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Academic Biography

Matt Portas graduated from Teesside University for both his Undergraduate degree in Sports Science and his Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Science. He now lectures at Teesside in the areas of Biomechanics, Strength and Conditioning and Personal Development. He was awarded University Teaching Fellow status in 2011 and in a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Matt specializes in supporting students through transitions in Higher Education and has presented his work by invitation on around the globe on this topic as well as contributing to various publications.

Matt is a professional member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science. He has extensive experience supporting the training process to elite and professional athlete populations where for over 15 years he has provided coaching and scientific support to a broad range of sports, particularly gymnastics and football. Matt is also an experienced coach educator and provides guidance and delivery to sport governing bodies and private organizations to support the professional development of sport coaches and other staff. He is also experienced in developing content and curriculum design for governing body and similar awards.

Summary of Research Interests

Matt’s research interests are based in the biomechanics of football performance. He specialises in the quantification of motion kinematics and kinetics during football performance. He has a particular interest in the mobility and stability of football players and the focus of his research is to identify solutions the will reduce injury and further enhance performance in these athletes. Matt has extensive experience of using GPS, accelerometry and motion capture technology to quantify footballer performance and biomechanics during training activities.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Matt has provided consultancy to professional football clubs and organisations that provide physical preparation services to elite players. He also has experience in product testing and validation to evaluate the Biomechanical benefits of a product. Matt has developed course material with industry partners  and has delivered programmes to support the continued professional of professionals in the Sport and Exercise industry.

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Research Output 2007 2016

A UK collaborative study of student peer leaders.

Portas, M., Swainston, K. & Byrnes, K., 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Within-Match PlayerLoad™ Patterns During a Simulated Soccer Match: Potential Implications for Unit Positioning and Fatigue Management.

Barrett, S., Midgley, A. W. A., Towlson, C., Garrett, A., Portas, M. & Lovell, R., 31 Jan 2016, In : International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reproducibility of Results
Equipment and Supplies

An Evaluation of Assessing the Functional Movement Screen™ from Video Playback

Portas, M., Meek, D., Gregson, W. & Drust, B., 2015, In : International Journal of Coaching Science. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

187 Downloads (Pure)

Maturational effect on Functional Movement Screen™ score in adolescent soccer players

Portas, M., Parkin, G., Roberts, J. & Batterham, A., 12 Dec 2015, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Observational Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies