Russell Martindale
Russell Martindale

Prof Russell Martindale

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

  • External Professor on Academic Interview Panel
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

 

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.
  • 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..
  • 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
  • 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 Identification and Development; The Stirling Seminar Series, The University of Stirling
  • Talent Development Environments. East of Scotland Institute of Sport Conference, Ratho
  • 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: Christian Ytterbøl - Developing Performance Psychology for Norwegian Special Operation Forces, University of Edinburgh
  • External Examiner PhD: Orlaith Curran - Exploring the Talent Development Environment of a Female National Amateur Sporting Organisation, Dublin City University
  • External Examiner PhD: Cameron Campbell - Hacking the Managerial Merry-go-round: An investigation into the coach recruitment and long term development processes within professional football, Robert Gordon University
  • External Examiner PhD: Jamie Taylor - Snakes and Ladders: A Critical Examination of Blocks in the Talent Development Pathway, The University of Edinburgh
  • External Examiner DProf: Neil McCarthy - Plotting, Understanding and Optimising the Talent Development Process in UK Performance Pathways and Academies, University of Central Lancashire
  • 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: Jonathan Hughes - Sport Science & Coaching, University of Wales
  • External Examiner MPhil: John Stoszkowski - Sports Coaching, University of Birmingham
  • External Examiner DProf: David Passmore - Sport Coaching, University of Central Lancashire
  • External Examiner MPhil: Graeme McDowall - Sports Coaching, University of Birmingham
  • External Examiner PhD: John Parker - Sport Psychology, University of Gloucestershire

 

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

 

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The Associations between Talent Development Environments and Psychological Skills in Iranian Youth Athletes: A Variable and Person-centred Approach

Journal Article
Martindale, R., Li, C., Andronikos, G., Jafari, M., & Badami, R. (in press)
The Associations between Talent Development Environments and Psychological Skills in Iranian Youth Athletes: A Variable and Person-centred Approach. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ,
The environment plays a significant role in the development of talent athletes. A big part of this is preparing athletes with the psychological skills to cope and thrive throu...

German version of the Talent Development Environment Questionnaire (TDEQ-5)

Journal Article
Alfermann, D., Lobinger, B., Nesges, O., Martindale, R., & Andronikos, G. (in press)
German version of the Talent Development Environment Questionnaire (TDEQ-5). German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12662-022-00850-x
The quality of the talent development environment and how it supports youth athletes has been identified as one major factor of success. Nonetheless, in psychological talent a...

An investigation of the talent development pathway in Scottish female football

Journal Article
Simpson, D., Martindale, R. J., Travlos, A., Souglis, A., & Andronikos, G. (2022)
An investigation of the talent development pathway in Scottish female football. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 53(3), 218-241. https://doi.org/10.7352/IJSP.2022.53.218
Literature in Talent Development (TD) for female sports is sparse and as- sumes applicability from existing male TD research. The purpose of this study was to gain an understa...

An Evaluation of the Transition from an Amateur to Professional Culture within Hong Kong's Elite Rugby Program

Journal Article
Hall, A. J., English, C., Jones, L., Westbury, T., & Martindale, R. (in press)
An Evaluation of the Transition from an Amateur to Professional Culture within Hong Kong's Elite Rugby Program. Sports Coaching Review, https://doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2022.2074245
Currently little is known about the development of high-performance cultures in emerging nations. This study is the first of its kind examining an emerging rugby nation’s tran...

Relationship between Sibling Characteristics and Talent Development

Journal Article
Mackenzie, K., Andronikos, G., Travlos, A., Souglis, A., Fountain, H., English, C., & Martindale, R. J. J. (2022)
Relationship between Sibling Characteristics and Talent Development. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 22(3), 741-748. https://doi.org/10.7752/jpes.2022.03093
Objective/Background: Parents have been shown to be highly influential in the development of sporting talent, however the relationship between sibling characteristics and tale...

The influence of training volume on training and match injury risk in elite Scottish rugby union players

Presentation / Conference
Paul, C., Campbell, T., Yule, S., Walsh, J., Martindale, R., & Palmer, D. (2021, November)
The influence of training volume on training and match injury risk in elite Scottish rugby union players. Poster presented at IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, Monaco
BACKGROUND Training volume has been shown to influence injury risk in elite Rugby Union players. OBJECTIVE To investigate the influence of training volume on injury risk in el...

The Acculturation Experiences of Elite Rugby Union Coaches

Journal Article
Hall, A., English, C., Jones, L., Westbury, T., & Martindale, R. (2022)
The Acculturation Experiences of Elite Rugby Union Coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 9(1), 30-39. https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2020-0103
Currently, little is known about how elite coaches acculturate and how they manage their acculturation environment. This study examines the acculturation experiences of elite ...

A mixed methods exploration of surf therapy piloted for youth well-being in post-conflict Sierra Leone

Journal Article
Marshall, J., Kamuskay, S., Margaedah Samai, M., Marah, I., Tonkara, F., Conteh, J., …Martindale, R. (2021)
A mixed methods exploration of surf therapy piloted for youth well-being in post-conflict Sierra Leone. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(12), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126267
Young people in post-conflict and post-epidemic contexts such as Sierra Leone face a range of mental health challenges as part of their daily life. An innovative approach to S...

Factors contributing to the quality of the junior-to-senior transition in Greek athletes

Journal Article
Andronikos, G., Westbury, T., Brazo-Sayavera, J., Olivares, P. R., & Martindale, R. J. J. (in press)
Factors contributing to the quality of the junior-to-senior transition in Greek athletes. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2021.1891116
The aim of this study was to investigate which factors contribute to the quality of the junior-to-senior transition (JST) which includes adjustment to senior level, sport and ...

Relationship between the talent development environment and motivation, commitment, and confidence

Journal Article
Andronikos, G., Souglis, A., & Martindale, R. J. J. (2021)
Relationship between the talent development environment and motivation, commitment, and confidence. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 21(1), 208-217. https://doi.org/10.7752/jpes.2021.01028
Introduction: Examining the influence of the talent development environment on athletes is crucial for understanding sport participation and the identifying the characteristic...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

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

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD Supervisor: Emma Qu - Exploring Life Skills Development in Outdoor Experiences, The University of Edinburgh
  • PhD Supervisor: Matt Hillyer - Exploring Talent Development and Psychological Safety, The University of Edinburgh
  • PhD Advisor: Chunxiao Li - Measurement of the sports talent development environment and its relationship with athletes’ self-determined motivation and burnout, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore