Liverpool Skylilne

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Martin Littlewood

Dr Martin Littlewood

Telephone: 0151 231 8688

Publications

Journal article

Feddersen N, Morris R, Richardson D, Littlewood M. 2019. The Emergence and Perpetuation of a Destructive Culture in an Elite Sport in the United Kingdom Sport in Society, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Champ F, Ronkainen N, Nesti MS, Tod D, Littlewood M. 2019. ‘Through the lens of ethnography’: Perceptions, challenges, and experiences of an early career practitioner-researcher in professional football Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, DOI Public Url

Wadsworth N, Charnock L, Russell J, Littlewood M. 2018. Use of video-analysis feedback within a six-month coach education program at a professional football club Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, DOI

Champ FM, Nesti MS, Ronkainen NJ, Tod DA, Littlewood MA. 2018. An Exploration of the Experiences of Elite Youth Footballers: The Impact of Organizational Culture Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, DOI

Finnegan L, McArdle J, Littlewood M, Richardson D. 2018. Somewhat united: primary stakeholder perspectives of the governance of schoolboy football in Ireland Managing Sport and Leisure, 23 :48-69 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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 Public Url

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 Publisher Url Public Url

Dowling C, Reeves MJ, Littlewood MA, Nesti M, Richardson D. 2018. Developing individuals whilst managing teams: perspectives of under 21 coaches within English Premier League football Soccer and Society, :1-16 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Ronkainen NJ, Ryba TV, Littlewood M, Selänne H. 2018. ‘School, family and then hockey!’ Coaches’ views on dual career in ice hockey International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 13 :38-45 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Devaney DJ, Nesti MS, Ronkainen NJ, Littlewood M, Richardson D. 2017. Athlete Lifestyle Support of Elite Youth Cricketers: An Ethnography of Player Concerns Within a National Talent Development Program Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30 :300-320 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Eubank MR, Nesti M, Littlewood M. 2017. A Culturally Informed Approach to Mental Toughness Development in High Performance Sport International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48 :1-17 DOI Author Url Public Url

McDougall M, Nesti M, Richardson D, Littlewood M. 2017. Emphasising the culture in culture change: Examining current perspectives of culture and offering some alternative ones Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 13 :47-59 Publisher Url

Rennie DJ, Vanrenterghem J, Littlewood M, Drust B. 2016. Can the natural turf pitch be viewed as a risk factor for injury within Association Football? Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19 :547-552 DOI Author Url Public Url

O'Halloran L, Littlewood MA, Richardson D, Tod D, Nesti MS. 2016. Doing descriptive phenomenological data collection in sport psychology research Sport in Society, DOI Author Url Public Url

Ronkainen NJ, Tikkanen O, Littlewood M, Nesti MS. 2015. An existential perspective on meaning, spirituality and authenticity in athletic careers Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7 :253-270 DOI

Mitchell T, Richardson D, Nesti M, Eubank M, Midgley A, Littlewood M. 2014. Athletic Identity in Elite Level English Youth Football:A Cross Sectional Approach Journal of Sports Sciences, DOI Author Url

Cook C, Crust L, Littlewood M, Nesti M, Allen-Collinson J. 2014. 'What it takes': Perceptions of mental toughness and its development in an English Premier League Soccer Academy Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6 :329-347 DOI

Nesti M, Littlewood M, O'Halloran L, Eubank M, Richardson D. 2012. Critical Moments in Elite Premiership Football: Who Do You Think You Are? Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research., 56 :23-32 DOI

Crust L, Nesti M, Littlewood M. 2012. A cross-sectional analysis of mental toughness in a professional football academy :171-180

Crust L, Nesti M, Littlewood M. 2012. Player and coach ratings of mental toughness in an elite association football academy :241-252

O'Halloran L, Richardson D, Littlewood M, Nesti M. 2012. Phenomenological analysis of critical moments of players in elite level English professional football Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health,

Relvas H, Littlewood M, Nesti M, Gilbourne D, Richardson D. 2010. Organizational Structures and Working Practices in Elite European Professional Football Clubs: Understanding the Relationship between Youth and Professional Domains EUROPEAN SPORT MANAGEMENT QUARTERLY, 10 :165-187 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Cook C, Littlewood M, Nesti M, Crust L, Allen-Collinson J. 'What it takes': perceptions of mental toughness and its development in an English Premier League Soccer Academy Qualitiative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, DOI

Littlewood MA, Mullen C, Richardson D. Football labour migration: an examination of the player recruitment strategies of the ‘big five’ European football leagues 2004–5 to 2008–9 Soccer and Society, 12 :788-805

Richardson D, Gilbourne D, Littlewood M. Developing support mechanisms for elite young players in a professional soccer academy: Creative reflections in action research European Sport Management Quarterly, 4 :195-214 DOI Publisher Url

Littlewood MA, Tonge A, Eubank M. The use of imagery in elite level professional football players.

