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30th March 2011, 12:06pm
New sport science professor to champion research at Lincoln
Professor David Mullineaux The University of Lincoln has appointed Professor David Mullineaux as its first professor of sport science.

Professor Mullineaux will help to shape the research agenda of the University’s rapidly-emerging School of Sport, Coaching & Exercise Science.

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

Prof Mullineaux, who is originally from Cambridgeshire, gained his PhD on statistical methods in sport science from Sheffield Hallam University. His research has been published extensively and he has been awarded multiple external research grants. He is a regular speaker at academic conferences around the world.

His 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.

Prof Mullineaux 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.

“Many of my jobs have involved developing new or evolving departments, so I was delighted with the opportunity to lead and develop the research of a diverse and dynamic team in the emerging School of Sport, Coaching & Exercise Science.”

The professor will be working in the University of Lincoln’s cutting-edge Human Performance Centre, which has recently undergone an extensive redevelopment thanks to a grant of almost £2m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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