Convener: Alyx Taylor

The Centre for Health, Exercise and Sport Science Research (CHESS) encompasses all physical and psychological aspects of exercise, health and sport science research.

Centre for Health, Exercise and Sport Science Research (CHESS)

The Centre for Health, Exercise and Sport Science Research (CHESS) encompasses all physical and psychological aspects of exercise, health and sport science research. There are two areas of special expertise within the centre:

1. Sports Performance
2. Physical Activity for Health

These areas of research interests form the activity hubs for innovative projects with International and UK external collaborators as well as specialist work within AECC University College.
CHESS benefits its members through a close and synergistic relationship with the consultancy centres in the School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity; including the Sport Performance Centre and the Physical Activity Referral Centre, both of which serve as rich environments for applied research data generation. 

Aims

Research centre aim:

1. Promote innovative research in all areas of health, exercise and sports science
2. Provide a central focus of a collaborative network of UK and international expertise in health, exercise and sports science research.

Members
• Stewart Cotterill
• Micah Atkinson
• Kirsty Brock
• Phill Heritage
• Ana Soares
• Alyx Taylor
• Zoe Wimshurst

Introduction to CHESS 

 

News 

Current projects: 

  • The relationship between physical activity and menopausal symptoms
  • Introducing inclusive exercise classes at primary school for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and closely related behavioural problems
  • The effectiveness of different visual skills training programmes on elite cricket
  • Quality of life in new amputees before receiving a prosthesis 
  • Use of virtual reality for decision-making training in sport
  • Leadership development in elite sports teams and academies
  • Developing mentally healthy environments in sport
  • Maximising psychological preparation for performance
Breaking news:

• CHESS team collaboration with masters of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners to enhance performance
• New CHESS team collaboration with GB Para Nordic Skiing for sports performance
• New partnership with Bournemouth Collegiate School enhancing their sports academies and raising sporting aspirations for the BCS students 
 

Get involved

CHESS welcomes new members and enquiries regarding collaboration, so if you are interested in health, exercise and sports science research please contact Dr Alyx Taylor: ataylor@aecc.ac.uk

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