Russell Martindale

Russell Martindale

Dr Russell Martindale

Associate Professor

Biography

My focus as an academic and practitioner is the development of talent and understanding the personal and environmental characteristics that enable people to fulfil their potential, develop effectively and achieve success. In line with this, I have developed the Talent Development Environment Questionnaire (Martindale et al., 2010) which has impacted research globally to assess the quality of development environments and guide evidence based practice.

Much of my work has involved the impact evaluation of a range of psycho-social interventions on the health, wellbeing and success of young people and adults, including those in sport, educational contexts and those who are socially excluded or have complex needs. For example, funded research projects have included the evaluation and design of:

• Elite sport academy programmes and structures
• Sport coach education and development
• School based talent identification and development programmes:
• School based physical activity promotion programmes;
• Impact of expeditions on positive adjustment of young people
• Impact of outdoor adventure experiences of school pupil learning, resilience and success
• Impact of youth cadet organisations on young people’s development
• Resilience and support requirements of military families who are geographically dispersed
• Resilience and support requirements of military families living on isolated bases
• Understanding the lived experience of military personnel
• Understanding resilience through the transition experience of military veterans

I am also a chartered sport and exercise psychologist and have worked with a variety of elite and development level performers, coaches and sports. I have experience working as a team psychologist (triathlon) through the Commonwealth Games 2002, London Olympics 2012 and Rio Olympics 2016 cycles, which has enabled me to apply evidence based talent development environment principles at the ‘coal face’. I have applied these same principles to the higher education context, helping staff and postgraduate research students to fulfil their potential through mentoring and communities of practice.

Themes

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Expert Contributor & Steering Group Member: UK Coaching Landmark National Project 'Principles of Talent Development': I was invited by UK Coaching as an expert contributor to their landmark national project within coaching: ‘Principles of Talent Development’ designed to inform a suite of resources to support coaches which can be used by stakeholders throughout talent and performance pathways across the UK (2018). Subsequently I have been invited onto a steering group and have been asked to help them utilise my TDEQ (research tool) to drive evaluation and development of evidence based practice across a variety of UK sport pathways.
  • Expert Opinion for Graded Recommendations: Arsenal FC: I am regularly used as an expert to provide advice to Arsenal FC about the rigorous nature of external research bids that they receive.
  • Melting Pot Discussion for Talent Initiative - Sports Coach UK: Sports Coach UK are hosting a ‘melting pot’ discussion for Talent, a new initiative they are driving. The ‘Talent research’ meeting aims to gather insight and promote discussion amongst some leading researchers in the topic of talent and talent coaching to discuss the current thinking in the area of talent development, and the next steps in talent. Given my work in recent years, they have invited me to join the discussion
  • Founding Member of Arsenal FC Psychology Research Group: I was invited to be part of development of the Arsenal FC Psychology Research Group, which aims to actively collaborate to identify and carry out research with direct applied impact on Arsenal FC
  • Sports Coach UK: Invited to Sports Coach UK Research Hub for Talent: Sports Coach UK invited experts to join a research hub as a means to generate ideas to take forward for the development of Sports Coaching within the UK.
  • Talent Development Environments. UKSport - TID Melting Pot, National Strategy, Leeds: UKSport invited experts to take part on a 'melting pot' discussion day with the aim of developing evidence based guidance for their policy development within talent development in sport.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner: MSc Sports Coaching, Leeds Beckett University
  • External Examiner: BSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Worcester

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • ENU Above and Beyond Partnership Award
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Invited Speaker

  • Veterans in Custody Stakeholder Event: 24th January 12:00-15:30 Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh. During this event research findings were presented from our qualitative study of ex-military personnel in custody, as well as showcasing other military research from Edinburgh Napier. There was discussion of key issues for justice involved veterans including identity, transitions and support with a view to identifying priorities for research and practice.
  • High Performance Symposium: Talent Development Environments UKSport/Sportscotland institute of sport. During this event I was invited to speak about my work in measuring the processes of effective Talent Development Environments to high performance staff and coaches across the UK. I outlined how to use my TDEQ questionnaire to gain formative feedback, design interventions and measure impact in high performance environments
  • Maximising Premiership Football Academy Experiences: Arsenal FC. I was invited to present our work with Arsenal FC academy aimed at impacting process and policy at the club to the wider Arsenal FC club staff and management..
  • Arsenal FC Psychology Working Group: I was invited as a founding member of the group to present practical ideas for research projects that would impact positively on Arsenal FC performance and development
  • Talent Identification and Development - Sport and Business - Utrecht University School of Governance, Netherlands Jubilee Conference. I was invited to speak about my work in Talent Development Environments and how this could forge a relationship with talent development in business contexts
  • Bridging the Gap - A Holistic Approach to the Development of Junior to Senior Athletes - East Renfrewshire Coaching Conference, Glasgow
  • Understanding Talent: Keynote. East of Scotland Institute of Sport Conference, Ratho
  • Talent Development Environments. East of Scotland Institute of Sport Conference, Ratho
  • Talent Identification and Development; The Stirling Seminar Series, The University of Stirling
  • Theory and Practice of Talent. Developments in Sport, Leisure and Fitness Conference, Bell College, Hamilton

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Health Professions Council Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (British Psychological Society)

