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An interview with Hayley Legg

Hayley Legg is currently studying for a PhD at University of Saskatchewan in Canada, with a focus on older adults. She teaches mainly on the MSc in S&C and previously carried out an MRes here at St Mary’s, investigating the biomechanical effects of weightlifting shoes.

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Can you give us an overview of your role at St Marys within the S&C programme?

I started working at St Marys in 2007. My current role is Senior Lecturer in S&C for the distance learning Master's programme. My day to day activities range from module administration, online engagement with students and content delivery. Aside from the lecturer role, I spend time looking for ways to engage our students and the program with the S&C National bodies (UKSCA, NSCA, ASCA).

What is your history with S&C?

My initial interest in S&C began as a rugby player and being coached by Gil Stevenson and Jon Goodwin. I have spent many an hour in the weight room and field. Towards the end of my undergraduate degree, my curiosity towards S&C and biomechanics became more and more apparent. 

Can you talk us through your main research interests?

My current research, based at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, is focusing on the upper body strength capacity of older adults and how this relates to their ability to withstand a forward fall impact.  In recent years I have moved away from the performance aspect of S&C and I am more interested in the health and long term influence it can have on an aging population.  Prior to this I was interested in the biomechanics of weight room activities and how they can be manipulated.

Discuss how an S&C coach can apply your research to their practice and where you see the potential benefits to the community?

My research is heavily focussed towards clinicians and practitioners working with an elderly population.  There is certainly clinical and community benefits for older adults.  With the aid of my research, it is hoped that a full understanding of the role of the upper extremity in arresting a fall may help to reduce the incidents of injury in older adults.

Do you have any advice for those entering S&C?

Tricky question.  I would say getting a very broad background and range of experience.  Not just in sport populations, but children, older adults, individuals with disabilities.  Try and see the same thing a thousand ways.

How can we find out more about your current research and / or applied practice?

You can follow my research online: 

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