Research Centre for Applied Sport, Physical Activity and Performance

The Research Centre for Applied Sport, Physical Activity and Performance is the home of world-class research that brings together expertise from across the University in science, engineering, rehabilitation, performance, sociology and health and wellbeing.

We are a vibrant, enthusiastic community of researchers who are externally facing, which allows us to address global issues and challenges. Our research looks at the challenges that connect sport and activity for social good. Seeking to enhance success in sport and its connected fields we continue to work on improving rehabilitation methods for those participating in sport, exercise and physical activity. We are responding to the need to develop an active nation, and we use sport as a vehicle to address global inequalities.

We aim to:

  • build on our world-class sports research and world-leading reputation by producing a stronger identity in sports research by establishing a network of world-class centres
  • provide transferability to other research areas from sport
  • provide a continuum through physical activity, physical exercise, recreational sport, to performance sport and world-class sport from a multi and inter-disciplinary perspective
  • address challenges in sustainable development and inequalities, locally, nationally, and internationally

The centre brings together four distinct strands of research.

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To find out more about the Centre please contact the Centre Director, Dr Sarah Jane Hobbs.

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Dr Sarah Jane Hobbs
Professor of Equine and Human Locomotion
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Sarah is the Director of the Research Centre for Applied Sport, Physical Activity and Performance. She has particular expertise in equine biomechanics and has developed local and international equine research collaborations since embarking on her own PhD in 2001. She leads Resear…

Dr Lindsay St. George
Research Fellow
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Lindsay is a Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire, where she completed her PhD in 2017. She is research active in equine and human biomechanics, with a special interest in using surface electromyography to investigate how equine muscles facilitate movement. She…