world is best experienced at 18 mph’. The psychological wellbeing effects of cycling in the countryside: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 10(1), pp.32-46.
  • Bolessa, J., Galbraith, A. (2018). The effects of custom-made compression garments on recovery and performance parameters after high intensity running. Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise & Physical Education Research, 8(S1), pp.S35. 
  • Galbraith, A., Willmott, A. (2018). Transition phase clothing strategies and their effect on body temperature and 100-m swimming performance. European Journal of Sport Science, 18(2), 182-189.
  • Light N., Gimpel M, Sparks S, Bowen B, Bruce-Low S & Hughes-Jones Z (2018) Associations between Adductor Strength; Flexibility and Self-Reported Symptoms in Elite Professional Footballers: A case series. Science and Medicine in Football. 3 (2); 89-94. 
  • Wright J, Bruce-Low S, Jobson SA (2018). The 3-minute all-out cycling test is sensitive to changes in cadence using the Lode Excalibur Sport Ergometer. Journal of Sports Sciences. 37 (2); 156-162. 
  • Rowlatt, G., Bottoms, L., Edmonds, C. and Buscombe, R. (2016).  The effect of carbohydrate mouth rinsing on fencing performance and cognitive function following a fatigue inducing simulated bout of fencing in national level foil fencers.  European Journal of Sports Science. 9, 1-8.
  • Galbraith, A., Isikgun, V., Hopker, J. (2016). The validity and reliability of a commercially available GPS device during running and cycling. Journal of Sports Sciences. 34(S1): 73. 
  • Watkins, L., Wilson, M., McDermott, M., & Buscombe, R. (2016). An Empirical Evaluation of the Reversal Theory State Measure: Tracking Changes in the Experience of Three Running Brand Video Commercials. Journal Of Motivation, Emotion, And Personality, 5, 27-36.
  • Galbraith A., Hopker J., Passfield L. (2015). Modeling intermittent running from a single-visit field test. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 36(5), 365-370.
  • Andersson, H., Sinclair, J., Knight, A., Buscombe, R., Edmonds, C.J. & Bottoms, L. (2015).  The effect of carbohydrate mouth rinse on a 30-minute arm cranking performance.  Comparative Exercise Physiology, 12(1), 41-47.
  • Balcaite, E., Edwards, S. & Buscombe, R. (2015).  Spirituality and basketball fanship: An interpretative phenomenological analysis and synthesis.  Journal of Sporting Cultures and Identities, 6(3), 39-52.
  • Edwards, D.J., Edwards, S.D., Buscombe, R.M., Beale, J.T. & Wilson, M. (2015). Effect of HeartMath workshop on physiological coherence, sense of coherence, zone, mood and resilience perceptions. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 21(3), 890-900.
  • Galbraith, A., Hopker, J., Cardinale, M., Cunniffe, B., Passfield, L. (2014). A One-Year Study of Endurance Runners: Training, Laboratory and Field Tests. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(6), 1019-25.
  • Galbraith, A., Hopker, J., Lelliott, S., Diddams, L., Passfield, L. (2014). A Single-Visit Field Test of Critical Speed. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9, 931-935.  
  • Buscombe, R., Bottoms, L., Andersson, H., Smyth, A., Edwards, S. & Edwards, D. (2014).  Neurophysiologic, psychological, sport and health dimensions of three meditation techniques.  South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, 36(2), 15-32.
  • Bottoms, L., Buscombe, R. & Nicholettos, A. (2014).  The placebo and nocebo effects of a 'brand new sports drink' on peak minute power during incremental arm crank ergometry.  European Journal of Sports Science, 14(4), 362-367.
  • Edwards, D., Steyn, B., Buscombe, R., Edwards, S. & Denyer, P. (2014).  Standardisation of a mental skills scale in South Africa and the United Kingdom.  South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, 36(2), 79-89.
  • Buscombe, R. & Greenlees, I. (2014).  Expectancy effects in tennis:  The impact of body language and playing record on impressions of a tennis player and ratings of performance.  Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis. 19(3), 50.
  • Veg, A., Doyle, G., Galbraith, A. (2019). Difference in the centre of mass vertical displacement between treadmill and over-ground running in recreational runners. BASES Student Conference, April 2019.
  • Gwilliam, J., Doyle, G. (2019). Kinematics of the Skateboarding Ollie. BASES Student Conference, April 2019.
  • Macaskill, G., Doyle, G., Galbraith, A. (2019). A comparison of treadmill versus outdoor running economy in recreational runners. BASES Student Conference, April 2019.
  • Bolessa, J., Galbraith, A. (2018). The effects of custom-made compression garments on recovery and performance parameters after high intensity running. BASES Student Conference, April 2018.
  • Galbraith, A., Isikgun, V., Hopker, J. (2016). The validity and reliability of a commercially available GPS device during running and cycling. BASES Annual Conference, November 2016.
  • Buscombe, R. (2015). The influence of body language and expected competency on gaze behaviour while forming an initial impression of a tennis player. BASES Annual Conference, November 2015.

Contact us

General enquiries to the Applied Sport Sciences Research Group can be made to: 

Dr Andy Galbraith
Tel: +44 (0) 208 223 4034 
Email: A.J.Galbraith@uel.ac.uk

University of East London, 
Docklands Campus
University Way
London
E16 2RD