Damian Harper

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Performance Conditioning

School of Sport

E: d.harper@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876438

I am a senior lecturer and a course leader for the MSc in Strength & Conditioning Programme. I am a fully accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UK strength and conditioning association (ASCC), and am also a British association of sport and exercise sciences (BASES) accredited sport and exercise scientist with chartered scientist status. I am also a registered supervisor and reviewer with BASES, allowing me to facilitate the supervised experience (SE) route for those wishing to become accredited sport and exercise scientist. Previous to current employment I have led and developed Foundation Degrees in sport and exercise science and sports coaching, and also delivered educational programmes to staff at large Health and fitness club chains, and scholarship players at Premier League football clubs.

I completed my BSc in Sport Science at Manchester Metropolitan University, and then went onto complete my MSc in sport and exercise science at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). I am currently studying for a PhD at UCLan examining the determinants of proficient deceleration in team sport players. I am also a fellow of tI higIr education academy (FIA).

I am also a certified personal trainer and hold a level 4 Certificate in Exercise for Management of Low Back Pain.

Further Information

Teaching

I currently lecture on both under and post graduate modules including:

  • Performance Analysis
  • Performance Conditioning
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Coaching Strength & Conditioning

I am also a supervisor for dissertation students with a wide variety of experiences in topic areas including:

  • Utilising training technologies and interventions for the advancement of athletic potential
  • Determinants of athletic performance
  • Athletic screening from a physical and physiological perspective
  • Periodization strategies
  • Monitoring fitness and fatigue

I have previous experience of delivering modules in:

  • Research Methods
  • Essentials of Training and Conditioning
  • Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Measurement Techniques

Research

I am currently studying for a PhD at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) examining the determinants of proficient running deceleration (R-DEC). I am interested in discovering new innovative applied methodologies that can help to understand the critical qualities required for this movement skill.

I have conducted research previously into the use of the Vertimax athletic training devise for the development of soccer and rugby specific speed. Additionally, I have developed new protocols for the assessment of reactive strength (10/5 repeated jump test) examining how this influences key athletic movement skills in comparison to other physical qualities.

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications (available on RaY)

I have presented previous research at national and international conferences including:

Harper, D.J., Jordan, A., Wilkie, B., Liefeith, A., Metcalfe, J., Thomas, A. (2016). Isokinetic strength qualities that differentiate rapid deceleration performance in male youth academy soccer players. 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science. 2016 July 6-10; Vienna, Austria.

Jordan, A., Thomas, A., Wilkie, B., Harper, D.J, Liefeith, A., Metcalfe, J. (2016). Training induced changes in external load on academy soccer players. 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science. 2016 July 6-10; Vienna, Austria.

Harper, D.J., Liefeith, A. & Thomas, A. (2015). Repeated acceleration and deceleration ability (RADA) in semi-professional soccer players. UKSCA’s 11th  Annual Conference. 2015 Aug 1-2, Chesford Grange Warwickshire, United Kingdom.

Harper, D.J., Hobbs, S.J. & Moore, J. (2011). Reactive strength vs power: The best predictor of speed in elite U’20 Super League Rugby Players. 16th Annual Congress of European College of Sports Science. 2011 July 6-9; Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Harper, D.J., Hobbs, S.J. & Moore, J. (2011). The ten to five repeated jump test: A new test for evaluation of lower body reactive strength.  BASES 2011 Annual Student Conference. Integrations and Innovations: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sport and Exercise Science. 2011 April 12-13; Chester, United Kingdom. Chester,: The University of Chester; 2011.

Moore, J. & Harper, D.J. (2011). The effect an imagery script has on force production in the jump squat. BASES 2011 Annual Student Conference. Integrations and Innovations: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sport and Exercise Science. 2011 April 12-13; Chester, United Kingdom. Chester,: The University of Chester; 2011.

Professional Activities

I am currently the lead strength and conditioning coach at York City FC Foundation Tier 1 Regional Talent Club, overseeing the development of physical performance conditioning in elite female soccer players. Alongside this I also provide sport science and strength and conditioning consultancy for external sports clubs and organizations. I also have a vast experience of tutoring, assessing and assuring internal quality assurance of personal trainer courses delivered to the Health fitness industry.

I also engage in external examination duties for other HE institutions and have also been invited to undertake peer review for a number of journal articles. 

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