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Thursday 31 July 2014

University sport scientists push Saints players to the max

Determined to build on last year's performance in the Premier League, Southampton Football Club is back working with Solent University's sports science department to analyse the team's fitness ahead of the new season.

The whole squad is being put through their paces at the University's British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)-accredited sport science laboratories in the run up to their pre-season training.

Working alongside the club's experts, Solent staff and students - headed up by LMCFR member, Professor Stewart Bruce-Low, Head of Sport and Exercise Science – are carrying out a series of physiological tests to create individual fitness profiles for the whole squad. 

As the official Saints partner, Solent enjoys an excellent working relationship with the Premier League side. As well as offering student work placement and employment opportunities, the club works with the University's sport scientists to identify joint research projects in the areas of strength and conditioning, exercise physiology and nutrition. Professor Bruce-Low says: "Staff and students enjoy using their skills and our BASES-accredited laboratories and equipment to help analyse and assess professional athletes of this calibre."

He added: "Managers, coaches and players now recognise the need to use sport science to obtain optimal individual performances and to increase the squad's competitive edge. Undertaking work experience of this calibre gives our students the edge when it comes to starting their careers. Many of our graduates are already playing key roles at some of the top clubs in the country."

The University's physiology laboratory has been recognised as one of the UK's leading sport and exercise science facilities, joining an elite group that includes Manchester United Football Club.