Dr Nichola Kentzer, whose interest spans across sport psychology and education, recently published a book chapter combining the two areas. Nichola’s chapter, written with Dr Emma Huntley from Edgehill University, ‘Sport, Psychology and Christianity: The Importance of Reflective Practice’ examines how sport psychologists can work with athletes of faith effectively. The chapter forms part of a textbook aimed to support applied practitioners.
Back on 12th July, Dr Nichola Kentzer presented a round table discussion at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Special Interest Group conference on ‘Mental health and wellbeing in education’. Nichola presented her research on the importance of this area to doctoral students on their PhD journey. The research was well received and a number of exciting projects, related to this area, are in the pipeline. Nichola also has a book chapter on ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’ in education coming out this year – watch this space!
Dr Alex Twitchen has once again been accepted to present at the UK Coaching Applied Research Conference, being hosted at Derby County F.C., with two colleagues from the FA. Alex will be presenting in February 2019 on the UEFA B Vets project which is investigating the impact of a peer to peer learning environment. Alex previously presented at the 2018 inaugural conference on his research into ‘randomly applied constraints as a means to develop and improve the practice design skills of coaches’. Congratulations Alex!
In October 2017, Dr Ben Langdown was invited to deliver a 1 day keynote workshop to The Professional Golfers’ Association of The Czech Republic in Prague. Ben shared research around creativity in coaching, movement variability and warm-up protocols for golf. The workshop combined theory and practical elements to support over 40 PGA golf coaches from both The Czech Republic and Slovakia.
2018 has again shaped up to be a year of international dissemination for Ben. In July he travelled to The University of The Fraser Valley, based in British Columbia, Canada to share his latest research at The World Scientific Congress of Golf. Ben presented two research projects to the audience of academics and coaches. His first was focussed on the warm-up habits of highly skilled golfers which he has been collaborating with The Professional Golfers’ Association on (abstract available here). Secondly, he presented initial data on the practice and tournament volumes of young golfers to highlight that very little is known about the impact on their performance and longevity in the sport (abstract available here).
October, 2018 saw Ben head off to the sunshine state of Florida to present his research for the fourth time at the World Golf Fitness Summit. This summit is attended by over 600 strength and conditioning coaches and golf coaches from around the globe. You can check out Ben’s presentation slides and summary here and keep an eye out on this site for more updates on publications following these conferences.
Dr Caroline Heaney has recently had two articles published in BASEM Today and Football, Medicine & Performance. These applied articles are dissemination pieces stemming from Caroline’s PhD research into the psychology of sports injury. The articles focus on ‘How can we successfully integrate sport psychology into sport and exercise medicine education?’ and ‘What do sports medicine professionals working in football need to know about sport psychology?‘ respectively.
In December 2017, Candice Lingam-Willgoss presented her research on the differences between recreational and elite athletes’ experiences of motherhood at the 2017 BPS – Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology conference in Glasgow. Fast forward 12 months and Candice will be presenting again at this year’s BPS annual conference, this time in Belfast, on her research into elite female athlete career transitions in sport.
On 3-5 May 2017, Dr Helen Owton was invited to present in a symposium at the Annual British Psychological Society at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, UK. She presented in the symposium “Using film in critical arts-based psychological research” with her paper “The video space in sensitive research: Using arts based methods” drawing from her collection of work on employing creative analytical practices investigating sexual abuse in sport.
- Owton, H. and Sparkes, A. (2017). Sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport: Bella’s story. Sport, Education and Society. Click here.
- Owton, H. (2016) A qualitative case study of Sexual Abuse in Sport, Basingstoke, Palgrave Publishers, pp. 109 IBSN 978-3319467955
Dr Karen Howells presented “Qualitative exploration of Adversarial Growth in Elite Swimmers” at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) Conference 2016 in Mecure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa. The Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP) promotes the professional interests of sport and exercise psychologists and is part of the British Psychological Society. Karen presented her work as the PhD award winner and received great feedback about her research.
Dr Ben Langdown, Lecturer in Sport and Fitness, attended the World Golf Fitness Summit in New Orleans in October 2016. This is an event which attracts over 600 international coaches, trainers and golf researchers. He presented research from the final experimental chapter of his PhD which assessed the relationship between the overhead squat screening test and movements made in the golf swing. He also suggested how coaches could adapt practice sessions to allow the development of increasingly creative golfers and allow more efficient transfer of strength and conditioning gains into the golf swing.
On 1-3 September 2016, Dr Helen Owton attended and presented the 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE) at the University of Chichester, UK. She presented in the Creative Arts symposium on “Representing Taboos in Sport and Video Representation as Literature Review” drawing from the following paper:
- Owton, H. and Sparkes, A. (2016). Sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport: Bella’s story. Sport, Education and Society. Click here.
Dr Owton presented a poster entitled “The Coolness of dance and masculinity” with colleagues (Dr Helen Clegg and Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson). Also, Helen was invited to run a Visual Methods workshop which was well received and attended.
The next QRSE conference is due to be held in June 2018 at The University of Toronto in Canada.