The Science of Sport: How to Win Gold - Prizes


A list of the recognition and prizes awarded is given below:

Registering an interest

All students who registered an interest in this competition received a letter of acknowledgement and a badge to confirm their registration.

Stage 1: Submission of a progress report

All students who submitted a progress report received a certificate of participation.

Stage 2: Presentation at The Physiological Society’s scientific meeting The Biomedical Basis of Elite Performance

Students, and their accompanying teachers, who were shortlisted to take part in stage two of the competition were eligible to apply for a bursary to support their attendance at The Society’s meeting The Biomedical Basis of Elite Performance.

The review panel considered each of the projects presented at the meeting and made Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, which are outlined below.  Both the winning students and their schools received a prize.

Gold Prize for student(s) - Train Like a Champion Day at an English Institute of Sport High Performance Centre

The winning student(s) and their teacher will get the opportunity to Train Like a Champion at an English Institute of Sport High Performance Centre.  They will meet members of the team who support our potential Olympic and Paralympic medal winning athletes as well as the younger stars of the future.  The English Institute of Sport provides sport science and medical support to these athletes so during the visit they will be able to meet a range of experts from across science and medicine including physiologists, performance nutritionists, performance psychologists, doctors and many more and find out what makes a champion athlete.

The English Institute of Sport Science and Medicine (EIS) works in partnership with sport to improve performances through the delivery of high quality sport science and medical support to elite athletes, through its nationwide network of expertise and facilities.

Gold Prize for school - Science Junkie: In the Zone visit

The winning school will receive a visit from the new Science Junkie: In the Zone live show, which uncovers the physiology and sports engineering that make an Olympic and Paralympic athlete a champion.  The show will explore how Usain Bolt's body can unleash the explosive energy he needs to run 100m in a superhuman 9.58s, how Great Britain's Mo Farah trained to find the extra 1% he needed to grab the 5000m world championship, and how Paula Radcliffe's muscles are perfectly suited to marathon running.  Using a raft of sensors attached to a bike and rowing machine, students will be able to see what happens inside the body during exercise.

Science Junkie: In the Zone is run by presenters Greg Foot and Huw James, and forms part of The Wellcome Trust's In the Zone project - a major initiative linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  The show has been developed with the Royal Institution and is supported by a Wellcome People Award.

Silver Prize for student(s) - Visit to Human Performance Lab at the University of Salford

The Silver Prize winner(s) will attend the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Salford, Manchester, where they will test their fitness levels and compare their scores against a database of elite athletes.  Students will be offered a demonstration of how physiologists analyse athletes' technique and movement patterns using 3D motion capture equipment (similar to that used to make computer games and animated characters in films).  One lucky student will be transformed into an animated skeleton.  The visit will also include a tour of the University's state of the art podiatry and sports rehabilitation clinics as well as their strength and conditioning suite.

The University of Salford has partnerships with several major sports teams in the North West including Sale Sharks RUFC, Salford Reds RLFC, Lancashire CCC as well as UK Athletics.  These partners use the facilities within the Schools of Health Sciences at Salford to help improve their athletes' performance, screen for potential injury risk and determine when a player is ready to return to competition.

Silver Prize for school - Exercise Physiology Experiment Day

On an agreed day, ADInstruments will send the winning school a selection of their equipment that exercise physiologists and sports scientists use worldwide to evaluate and improve athlete performance. They will also send along an application support scientist to guide the students as they conduct their own experiments, and help them to analyse and understand their findings.

Prior to the day, ADInstruments support staff will work with the teacher to develop experiments or exercises that will illuminate the class’s specific curriculum or learning outcomes. ADInstruments equipment is regularly used to record and analyse the cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular effects of exercise, as well as to conduct anaerobic and aerobic fitness tests

ADInstruments provides computer-based data acquisition and analysis solutions for life science research and education. Exercise physiologists use our products in universities and sports science institutes worldwide, including the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Leeds. We also provide pre-configured, step-by-step teaching experiments to introduce students to exercise physiology theory and experiment protocols.

Bronze Prize for student(s) - £200

The winner(s) of the Bronze Prize will receive £200, to spend as they wish.

Bronze Prize for school - Mobile Teaching Unit (MTU) visit

The Mobile Teaching Unit (MTU) is a lorry that expands into an interactive classroom, which delivers hands-on physiology teaching sessions to students from the top primary class to A Level.  It provides students with an opportunity to learn more about how the body works by including demonstrations and experiments using a range of clinical equipment to take physiological measurements (cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous).  Students are also able to discuss potential careers with physiologists.  A visit can engage up to 150 students in groups of up to 20 per session. 

The MTU is funded, staffed and administered by the AIMS CETL within the University of Bristol.  The AIMS CETL (Applied and Integrated Medical Sciences Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) develops innovative teaching resources and methods that enrich the learning experience of undergraduates studying for degrees in biomedical sciences, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.  The resources are also used by health professionals on postgraduate training courses and by schools and the public in outreach events.



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