School of Health & Human Performance

Research | Health and Human Performance


Research at the School of Health and Human Performance provides an environment devoted to learning, developing, understanding and advancing in the areas of sport and health science. Our focus is on using the knowledge gained from our learnings to challenge the series of health issues which impact modern society in conjunction with evolving our knowledge associated with the factors critical to sporting performance.

With the academic proficiency and expertise existing within our school, underpinned by our strong multicultural partnerships, international research, and societal engagement, our research:

  • Influences public policy
  • Contributes to successful sporting performance and maintenance
  • Promotes the importance of healthy lifestyle management and adaptation
  • Increases awareness over communicable disease prevention and control
  • Creates leaders for future generations

Our school boasts specialists in a wide range of areas such as exercise physiology, sport psychology, cardiology, cellular biology, biomechanics, physical activity and public health, motor control, coaching, physiotherapy and athletic rehabilitation. With such a strong academic set-up in an innovative source of ground-breaking thinking which is DCU we are strongly supported by partners such as:

  • Enterprise Ireland
  • European Union (e.g. FP7)
  • Science Foundation of Ireland (e.g. Clarity)
  • Insight
  • Irish Research Council

Each of our research clusters and centers is the spearhead in its own domain. As visionaries in progression, governance, policy development and application, from a sporting and physical activity field, our school cultivates the leaders of the future and the present.

Research Interests & Expertise

Our School has a vast range of categories all of which fall under the umbrella of health and sport science. In addition with this our strategy is to align our research interests into a number of centers and clusters all of which contain specialists in their specific areas.

  • Physical Education with Biology & Mathematics
  • Athletic Therapy and Training
  • Sport Science and Health