Conference Workshops 
A key feature of the conference is the opportunity for delegates to attend workshops aimed at enhancing professional development and broadening student experience of Sport and Exercise Science.  These workshops cover a variety of themes, ensuring that there is something for everyone.  We expect demand for the workshops to be high and each workshop will be running twice during the conference to help cover this demand. 
When you register for the conference you will be asked to identify (in order of preference) the three workshops you would most like to attend at the conference.  The conference organising committee will then allocate you a specific day and time to attend two out of your preferred three workshops.  We will endeavour to allocate students to their first two preferred workshops, however, the demand for places and timetabling of other conference activities may mean this will not always be possible, hence we ask delegates to indicate their top five workshop preferences during registration.  Delegates will then be allocated to their favoured workshops on a first-come-first-served basis.

A list of the different workshops is given below.  Click on any of the workshop titles to expand the view and see more information on the content of each workshop.

In addition to the well established professions (doctors, teachers), there is a growing number of emerging professions in sport such as masseurs, coaches, sport scientists, psychologists, physiotherapists, personal trainers, performance analysts, fitness coaches and nutritionists. Education and training purport to provide the knowledge and expertise required in undertaking one’s professional duties, and codes of conduct outline one’s professional obligations. In any given situation, however, a professional has to exercise their own judgment – make up their own mind – find their own solution. This can be difficult enough when trying to decide what is best in relation to professional goals – which training/coaching/rehabilitative/coping/supplementation method is best for this athlete? But it is even more difficult when trying to work out the morally right thing to do. In this workshop we explore the nature of moral/ethical decision making by focusing on topical issues in professional practice (for example, alleged racism, alleged manipulation of research data, personal relationships between athlete and practitioner).

It is widely recognised that sports coaches operate in complex social and often ambiguous environments that place varied and multiple demands on them (Bowes & Jones, 2006; Fletcher & Scott, 2010). Indeed, the roles of sports coaches, at all levels of the vocational continuum, have expanded beyond the mere preparation of athletes for competition into managerial, administrative, and organisational duties. Additionally, understanding the position of the coach as an ‘educator’ (Jones, 2006) who fulfils the theoretical role as a ‘more competent other’ (Vygotsky, 1978) builds on the notion that coaching has its roots in the problematic domain of teaching. This workshop intends to examine the way in which sports coaches learn to operate within these environments and in particular, focus on the way in which the elite performing environment impacts on a coach’s engagement in and management of the coaching process. The workshop will also explore the role of multi-disciplinary support teams within this process and the way in which these teams may facilitate or hinder the role of the coach.

The aim of this workshop is to provide students with some knowledge of how sport psychology practitioners work with clients on confidence based issues. The session is designed to demonstrate the transition from theory to practice and helps support students in their application of knowledge within a safe and relevant environment. Specifically, the workshop provides a conceptual underpinning surrounding ‘sources’ and ‘types’ of sport-confidence and then provides the opportunity to engage in the ideographic assessment of athletes beliefs. The workshop is applied in nature and will develop attendees understanding of how practitioners can work with clients to investigate and area and problem solve using scientific research to support their decisions. There are group tasks and opportunities for delegates to communicate their thoughts to other individuals. Consequently, this workshop also focuses on enhancing student’s ability to communicate with colleagues, peers and clients.

Whilst the occurrence of injuries amongst dancers is commonplace recent research (e.g., Australian Ballet, 2007; Dance UK, 2011; Shah et al, 2012) suggests that dancers often avoid seeking advice and treatment until the injury becomes chronic and begins to have a significant impact on training and performance. This workshop will begin by exploring some of the key issues associated with injuries in Dance and examining some of the perceptions and experiences of dancers in relation to injury occurrence and prevention. The workshop will then outline a project implemented within the Cardiff School of Sport which brings together students on the BA Dance degree and the B.Sc. Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage degree to screen dancer students for potential injury risk factors and to develop specialist individualised conditioning programmes to reduce the risk of injury. There will be practical demonstrations of the screening procedures implemented, an overview of the key features of the conditioning programmes implemented and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the injury prevention approach.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide current undergraduate students with thoughts of further study with an honest inside account of the challenges faced during postgraduate research. Coming from a quantitative and qualitative perspective we aim to give an insight into the skills needed and skills learnt during the step up from undergraduate to postgraduate research. Along the way we focus on the changing role of a PhD student, working relationships, motivation, and the reasons for choosing the research route. This workshop is an open and informal discussion of the life of two PhD students using examples from both of our experiences.

This workshop will highlight some of the skills that current Performance Analysts working in the field use on a daily basis. The session will include some hands on practical based work with one the World's leading Performance Analysis software packages. There will also be some examples of more advanced high end solutions, highlighting some of the work that students on our post-graduate course have completed during their studies here.

The value of biomechanics in enhancing the performance of athletes at all levels is widely reported in the empirical literature as well as in the testimonies of highly successful athletes. This workshop aims to bring together research and its application by drawing on the experiences of practitioners working in different institutions. Specifically, this workshop aims to: (a) outline some of the research projects, and approaches used at Cardiff Metropolitan University; (b) examine the role of research and how this informs the provision of sport science support for elite sports (including athletics and gymnastics); and (c) outline an approach to research and sport science support that meets the requirements of the academic and applied community.

A significant body of literature exists examining the effects of exercise training upon cardiac structure and function. However, the imaging techniques required to examine this aspect of exercise physiology are often not available to undergraduate sport science students. Accordingly, the purpose of this workshop will be to introduce cardiac ultrasound (echo) technology to the delegates and to explore the different echo modalities that can be used to interrogate the cardiovascular system. The workshop will be informal in nature with a number of live demonstrations showing how ultrasound technology can be used at rest and during exercise. Important aspects of the technique such as image acquisition, data validity and reliability and data analysis will be discussed. Following the workshop it is anticipated that delegates will have a better understanding of cardiac ultrasound and will be better able to critically appraise the literature in this area.

The aim of the workshop is to provide undergraduate students with an awareness of the possible pathways from Sport and Exercise Science into the field of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation. An overview of current guidelines from British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) will introduce the session. Sport and Exercise Science graduates who have specialised in this field will then present their individual progression and their current job role which will hopefully highlight the varied opportunities available. There will be an interactive question and answer session at the end to allow students to ask questions to the experienced sport and exercise scientists.