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The Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work, part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, brings together disciplines related to physical activity, health and social work to form an academic community focused on physical and mental wellbeing.
We provide excellent opportunities for research, and actively encourage cross-discipline collaboration. Our established and well regarded research communities undertake world leading research and the department offers a range of commercial services to external clients.
We are passionate about community engagement and employability and have many links with external bodies and employers.
Paul Hough is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at Oxford Brookes University, and on World Sleep Day 2022 he outlines the importance of sleep for athletes’ performance and recovery.
Following former Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson's diagnosis of early-onset dementia at 42 and probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and a number of NFL and rugby league players facing a similar prognosis, a new research study explores the experiences of family members of former athletes with CTE.