What I’m doing now

This is a now page, inspired by Derek Sivers.

Updated 29th January 2024 from my home in Southbourne, Bournemouth, UK.

UK Research and Innovation Catalyst Award

This Award afforded me the opportunity to start the process of building out a training service for health professionals to develop and scale group exercise interventions for people with chronic conditions. Before I can officially launch this, I am currently going through the process of building out the venture through Bournemouth University. I have been working with an amazing support group in Graham Foster and Tania Jackson. I have been trialling my work with physiotherapists.

Other funded research

I’m working with Bournemouth University’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 also 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 working with another PhD student to better understand the provision of psychological support for academy football players (funded by AFC Bournemouth).

Articles

I am currently working on the final study from the Great British Medalists Project, as well as a position paper for my Zinc Catalyst Award, alongside further papers on machine learning, sport psychology in football academies, doping in sport, hip osteoarthritis, and disaster management.

YouTube

Last year, I set up a YouTube channel and shot a first video. I’m currently planning further videos for this channel.

Training

Given I promote physical activity, I feel 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). Having broken my wrist in July 2023, which meant I couldn’t grip a barbell, I am steadily working my weight up again on squats and deadlifts, but haven’t yet got back to my previous values of 90kg squat and 130kg deadlift.

Music

After having broken my left wrist (fretting hand), I’m steadily making progress back with my guitar. I’m also going to start releasing music again this Spring.