Humanities & Social Sciences placements

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences' students share their placement and year abroad experiences.

Tagged: Sport Science

The winners of the 2016-17 blogging competition announced!

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📥  2016-17, Communication, Health, Politics, Languages & International Studies, Psychology

As our placement students are gradually returning back to Bath for their final year, it is time to announce the winners of our annual blogging competition!

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences thanks all students who dedicated their time to write so many fascinating and adventurous blog posts throughout the year they spent on placements both in the UK and all over the world. Their stories are a true testimonial of how challenging, rewarding and life-changing a year on placement can be. As a recognition of our bloggers´ commitment to report on their placement expecience, the Faculty has awarded following students a number on departmental prizes, and an overall Faculty Prize.

The Faculty Prize of £100 as well as the prize for the Best Health Department blog of £150 goes to Emily Fallon (Sport & Exercise Science) for her captivating and exciting blog posts from the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI). She spent her placement year supporting Australian Olympic athletes and discovering new talents in Adelaide.

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Emily and the kind of view you only get on a placement in Australia with SASI.

Charlotte Harris (Psychology) receives the departmental prize of £100 for her dedicated work as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist with the Lifetime Service (and a Cyclist of the Year) in Bath.

The Department of PoLIS awards Zoe Amador Martinez (French and ab ignition Italian) a prize of £100 for sharing her experience from her teaching placement in Fécamp, France as well as giving her fellow students authentic report from her Erasmus+ experience in Siena, Italy.

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Zoe and her friends on the Erasmus+ programme during their year abroad.

The next awardee of the PoLIS department is Katy Wallis (French and ab initio Italian). Katy spent one semester studying in Aix-en-Provence, France and the second in Naples, Italy. Katy also deserves a Blogger Dedication Award for posting every single day.

Natasha Jokic (Politics with Economics) spent her placement at NBCUniversal International as a New Media Research Intern. She met Jamie Dornan on the red carpet AND also receives the PoLIS departmental prize. Where do you go from there?

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Natasha and her NBCUniversal colleagues taking part London Pride.

Last but not least, Maighna Nanu (Spanish and Politics) also receives the PoLIS departmental prize for her adventurous and colourful blog from Guadalajara, Mexico. If you want to know how to get on a university-organised trip involving testing tequila, then read her posts.

Congratulations to all winners and thank you to all bloggers for their authentic and valuable insight provided to our first and second year students preparing for their placements. Soon, we will be also getting new and exciting reports from our current third year students. Do sign up if you're embarking on your placement year!

Written by Julie Fulepova, placement student and Marketing & Events Assistant within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.


Ellie & Roisin's year at SHPI


📥  2015-16, Health, Uncategorized

Final countdown at the SHPI - 1 month, 6 days, 16 hours to go...

We can't believe how quickly this year is going!

The last month has been one of the busiest yet, full of health checks and fitness tests!

NHS Health Checks

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Ellie delivering an NHS Health Check

This year the lab has started delivering NHS health checks, an initiative aimed at making people aware of how their lifestyle affects their cardiovascular health. This involves a cholesterol test, blood pressure and BMI check as well as diet and exercise related questions. The health checks have been a great opportunity for Roisin and I to learn more about the health side of Sport and Exercise science as opposed to working with athletes.

GB Army Boxing

Over the past couple of months we have been assessing the body composition progress of a group of GB Army Boxers. Not surprisingly the post Christmas assessment saw fat gains across the board, training has since put them back on the right track! Recently the boxers had an resting energy expenditure (REE) assessment, this test involves lying down in a rested state whilst wearing a facemask which allows us to analyse the level of oxygen inhaled and carbon dioxide exhaled. This lets us determine how many calories a person needs each day to reach their weight targets, safe to say we were extremely jealous of the amount they get to eat!

