This inaugural sport and social science seminar series is made up of six events structured around the key themes of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.

The events will facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation and mutual understanding across the bio and social sciences and feature a broad spectrum of speakers from the area of sport, health and medicine. They will be of interest to:

• biomedical and social scientists
• healthcare practitioners
• sports policy makers
• third sector bodies engaged with sport-related health and medicine research


2016/17 seminars

  • Performance health

    The final event in the inaugural NCSEM seminar series focused on some of the key health and medicine issues in sport today. A key stimulus for the programme for this event was the publication in April 2017 of Tanni Grey-Thompson’s Duty of Care in Sport review. This event highlighted cutting edge research on some of the most topical issues in the protecting the health and wellbeing of elite athletes.


    9.30 Registration and refreshments

    10.00 Welcome – Steve Harris, Programme Manager, NCSEM

    10.15 The sport ethic and medical ethics: a case study of the management of medical confidentiality in professional football – Professor Ivan Waddington, Visiting Professor, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

    11.00 The science will catch up: innovation, practice and evidence in blood and cell-based therapies – Professor Alex Faulkner, Professor in Sociology of Biomedicine and Healthcare Policy

    11.45 Work, emotions and mental health in elite sport – Dr Martin Roderick, Associate Professor, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University

    12.30 Lunch and posters

    1.30 Too much information and not enough knowledge? The social epidemiology of concussion – Dr Katie Liston, Senior Lecturer, School of Sport, Ulster University

    2.15 Evaluating and communicating health risks of sport: the case of concussion in rugby union – Dr Joe Piggin, Senior Lecturer, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University

    3.00 Final remarks and close

  • Physical activity and the treatment of chronic disease

    This event featured the latest research into the use of exercise to treat chronic disease. It also explored some of the ways that exercise is being integrated into care pathways as well as covering the novel approach being developed by the NCSEM to promote exercise prescription in Sheffield.


    9.30 Registration and coffee

    10.00 Introduction to the NCSEM and seminar series – Dominic Malcolm

    10.15 The NCSEM in Sheffield: Co-location of clinical and research facilities in leisure centres – Rob Copeland

    11.00 Break

    Session 1: Physical activity in cancer management

    11.15 Exercise in the treatment of prostate cancer – the COMRADE Trial – Rosa Greasley/Liam Bourke

    11.30 Exercise during and after cancer treatment – “Active Everyday”
    – Helen Crank/Liam Humphreys

    11.45 Discussion – Physical activity in cancer management

    Session 2: Physical activity in musculoskeletal pain management

    12.00 Optimising the outcomes of exercise for knee osteoarthritis – the BEEP trial –Melanie Holden

    12.15 MSK pathways and person-centred care – Ollie Hart

    12.30 Discussion – Physical activity in musculoskeletal pain management

    12.45 Lunch & poster presentations

    Session 3: Delivering physical activity interventions for disease management

    2.00 Behaviour change in chronic disease management – Jeff Breckon

    2.15 Tailoring, targeting and scaling up: the public health challenges – Liddy Goyder

    2.30 Discussion – Developing and evaluating physical activity interventions for patients with poor health

    2.45 Break

    3.00 Panel/group discussion: Future research directions and opportunities

    4.00 Final remarks – Dominic Malcolm

  • Learning from big data in sports and physical activity

    Data is all around us, huge quantities are collected at every opportunity by a vast array of modern technologies. This ‘big data’ is having effects on many aspects of modern life, including healthcare. Sport and exercise medicine researchers are contributing to this data collection and analysis in many different and exciting ways. This seminar discussed current concepts in how we can use big data in physical activity and sports medicine to improve health and wellbeing.


    10.00 Registries and Big Data for Orthopaedics and Sports Injuries – Professor Fares Haddad (ISEH)

    10.30 Intergenerational influences on physical activity – Professor Mark Hamer (Loughborough University)

    11.00 Interpreting accelerometry – speaker TBC

    11.30 Break

    12.00 Setting up an open source database for sports data and tracking health and activity data – Professor Trevelean (UCL)

    12.30 Applying machine learning to football data – Dr Stylianos Kampakis (UCL)

    1.00 Lunch

    2.00 Genetics in Sport and Exercise – Dr Alun Williams (Manchester Metropolitan University)

    2.30 Tracking mobility over large scale Professor Fabio Ciravegna (University of Sheffield)

    3.30 Close

  • Exercise and preventative medicine

    This one-day seminar explored a selection of state of the art interventions in the field of physical activity health promotion. In keeping with the broader aims of the seminar series,  it aimed to facilitate interdisciplinary understanding of sport, health and medicine, identifying how the bio- and social sciences can collaborate to facilitate the effective translation of knowledge into policy and practice.


