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University combats first BASES workshop with British Judo


The University of Wolverhampton and British Judo jointly hosted the BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) workshop for students, elite judokas, athletes, and sporting professionals to share experiences and gain an insight into combat sport.

The workshop, which was held at the British Judo Olympic and Paralympic National Training Centre at the University’s Walsall Campus, saw presentations from respected lecturers and practitioners, whilst GB Judo performance staff led practical demonstrations in the dojo and gym.

Throughout the day, there was a mix of talks and practical sessions as well as the opportunity for delegates to network. Attendees heard from a range of researchers and practitioners from across combat sports on key topics including sports science, nutrition, analysis, and strength and conditioning.

Chris Barry, British Judo’s Senior Performance Analyst and Technical Coach, shared his story ‘Preparations for Tokyo 2020 and beyond’ and Jacob Eyres, the Lead physiotherapist for British Judo, led a mat-based practical on ‘Return to play’ showcasing how physiotherapists and coaches work together to benefit athletes.

Professor Andy Lane and Professor Yoko Tanabe at the University’s School of Sport led a session on ‘Psychological preparation for combat sport’ followed by Lauran Jackson and Mark Niemz discussing Strength Diagnostics in elite judoka. 

Dr Ross Cloak, Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Science, who organised the event said: “This was the first combat sport workshop hosted by the University and British Judo in collaboration with BASES.

“It was a great day with lots of great presentations on topics like weight making, injury rehabilitation and goal setting in combat sport, with lots of opportunity for knowledge exchange between participants.

“We had a number of our undergraduate and postgraduate sport and exercise science students supporting the event and it was a fantastic opportunity for them to make some valuable contacts.

“It was also great to see we had a diverse audience at the event from around the UK and Europe and I look forward to working with our partners as we make plans for future events.”

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