Kate Williams DProf (c)
Supporting the Physical Literacy Journey for Elite Rugby Players Through Injury Reduction Strategies
This research is aimed at injury reduction initially with a focus on Rugby Union. Kate has a special interest in concussion, lumbar and pelvic hip injuries. The research study involves working with professional rugby players to put in place injury prevention strategies in order to maximise squad availability and team success.
Publications and conference presentations for this research.
Kate Piper (PhD c)
Mass Participation Sports Events (MPSE) and Physical Literacy in Pembrokeshire
A phenomenological perspective on motivation and determinants of physical activity and health around Mass Participation Sport Events in Pembrokeshire.
Over the last ten years there has been unprecedented growth and participation in a range of new and exciting activities such as triathlon, open water swimming and parkrun. Collectively these activities are known as Mass Participation Sports Events (MPSE). Focused in Pembrokeshire where Ironman Wales is located Kate’s study is a 3 year, scholarship funded, PhD that aims to better understand the upsurge in interest in these events by providing a phenomenological perspective of motivations and determinants of physical activity and health experienced by MPSE participants. The study draws together Physical Literacy across its outdoor, recreational, motivational and regional dimensions.
Amanda John (PhD c)
Successful Kinaesthetic Instruction for Pre-schoolers (SKIP Cymru) and Physical Literacy
The impact of a programme of professional development for early childhood teachers and practitioners in Successful Kinaesthetic Instruction for Pre-schoolers (SKIP Cymru) on pupils’ physical development and physical activity behaviours.
At a time of unprecedented concern around the inactivity of young children and the rise in sedentary behaviours this study will assess the effectiveness of SKIP Cymru in the Foundation Phase in Wales. It will examine how changes in teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge impact on pupils’ physical development and physical activity behaviours. Through widespread access to schools in Pembrokeshire Amanda’s study is a 3 year, scholarship funded, PhD that develops from the work of Dr Nalda Wainwright to explore Physical Literacy through the relationship between physical competence and physical activity levels of pupils’ in the Foundation Phase in Wales.
Graham French (PhD c)
Physical Literacy as Adventures Activities in School Physical Education
How can a pedagogical model for adventurous activities be implemented within the physical education curriculum?
Adventurous activities are a statutory aspect of physical education provision in Wales yet pupils’ experience of AA is often limited to unchallenging orienteering lessons or a one-off visit to an outdoor centre. Graham’s study explores the implementation and impact of a new approach to outdoor and adventurous activities for pupils in Wales that seeks to increase the opportunities for school-based, teacher-initiated and pupil-foused AA. Drawing upon the work of Dr Andy Williams and Dr Nalda Wainwright this study examines Physical Literacy links between adventurous activities and school-based physical education.
Arwel Phillips (PhD c)
Physical literacy, outdoor activities, language and culture in Wales
What contribution does Welsh medium outdoor education at Glan-Llyn OE centre make to the cultural development of young people in Wales?
Wales is a bilingual country historically, socially and culturally and Canolfan Addysg Awyr Agored Glan-Llyn / Glan Llyn Outdoor Education Centre is a key location for the delivery of outdoor education in a welsh language context for young people in Wales. Arwel’s research examines the impact of Glan Llyn upon young people’s cultural development and takes an innovative ethnographic approach to investigate the cultural messages that are promoted and received during a residential visit to the centre. The study explores Physical Literacy links across outdoor activities, language and culture.
Dave Gardner (PhD c)
Physical Literacy and Improved Health in Middle Aged Women
Does one high intensity training session per week provide late middle aged women with the equivalent physical and functional adaptations to those achieved by the following the current American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) internationally recognised guidelines for exercise.
Current epidemiological evidence indicates that late middle aged women (45-65 years) who are inactive are likely to have lower physiological and physical capacities than those who train on a regular basis. This ultimately leads to greater incidence of illness and disability as they get older reducing their quality of life and places a preventable burden on the health care systems. Dave’s research aims to determine whether one high intensity training session per week will provide the same physical and functional adaptations as suggested by ACSM. Dave’s study develops the work of Dr Peter Herbert and extends our understanding of Physical Literacy by focusing on physical activity, older people and strength training.
Dr. Andy Williams & Dr. Nalda Wainwright
Higher Education, Adventurous Activities and Physical Literacy
Andy and Nalda’s current research investigates higher education students’ responses to a module of learning structured around a new pedagogical model for Adventurous Activities. Developing from their work in 2016 that identified 4 key features or ‘non-negotiables’ (mainly outdoors, experiential learning, challenge-by-choice and managed risk) that need to be present for adventurous activity learning to take place. This current research evaluates the student’s experiences of this new model for adventurous activities learning.