    10.00 Welcome, Dominic Malcolm (Seminar Series Convenor)
    10.15 Louise Mansfield (Brunel University) ‘Understanding Standing’
    11.00 Lone Friis Thing (University of Copenhagen) ‘Football fitness for health? The perspectives of female players’
    11.45 Oli Williams (Bath University) ‘Promoting physical activity in a nation with vast inequalities’
    1.15 Lindsay Prior (Queens University, Belfast) ‘Incentivising physical activity’
    2.00 Helen Speake (Sheffield Hallam University) ‘Embedding physical activity in NHS care’
    3.00 Panel reflections
    Andrew Boyd (Royal College of General Practitioners, Clinical Lead: Physical Activity and Lifestyle)
    Mike Brannan (Public Health England)
    Robert Copeland (Professor of Physical Activity and Health, Sheffield Hallam University)
    Elizabeth Goyder (Professor of Public Health, Sheffield University)
    4.15 Final remarks and close

  • Sport, mental health and wellbeing

    This one-day event explored the relationship between sport, physical activity and aspects of mental health and wellbeing. Combining speakers from the medical, social and natural sciences with practitioners and third sector agencies this seminar showcased current research, interventions and evaluations.


    9.15 Registration and refreshments
    9.45 Dominic Malcolm: Introduction and welcome
    10.00 Andrew Smith & Jon Jones: ‘Tackling the Blues: sport, physical activity and early intervention in public mental health’ (Professor of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University)
    10.45 Miranda Thurston: ‘Sport, mental wellbeing and academic achievement: exploring school effects in Norwegian secondary schools’ (Professor of Public Health, Hedmark University College, Norway)
    11.30 Simone Fullagar: ‘Thinking through gendered embodiment in women’s recovery from depression’ (Professor of Sport and Physical Cultural Studies, University of Bath)
    12.15 Lunch
    1.00 Hayley Jarvis: ‘How about Getting active for better mental health – early learning from Mind’s Get Set to Go programme’ (National Lead for Sport and Mental Health, MIND)
    1.45 Jonathon Garside & Michael Salla: ‘Experiences from Everton in the Community Mental Health Project’ (Everton Football Club
    2.30 Refreshments
    2.45 Patrick Callaghan: ‘Preferred intensity exercise for depression: selective results from the H.E.A.L.T.H research programme’ (Professor of Mental Health Nursing, The University of Nottingham)
    3.30 Anthony Papathomas: ‘Exercise and Eating Disorders’ (Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Loughborough University)
    4.15 Concluding comments
    4.30 Close

  • Sport, health and medicine: An interdisciplinary agenda

    The first event in the seminar series aimed to facilitate interdisciplinary understanding of sport, health and medicine, identifying how the bio- and social sciences can collaborate to facilitate the effective translation of knowledge into policy and practice.


    10.00 Welcome
    10.15 Evidence and Policy for the Promotion and Prescription of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity: Opportunities and Responsibilities for Sport and Exercise Medicine – Mike Weed (Professor of Applied Policy Sciences, Canterbury Christchurch University)
    11.00 Towards a Sociology of Sport, Medicine and Health – Dominic Malcolm (Reader in Sociology of Sport, Loughborough University)
    11.45 Health in Elite Youth Sport: Lessons from the GOAL study – Ansgar Thiel (Professor of Sport Science, Tübingen University)
    12.30 Lunch
    1.30 Sports Medicine: Therapy, Ethics and Governance – Mike McNamee (Professor of Applied Ethics, Swansea University)
    2.15 Exploring Economic Analyses of Health and Sport – Paul Downward (Professor of Economics, Loughborough University)
    3.00 Panel Reflections
    – Paula Griffiths (Reader in Biosocial Science, Loughborough University)
    – Allyson Pollock (Professor of Public Health Research and Policy, Queen Mary University of London)
    – Sarah Ruane (Strategic Lead for Health, Sport England)
    – Mike Stone (Chair, British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine)
    4.30 Final remarks and close