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Sports Science Summit 2018


​Leeds Trinity University and Australian Catholic University (ACU) are proud to launch the inaugural Sports Science Summit 2018, welcoming leading academics from the UK, Europe and Australia on campus to present their latest research.

What's happening?

The #LTUsss2018 will feature keynote talks from world-class athlete Jenny Meadows and Olympic Silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne, and will focus on key themes around high performance sport including performance enhancing strategies, training load, fatigue monitoring (including injury and recovery) and high performance systems and technology.

The three-day event, taking place at Leeds Trinity University from Monday 21 May to Wednesday 23 May 2018, will include big names in the world of sports science academia including: Professor Barry Drust (Liverpool John Moore's University) discussing technology in soccer; Dr Paul Comfort (University of Salford) discussing strength and power profiling; Professor Emma Stevenson (Newcastle University) discussing nutrition and recovery; Dr Martin Buchheit (Paris Saint-Germain Football Club) discussing high intensity interval training; and Professor Susan Backhouse (Leeds Beckett University) discussing doping in sports.

#LTUsss2018 is the result of a partnership agreement signed in November between Leeds Trinity University and the Australian Catholic University, which recognises the collaboration between the universities.

Date and TimePerformance
(Monday 21 May)
Load and Fatigue Monitoring, Injury, Recovery
(Tuesday 22 May)
High Performance Systems and Technology
(Wednesday 23 May)
10:00am - 10:30am

Summit Introduction

Professor Carlton Cooke
(Leeds Trinity University)

Monitoring Training Load and Fatigue

Dr Stuart Cormack
(Australian Catholic University)

Wearable Technology and Player Tracking

Dr Richard Johnston 
(Australian Catholic University)

10:30am - 11:00am

Strength and Power Profiling

Dr Paul Comfort
(University of Salford Manchester)

Recovery in Strength and Conditioning

Professor Craig Twist
(University of Chester)

Applying Science to Performance. A Key Determinant of Successful Outcomes

Professor Barry Drust
(Liverpool John Moores University)

11:00am - 11:30am

High Intensity Interval Training

Dr Martin Buchheit 
(Paris Saint-Germain FC)

Nutrition and Recovery

Professor Emma Stevenson
(Newcastle University)

Collaboration between Science and Practice

Professor Ben Jones
(Leeds Beckett University)

11:30am - 12:15pmOn the Bench with Martin and PaulOn the Bench with Emma, Craig and StuOn the Bench with Barry, Ben and Rich
1:30pm - 2:00pm

Half-time Strategies to enhance Team Sport Performance

Dr Mark Russell
(Leeds Trinity University)

Contemporary Approaches to Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Dr David Opar
(Australian Catholic University)

What it takes to win and the Search for Marginal Gains

Dr Scott Gardner
(Track Record Coaching Ltd and Visiting Fellow, University of Lincoln)

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Doping in Sports

Professor Susan Backhouse
(Leeds Beckett University)

TBCPanel session with guest presenters
2:30pm - 3:00pmOn the Bench with Mark and SusanOn the Bench with David and TBC
3:30pm - 4:15pm

The Athlete's Perspective

Jenny Meadows 
(Olympic 800m runner)

The Athlete's Perspective

Keri-Anne Payne
(Double World Champion and Olympic Silver medallist - Open water swimming)


Monday 21 May – Wednesday 23 May 2018


Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to practitioners, academics and those studying in sports science, high performance sport and athlete management.

Delegate rates vary depending on whether you wish to join for one, two or the full three days. Early bird rates are available until Friday 20 April. Students can benefit from a reduced rate.

To book your tickets please click the link for our online store.

Further information

For further information please check the ACU website or email Dr Mark Russell, Reader in Performance Nutrition and Applied Physiology at Leeds Trinity University.