Sport participation to performance

Investigating how to support learners of all ages to engage in meaningful, high quality movement experiences and to improve their performance.

This theme addresses sport participation and performance at multiple levels - from (in)active young children, to coaching, to elite athletes - to advance knowledge on the mechanisms, determinants, consequences, and political systems of sport for health, performance, social missions, and policy.

See some of our case studies

The theme draws on international expertise across a number of areas including physiology, nutrition, sociology, pedagogy, psychology and behavioural medicine, physiotherapy, and motor control to produce cutting edge science on sport that is relevant for society and performance enhancement. It provides fundamental scientific research, mixed-methods research, evaluations, interventions, reviews, and complementary critical insights into sport. 

Key aspects of this theme’s research that unites staff from a number of disciplines include:

  • Physical education and digital technologies
  • Sport policy analysis
  • Doping in sport
  • Performance enhancement 

Participation in sports

Not all young people have a positive experience in sport. How can we design strategies to encourage participation? How can we design sport and physical activity settings to promote optimal engagement and realise the wider benefits of participation?

Research case studies: