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Rob Parker, former international rugby league player, talked about recovery from addiction to pain medication
The talk, organised by the MSc in Sports and Exercise Psychology team, along with the Psychologically Informed Environments and Interventions (PIEaI) theme of the Psychological Sciences Research Group, was a very well attended event.
Staff and students had the opportunity to hear Rob share his experiences of his elite athletic career, and an in-depth account of his addiction and recovery.
Rob is a former international rugby league player who represented England, Warrington Wolves and Bradford Bulls during his career. He won two Super League medals, the Challenge Cup and the World Club Challenge during his career, but the physical toll of rugby league meant that he had suffered a number of serious injuries that threatened the longevity of his career.
In an attempt to keep playing and training, Rob began to rely on prescription opioid pain medication to overcome the effects of these injuries and keep him on the field. Unfortunately, this reliance led to a fully-formed addiction which he battled for five years. After a challenging but successful recovery, Rob is now able to raise awareness of the risks of addiction to painkillers, especially in sport.
Science Communication Online and Media Writing course
Online and Media Writing was a short online course designed to equip participants with the skills they needed to write about science and communicate clearly with non-scientists.
From identifying a story in a piece of research to shaping the material into engaging text, this course offered a comprehensive insight into science writing. The online course was available from 24 April 2017 to 2 July 2017.