Strength and Conditioning

The Strength and Conditioning Research Group aims to determine how best to assess and develop endurance, strength and power to improve performance in many different groups, ranging from youth to elite athletes.

We connect our postgraduate students with industry professionals looking to improve their performance or potential through the integration of theory into practice. Our staff and students work alongside those responsible for the design, development and delivery of strength and conditioning for sport performances at a local, regional, national and international level.

Our activities and students

Strength and conditioning has a large cohort of students involved in a wide variety of applied research. A substantial number of our students are involved in the four research themes below.

Research themes

  1. Rugby
  2. Youth physical development
  3. Strength and power training and profiling
  4. Wearable resistance training

Working closely with industry

The group also has a number of international and national partners that are involved in these research areas, some of which are providing PhD scholarships. For specific details of the research activity please visit the Strength and Conditioning staff and postgraduate student profiles.

  • Alyssa-Joy Spence (PhD candidate)
    Topic: Relationship between maximal strength and flexibility in highly trained strength athletes
    Supervisors: Michael McGuigan, Eric Helms
  • Anthony Sharp (PhD candidate)
    Topic: The use of triple and quintuple hops in physical performance profiling
    Supervisors: John Cronin, Jono Neville
  • Casey Watkins (PhD candidate)
    Topic: Methods of improving speed and power in semi-professional and professional rugby union players
    Supervisors: Adam Storey, Nicholas Gill, Michael McGuigan
  • Chris Kennedy (Master's candidate)
    Topic: The influence of the hook grip and lifting straps on kinetic, kinematic, and qualitative performance variables of the power snatch
    Supervisor: Adam Storey
  • Colby Sousa (PhD candidate)
    Topic: Implementation of a Power Day to Improve Performance and Recovery
    Supervisors: Eric Helms, Adam Storey, Michael Zourdos
  • Daniel Cooke (PhD candidate)
    Topic: The Effects of Sensorimotor Skill Training on Movement Skill Development Within A Primary School Setting
    Supervisors: Craig Harrison, Sarah-Kate Millar
  • Dustin Oranchuk (PhD candidate)
    Topic: The Effects of Accentuated Tempo Resistance Training on Direct and Indirect Measures of Athletic Performance
    Supervisors: John Cronin, Adam Storey, Andre Nelson
  • Emily Fanning (PhD candidate)
    Topic: The effects of strength and conditioning on the physical performance of junior tennis players
    Supervisors: Michael McGuigan, Andrew Kilding
  • Erin Feser (PhD candidate)
    Topic: The effects of lower limb wearable resistance on sprint running acceleration
    Supervisors: John Cronin, Kenneth Clark, Neil Bezodis
  • Gabrielle Peach (PhD candidate)
    Topic: The role of strength and conditioning in youth motor development
    Supervisors: Craig Harrison, John Cronin
  • Hamish Kyne (Master's candidate)
    Topic: Jump diagnostics: what do the squat, countermovement and drop jumps tell us?
    Supervisors: John Cronin, Del P. Wong, Jason Mak
  • Ivan Jukic (PhD candidate)
    Topic: Implementation of the absolute velocity cut-offs during resistance training
    Supervisors: Eric Helms, Michael McGuigan, James Tufano
  • Kaushik Talukdar (PhD candidate)
    Topic: Better ways of supporting athletic development among female adolescents: A psychosocial approach
    Supervisors: Craig Harrison, Tony Oldham, Michael McGuigan, Denise Atkins
  • Kedric Kwan (PhD candidate)
    Topic: Assessing and optimising rapid weight loss strategies for the weight class restricted strength athlete
    Supervisors: Eric Helms, Adam Storey, Brandon Roberts
  • Michael Schofield (PhD candidate)
    Topic: Understanding which kinematics and kinematic variables are important in improving shotput and discus performance
    Supervisors: John Cronin, Kim Hebert-Losier, Angus Ross
  • Richard Sylvester (PhD candidate)
    Topic: Sprinting characteristics in youth female athletes across maturation
    Supervisors: Craig Harrison, John Cronin, Rhodri Lloyd
  • Robert Grant (Master's candidate)
    Topic: The effects of different limb loading patterns using wearable resistance garments on cardiovascular and metabolic demands during walking exercise
    Supervisors: John Cronin, Carl Paton
  • Sohee Lee (PhD candidate)
    Topic: Effect of rest periods during exercise on physiological and psychological responses in women
    Supervisors: Eric Helms, Jamie Hibbert, Matthew Schubert, John Cronin
  • Tracey Clissold (PhD candidate)
    Topic: The quantification and development of an osteogenic jump-landing programme and its chronic effects on bone health in premenopausal women
    Supervisors: John Cronin, Paul Winwood, Mary Jane De Souza

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