Player care

This PhD project is being led by Rik Southworth. The supervisory team are Dr Melanie Lang, Dr Laura Purdy, and Professor Tom Cockburn.


Period: September 2022 – October 2025

This project will critically explore how football practitioners working within the Premier League’s Elite Performance Plan’s multi-disciplinary environment look to holistically care for players’ physical and mental wellbeing and the lived experiences of care among young professional football players in youth football academies.