Littlewood M, Mullen C, Richardson D. Football labour migration: an examination of the player recruitment strategies of the ‘big five’ European football leagues 2004–5 to 2008–9 Soccer and Society, 12 :788-805 DOI

Richardson D, Littlewood M, Nesti M, Benstead L. An Examination of the Migratory Transition of Elite Young European Soccer Players to the English Premier League Journal of Sports Sciences, DOI Author Url

Ronkainen N, Tikkanen O, Littlewood M, Nesti M. An Existential Perspective to Meaning, Spirituality and Authenticity in Athletic Careers Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, DOI

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

Finnegan L, Richardson D, Littlewood M, McArdle J. The influence of date and place of birth on youth player selection to a National Football Association elite development programme Science and Medicine in Football, DOI Public Url

Book

Littlewood MA. 2018. Science in Soccer: Translating Theory into Practice Littlewood M, Gregson W. Bloomsbury Publishing. London

Chapters

Littlewood MA, Nesti MS. 2011. Making your way in the game: Boundary situations in England's professional football world Gilbourne D, Andersen MB. Critical Essays in Applied Sport Psychology :233-250 Human Kinetics. USA 9780736078856

Relvas H, Richardson D, Gilbourne D, Littlewood M. 2009. Youth development in elite European football: Structure, philosophy, and working practices International Research in Science and Soccer: The Proceedings of the First World Conference on Science and Soccer :29-35 9780415497947

Littlewood MA, Nesti M. Psychological preparation and development of players in Premiership football: Practical and theoretical perspectives Reilly T, Williams AM, Drust B. International Research in Science and Soccer :169-175 Routledge. London

Relvas H, Littlewood M, Gilbourne D, Richardson D. Youth development structures, philosophy and working mechanisms of top-level football clubs: a pan-European perspective Reilly T, Korkusuz F. Science and Football VI: The Proceedings of the Sixth World Congress on Science and Football :476-481 Taylor and Francis. London

Littlewood MA, Drust B. Reflective practice in Science and Football Knowles Z, Gilbourne D, Dugdill L. Reflective Practice in Sport, Health and Pedagogy’

Littlewood MA, Richardson D. Sociological and Cultural Influences on Elite Player Development Williams AM. Science and Soccer DOI

Nesti MS. Psychological preparation and development of players in premiership football: practical and theoretical perspectives. International research in science and soccer :169-176 Routledge

Thesis/Dissertation

Woolfenden A. Supplement Use In Professional Rugby League Chester N, Close G, Littlewood M. Public Url

Engagement & Impact

External committees:

Elite Performance Advisory Group, The English Premier League, Performance Psychology Advisor. 2017

Science and Football Steering Committee, World Congress Science and Football Steering Group, Psychology Advisor. 2016

Research Grants Awarded:

Racing Welfare, Racing Industry Mental Health, Dr Mark Nesti, Grant value (£): £94,290, Duration of research project: 18 months. 2017

The English Football Assocaition, Exploring the 'wash-out' effect on, and lived experiences of, Level 1 and 2 football coaches, Grant value (£): £60,000, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2017

British Council, UK Football Study Programme for Yunnan Province, China, Grant value (£): 159,000.00, Duration of research project: 3 months. 2016

Rugby Football Union, Motivation and movement of University leavers, Dr Robert Morris, Dr David Tod, Grant value (£): £24,852, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2016

Industrial connections:

Manchester United Football Club, Football Exchange Sports Science Support Assistant. 2016

Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Successfully gained an external consultancy contract to deliver Applied Sports Psychology support within the club. 2014

Everton Football Club, Management of Internship programme to provide Sports Science support to Academy teams. 2010

Other invited event:

World Congress Science and Soccer, Portland, Oregan, USA, Invited talk on Psychological Development of Elite Academy Players in English PRemier League Football. 2014

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. 2002

External collaboration:

http://www.leadersinfootball.com/, Leaders, Professional contributor for The Leaders magazine.

Membership of professional bodies:

Professional Member, BASES.