Innagural Staffs Uni Inter-professional approach to applied S&C conference

Staffordshire University Strength and Conditioning are hosting their first Inter-professional approach to applied S&C conference on Thursday 26th April.

This exciting event will pull together knowledge and expertise from leader practitioners within the sector.

Key note speakers (50 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions) include:

Jamie Tallent – Utilising Eccentric Resistance Training for developing Strength Qualities in Athletes

Jamie joined St Marys as a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning Science in May 2016. Previously he was the lead strength and condition coach for Derbyshire County Cricket Club for 5 years. He has over 10 years’ experience working in professional and developmental sport and currently supports international and national athletes. He is a UKSCA tutor and grants panel member. Jamie has a PhD investigating neurological adaptations to eccentric resistance training and has authored/co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. He specialises in eccentric muscle contractions, neurological adaptations to resistance training, acute neuromuscular fatigue and has an interest in cricket related research.

Nick Grantham – You’re Hired
Nick has become recognised as a specialist in athletic preparation and has helped athletes at all levels achieve their personal goals and ambitions. Nick has worked in high performance sport for 20 years and has extensive experience of long term athlete development. As lead strength and conditioning coach to National Governing Body’s, Home Institutes and professional teams, Nick has been responsible for the management, development and delivery of integrated physical preparation strategies for a wide range of sports.

Paul Comfort – Assessment of multi-joint force production: why and how?
Paul is a Reader in Strength and Conditioning and programme leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford. He has applied experience across a variety of team sports; currently Paul enjoys consultancy roles with professional sports teams within the Greater Manchester area. A founder member of the UKSCA, he is also an editorial board member for the Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal. Paul is a senior associate for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and has published in excess of 100 peer reviewed journals, numerous book chapters and edited books such as Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention and Advanced Strength and Conditioning.

Short talks (30 mins including questions)

Andrew Wood – Giving advice to those who don’t want to listen: Core skills to foster motivation and change 
Andrew is Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and recently completed a PhD investigating the effects of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy as an intervention to enhance performance within the context of elite sport. As a consultant Andrew has worked with a wide variety of athletes, teams, and coaches, providing psychological support to develop sporting excellence and personal wellbeing. Andrew is coming towards the end of his training as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and is currently the Lead Psychologist for the England Blind Football Team.

Christopher Norris – Strength and Conditioning in rehabilitation – a hamstring example
Dr Christopher Norris PhD, MSc, MCSP is a Chartered Physiotherapist who qualified in 1981. He holds a Doctorate in spinal rehabilitation, and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. He has postgraduate accreditation in Acupuncture, Orthopaedic Medicine, and Occupational Health, and is the author of 14 books on Sports Injuries, Exercise, rehabilitation, and Acupuncture. His company website is

Powerpint and poster presentations (5 minutes for powerpoint presentation to introduce the posters followed by poster defence)

Call for Abstracts – 5 minutes’ power presentations and following poster
Short abstracts for the 1st Staffordshire Conference on Inter-Professional Approaches to Applied Strength and Conditioning which will be held on Thursday 26th April 2018 are to be submitted by e-mail to by 21st March 2018
The text should be limited to two pages of A4, with the first page to include the Title of Presentation, Author(s), Corresponding Author’s Name, Address, Telephone number and e-mail address. Second page should include a full abstract with introduction, methodology, results and discussion.
Acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to the corresponding author by: 31st March, 2018

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