Rob Mann

Health and Wellbeing

PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
Children’s Health & Exercise Research Centre, Sport & Health Sciences, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2015

Research topic: Child and adolescent specialisation within the sport of Athletics, with a specific focus upon endurance running.

Child and adolescent participation in the sport of endurance running has become increasingly popular within England. However, whilst this increase in participation is encouraging for the National Governing Body, England Athletics, it is coupled with poor levels of athlete retention following maturation. As a result, my PhD research will aim to investigate the possible factors contributing towards this observed phenomenon, whilst attempting to provide England Athletics with practical interventions to improve their levels of youth athlete retention. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, it is the intention of this PhD research to focus on the prevention of overtraining syndrome; effectively monitoring training-load, and improving our psychosocial understanding of what contributes towards ‘dropout’ from Athletics.

Research supervisors: Professor Craig Williams (Exeter) , Dr Alan Barker (Bath), Professor Simone Fullagar (Exeter)

Professional memberships/Positions held:

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Member.
  • Organising Committee Member SWDTC Student Conference 2016.
  • Student Staff Liaison Committee Subject Chair: Sport and Health Sciences, 2015/16.