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Academic Biography

Dr. Jonathan Taylor is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise at Teesside University and BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist. Jonathan was awarded his PhD (titled ‘Re-examining the role of repeated-sprinting in soccer) from the university in 2018, and also completed his MSc Sport and Exercise and BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise (Applied Sport Science) at Teesside University.

Jonathan has published research in various peer reviewed journals (Including Sports Medicine; International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance; Journal of Sport Sciences; Science and Medicine in football) and presented at national/international conferences (including ECSS, WCSF, BASES and UKSCA conferences), and a variety of regional workshops for large Sports companies (including VALD performance and Statsports). Jonathan also regularly reviews for peer-reviewed journals such as ‘Journal of Sports Sciences’; ‘The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research’.

He has also accumulated a substantial amount of practical experience in providing sport science support, and recently returned to the University following a 3-year period working at Middlesbrough football club as ‘Lead Academy Sport Scientist’. Previously, Jonathan managed the sport science service at Teesside University providing physiological and biomechanical support to athletes from a variety of sports (including endurance athletes, combat sports athletes and team sports players - amongst others). In addition to his status as an Accredited BASES member, Jonathan is BASES supervisor/reviewer for the supervised experience pathway to Accreditation.

In addition to providing sport science support, Jonathan has competed internationally as a middle-distance runner, and represented Great Britain and NI in the World and European Cross Country championships (2012/2013), and the European Athletics Championships (2016). He had the distinction of captaining the Great Britain and NI cross country team in a match with Europe and USA at the ‘Great Edinburgh Cross Country’ in 2015.

Summary of Research Interests

Jonathan's research to date has generally focused on enhancing team-sports performance, specifically through the use of high-intensity interval training and performance profiling/testing. He has also been involved in a number of other projects, most notably a collaborative project working with the North East Ambulance Service Trust to develop a occupational fitness test for ambulance workers.

Jonathan has an interest in other areas such as 'endurance/running performance' and 'the use of recovery strategies to optimize performance'.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Jonathan previously managed the University's Sport Science Service, and during this time worked with external clients from a variety of sports and backgrounds. With the Sport Science Service, Jonathan was able to establish a number of consultancy contracts with local institutions to support student athletes. He continues to provide consultancy to athletes/individuals outside of work.

Academic Responsibilities

  • Teaching on a variety of modules ranging from level 3 through to level 7.
  • Contributing to curriculum development of MSc Sport and Exercise.
  • Contributing to marketing events promoting the BSc Sport and Exercise.
  • Personal tutoring/provision of pastoral care for students.
  • Supervision of Undergraduate and Postgraduate student projects (including PhD Students).
  • Contributing to the examination/progression of research students.
  • Member of steering group managing the relationship between the University’s Sport and Exercise Section and Middlesbrough Football Club (Commercial partnership).
  • Performing research for publication and national/international conference presentations.
  • Contributing to internal course quality assurance as a panel member on course approval/review events.

 

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

  • Module leader on Sport and Exercise Placement (L5), Fd Teaching Exercise, Previously Exercise Programming for Health (L5) and Fd Anatomy and Physiology 19/20.
  • Module Tutor on 'Assessment and Intervention Strategies for the Human Performer (L6)', 'Applied Sport Science (L6)'.
  • Contributing to MSc Sport Physiotherapy taught content.

External Roles and Professional Activities

 

Lead Academy Sport Scientist, Middlesbrough Football Club (Jan 2019 – Nov 2019) 

  • Leading on sport science initiatives in the Academy (i.e. recovery, testing, monitoring)
  • Working with coaches, medical staff and other key stakeholders to facilitate high-performance.
  • Implementing LTAD plan/ physical performance pathway for academy players.
  • Planning training schedules for u23, u18, u16 and u15 squads.
  • Monitoring/analyzing training data for players (i.e. GPS, heart rates and subjective measures).
  • Planning/ coaching gym and field-based sessions with fit and injured players.
  • Collecting/ analysing fitness testing data for academy players.
  • Performing research for publication and internal processes.
  • Providing matchday sport science support.
  • Managing interns and part-time staff.

Academy Sport Scientist, Middlesbrough Football Club (Jan 2017 - Jan 2019)

  • Monitoring/analyzing training data.
  • Designing a fitness testing battery, collecting/ analysing testing data.
  • Working with coaches, medical staff and other key stakeholders to facilitate high-performance.
  • Planning and coaching gym/ field-based sessions.
  • Facilitating the relationship between the club and Teesside University

External Roles and Professional Activities

Professional Member - BASES

External Roles and Professional Activities

Reviewer for a variety of Sport and Exercise Journals

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Teesside University

25 Jan 20201 Oct 2020

Award Date: 1 Oct 2020

PhD, Teesside University

Feb 2014Aug 2018

Award Date: 6 Aug 2018

Master, Teesside University

Oct 2009Oct 2010

Award Date: 4 Oct 2010

Bachelor, Teesside University

Sep 2006Jul 2009

Award Date: 6 Jul 2009

External positions

Lead Academy Sport Scientist, Middlesbrough Football Club

Jan 2017Nov 2019

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