I’ve just published an article co-created with the English and Wales Cricket Board (also see Papers). In this, we showed how group memberships appear to help young cricketers navigate transitions along the elite performance pathway. Along with Mark Stevens (at Australian National University), we’ve also just published an article outlining a call to action to better understand leadership in physical activity settings. Two of my PhD students have just had their first papers accepted/published. Fran Dean has been working with AFC Bournemouth’s Academy and has just published an article on sport psychology provision at Premier League academies. Aritra Majumdar has been working with AFC Bournemouth’s First Team and has just had a paper accepted (doi/URL pending) on “Machine learning for understanding and predicting injuries in soccer“.
Always applying. In other fields, this would be called the “hustle”. I’ve recently applied to get funding to support the development of a resource for health professionals to help them in setting up community-based group exercise programmes for older people with chronic conditions. I’ve been trying to get funding to support work examining genetics. I got close with the Leverhulme Trust, but ultimately didn’t get funded. I’m currently re-working the idea to make it more attractive to a wider funding audience. I’m currently working with Bournemouth’s Orthopaedic Research Institute on a National Institute of Health Research trial examining a cycling and education intervention for people with hip osteoarthritis. I’m currently working with a brilliant PhD student and co-supervisor to use machine learning methods (funded by AFC Bournemouth) to better understand the relationship between player “load” in football and injury. I’m learning a lot. I’m working with another PhD student to better understand the provision of psychological support for academy football players (funded by AFC Bournemouth).
This is something I’ve been sitting on for a while, despite having done all the groundwork. In June, I will finally launch a youtube channel. This is meant to fit with the idea of “edutubers” – educational youtubers. It’s nearly ready.
Given I promote physical activity, it’s important to walk the walk. I cycle to work, having sold my car in 2019 (which I used for speed hillclimbing), I’m also a huge gym fan. My gym ‘obsession’ developed when I realised the gym was the one key thing that would help my back – I had back problems since playing tennis full-time (I haven’t played in over 20 years). I’ve had no relief from other pursuits, like yoga, pilates, physio, massage, etc. I do a mix of strength-focused work and some body-building. At the moment, I’m working on my hip and ankle flexibility, to help my squat. I like to squat ATG-style, and do a lot of warm-up pause squats, like Dmitry Klokov (but with a lot less weight). I made a goal to squat 90kg in 2022 and achieved that in March. I have deadlifted 130kg, but currently stick to no more than 110kg.
After many years focusing on work and family, including a big move for work (with family), I am finally finding a little time to revisit my music. I have a track that was finished and mastered in 2016, but I still didn’t release it – it isn’t perfect (in part, due to my old studio having so much top-end absorption, it is a little bass-lite). But I’m going to release it early summer, and look to re-ignite a series of tracks that have been sitting half-finished.