The Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine's vision is "an active, healthy and winning nation through science". The MISSION is to exists as a centre of excellence for promoting a healthy, active lifestyle and optimal physical...
Athletes and coaches should factor in the “body clock” when measuring performance at different times of the day
Up until now, research-based evidence suggests that humans have a “sweet spot” for physical performance in the later afternoon, or even evening.
Can taking public transport lead to a healthier lifestyle?
This poster won The Best Poster award at ICPAPH (5th International Conference for Physical Activity and Public Health) held in Rio, Brazil in April, and Best Poster for the University of Cape Town Postgraduate Research Week (Health Science category)
Greater Performance Impairment of Black Runners than White Runners when Running in Hypoxia
Numerous studies have shown, for example, that Black athletes have a higher capacity to resist fatigue under unfavourable hot and humid environmental conditions.
Noakes gets top honour for sports science excellence
UCT Professor of Sports Science Tim Noakes has been awarded the prestigious South Africa Medal (Gold) by the Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3) for his work in sports science.

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Monday, 27 January 2020
Cycling performance, muscle activation & fatigue in Paralympic athletes with CP

This is the first study of its kind to investigate exercise performance and central regulation in a group of elite Paralympic athletes with cerebral palsy, as most research to date has focused on sedentary children.

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 - 14:30
ESSM Student Shameemah Abrahams receives SA Women in Science Award

The South African Women in Science Awards (WISA) are presented annually by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) recognising emerging and distinguished women researchers and promoting women in the field of Science. This year, WISA was held at the Hilton hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg on 16th August. The theme of this year’s awards was “The scourge of violence against women: What is the role of science and research?” which is in line with the 2013 United Nations theme for women.

Publication Date:
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 - 12:45
Can taking public transport lead to a healthier lifestyle?A study on the MyCiTi BRT System in Cape Town

Award Winning Poster

This poster won The Best Poster award at ICPAPH (5th International Conference for Physical Activity and Public Health) held in Rio, Brazil in April, and Best Poster for the University of Cape Town Postgraduate Research Week (Health Science category).

The presenter and author of the poster is Clare Bartels, a PhD candidate at ESSM.

Publication Date:
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 - 13:15
An evidence-driven approach to scrum law modifications in amateur rugby

The scrum (short for scrummage) is a fundamental facet of play in Rugby union and serves to restart the game after a stoppage in play.

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 May 2014 - 09:00