Dr Dave Clark is a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moore’s University teaching on the MSc in Strength and Conditioning. He has worked in high performance sport for over 20 years’ as an S&C coach, applied sports scientist and performance manager.
He served as national team fitness coach for both the Springboks (South African National Rugby Team) and Welsh National Rugby Teams. He spent 13 years at Sportscotland Institute of Sport as Head of S&C where he supported athletes that performed and medalled at summer and winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and European Championship. More recently, he managed the Fitness department within the professional game at the Irish Rugby Football Union. They were crowned Six Nations Champions on two occasions during his tenure. He was a founding board member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).
His PhD research was in neuromuscular physiology, investigating trunk muscle activation in variations of the back-squat exercise. Dave’s research interests are focussed on the physiology of resistance training and how this relates to performance and health.
University of Stirling, United Kingdom, PhD
University of Cape Town, South Africa, MSc (Med) Exercise Science
University of Cape Town, South Africa, BSc (Med) (Hons) Sports Science
University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Bachelor of Physical Education (Hons)
Clark DR, Lambert MI, Grigson C, Hunter AM. 2019. Increased strength is associated with lower trunk muscle activation during loaded back squats and dynamic body weight jumps Translational Sports Medicine, DOI Publisher Url
Clark DR, Lambert MI, Hunter AM. 2019. Trunk muscle activation in the back and hack squat at the same relative loads. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33 :S60-S69 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Clark DR, Lambert MI, Hunter AM. 2018. Contemporary perspectives of core stability training for dynamic athletic performance: a survey of athletes, coaches, sports science and sports medicine practitioners Sports Medicine - Open, 4 DOI Author Url Public Url