Sports and Exercise Sciences Research Institute (SESRI)


The Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute (SESRI) aim is to facilitate, co-ordinate and to carry out high quality research and to promote a vibrant culture of research and scholarship within Ulster University and in partnership with health providers, sports governing bodies and other centres of excellence.  The key areas are:

Centre for Physical Activity and Health: the Centre for Physical Activity and Health uses epidemiological and empirical methods to investigate the role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and the promotion of psychological well-being.

The Centre for Sport in Society: conducts research on sport from a range of disciplinary perspectives including sociology, political science, history, management, psychology and law.

Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine: Sports Sciences research aims to further our understanding of the learning processes, mental imagery processes and biomechanical principles governing sport and exercise performances across the spectrum ranging from beginner to elite performer levels.

There are four main laboratory areas for the SESRI:

- biochemistry lab (equipment used includes a spectrophotometer; a DNA microarray scanner; an HPLC adept system; and a microplate reader)

- physiology lab (equipment includes a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, which measures bone compsition; a metabolic analysis and nutritional assessment system; and a number of activity monitors)

- biomechanics lab (equipment for analysing sports movement includes a series of force platforms; a 12-camera passive motion capture system; and a quadruple movement analysis CODA motion analysis system)

- biomechanics-field lab in the university's indoor running track

- Bruker electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer - measures free radicals in the body, which can determine the likelihood of long-term development of chronic disease.


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