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Exploring the coach-administrator relationship within the SA cricket development environment

Journal Article
English, C., Nash, C., & Martindale, R. (in press)
Exploring the coach-administrator relationship within the SA cricket development environment. European Sport Management Quarterly, https://doi.org/10.1080/16184742.2020.1749689
Research question: The increased competitive demands placed on modern sports organisations, intensifies pressures on coaches to produce positive results. These factors may in...

“When I was surfing with those guys I was surfing with family.” A Grounded Exploration of Program Theory within the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Surf Therapy Intervention

Journal Article
Marshall, J., Ferrier, B., Ward, P. B., & Martindale, R. (2020)
“When I was surfing with those guys I was surfing with family.” A Grounded Exploration of Program Theory within the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Surf Therapy Intervention. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 11(2),
Surf therapy is an intervention increasingly being utilized to tackle a range of health inequalities for military veterans. While increasing evidence demonstrates the effectiv...

The examination of mental toughness, sleep, mood and injury rates in an Arctic ultra-marathon

Journal Article
Graham, S. M., Martindale, R. J. J., McKinley, M., Connaboy, C., Andronikos, G., & Susmarski, A. (in press)
The examination of mental toughness, sleep, mood and injury rates in an Arctic ultra-marathon. European Journal of Sport Science, https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2020.1733670
There is scarcity of research examining the physiological and psychological effects of ultra-endurance racing on athletes in extreme conditions. The purpose of the current stu...

Unsuccessful Transitions: Understanding Dropout from the Athlete's Perspective

Journal Article
Andronikos, G., Westbury, T., & Martindale, R. J. (2019)
Unsuccessful Transitions: Understanding Dropout from the Athlete's Perspective. Athens Journal of Sports, 6(4), 195-214. https://doi.org/10.30958/ajspo.6-4-2
Limited studies have investigated the experiences of athletes who did not "make it" to elite level. To target this research gap, this study accessed and investigated this hard...

Psychological factors and future performance of football players: a systematic review with meta-analysis

Journal Article
Ivarsson, A., Kilhage-Persson, A., Martindale, R., Priestley, D., Huijgen, B., Ardern, C., & McCall, A. (2020)
Psychological factors and future performance of football players: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 3(4), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2019.10.021
Objectives: This systematic review had 3 key objectives: (1) to investigate whether psychological factors were associated with future football performance ( e.g., progression ...

The Talent Development Environment Questionnaire as a Tool to Drive Excellence in Elite Sport Environments

Journal Article
Hall, A., Jones, L., & Martindale, R. (2019)
The Talent Development Environment Questionnaire as a Tool to Drive Excellence in Elite Sport Environments. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 6(2), 187-198
Currently, little work has evaluated the impact of interventions within talent development environments (TDEs). This study is the first of its kind to evaluate the efficacy o...

Relationships between talent development environments and mental toughness: The role of basic psychological need satisfaction

Journal Article
Li, C., Martindale, R., & Sun, Y. (2019)
Relationships between talent development environments and mental toughness: The role of basic psychological need satisfaction. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(18), 2057-2065. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1620979
Although the talent development environment and mental toughness are critical for athletes to realise their athletic potential, there is a dearth of literature on whether the ...

Unsuccessful Transitions: Understanding Dropout from the Athletes’ Perspective

Presentation / Conference
Andronikos, G., Westbury, T., & Martindale, R. (2019, May)
Unsuccessful Transitions: Understanding Dropout from the Athletes’ Perspective. Presented at 19th International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing and Social Aspects
Limited studies have investigated the experiences of athletes who did not ‘make it’ to elite level. To target this research gap, this study accessed and investigated this hard...

The value of participating in British exploring society expeditions: a three year multi-cohort study

Journal Article
Allison, P., Martindale, R., Stott, T., Gray, S., Nash, C., Fraser, K., & Wang, J. (2018)
The value of participating in British exploring society expeditions: a three year multi-cohort study. Acta Universitatis Carolinae: Kinanthropologica, 54(1), 5-15. https://doi.org/10.14712/23366052.2018.1
A primary aim of many expeditions is to facilitate personal development of young people and while there is much anecdotal evidence to support this aim, there is limited empiri...

