Christopher McLaren-Towlson

Dr Christopher McLaren-Towlson

Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance Science

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

Qualifications

  • BSc (Nottingham Trent University)
  • MSc (Nottingham Trent University)
  • PhD (University of Hull)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)
  • PCAP (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 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Researchgate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christopher_Towlson

Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NYMbYEMAAAAJ&hl=en

Orcid profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5960-0324

Undergraduate

Chris is the 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).

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Monitoring practices of training load and biological maturity in UK soccer academies

Salter, J., De Ste Croix, M. B., Hughes, J., Weston, M., & Towlson, C. (2021). Monitoring practices of training load and biological maturity in UK soccer academies. International journal of sports physiology and performance : IJSPP, 16(3), 395-406. https://doi.org/10.1123/IJSPP.2019-0624

Quantifying technical actions in professional soccer using foot-mounted inertial measurement units

Marris, J., Barrett, S., Abt, G., & Towlson, C. (2021). Quantifying technical actions in professional soccer using foot-mounted inertial measurement units. Science and Medicine in Football, https://doi.org/10.1080/24733938.2021.1910333

Levelling the Playing Field: A New Proposed Method to Address Relative Age- and Maturity-Related Bias in Soccer

Helsen, W., Thomis, M., Starkes, J., Vrijens, S., Ooms, G., MacMaster, C., & McLaren-Towlson, C. (2021). Levelling the Playing Field: A New Proposed Method to Address Relative Age- and Maturity-Related Bias in Soccer. Frontiers in Sport and Active Living, 3(24), https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2021.635379

The effect of bio-banding on physical and psychological indicators of talent identification in academy soccer players

Towlson, C., MacMaster, C., Gonçalves, B., Sampaio, J., Toner, J., MacFarlane, N., …Abt, G. (in press). The effect of bio-banding on physical and psychological indicators of talent identification in academy soccer players. Science and Medicine in Football, https://doi.org/10.1080/24733938.2020.1862419

Understanding the influence of the head coach on soccer training drills—an 8 season analysis

Barrett, S., Varley, M. C., Hills, S. P., Russell, M., Reeves, M., Hearn, A., & Towlson, C. (2020). Understanding the influence of the head coach on soccer training drills—an 8 season analysis. Applied Sciences, 10(22), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10228149

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.

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

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

Funder

UEFA Union of European Football Associations

Grant

£12,500.00

Started

1 June 2018

Status

Complete

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

PhD supervisions:

Chris Cook - PT PhD, Hull City AFC ("Assessment of maturity related adolescent awkwardness")

Tom Bennett - PT PhD, Hull FC RFU ("Evaluation of individualized speed running thresholds")

Ben Greenhough - PT PhD, Hull City AFC ("Efficacy of virtual reality training in elite soccer players")

Aimee Evans - PT PhD, ("Examining player recovery kinetics in professional)

MSc supervisions:

Emily Escreet - MRes, Norwich City FC ("Technical and tactical demands of academy soccer players")

Demi Jo Watson - MRes, ("Coaches perceptions of bio-banding")

James Mallett - MRes, Hull City AFC ("Technical and Tactical demands of professional soccer players")

Amy Stringer - MRes, Hull City AFC ("Technical characteristics of academy soccer players during bio-banded match-play")

Kieran Short - MRes, Hull City AFC ("The use of differential RPE within academy soccer")

Danny Snow - MRes, ("Physiological responses of boxers according to ring size")

Alex Lowthorpe - MRes, Hull City AFC ("Influence of relative pitch size during bio-banded play") Completed 2021

Calum MacMaster - MRes, Hull City AFC ("The effect of bio-banding on talent identification in soccer") Completed 2019

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2020

International Society of Performance Analysis in Sport

2019 - 2022

Accredited Level 3

BASES Accredited Sport Scientist

2017 - 2022