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External Examiner PhD: Candice Thomas - An Investigation of the Talent Development Environment of Caribbean Track and Field Athletes: A Mixed-Methods Approach, Deakin University, Australia
  • External Examiner DProf: Joe Robinson - Influences on the biopsychosocial health of older adults, University of Central Lancashire
  • External Examiner PhD: Robin Taylor - Role of Siblings in Talent Development, University of Central Lancashire
  • External Examiner PhD: James Fitzwater: Mental Toughness in Military Training- Bangor University
  • External Examiner MPhil: John Stoszkowski - Sports Coaching, University of Birmingham
  • External Examiner PhD: John Parker - Sport Psychology, University of Gloucestershire
  • External Examiner MPhil: Graeme McDowall - Sports Coaching, University of Birmingham
  • External Examiner MPhil: Jonathan Hughes - Sport Science & Coaching, University of Wales
  • External Examiner DProf: David Passmore - Sport Coaching, University of Central Lancashire

 

Reviewing

  • Annals of Leisure Research; European Physical Education Review; European Journal of Sport Science; Frontiers; International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology; International Journal of Sport Psychology; International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching; International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology; International Sport Coaching Journal; Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning; Journal of Applied Sport Psychology; Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; Journal of Sports Sciences; PLOS ONE; Psychology of Sport and Exercise; Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport; Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports; Sports Coaching Review; Studies in Sport Humanities; The Sport Psychologist; Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal

 

Date


68 results

Effective talent development: the elite coach perspective in UK sport.

Journal Article
Martindale, R. J. J., Collins, D. & Abraham, A. (2006)
Effective talent development: the elite coach perspective in UK sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 19, 187-206. doi:10.1080/10413200701188944. ISSN 1041-3200
Research to effectively inform the design and conduct of talent development environments (TDEs) is sparse, especially relating to the goals and systems involved. Accordingly, ...

The coaching schematic: validation through expert coach consensus.

Journal Article
Abraham, A., Collins, D. & Martindale, R. J. J. (2006)
The coaching schematic: validation through expert coach consensus. Journal of sports sciences. 24, 549-564. doi:10.1080/02640410500189173. ISSN 1466-447X
Current research in coaching development infers that coaching is predominantly a decision-making process. The same and other research is not, however, informing the coaching d...

Talent identification and development: an academic review.

Book
Abbott, A., Collins, D., Martindale, R. J. J., & Sowerby, K. (2002)
Talent identification and development: an academic review. SportScotland
The Academic Review was commissioned to help evaluate Sportscotland's pilot Talent Identification and Development Programme which operated from early 2000 to the end of 2001. ...

Talent development: a guide for practice and research within sport.

Journal Article
Martindale, R. J. J., Collins, D. & Daubney, J. (2005)
Talent development: a guide for practice and research within sport. Quest. 57, 353-375. ISSN 0033-6297
The transformation of talented youngsters into senior world-beaters is a topic of interest for practitioners and researchers alike. Unfortunately there is a dearth of research...

Impact of the talent development environment on achievement goals and life aspirations in Singapore

Journal Article
John Wang, C. K., Sproule, J., McNeill, M., Martindale, R. J. J., & Lee, K. S. (2011)
Impact of the talent development environment on achievement goals and life aspirations in Singapore. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23, 263-276. https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2010.543120
Producing successful athletes in Singapore is a high priority, and the financial rewards for those that make it are great. In light of such an extrinsically motivated structur...

Development of the talent development environment questionnaire for sport

Journal Article
Martindale, R. J. J., Collins, D., Wang, J. C. K., McNeill, M., Lee, K. S., Sproule, J., & Westbury, T. (2010)
Development of the talent development environment questionnaire for sport. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28, 1209-1221. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2010.495993
As sporting challenge at the elite level becomes ever harder, maximizing effectiveness of the talent development pathway is crucial. Reflecting this need, this paper describes...

Building a physically active and talent rich culture: an educationally sound approach

Journal Article
Collins, D., Martindale, R. J. J., Button, A., & Sowerby, K. (2010)
Building a physically active and talent rich culture: an educationally sound approach. European Physical Education Review, 16, 7-28. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356336X10369196
Physical education and sport are often critically evaluated for the potential impact they can have on the development of children, both from the perspective of health and the ...

Further development of the talent development environment questionnaire for sport.

Journal Article
Li, C., Wang, C. K. J., Pyun, D. Y., & Martindale, R. J. J. (2015)
Further development of the talent development environment questionnaire for sport. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 1831-1843. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1014828
Given the significance of monitoring the critical environmental factors that facilitate athlete performance, this two-phase research aimed to validate and refine the revised T...

Exploring the nature of resilience in junior athletes

Presentation / Conference
Fountain, H., Martindale, R., Moira, L. & Westbury, T. (2016, November)
Exploring the nature of resilience in junior athletes. Poster presented at BASES- British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, Nottingham
Athletes are often proactive in exposing themselves to an inherently stressful competitive environment, frequently seeking challenges as opportunities for development (Sarkar ...

Exploring the Nature of Psychological Resilience in Junior Rugby League Players: A Q-Method Approach

Presentation / Conference
Fountain, H., Martindale, R., Tony, W. & Moira, L. (2016, December)
Exploring the Nature of Psychological Resilience in Junior Rugby League Players: A Q-Method Approach. Poster presented at BPS- Divison of Sport and Exercise Psychology Annual Conference, Cardiff
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore the nature of psychological resilience in the context of junior Rugby League, using a novel Q-sort method. Design: A cr...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Developing the Potential of Young People Through Sport: Funded by Sportscotland £120,000
  • Elite Coach Development Project: Funded by UKSI £15,000
  • Sport Interactive Project - TiD and physical activity promotion: Funded by Sportscotland £120,000

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