Race for the Front Row

Former Front Row Rugby Union player will deliver a guest lecture at London Met this week.
Date: 21 November 2016

Former professional Rugby Union player and St Mary’s University lecturer, Nick Porter, will be delivering a guest lecture to BA Sports Management and BA Business Management and Marketing students at London Met.

Nick will be coming to the University on 24 November to give a talk to students about deviant practices in sport. He will also present his PhD research results from his investigation among Rugby Union players.

His main area of research is about enhancing substance misuse in the sport discipline of Rugby. He said: “My research project uncovered how aspirational players who seek to compete at the higher echelons of the sport have a heightened appreciation towards enhanced muscular, size and strength capacities; deeming these aptitudes to be fundamental pre-requites to on-field success.

“This mind-set has coerced players to integrate both bodybuilding and weightlifting principles to their training and dieting routines. However, these logical and innovative methods to enhance strength and lean muscle mass have not just stopped there; with a clear indication that this has led to the rationalisation of performance enhancing substances across the sport.”

Nick graduated from St Mary’s University in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science. He then went on to study an MA in Sport in Society at the University of Brighton.

The talk will take place at the Moorgate Campus on 24 November at 10:30am.