Phil Marshall

Lecturer in Strength & Conditioning

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 463030

Phil is an NSCA- and UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning coach and a UK athletics performance coach with more than 20 years of coaching experience.

He has a diverse range of experience in the sports development, health and fitness industries.

Phil has worked as Athletics Development Officer for the Humber region, as a physical activity development manager for the NHS and more recently as a project manager for the Amateur Swimming Association.

After studying undergraduate sport science at the University of Hull, he completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University.


Research Interests

  • Strength and conditioning:

  • The use of strength training interventions in clinical populations

  • Social aspects of strength and conditioning practice

  • Monitoring of training load

  • Assessment of movement quality

  • Methods to optimise post-activation potentiation

Research groups

  • Sport, Psychology and Coaching Research Group


Weaving, D., Marshall, P., Earle, K., Jones, B., Till, K. and Abt, G. (in press) Quantifying the external and internal loads of professional rugby league training modes: consideration for concurrent field-based training prescription. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

Weaving, D., Jones, B., Marshall, P., Till, K. and Abt, G. (2017) Multiple measures are needed to quantify training loads in professional rugby league. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 38(10), pp 735-740, DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-114007

Scott, D.J., Ditroilo, M. & Marshall, P. (2017) Complex training: The effect of exercise selection and training status on post-activation potentiation in rugby league players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

Jones, L., Marshall, P., & Denison, J. (2016). Health and well-being implications surrounding the use of wearable GPS devices in professional rugby league: A Foucauldian disciplinary analysis of the normalised use of a common surveillance aid. Performance Enhancement and Health

Northgraves, M.J., Hayes, S.C., Marshall, P., Madden, L.A. & Vince, R. (2016). The test–retest reliability of four functional mobility tests in apparently healthy adults. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 25, pp1-9, DOI: 10.3233/IES-160614

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Introduction to Strength & Conditioning

  • Applied Issues in Strength & Conditioning

  • Sport, Health & Exercise Science in Practice

Research PhDs

  • The application of strength training in clinical populations

  • Assessment of movement quality / competency

  • Monitoring of training load in team sports

  • Training to optimise post-activation potentiation

Completed PhDs 

  • Matthew Northgraves – PhD (2017). Exercise prehabilitation in colorectal cancer surgery patients : the effects on physical functioning, health related quality of life and markers of cellular protection

  • Dan Weaving - PhD (2017). The effect of training mode on the validity of training load measures for quantifying the training dose in professional rugby league

  • Sam Bowring – MSc (2017). A comparison of the effects of the FIFA 11+ and a functional warm-up on movement quality and lower body power in academy age footballers

  • Robert Dawson – MSc (2017). A novice strength and conditioning coach’s experiences of the complex and contested nature of working in professional sport

  • Ed Munson – MSc (2017). Hydration practices and performance in county level tennis players

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Sam Orange – PhD – The efficacy of home based strength and conditioning interventions in an obese population

  • David Scott – PhD - Methodological aspects and neuromuscular adaptations to complex training

  • Jessica Roebuck - PhD - The efficacy of home based strength and conditioning interventions in polycystic ovary syndrome and type 2 diabetes

  • Lois Smith – MSc - The effects of CrossFit style training on human movement efficiency

  • Sam Dewsbury - MSc - The biomechanical effects of a home based strength and conditioning intervention in healthy older adults

  • Adam Fletcher - MSc - Self myofascial release, static stretching and gluteal activation impact on measures of hip flexor range of movement, lower body strength, speed and lower body power

  • Jessica Roebuck – MSc (2017). Inter and intra rater reliability of the Physical Competence Assessment in comparison to the Functional Movement Screen

  • Rob Svenson – MSc (2017). The dose-response validity of measures of training load in professional soccer

  • Ashley Warner – MSc (2014). The acute and chronic effects of barefoot running on 5 km running performance

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons) History and English Literature, University of Winchester

MSc Sport and Exercise Science, Leeds Metropolitan University

External roles

  • Coach Educator (Physical Preparation) – England Athletics

  • External Examiner – Grimsby Institute

  • Consultancy – Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull FC, Hull City AFC, Body Type Nutrition

  • Currently providing strength and conditioning support to local squash professional Fiona Moverley

Awards and accolades


  • 2015: Bradford Bulls Research Partnership (£15,000)

  • 2014: Hull City Tigers Ltd. (£18,000)

  • 2012: Hull Kingston Rovers Research Partnership (£58,800)

  • 2012: University of Lincoln, HLSS Faculty Grant for a research project titled: Psychological wellbeing following cardiac rehabilitation: More evidence of wellbeing following trauma (£1,462.50)