Two four-year PhD Studentships Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with British Swimming Project Summary These PhD projects will focus on elite swimmers at British Swimming’s National Centres for Swimming. They will provide coaches with an increased understanding of the technical factors influencing elite swimming performance and how to influence these through coaching. This aim will be achieved through a structured series of studies, focusing primarily on the biomechanical aspects of swimming performance. Specific Requirements of the Project Applicants are expected to have at least a 2:1 degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Sport Science or a related discipline. A Master of Science degree is also highly desirable. The applicant should have experience and knowledge of high level sport and, ideally, a background in the biomechanics of human performance. The applicants will be expected to have excellent experimental skills and the ability to communicate their work effectively. A desire to work in elite sport is essential as the successful applicants will become integral members of the team supporting the elite coaches and their swimmers. They must therefore be able to demonstrate:
- openness to learning from others and a commitment to sporting success in high performance sport;
- the ability to build understanding and trust of coaches, athletes, peers and other support staff;
- diplomacy, sensitivity and tact in working with coaches, athletes, peers and other support staff;
- approachability, empathy and the ability to listen actively and accurately;
- the desire to seek and review feedback on performance and contribution and use this feedback to aid CPD.
- produce a thorough review of current research literature on biomechanical determinants of elite swimming performance;
- complete a comprehensive needs analysis with the National coaches and other relevant World Class programme staff to identify the specific performance-related questions;
- plan and undertake a series of applied research studies that will contribute substantially to the extant body of knowledge (identified though achievement of objective 1) and;
- provide coaches with technical data and new knowledge that addresses the coaches’ performance-related questions and improves understanding of how technical skills are best coached/modified (identified through achievement of objective 2).