The Importance and Influence of a Successful Environment on Athletes’ Transition towards Elite Level: The case of Triathlon

Presentation / Conference
Andronikos, G., Westbury, T., Kolyperas, D., & Martindale, R. (2018, June)
The Importance and Influence of a Successful Environment on Athletes’ Transition towards Elite Level: The case of Triathlon. Paper presented at European Academy of Management 2018 (EURAM'18), Reykjavík, Iceland
Developing athlete talents into professional successful athletes has been a challenge across various nations, sports, and cultures. While research has flourished and strived t...
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The hidden links in trophic food webs: where do the parasites fit?

2019 - date
Matthew Dicker | Director of Studies: Dr Sonja Rueckert | Second Supervisor: Prof Mark Huxham

An investigation of successful surf therapy programmes and their key mechanisms of change

2018 - date
James Marshall | Director of Studies: Prof Russell Martindale | Second Supervisor: Mr Brendon Ferrier

Establishing a high performance culture in an emerging rugby nation

2018 - date
Andrew Hall | Director of Studies: Prof Russell Martindale | Second Supervisor: Dr Cedric English

An examination of talent identification and development systems within Jordanian football

2018 - date
Sadam Altwassi | Director of Studies: Prof Russell Martindale

Investigating concussion injury patterns in elite Scottish Rugby Union

2017 - date
Stuart Bailey | Director of Studies: Dr Debbie Palmer | Second Supervisor: Prof Russell Martindale

Outdoor recreation and conservation volunteering in Scotland's Regional Parks

2017 - date
Ashley Napier | Director of Studies: Dr Kathy Velander | Second Supervisor: Dr Gavin Maclean

Investigating the role of self-regulated learning in optiming player development opportunities within a Scottish football academy

2017 - date
Kieren Elder | Director of Studies: Prof Russell Martindale | Second Supervisor: Dr Amanda Pitkethly

Evaluating the long-term effectiveness of ALBA: An intervention designed to increase physical activity levels of people with mental and/or physical health conditions, leading to improved mental and physical health

2016 - date
Introduction: Physical activity (PA) is beneficial for improving both physical and mental health. However, people with mental health conditions are more likely to be inactive. In order to encourage adherence to PA, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) developed the Active Living Becomes Achievable (ALBA) intervention, which aimed to help people with poor physical and/or mental health to increase and maintain their PA levels. The main aim of this thesis was to evaluate the effectiveness of the ALBA intervention at increasing PA levels, improving mental wellbeing, self-efficacy for exercise, self-esteem and patient activation. Method: A mixed method approach was adopted for evaluating the ALBA intervention, which formed the basis of four studies: Study 1: a formative investigation, in the form of a systematic review was conducted to assess the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to PA in mental health populations. Study 2: a qualitative process evaluation, using focus groups with participants. Barriers and facilitators to adhering to the intervention were identified using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). Study 3: a qualitative process evaluation using focus groups with the Behaviour Change Practitioners (BCP) who delivered the ALBA intervention. Thematic analysis was used to identify themes, which were then mapped onto the TDF, to identify the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of the intervention. Study 4: A quantitative outcome evaluation, with a before and after design was carried out to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. Participants completed 5 outcome measures and wore an activity tracker for 16 weeks. Participants who opted into the long-term study were monitored for up to 12-months. Results: The outcome evaluation revealed that 53% of the participants adhered to the intervention, however, the intervention did not appear to increase adherence to PA guidelines. The ALBA intervention had a significant positive impact on mental wellbeing, patient activation and self-efficacy, but not self-esteem. The qualitative evaluation suggested the intervention helped participants overcome the barriers they faced which prevented them from becoming active. There was a particular focus on role the BCP’s played in encouraging engagement in PA. The barriers to the delivery faced by the BCP’s mainly related to organisational and contextual factors. Conclusions: The ALBA intervention was effective at improving mental wellbeing but did not have a significant effect on PA levels. This suggests that the additional support offered through the ALBA intervention was key to improving wellbeing and encouraging PA in mental health population should be considered in a wider context of recovery.
Nicola Peddie | Director of Studies: Dr Tony Westbury | Second Supervisor: Prof Austyn Snowden

An investigation into the nature of psychological resilience in junior athletes

2015 - 2017
A mixed method approach to understanding the nature of psychological resielince in junior athletes, reviewing and proposi...
Dr Hollie Fountain | Director of Studies: Prof Russell Martindale | Second Supervisor: Dr Tony Westbury

Optimisation of monitoring using camera-traps and field evidence when identifying Eurasian Otter Lutra lutra resting or breeding sites

2015 - date
Melanie Findlay | Director of Studies: Dr Patrick White | Second Supervisor: Dr Robert Briers

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