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Dr Simon Roberts

Dr Simon Roberts

Telephone: 0151 231 5426

Biography

Dr Simon Roberts is a Reader/Associate Professor in Sport & Exercise Pedagogy. Simon's publications range from the relative age inequalities in youth and elite sport to injury prevention in BMX cycling. He is currently the post-graduate research co-ordinator for the School and sits on the Faculty research degrees committee. He is also a post-graduate external examiner at the University of Birmingham and the University of Worcester.

Degrees

Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
Loughborough University, United Kingdom, MSc Sports Science & Coaching

Academic appointments

Reader in Sport & Exercise Pedagogy, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Hurst H, Rylands L, Atkins S, Enright K, Roberts SJ. 2018. Profiling of translational and rotational head accelerations in youth BMX with and without neck brace Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21 :263-267

Enright KJ, Morton JP, Iga J, Lothian D, Roberts , Drust B. 2017. Reliability of ‘in-season’ fitness assessments in youth elite soccer players: a working model for practitioners and coaches. Science and Medicine in Football, >DOI

Roberts S, Boddy LM, Fairclough SJ, Stratton G. 2012. The influence of relative age effects on the cardiorespiratory fitness levels of children aged 9-10 and 11-12 years of age Pediatric Exercise Science, 24 :72-83

Rylands L, Roberts SJ, Hurst H. Variability in laboratory versus field-testing of peak power, torque and time of peak power production amongst elite BMX cyclists Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,

Journal article

Reeves M, Roberts S. 2018. Talent identification and talent development in junior-elite football in the UK: an introduction Soccer and Society, >DOI

Reeves MJ, Littlewood MA, McRobert AP, Roberts SJ. 2018. The nature and function of talent identification in junior-elite football in English category one academies Soccer & Society, 0 :1-13 >DOI

Hurst H, Rylands L, Atkins S, Enright K, Roberts SJ. 2018. Profiling of translational and rotational head accelerations in youth BMX with and without neck brace Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21 :263-267

Reeves M, McRobert AP, Littlewood M, Roberts S. 2018. A scoping review of the potential sociological predictors of talent in junior-elite football: 2000–2016 Soccer and Society, >DOI

Reeves M, Roberts S, McRobert A, Littlewood M. 2018. Factors affecting the identification of talented junior-elite footballers: a case study Soccer and Society, >DOI

Reeves MJ, Enright KJ, Dowling J, Roberts S. 2018. Stakeholder’s understanding and perceptions of bio-banding in junior-elite football training Soccer and Society, >DOI

Enright KJ, Morton JP, Iga J, Lothian D, Roberts , Drust B. 2017. Reliability of ‘in-season’ fitness assessments in youth elite soccer players: a working model for practitioners and coaches. Science and Medicine in Football, >DOI

Rylands LP, Hurst HT, Roberts SJ, Graydon RW. 2017. The Effect of "Pumping" and "Nonpumping" Techniques on Velocity Production and Muscle Activity During Field-Based BMX Cycling. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31 :445-450 >DOI >Link

Rylands LP, Roberts SJ, Hurst HT. 2017. Effect of gear ratio on peak power and time to peak power in BMX cyclists European Journal of Sport Science, 17 :127-131 >DOI

Rylands L, Roberts S, Hurst HT, Bentley I. 2016. Effect of cadence selection on peak power and time of power production in elite BMX riders: A laboratory based study Journal of Sports Sciences, 35 :1372-1376 >DOI

Lewis CJ, Roberts SJ, Andrews HJ. 2015. 'Why am I putting myself through this?' Women football coaches' experiences of the Football Association's coach education process Sport, Education and Society,

Roberts SJ, Stott T. 2015. A new factor in UK students’ university attainment: The relative age effect reversal? Quality Assurance in Education, 23 :295-305 >DOI

Roberts S, Potrac P. 2015. Behaviourism, Constructivism and Sports Coaching Pedagogy: A Conversational Narrative in the Facilitation of Player Learning International Sport Coaching Journal, :180-187

Lewis C, Groom R, Roberts SJ. 2015. Exploring the value of a coach intervention process within Women’s youth soccer: A case study International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology,

Rylands L, Roberts SJ. 2014. Relationship between starting and finishing position in World Cup BMX racing International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 14 :14-23

Lewis CJ, Groom R, Roberts SJ. 2014. Exploring the value of a coach intervention process within women's youth soccer: A case study International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, >DOI

