Stephen McQuilliam

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Stephen completed his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science before completing a masters degree in Sport & Exercise Physiology at LJMU. A passion for the complex ways the human body adapts to resistance training in addition to his experience in long-term athlete development and performance has led Stephen to undertake a PhD project at LJMU. Alongside his PhD studies, Stephen is an accredited strength & conditioning coach. Providing support for the LJMU strength & conditioning department as well as teams and athletes within other organisations.

PhD project Title: The role of strength training in professional academy soccer, the translation of research to practice.
Supervisors: Dr Thomas Brownlee, Dr Dave Clark & Dr Robert Erskine

PhD Overview: Stephen is aiming to compare what would be deemed "best practice" from the scientific literature to the applied environment. Additionally, evaluating the position of strength training within soccer and views on current practice. Through this programme of work, Stephen hopes to explore the methods implemented by academy strength & conditioning coaches, what factors influence strength training and what would be deemed scientific "best practice" based on the research literature.


Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc, Sport & Exercise Physiology
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons), Sport and Exercise Science

Journal article

McQuilliam SJ, Clark DR, Erskine RM, Brownlee TE. 2022. Mind the gap! A survey comparing current strength training methods used in men’s versus women’s first team and academy soccer Science and Medicine in Football, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Robinson N, McQuilliam S, Donovan TF, Langan-Evans C, Whitehead AE. 2021. The Current Landscape of Youth Multi-Sport Training; Athlete and Parent Insight Data. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McQuilliam S, Clark DR, Erskine RM, Brownlee T. 2020. Free-weight Resistance Training in Youth Athletes: A Narrative Review Sports Medicine, 50 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url


McQuilliam S. Global Insights into the Role of Strength Training in Soccer, with Particular Reference to Academy Players Brownlee T, Clark D, Erskine R. Public Url

Industrial connections:

Liverpool Women's Football Club, Lead Academy Physical Performance Coach. 2020