I used science to be a Professional Football Player

Name: Lee Trundle
Job Title: Former Professional Football Player

Name: Lee Trundle
Job Title: Former Professional Football Player

Lee is a former professional football player and is now a club ambassador for Swansea City AFC. Lee talks to us about how diverse the jobs in football and sport are –whether nutritionists and physiotherapists looking after the health of players, sports scientists analysing match and training and performance, or IT roles supporting the growing use of technology in sports.

Lee is a former professional football player and is now a club ambassador for Swansea City AFC. Lee talks to us about how diverse the jobs in football and sport are –whether nutritionists and physiotherapists looking after the health of players, sports scientists analysing match and training and performance, or IT roles supporting the growing use of technology in sports.

I would call myself a scientist now, because we use a lot of maths and everything that I have learnt has come from a basis of science. "

I can spend days at schools or charity events, but it’s mostly out and about in the community – meeting fans and going to events.

From a football point of you … we’ve got the analysis side which is massive in football, you’ve got the nutrition side where you’ve got to be at your best. There’s a lot of things that you probably don’t think about and I think the way that football is going at the moment, that’s only going to get bigger. A lot of people want to grow up and play professional sport, but there are so many jobs involved [in science and technology].

I was better at sport. I wasn’t very academic but I always tried my best. I did enjoy the science side of it because it was interesting.

 Paul Gascoigne. He was someone who played with a smile on his face.

Always believe in yourself and always give yourself the best opportunity. I think the way you live off the football pitch is a massive part of today’s game, so it’s not only what you do on there but what you do in your everyday life as well. Just keep working at it.

I think the way you live off the football pitch is a massive part of today’s game, so it’s not only what you do on there but what you do in your everyday life as well. Just keep working at it."

I can spend days at schools or charity events, but it’s mostly out and about in the community – meeting fans and going to events.

From a football point of you … we’ve got the analysis side which is massive in football, you’ve got the nutrition side where you’ve got to be at your best. There’s a lot of things that you probably don’t think about and I think the way that football is going at the moment, that’s only going to get bigger. A lot of people want to grow up and play professional sport, but there are so many jobs involved [in science and technology].

I was better at sport. I wasn’t very academic but I always tried my best. I did enjoy the science side of it because it was interesting.

 Paul Gascoigne. He was someone who played with a smile on his face.

Always believe in yourself and always give yourself the best opportunity. I think the way you live off the football pitch is a massive part of today’s game, so it’s not only what you do on there but what you do in your everyday life as well. Just keep working at it.

What STEM jobs are there in sport?

Sport is a multi-billion-pound industry with very fine margins between winning and losing. Sports science is a hugely important part of that. Most sports clubs (for example football, rugby, athletics, cycling) and governing bodies (for example, the British Olympic team) employ many sport scientists in diverse roles.

Sports science includes:

Nutritionists

Making sure athletes have the best food and drink diet possible to perform.

Performance Analysts

Analysing data such as GPS-movements, limb or whole-body movement with motion-tracking cameras or using statistics to get look at things in new ways.

Sports Psychologists

Preparing athletes for the demands of their job, developing strategies to deal with nerves, self-confidence and concentration.

Sports science includes:

Nutritionists

Making sure athletes have the best food and drink diet possible to perform.

Performance Analysts

Analysing data such as GPS-movements, limb or whole-body movement with motion-tracking cameras or using statistics to get look at things in new ways.

Sports Psychologists

Preparing athletes for the demands of their job, developing strategies to deal with nerves, self-confidence and concentration.
More information
Swansea University has state of the art facilities for sport science teaching and research. These include equipment for measuring oxygen levels during exercise, slow-motion cameras to record movement and pressure plates to measure forces when jumping.
You can read and watch more about the life of a sport scientist on the Swansea City Football Club website here.
There are also many videos on YouTube showing sports scientists at work:
Olympics – A Day in the Life of A Sports Scientist
Science in Sport – Top Strength & Conditioning Tips
More information
Swansea University has state of the art facilities for sport science teaching and research. These include equipment for measuring oxygen levels during exercise, slow-motion cameras to record movement and pressure plates to measure forces when jumping.
You can read and watch more about the life of a sport scientist on the Swansea City Football Club website here.
There are also many videos on YouTube showing sports scientists at work:
Olympics – A Day in the Life of A Sports Scientist
Science in Sport – Top Strength & Conditioning Tips