Newcastle University's Faculty of Medical Science host an annual Festive Lecture, aimed at bringing medical research to the public. This year, Professor Emma Stevenson and her colleagues gave an engaging presentation on the Science of Sport.
Over 300 year 10 students from schools across the North East and members of VOICE attended the annual flagship event on “The science of sport: optimising performance across the life course”, hosted at the International Centre for Life. The event was also live streamed to 13 locations across the UK – watch it again here
Professor Emma Stevenson and her team, along with club doctor at Newcastle United, Dr Paul Catterson, demonstrated how elite athletes and clubs use sport science to optimise the performance of their players, as well as minimise risk from injury and facilitate recovery. The interactive lecture showcased the inspirational world-class science in sport and exercise science at Newcastle University.
As part of the lecture, Professor Stevenson discussed the link between ageing and muscle strength and performance, giving the audience an overview of the how regular exercise throughout our lives can help slow down age-related loss of muscle mass.
Understanding the process of age-related loss of skeletal muscle is a key area for the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, particularly when understanding the causes of common conditions affecting people in later life, such as sarcopenia and frailty. The ageing syndromes team work with colleagues in all five NIHR Newcastle BRC themes in order to develop the best ways to diagnose, treat and prevent these conditions and associated challenges in the older population.
A member of the public commented, “The lecture was fascinating – it is was so interesting to have data presented from elite athletes and to understand more about Newcastle’s investment in Sport Science”.
If you couldn’t make it, or missed the live streaming, you can watch again here