Congratulations to Dr Helen Owton, Lecturer in Sport & Fitness, on publishing her new book! “Sexual abuse in Sport: A Qualitative Case Study”. Helen has publicly engaged in radio and TV interviews (Sky News, BBC Radio Foyle (1hr20mins), BBC Radio Scotland (2hr10mins)) regarding the recent sexual abuse cases in football and has written other articles (The Conversation, The Good Magazine, International Business Times, Publications) relating to this topical issue.
Dr Karen Howells presented “Qualitative exploration of Adversarial Growth in Elite Swimmers” at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) Conference 2016 in Mecure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa. The Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP) promotes the professional interests of sport and exercise psychologists and is part of the British Psychological Society. Karen presented her work as the PhD award winner and received great feedback about her research.
Dr Caroline Heaney presented “Bringing sport psychology into physiotherapy” at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Annual Conference 2016 at Nottingham’s East Midland Conference Centre. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK leading excellence in sport and exercise sciences through evidence-based practice. Caroline’s presentation was extremely well received and this was a great opportunity for her to share her knowledge with other sport and exercise professionals, engage in the latest research in sport and exercise science, and publicise the research and teaching qualifications going on at the open University.
Dr Ben Langdown, Lecturer in Sport and Fitness, attended the World Golf Fitness Summit in New Orleans in October 2016. This is an event which attracts over 600 international coaches, trainers and golf researchers. He presented research from the final experimental chapter of his PhD which assessed the relationship between the overhead squat screening test and movements made in the golf swing. He also suggested how coaches could adapt practice sessions to allow the development of increasingly creative golfers and allow more efficient transfer of strength and conditioning gains into the golf swing.
Congratulations goes to Dr Karen Howells, Lecturer in Sport & Fitness, who was awarded the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) PhD Award which is awarded annually “to a PhD student whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, and innovative contribution to knowledge in the field”. Karen’s thesis was entitled “A Qualitative Exploration of Adversarial Growth in Elite Swimmers” and was supervised by Dr David Fletcher at Loughborough University.
On 1-3 September 2016, Dr Helen Owton attended and presented the 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE) at the University of Chichester, UK. She presented in the Creative Arts symposium on “Representing Taboos in Sport and Video Representation as Literature Review” drawing from the following paper:
- Owton, H. and Sparkes, A. (2016). Sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport: Bella’s story. Sport, Education and Society. Click here.
Dr Owton presented a poster entitled “The Coolness of dance and masculinity” with colleagues (Dr Helen Clegg and Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson). Also, Helen was invited to run a Visual Methods workshop which was well received and attended.
The next QRSE conference is due to be held in June 2018 at The University of Toronto in Canada.