Research Impact

Research Impact

UL/PESS Research Podcast Series

People with low lean tissue or muscle mass are classified as sarcopenic. Conservative estimates predict that the incidence of sarcopenia will increase by 50% over the next 30 years, making it a major public health issue among Ireland’s increasing older population. Prof Phil Jakeman and Dr Catherine Norton discuss their research which has proven that that sarcopenia can be offset by modifications to dietary habits. Their research shows that optimising the quality and timing of protein intake decreases age-related loss of muscle mass and in turn can benefit the quality of life of those who are affected by sarcopenia.  Listen to podcast HERE

Fix the Fixing – Defeating Match Fixing in Sport: More than 12% of athletes have played in a match that was fixed and nearly 15% suspect they have, according to the findings of a European survey. Dr Deirdre O’Shea and Dr Tadhg MacIntyre (PESS) are two psychologists who have been involved in a pan-European Erasmus+ project called Fix the Fixing. Their research seeks to tackle this global phenomenon, and understand its impact on the athletes involved, the supporters and the overall reputation of sport. Listen to podcast HERE

A Nation of Couch Potatoes - Health and wellbeing are human rights which are put at risk by sedentary behaviours and lack of physical activity. UL’s research is helping Ireland and Europe identify the most effective strategies for combatting these ever-increasing threats to health, and to promote health for citizens of all ages. Professor Alan Donnelly and Dr Ciaran Mac Donncha Ling are researchers at the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Limerick.  Listen to podcast HERE

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