Damian Bailey is Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry at USW and a Fellow of The Physiological Society. He leads the Neurovascular Research Laboratory which is interested in the long-term benefits of exercise for the brain and to what extent corresponding improvements in oxygen transport could potentially slow down the ageing process and protect against dementia.
David Byfield has been in private practice and chiropractic education for the past 37 years in Canada, England and Wales. David joined the University in 1998 to help develop an integrated chiropractic degree programme which was the first of its kind in the UK. He is currently Head of Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC) in the School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.
David has written three chiropractic educational textbooks and has also published a number of scientific papers in the peer-reviewed literature including book chapters covering clinical assessment, spinal manipulation and rehabilitation. David has been a member of the General Chiropractic Council in the UK and currently sits on the ECCE contributing to educational standards in Europe.
Brendan Cropley is a Professor of Sport Coaching at USW. He has made a significant contribution to the sport and exercise sciences, particularly in the area of sport psychology and sport coach education. Brendan has provided a range of consultancy services to athletes, coaches, and NGBs as well as having an emerging research profile that has helped to shape training and development programmes in the sport sciences and sport coaching. This contribution was recognised by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) who awarded Brendan Fellowship status in 2014.
Professor Ian Jeffreys is an internationally renowned coach, educator and author who co-ordinates all the of University’s strength and conditioning activities. He is regarded as a world authority in the development of speed and agility and conditioning for team sports, where his unique Gamespeed system and RAMP warm-up protocols have been adopted by a wide range of coaches and organisations.
Dr Chris Marley is a member of the university’s Neurovascular Research Laboratory and his research primarily focuses on trying to better understand how both exercise and diet can influence brain health across the spectrum of ageing. He is also interested in sport-related concussion and was recently awarded one of the University’s strategic research and impact fund grants. This will allow Chris and the neurovascular research team to investigate what effect heading the ball in football has on brain health.
As an exercise scientist, George Rose's research explores the link between preoperative cardiorespiratory fitness and postoperative survival in patients undergoing major surgery. In collaboration with University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Department of Anaesthetics, this work has helped optimise the identification of patients at high risk of postoperative complications and mortality, which supports patient care provision decision processes. The use of exercise training prior to surgery is becoming widely acknowledged as an integral part of multimodal "prehabilitation" strategies, as the stress of undergoing major surgery is much akin to that of running a marathon! George is also a Physical Activity Consultant to the CHALLENGE-UK clinical trial.
David Shearer is Professor of Elite Performance Psychology. His research focusses on group dynamics, extreme sports, and readiness to train and compete in elite athlete. He is a BPS Chartered and HPC registered Sport Psychologist and regularly consults with Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Professor Shearer is also the performance psychologist for 65 Degrees North, an organisation that seeks to help in the rehabilitation of wounded or damaged ex-servicemen and women by offering the opportunity to participate in challenging adventures.
Morgan Williams is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS). He is a member of the Queensland University of Technology Hamstring Injury Group lead and actively involved in development and trialling of the Nordbord Hamstring and Groinbar Strength Testing Device.