New Dissemination Articles

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.

Congratulations Caroline!

Research Conference Presentations

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.

New Book

Simon Rea is currently writing a companion piece to his previous sports science text book. This current book focusses on 4 chapters around careers in sport:

  1. Intro – Studying sport / sports science:

Routes into sports career

  1. A series of 20 interviews adding insights into their career in sport – how they got into that position and the scope of their current role and how they developed the skills they need:
    1. Sports nutritionist
    2. Football agent
    3. Sports broadcaster
    4. Strength and conditioning coach
    5. Sports psychologist
    6. Sports biomechanists
  2. Developing the skills you need to work in sport:
    1. Developing relationships
    2. Communication
    3. Motivation
    4. Working with other people
  3. Landing the job – working on specific skills such as:
    1. Writing a CV
    2. Suit / Tracksuit – What to wear for a sports specific interview
    3. Interview techniques
    4. How to prepare


Simon is hoping to publish this in spring 2019…watch this space!

New Publication

Dr Ben Langdown has had a paper accepted for publication in Journal of Sports Sciences (September 2018) investigating the ‘Acute effects of different warm-up protocols on highly skilled golfers’ drive performance

He previously presented this work at the World Golf Fitness Summit in 2014 to an international audience of golf fitness professionals, coaches and medical practitioners, and has since used the findings to influence numerous golfers’ warm-up habits.

Congratulations to Ben and the other authors!

2017-18 Updates: New Scholarship Paper

We are pleased to share an example of scholarship work that has been taking place over the past 12 month within the Sport and Fitness team:

Congratulations to Jessica Pinchbeck and Dr Caroline Heaney who have published an intervention to improve the quantity and quality of student resubmissions on a level 1 distance learning module:

Pinchbeck, J. & Heaney, C. (2017). Case report: the impact of a resubmission intervention on level 1 distance learning students. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 32(3) pp. 236–242.

Annual British Psychological Society Conference 2017

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 SocietyClick here.
  • Owton, H. (2016) A qualitative case study of Sexual Abuse in Sport, Basingstoke, Palgrave Publishers, pp. 109 IBSN 978-3319467955


New Book!

Congratulations to Dr Helen Owton, Lecturer in Sport & Fitness, on publishing her new book! “Sexual abuse in Sport: A Qualitative Case Study”. Helen with New bookHelen has publicly engaged in radio and TV interviews (Sky News, BBC Radio Foyle (1hr20mins), BBC Radio Scotland (2hr10mins)) regarding the recent sexual abuse cases in football and has written other articles (The Conversation, The Good Magazine, International Business Times, Publications) relating to this topical issue.

Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference 2016

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.

DSEP Karen

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