We are delighted to introduce Dr John Bradley as a new Honorary Associate within the Sport and Fitness research group. John’s research and publications will be affiliated to the group and he is already working on collaborative projects with members of the team. Welcome, John!
John is an associate lecturer with the OU, currently working with E236: Applying sport and exercise sciences to coaching, and SK299: Human Biology. He has previously held a number of academic and applied sport science positions including lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Coaching Science at University College Cork in Ireland, and Exercise Physiologist with the Scottish Institute of Sport. John has a PhD in the field of Exercise Physiology from Glasgow University, with a thesis titled: Lactate production and the redox state of muscle.
Part of John’s research looks at factors influencing athlete performance, and then using this to create informed conditioning programmes. He has recently analysed the injury risk factors of athletes participating in swimming and then used this information to develop an informed conditioning programmes based upon these risk factors. He is now looking to continue this research in swimming and extend it to include a range of other sports such as golf and tennis.
Another area of research interest is the role of sport and non-sport extracurricular activities on academic achievement. This can perhaps be partly summarised by the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body concept, but also including non-sport activities as well. This has resulted in the development of a dual step transfer model to explain the enhancement of school academic achievement from participation in a range of extracurricular activities.
John volunteers as a coach with a local swimming club and enjoys a range of water sports himself, including swimming, kayaking and canoeing.
- Bradley, J., Kerr, S., Bowmaker, D., Gomez, J-F. (2019). A Swim-Specific Shoulder Strength and Conditioning Program for Front Crawl Swimmers. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 41(4), 1-17.
- Bradley, J., Kerr, S., Bowmaker, D., Gomez, J-F. (2016). Review of shoulder injuries and shoulder pain in competitive swimmers. American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 4(3), 57-73.
- Bradley, J., Conway, P. (2016). A dual step transfer model: Sport and non-sport extracurricular activities and the enhancement of academic achievement. British Educational Research Journal, 42(4), 703-728.
- Bradley, J.L, Keane, F., Crawford, S. (2013) School Sport and Academic Achievement. Journal of School Health, 83 (1), 8-13. January.
- Bradley, J.L. (2009). The Sports Science of Curling: A Practical Review. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 8(4), 495-500, December.