First sport science professor joins university

Professor David Mullineaux is the first professor of sport science at the University of Lincoln to aid with research for the School of Sport, Coaching & Exercise Science.

Mullineaux has joined Lincoln from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky, USA.

Originally from Cambridgeshire, He gained his PhD on statistical methods in sport science from Sheffield Hallam University.

His research has been published extensively and he was awarded multiple research grants. He is a regular speaker at academic conferences around the world.

Mullineaux’s work has covered subjects as diverse as the barriers to participation in physical activity and the biomechanics underpinning the movement of distance runners, tennis players and horses.

He said: “This was an exciting opportunity to return to the UK after eight years in industry and academia in the USA.

“I chose the University of Lincoln because it is committed to research both on a local level, with direct community impact in Lincolnshire, and on a national and global scale.

“There are opportunities in elite sport with the 2012 Olympics equestrian training camp at the Riseholme campus, the rising rate of obesity is being addressed, the quality and quantity of physical education of children in Lincolnshire schools is being evaluated, and links between the golf industry and human performance are being developed.”

Mullineaux will be working in the University of Lincoln’s Human Performance Centre, which was recently revamped with a grant of almost £2 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Source: University of Lincoln