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Sports and Exercise Science Research

Sports and Exercise Science

The Sports and Exercise Science (SaES) Team at Lancaster University are based within Lancaster Medical School, and are one of only a small number of Sports and Exercise Science units in the UK based in a medical school.

Being part of a medical school is a huge benefit to the portfolio of research activities which connects widely to enhance health and wellbeing, including in an ageing population, as well as enhancing sporting performance.

The strategic positioning of the Lancaster SaES Team in Lancaster Medical School, part of Faculty of Health and Medicine, aligns perfectly with the scientific strength of the research portfolio of the Team. The portfolio includes work in sports performance, resilience, health and exercise, injury, frailty and musculoskeletal function.

The SaES research team includes clinical colleagues who combine clinical roles with their research activities. The Team collaborate widely within the Sports and Exercise Science domain and beyond with psychology, ageing and muscle function networks to leverage their strategic positioning.

  • Our research aims to understand the ageing process with a focus on frailty and muscle dysfunction.
  • We have research activity exploring resilience in athletes which can be connected with other populations.
  • Our research on sporting injuries connects fundamental biomechanics to applied scenarios for athletes and sports clubs.
  • Across our research topics there is a focus on a understanding how healthy lifestyles can support athletes and members of all communities.


Christopher Gaffney

Dr Christopher Gaffney

Senior Lecturer in Integrative Physiology

Experimental Medicine

A49, A - Floor, Health Innovation One
Michelle Swainson

Dr Michelle Swainson

Lecturer in Physiology

+44 (0)1524 522146 A45, A - Floor, Health Innovation One