Case Studies

Since January we have been providing sport science support to two of Guildford City's swimmers. Unfortunately for us, swimmers train either early in the morning or in the evening which has meant some late nights and heavily caffeinated mornings! Our earlier lactate testing in the pool with Olympian James Disney-May proved to be good practice and we have now collected data for our two case studies over numerous different tests. Both have showed a steady improvement over the season and are posting some impressive times at swim meets, as well as each having ambitions to reach the Olympics in the future.

Alongside all this work we have of course found time to stay active and are making good progress in our tennis abilities...should be about ready in time for Wimbledon.





Ellie & Roisin's year at SHPI

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📥  2015-16, Health


BASES Student Conference 2016

Just before Easter we travelled across the country to Bangor, Wales for this years BASES student conference. This involved two days of talks by leading sports scientists, workshops and short student presentations. This was a great opportunity to learn about what students from other universities had been researching, as well as picking up some tips on Sports Science careers from the pros!

Dr Steve Ingham gave an interesting talk on what the English Institute of Sport (EIS) has been doing to prepare our GB athletes for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. He then led a workshop on self awareness giving some audience members the chance to go on stage and present on any topic of their choice for 1 minute (including Ellie!). He also spoke about the importance of Sports Science students gaining hands on experience before working in the field, and the problem the world of sports science is currently facing with students relying solely on theoretical knowledge taught at universities. This made us feel fortunate to have secured a year long placement at the SHPI where we have already gained a huge amount of invaluable experience.

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Dr Steve Ingham - Director of Science and Technical Development at the English Institute of Sport, delivering a talk on Olympic athlete preparation.


Keeping ourselves busy...

One of the skills we have learnt and been practicing is ECG application. One of our common fitness tests called a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test (CPET) uses ECGs to look at the electrical activity of the heart during exercise to make sure the heart is functioning as it should. Applying an ECG correctly takes practice so during our quieter periods Roisin and I have been taking the opportunity to put each other through our paces. The middle photo below shows Roisin fitted up with all the kit for a CPET, her results were nothing to write home about so she's off to the gym to get exercising!



Ellie and Joe decided to sign up to the Surrey Half Marathon in March 3 weeks before the event. Realising that they still had a way to go with their fitness training we decided to put some sport science knowledge into practice to make their few sessions as effective as possible! This included a baseline fitness test to give them heart rate and speed training zones to use, as well as a mixture of high intensity intervals and long runs outside. Luckily the training paid off and they both got round in one piece with Ellie being just 3 minutes behind manager Joe!

Finally after all this work and exercise we found time to go watch the Harlequins play Bath at the Stoop Rugby ground in nearby Twickenham. Roisin and I felt torn on which team to support, being Bath Students but having worked with a few of the Quins team over the last year. We decided to cheer for the Quins who ended up on top winning the game 35-28.


Ellie & Roisin's year at SHPI

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📥  2015-16, Health, Uncategorized

The London Bike Show

We recently spent 4 days at the ExCel for the London Bike Show. SHPI set up a Performance Hub where we tested a stream of cyclists and triathletes. The testing included body composition analysis, lactate threshold tests on the bike, treadmill and in the endless pool. Cyclists also had a strength and conditioning session along with a nutrition consultation.


On the Saturday we also had the opportunity to monitor the performance of GB Triathlete Harry Wiltshire as he attempted to cycle 100 miles in a fasted state. We took measures of his heart rate, blood lactate, blood glucose and a rating of perceived exertion every 30 mins. We were interested to see how these would change over the 100 miles.


Finally after 3 hours of cycling we started to see some changes and Harry's blood glucose levels had dropped. After another gruelling hour he was finally allowed to break his fast when his blood sugar dropped to 3.9 mmol/L with some coke and half a flap jack. After a post exercise weigh in Harry had lost 5.5 kg in sweat!

Trishow Harry Wiltshire

The highlight of the weekend was by far the abundance of free samples consumed by all, granted they were reasonably healthy energy bars, but we went for the ones coated in chocolate for good measure! How better to spend a Valentines weekend <3