Liverpool John Moores University’s (LJMU) School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and University of Liverpool’s Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital in partnership with Randox Health completed a week of public health programmes.
The team presenting Derry Matthews, Professor David Richardson, Matt McGovern, Franny Norton, Katie Coyle, Dr James Morton, George Wilson and Dr Graeme Close
LJMU’s professor of human physiology, Dr Graeme Close
LJMU’s reader in exercise metabolism and nutrition,
Dr James Morton
School pupils race Franny Norton on a horse simulator
LJMU exercise physiologist, George Wilson, a practical demonstration
Who will be first past the post?
High interval training
School pupils train with boxing champion Derry Matthews
Racing legend Franny Norton, boxing champion Derry Matthews and Olympic athlete Matt McGovern worked alongside world-leading sport scientists, equine health experts and Randox to deliver interactive sessions and presentations to the public about the benefits of a preventive health approach in exercise and life in general. This included Merseyside school pupils boxing with Derry Matthews, discovering the demands on jockeys through racing Franny Norton on a horse simulator, and learning about different approaches to High Interval Training (HIT), all alongside world-class sport science support. Talks and presentations considered personalised approaches to athletic weight-making, general healthcare and included an open tour of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES), a source of expertise for many elite athletes and the community.