During Laura's third year studying sport and exercise science at
Cardiff Metropolitan University, she applied for a physiology
internship at Sport Wales. Her first day in the role, she was
thrown in at the deep end at a Great Britain Under 23 rowing
"I love the buzz of working in a high performance environment
and helping athletes be the best they can be. I worked with a
number of sports during my internship including Welsh Rowing, Welsh
Cycling and Welsh Shooting."
Once Laura had achieved a first class with honours degree, she
was appointed as a full-time physiologist at Sport Wales. Her role
is to ensure optimal performance is achieved by using a range of
methodologies to ensure the training prescribed is appropriate.
She monitors the intensities of training to ensure the
right energy system is targeted to make sure the body adapts to the
training. To ensure that the body is adapting and improving, she
performs regular physiological assessments to monitor progress.
"In addition," Laura explains, "physiology can also provide
different types of stimulus to gain performance improvements, for
example, altitude training. Physiology also helps our athletes to
prepare for competition for example, appropriate warm up and
recovery strategies and acclimatising to adverse climates."
Currently, Laura's work is mainly focussed on Welsh Boxing,
Welsh Sprint Cycling, Welsh Bowls and Welsh Rowing. She has worked
with the Under 23 GB rowing team at two camps based at Sport Wales
and is assisting at the English Institute of Sport in Bisham Abbey
during the busy Olympic and Paralympic preparation.
She is also studying a Masters in sport and exercise science at