• Question: How would your area link to sport?

    Asked by Keith to Sally, James, David, Dan on 14 Mar 2019.
    • Photo: James Munro

      James Munro answered on 14 Mar 2019:


      Hey Keith! Good question. I link my work to sport a lot!

      I currently work with a sports scientist in my university who is an ex professional referee. We are doing research with Rugby and basketball referees as well as professional downhill mountain bikers. We are tracking their eyes as they make quick decisions, and analysing that data and comparing it to non-experts.

      Pretty fun. Sports psychology is a blast at times.

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      Sally Tilt answered on 14 Mar 2019:


      This is a fun question!

      Sport and exercise is pretty important in prisons – and prison gyms, although not plush, are generally pretty well equipped. One area that is beginning to grow in prisons is to introduce parkruns. If you haven’t come across parkruns – they are free, weekly, 5k runs in open spaces – over 3 million people are registered with parkrun, and run or volunteer at these events. Another feature of them is that they are pretty social events – people often have a chat and a coffee after the run.

      More recently some prisons have started to introduce parkruns in their grounds https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/tag/prison-parkruns/ – not only is this great in terms of encouraging people to exercise – the additional neat thing is that people can then continue to run with parkrun on their release – and we know that having supportive relationships within leisure activities can be a really helpful way to reduce reoffending.

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      David Chadwick answered on 15 Mar 2019:


      Internet security links to sport in many ways. The London Olympics had hundreds of computers measuring times, displaying results, analysing blood samples etc. And all of these had to be protected from hackers. Imagine the embarrassment if a computer announced that the wrong person was to get a gold medal, or if a drug cheat had his results altered to say that he was in the clear.

      In fact there is no area of modern day life that does not in some way link to computers, and therefore to internet security (since all computers today are connected to the Internet)

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