Roberts S. 2014. Talking Relative Age Effects: A Fictional Narrative Based on Scientific Evidence Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport & Physical Education, >DOI

Roberts SJ, Reeves MJ, Ryrie A. 2014. The influence of physical activity, sport and exercise motives among UK based university students Journal of Further & Higher Education, >DOI

Rylands L, Roberts SJ, Cheetham M, Baker A. 2013. Velocity Production in Elite BMX Riders: A Field Based Study Using a SRM Power Meter Journal of Exercise Physiology, :53-63

Rylands L, Roberts SJ, Cheetham M, Baker A. 2013. Velocity production in elite bmx riders: A field based study using a srm power meter Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 16 :40-50

Ryrie A, Cullinane D, Roberts SJ. 2013. The use of technological based assessment in developing the self-directed learner: a case study in sport coaching Innovations in Practice, 8 :100-109

Reeves MJ, Roberts SJ. 2013. Perceptions of Performance Analysis in Elite Youth Football International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 1 :200-211

Roberts S, Fairclough SJ, Ridgers ND, Porteous C. 2013. ‘An observational assessment of physical activity levels and social behavior during elementary recess' Health Education Journal, 3 :254-262 >DOI

Roberts S, Fairclough SJ. 2013. The influence of relative age effects in representative youth rugby union in the United Kingdom Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Sciences,

Roberts S, Fairclough, SJ, Ryrie A, Sharpe L. 2012. A computer-based observational analysis of physical education teachers and youth sport coaches pedagogic behaviour International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport,

Roberts S, Ryrie A. 2012. How would Socrates teach the sports coaches? Innovation in Practice, 7 :109-121

Roberts S, Fairclough SJ, Ridgers ND, Porteous C. 2012. An observational assessment of physical activity levels and social behavior during elementary recess, The Health Education Journal,

Roberts S, Boddy LM, Fairclough SJ, Stratton G. 2012. The influence of relative age effects on the cardiorespiratory fitness levels of children aged 9-10 and 11-12 years of age Pediatric Exercise Science, 24 :72-83

Roberts S, Fairclough SJ. 2012. The influence of relative age effect in the assessment of high school students in physical education in the United Kingdom Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 31 :56-70

Roberts S, Fairclough SJ. 2012. A Five-Stage Process for the Development and Validation of a Systematic Observation Instrument: The System for Observing the Teaching of Games in Physical Education (SOTG-PE) European Physical Education Review, 18 :97-113 >DOI

Roberts S, Ryrie A. 2011. Socratic case-method teaching in sports coach education: Reflections of students and course tutors, Sport, Education & Society Sport, Education & Society, >DOI

Roberts S, Fairclough SJ. 2011. Observational analysis of student activity modes, lesson contexts and teacher interactions during games classes in high school physical education European Physical Education Review, 11 :255-268

Roberts S. 2011. ‘Teaching Games for Understanding: The difficulties and challenges experienced by participation cricket coaches Physical Education & Sports Pedagogy, 16 :33-48

Roberts S. 2010. Constructivism and Sports Coaching: A case study of the challenges and difficulties associated with model-based instruction Innovations in Practice, 3 :25-34

Roberts S, Fairclough SJ. 2010. Students’ and tutors’ experiences of Sport Education within an ITE PE programme Physical Education Matters, 5 :21-27

Roberts S. 2010. What Can Coach Education Programmes Learn from the Teachers? Model-Based Instruction in a UK National Governing Body Award Course INT J SPORTS SCI COA, 5 :109-116

Roberts S. 2009. Can the coaches learn from the teachers? An examination of model-based instruction in a National Governing Body of Sport coach education programme Innovations in Practice, 2 :58-65

Roberts S, Fairclough SJ. 2008. Sport Education: experiences and perceptions of both initial teacher education students and tutors Innovations in Practice, 1 :2-9

Roberts S. 2008. Podcasting feedback to students: Students’ Perceptions of Effectiveness www.heacademy.ac.uk/hlst,

Roberts S. 2007. The motivational effects of incorporating Teaching Games for Understanding within a Sport Education season Physical Education Matters, 2 :41-46

Roberts S. 2007. Performance in invasion games: An assessment of ITT/PGCE physical education teachers Physical Education Matters, 3 :42-48

Roberts SJ, Fairclough SJ, Ryrie A, Sharpe L. A computer-based observational analysis of the instructional behaviours of physical education teachers and youth sports coaches, Physical Education & Sports Pedagogy.,

