ISH promotes and coordinates research into sports and exercise sciences at UCD, from undergraduate to postdoctoral level. Main areas of interest and expertise include:
- Exercise and health in children. (Prof. Colin Boreham)
- Type II diabetes and the role of physical activity from whole body to the molecular level. (Prof. Giuseppe de Vito; Dr. Brendan Egan)
- Exercise and functional fitness in the elderly. (Prof. Giuseppe de Vito)
- Nutritional enhancement of physical performance. (Dr. Brendan Egan)
- Psychology of sports and exercise behaviour. (Dr. James Matthews)
- Ankle sprain and chronic ankle instability. (Dr. Eamonn Delahunt)
- Sensor applications and electrical stimulation for sport and health. (Dr. Brian Caulfield)
- Exercise and back pain. (Dr. Deirdre Hurley-Osing)
Research is supported by external funding, and collaboration is widespread both within UCD, and with external organisation world-wide.
The core facilities for sports science research include a BASES accredited Human Performance Laboratory and a state-of-the-art biomechanics laboratory (including sophisticated motion capture systems).