Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning
School of Sport
T: 87 6730
I graduated from Carnegie, Leeds Polytechnic in 1992 with an upper second class Bachelor of Arts degree in human movement studies and also possesses a post-compulsory education teaching qualification from the University of Huddersfield. I joined York St John as a lecturer in Biomechanics in 2002.
I am a fully accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCC), and am currently working in professional rugby league overseeing the athletic development of academy and scholarship players.
I am also a senior fellow of the higher education academy (SFHEA) and have been awarded an e-Pedagogy Teaching Fellowship for innovation in technology enhanced learning, specifically learning and assessment in Sports and Exercise Science.
I teach on a range of modules on both the science and the coaching-based undergraduate degrees, including biomechanics and strength and conditioning. I also supervise undergraduate and masters dissertation students and am a personal tutor.
I am a University Teaching Fellow recognising my work in technology enhanced learning, specifically developing innovative teaching and learning practice involving video and audio, flipped classrooms, blended learning. Collaborating on numerous research projects investigating the benefits of such innovation, I have presented at the University’s teaching and learning conference on several, as well as other national conferences.
I am currently studying for a PhD, enrolled at the University of Central Lancashire. My area of study is in agility based conditioning work, examining the role that general motor ability can play in developing sports performers and impact athletic development programmes.
Secondly, I have a research interest in the utilisation of technology within Higher Education teaching and learning. Specifically I am investigating the use of technology in assessment and feedback strategies. In my recent work I have focused upon the emerging role that technology can play in creating a virtual classroom or laboratory.
Peer-reviewed publications (available on RaY)
Laycock, R., Smith, A. and Liefeith, A. (2006). Breaking bones: Animating the biomechanics of sport injury. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education (JoHLSTE), 5(2)
Bissas, A., Cooke, C., Paradisis G. and Liefeith, A. (1996). The stretch shortening cycle and sprinting performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 14(1), pp.4-5
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.
Liefeith, A. (2016) Back to the future – generic agility training within sports-specific developmental pathways “Specialisation, Agility and General Motor Ability”. Strength and Conditioning in Schools Conference. 2016 June; Rutland, UK.
Wilkie, B and Liefeith A. (2016) Can you hear the students? The use of student one minute papers to enable agile module delivery and facilitate student success. Talking About Teaching Conference. York, UK, January 2016.
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.
Liefeith, A. and Wilkie, B. (2015). Blended Learning and developing an online presence to support inclusivity. Talking About Teaching Conference. York, UK, January 2015.
Kiely, J. and Liefeith, A. (2014) Movement Control, Early Specialisation and Injury. Institute of Coaching and Performance: Talent Development Symposium. May 2014; Preston UK.
Wilkie, B. and Liefeith A. (2014). Impact of Audio Video Feedback on Student Success. Higher York e-learning Conference. York, UK, May 2014.
Wilkie, B. and Liefeith A. (2013). Emerging Signature Pedagogy: Contemporary Assessment and Feedback Strategies. University of Bolton Teaching and Learning Conference. Bolton, UK, June 2013.
Wilkie, B and Liefeith A. (2013). The Role of Video and e-feedback in Assessment. Higher York e-learning Conference. York, UK, May 2013.
Wilkie, B and Liefeith A. (2013). The Role of Video and online feedback in non-traditional teaching environments. Talking About Teaching Conference. York, UK, January 2013.
Wilkie, B. and Liefeith A. (2012). The Use of Video Feedback in Teaching and Learning. Talking About Teaching Conference. York, UK, January 2012.
Wilkie, B. and Liefeith A. (2012). Wireless Tablet Technology: Its use in Electronic Assessment and Feedback. Talking About Teaching Conference, York, UK, January 2012.
Sanctuary, C., Liefeith, A. and Walsh, S. (2005). Comparison of pre-season development of full-time and part-time players in professional rugby league. Poster presentation, UKSCA annual conference UKSCA annual conference
I work as strength and conditioning practitioner for a professional rugby league club, where I am responsible for overseeing the athletic development programme for both the academy and scholarship players. My role involves mentoring new strength and conditioning coaches, supporting their professional development.