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)
Kirk C, Langan-Evans C, Clark DR, Morton JP. 2021. Quantification of training load distribution in mixed martial arts athletes: A lack of periodisation and load management. PLoS One, 16 :e0251266-e0251266 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Clark DR, Lambert MI, Grigson C, Hunter AM. 2021. Impact of resistance training status on trunk muscle activation in a fatiguing set of heavy back squats European Journal of Applied Physiology, 121 :597-608 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Kirk C, Clark DR, Langan-Evans C, Morton JP. 2020. The physical demands of mixed martial arts: A narrative review using the ARMSS model to provide a hierarchy of evidence JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 38 :2819-2841 DOI Author Url Public Url
Clark DR, Lambert MI, Grigson C, Hunter AM. 2020. Increased strength is associated with lower trunk muscle activation during loaded back squats and dynamic body weight jumps Translational Sports Medicine, 3 :107-118 DOI Publisher Url Public 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
Clark DR, Langan-Evans C, Erskine R. 2020. Resistance training: here’s why it’s so effective for weight loss Author Url
Other Professional Activity:
Guest Lecturer: University of Birmingham final year module - Athletic Training and Conditioning. 2021
External Examiner for the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at Robert Gordon University. 2020
Membership of professional bodies:
Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC), United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). 2004