Students Gain Valuable Transferable Skills On PESS Internships

Each year the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department offers a number of paid internships aimed at those who are interested in gaining experience in research.

At today’s research seminar, recipients of the 2017/2018 internships (Victoria Costello, Cormac Kelly and Tim Locke) presented their research findings from their placements in the PESS department. The students also provided insight into how they contributed to the research projects and the valuable skills they gained from working in the department.

In addition to the experience of participating in a collaborative research environment, the students reported numerous personal and professional benefits such as a deeper knowledge of their respective research areas,  improved IT and research analytical skills and the opportunity to apply research in real-world settings.

Cormac Kelly, 4th year Sport and Exercise Sciences,  participated in research that examined the role of exercise intensity on anxiety responses to acute aerobic exercise among young adults (18-28) engaged in an 8-week lifestyle intervention as part of the Active Body, Active Mind Broadening the Curriculum Module.  Cormac was supervised by Dr. Matthew Herring and Dr. Mark Campbell.

Victoria Costello presented findings from the Irish Rugby Union Surveillance (IRIS) project. The internship involved baseline screening to investigate the incidence, type, nature and severity of injury in Irish Amateur Rugby Union players.  This research is part of a longer epidemiological study.  Victoria was supervised by Dr. Ian Kenny and Dr. Tom Comyns and supported by Caithriona Yeomans (PESS PhD Student).

Tim Locke presented research on the effect of milk-derived protein supplementation on the recovery of muscle function following resistance exercise. Tim was supervised and mentored by Dr. Brian Carson, Prof.Phil Jakeman and Dr. Rob Davies.

The PESS Internship is an opportunity for individuals to spend up to eight weeks in PESS gaining experience in one of the department’s research priority areas, (1) Food for Health, (2) Physical Activity and Health, (3) Sport and Human Performance and (4) Sport Pedagogy.  The internships allows individuals an opportunity to work with PESS faculty, explore further their interest and disposition to postgraduate study/and / or to consider working in a university setting.

Details of the PESS Internships for 2018/2019 will be advertised in the coming weeks.

Pictured left to right in feature image: Victoria Costello, Cormac Kelly and Tim Locke

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