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UC Connect: To fall or not to fall - The science of rock-climbing

  • UC Connect 24 May
  • Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 07:00PM to 24 May 2017, 08:00PM
  • Location: C1, Central Lecture Theatres, Ilam Campus
  • Presented By: Professor Nick Draper
  • Ticket: Free

By their very nature, adventure sports involve managing risk, and rock climbing is an archetypal adventure sport. On leaving the ground, a climber has to manage the risk involved in making an ascent. The risks or stresses associated with rock climbing are multifaceted, including aspects such as the height and a potential fall, equipment and safety, the environment and the nature of the climb.

Since he was a teenager making his first climbing ascent on the Dorset coast, Professor Nick Draper has been fascinated by the psychological and physiological stresses associated with climbing. He’s interested is exploring the ability of experienced climbers to ‘lock-down’ the anxiety associated with ascending a route many metres above the ground.

This upcoming UC Connect public lecture will focus primarily on the psychophysiological stresses associated with climbing, a sport which, in Tokyo in 2020, will become Olympic event.

Professor of Sport & Exercise Science at the UC College of Education, Health & Human Development, Nick Draper has an extensive background in sport coaching and physical education, specialising in sport and exercise science; exercise physiology. His research primarily takes an applied focus, most recently working on multi-centre and multi-disciplinary research projects.

Professor Draper is Chair of the International Rock Climbing Research Association (IRCRA). He is currently leading an international multi-centre trial of sport-specific measurement and evaluation for the sport of rock climbing (

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