Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Get Involved

These studies are carried out by The Research Group in Breast Health, headed by Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scurr. Read more about the research group on our Breast Health website.

We are always seeking volunteers to take part in our research studies. These studies are often interesting and provide an insight in to the work we undertake. The requirements for participating vary for each study, for instance, some studies will require you to undertake daily activity or others, prolonged exercise. Similarly, some of our research may require a single visit to the laboratory, whereas others may require multiple visits. Our research involves the recruitment of female participants only and usually a small amount of money or gifts are available for volunteers to cover their expenses.

Want to know more?

Fill in this form to keep informed about our activities, sign up for workshops or volunteer for our studies.

A number of our facilities are also available for use in commercial testing and consultancy.

See below studies that you can participate in to help us with our research.

Call for participants

fitness study for pregnant women

Fitness wear for pregnant women

Aims: to investigate the biomechanical and perceptual effect of specific maternity fitnesswear for pregnant women during exercise. 

We need: 8 active women who are between 18 and 26 weeks pregnant. 

What do you need to do? The testing session lasts approx 2 hours and involves walking/ light jogging for 5 minutes and a standing balance test in two sets of clothing. You will have reflective markers attached to the clothing which will be used to track movement. 

What do you get? £50 fitnesswear voucher.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary, and there is no pressure for participants to take part.

For more info contact: sophie.rej@port.ac.uk.

sports bra study

Sports Bra Testing

We regularly provide scientific bra testing services to help brands all over the world to develop the best possible products. To test these products, we are looking for females who:

  • Are aged between 18 and 39 years old
  • Bra size 32-36 B-E 
  • Regularly exercising and able to run on a treadmill at a moderate speed for up to two minutes at a time
  • If you are unsure of your bra size we provide a professional bra fit
  • Testing sessions should take no longer than 90 minutes. 
  • We can offer you £15 for your time

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information please email Brogan Horler or drop into the University of Portsmouth, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Spinnaker Building, Room 1.02 , Cambridge Road, PO1 2ER.