Rylands L, Roberts SJ, Hurst H. The effect of ‘Pumping’ and ‘Non-pumping’ techniques on velocity production and muscle activity during field-based BMX cycling JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH,

Lewis CJ, Reeves MJ, Roberts SJ. Improving the physical and mental wellbeing of typically hard-to-reach men: an investigation of the impact of the Active Rovers project Sport in Society, >DOI

Rylands, L , Roberts SJ, Hurst H, Bentley I. Effect of cadence selection on peak power and time of power production in elite BMX riders; a laboratory based study Journal of Sports Sciences,

Rylands L, Roberts SJ, Hurst H. Variability in laboratory versus field-testing of peak power, torque and time of peak power production amongst elite BMX cyclists Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,

Chapters

Lewis C, Roberts S, Andrews H. 2017. Women into coaching - are you sure? Kilvington D, Price J. Sport & Discrimination Routledge

Conference publication

Reeves MJ, Enright K, Roberts S. 2017. Stakeholder’s Understanding and Perceptions of Bio-Banding in Junior-Elite Football Training World Conference on Science and Soccer

Richards K, Blundell M, Roberts S. 2015. Richards, K., & Blundell, (2014). 'I will if you will': intial findings from a Sport England Pilot Designed to postiively change women;s sporting behaviour. The 6th International World Congress on Women In Sport. Finland, Helsinkin, June

Ryrie A, Cullinane D, Roberts S, Reeves MJ. 2015. Empowering self-directed learning in undergraduate students: A case study for sport coach education 10th ICCE Global Coach Conference

Roberts S. How persuasive are Relative Age Effects? An assessment of UK high school physical education Proceedings of the Faculty Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University

Ryrie A, Roberts S. Developing pedagogy and practice: supporting and assessing sports coaching students with electronic technologies 16th Annual SEDA Conference 2011: Using Technology to Enhance Learning.

Roberts S. Podcasting feedback to students: A pilot study Poster Presented at Liverpool John Moores University, Learning and Teaching Conference.

Roberts S. ‘Secondary PGCE students’ invasion games’ playing ability and perceptions on games knowledge and understanding ’ Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Conference on Teaching Sport and Physical Education for Understanding

Roberts S. ‘The motivational effects of incorporating TGfU pedagogy within a sport education season.’ Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Conference on Teaching Sport and Physical Education for Understanding,

Report

Blundell M, Richards K, Roberts S, McIlroy D, Reeves MJ. 2014. Measuring women and girls sport behaviour and attitude change in Bury :1-75

Reeves MJ, Enright KJ, Dowling J, Roberts S. An Exploratory Analysis of Bio-banding Pre-Season Training in Junior-elite Football Exploring stakeholder perceptions of the use of bio-banding during a six week pre-season period.

Engagement & Impact

Award:

HEI UKCC Evaluator, SkillSActive/IPSAL/SportsCoack UK

Education Community & Leisure Research Sabbatical, Liverpool John Moores University

Conference organisation:

ICCE Global Coach Conference 2017 ICCE 2017 Global Coach Conference Challenging Sport Coaching Frontiers: The Role of Sports Science and Technology, Member of Executive Committee, https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/global-coach-conference

Editorial boards:

Journal of Sports Sciences, Editorial Board Member (Sports Performance), http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=rjsp20

European Journal of Sport in Society, Member of Scientific Board

External collaboration:

Sports Coach UK UKCC 4 Consultant, National Governing Bodies of Sport

University of Gloucester, Dr Don Vinson

Fellowships:

Fellow Higher Education Academy, HLST

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU FREE Fund, Verbal reporting in professional football, Matthew J Reeves & Alistair McRobert, Grant value (£): £28,000, Duration of research project: 9 months

British Council, UK Football Study Programme for Yunnan Province, China, Martin Littlewood, Matthew Reeves, Grant value (£): 120,000, Duration of research project: 3-months

Liverpool John Moores University, A linear and angular axes analyses of full face BMX helmets on riders, Lee Rylands & Dr Howard Hurst, Grant value (£): £5500.00, Duration of research project: 6 months

Bury Council / Sport England, The measurement of women and girls sport behaviour and attitude change in Bury, Kaye Richards, Matthew Reeves, Simon Roberts, Grant value (£): 96,000, Duration of research project: 18 Months