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Mr Christopher McLaren-Towlson

Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance Science

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Life Sciences

Qualifications

  • MSc (Nottingham Trent University)
  • PhD (University of Hull)

Summary

I am a lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance Science and the module leader for the Introduction to Performance Analysis (Level 5) and Performance Analysis in Practice (Level 6) modules.

He has completed an applied coaching science-focused PhD, a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice teaching qualification, BASES accredited, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Undergraduate

Chris is the Co-programme director for the MSc in Sports Performance (Level 7), Module leader for Introduction to Performance Analysis (Level 5) and Performance Analysis in Practice (Level 6) modules in the Sports Coaching and Performance Science undergraduate degree programme.

He is also leads the Catapult Sports Education Partnership for the University of Hull whereby he is lead the academic for the Catapult Sports GPS/MEMS Workshops (Levels 1, 2 & 3) based at the university. Although these courses are available for paying external delegates working within professional sports teams and other academic institutions, these courses are also embedded in to the undergraduate (Level 5 and 6) Performance Analysis modules as part of the undergraduate Sports Coaching and Performance Science degree, as well as the level 7 MSc in Sports Performance (2019 start). Significantly, the University of Hull now offers students, external delegates the opportunity to complete a BASES endorsed, professional certificate / accreditation.

Chris`s recognized professional accreditations:

International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS) accredited (Level 3, Scientific) – The only member of SHES staff to hold this accreditation.

British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited Sport Scientist – The only member of SHES staff to hold this accreditation.

Fellow of the Higher Academic Education Academy (HEA).

Journal Article

Perspectives of applied collaborative sport science research within professional team sports

Malone, J. J., Harper, L. D., Jones, B., Perry, J., Barnes, C., & Towlson, C. (2019). Perspectives of applied collaborative sport science research within professional team sports. European journal of sport science : the official journal of the European College of Sport Science, 19(2), 147-155. doi:10.1080/17461391.2018.1492632

When does the influence of maturation on anthropometric and physical fitness characteristics increase and subside?

Towlson, C., Cobley, S., Parkin, G., & Lovell, R. (2018). When does the influence of maturation on anthropometric and physical fitness characteristics increase and subside?. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 28(8), 1946-1955. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.13198

Relative age, maturation, and physical biases on position allocation in elite youth soccer

Towlson, C., Cobley, S., Midgley, A. W., Garrett, A., Parkin, G., & Lovell, R. (2018). Relative age, maturation, and physical biases on position allocation in elite youth soccer. International journal of sports medicine, 38(3), 201-209. doi:10.1055/s-0042-119029

Within-match PlayerLoad™ patterns during a simulated soccer match (SAFT90): potential implications for unit positioning and fatigue management

Barrett, S., Midgley, A. W., Towlson, C., Garrett, A., Portas, M., & Lovell, R. (2016). Within-match PlayerLoad™ patterns during a simulated soccer match (SAFT90): potential implications for unit positioning and fatigue management. International journal of sports physiology and performance : IJSPP, 11(1), 135-140. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2014-0582

Individualisation of time-motion analysis : a method comparison and case report series

Hunter, F., Bray, J., Towlson, C., Smith, M., Barrett, S., Madden, J., …Lovell, R. (2015). Individualisation of time-motion analysis : a method comparison and case report series. International journal of sports medicine, 36(1), 41-48. doi:10.1055/s-0034-1384547

Research interests

Chris`s research interests generally span the themes of athletic performance monitoring, long-term athletic development, talent identification and performance analysis of athletes’, with a specific focus on team-sports. His research values the translation of laboratory- and field-based research into industry-practice. Accordingly, he is currently involved in research projects with a number of professional sports teams and athletes:

Maturity-status ‘bio-banding’ as a tool for ongoing talent (de)selection of academy soccer players using a multi

The influence of maturity status on the efficacy of differential RPE (dRPE) within a professional youth football training and match programme.

The influence of maturity status on the technical and tactical demands of a professional youth football training and match programme.

Understanding the transfer between training and match play in professional football: Does the way we train translate to the match?

Examining player recovery kinetics in professional football.

The efficacy of virtual reality training in professional football.

The effect of training-ring size on the physical, technical, tactical, and movement profiles of Olympic-style boxers.

Postgraduate supervision

The influence of growth, maturity status and birth date distribution on the physical characteristics of elite youth football players.

The efficacy of virtual reality training in professional football.

Examining player recovery kinetics in professional football