Dr Jon Oliver

Reader in Applied Paediatric Exercise Science

Phone: 029 2041 7276 (UK)

Email: joliver@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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Dr Jon Oliver Cardiff Metropolitan University Profile


Qualifications:

PhD Sport and Health Sciences (University of Exeter)
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science (UWIC)

Biography:

Jon is a Reader in Applied Paediatric Exercise Science, which recognises his extensive research with youth populations. His research focuses on youth physical development across performance, injury and health perspectives, often with a focus on aspects of neural, muscular and tendon development. Jon's research has been influential in informing both academics and practitioners on factors related to youth physical development. Jon's research is supported by a network of research students and is built on collaborations with professional sports organisations and Paediatric Exercise Scientists both in the UK and abroad.

Teaching Areas:

At undergraduate level I am module leader for Sport and Exercise Physiology (SSP5057), while at postgraduate level I lead both the Paediatric Exercise Science and Health module (SSP7012) and the Exercise Testing and Interpretation module (SSP7045). As well as teaching on the modules I lead I contribute to teaching in all undergraduate physiology modules and also teach on the postgraduate Physiology of Sports Performance (SSP7013) module. I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation students as well as a number of PhD students.

Research Areas:

I am involved in research collaborations with a number of international and national partners.

Youth Football

I collaborate on research examining interactions of gender, fatigue and injury risk in youth football; this includes research funded by FIFA and UEFA (lead by Dr Mark De Ste Croix at the University of Gloucester) and research with academies at a number of Premiership and Championship Football clubs.

Youth Physical Development


I am involved in long-standing collaborative research with Prof John Cronin at Auckland University of Technology, which examines various aspects of physical development in youth athletes.   This includes the co-supervision of a number of PhD students, both past and present
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Golf Union of Wales (GUW)

I supervise a PhD student (Zach Gould) who is developing a Golf Movement Screen in conjunction with the GUW.  Beyond this our work is also contributing to the development of the GUW youth coaching centres, particularly the physical development of junior golfers.

Great Britain Bobsleigh

I supervise a PhD student (Rob Condliffe) who is examining the use of performance testing in the identification and development of elite Bobsleigh athletes.

Research Summary:

My primary research focus examines the development of factors related to physical fitness and athletic performance during childhood and adolescence. The aim is to better understand the developmental changes that occur during childhood (particularly neuromuscular development), how these changes influence athletic ability and the interaction between growth, maturation and training. Other areas of particular research interest include the function of the stretch-shortening cycle and its contribution to exercise and performance, and the physiology of repeated-sprint exercise as commonly observed in team sports such as football.

Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


De Ste Croix, M.B.A, Priestley, A, Lloyd, R.S & Oliver, J.L. (in press). ACL injury risk in elite female youth soccer: changes in neuromuscular control of the knee following soccer specific fatigue. Scand J Med Sci Sport.

Lloyd, R. S., Faigenbaum, A. D., Stone, M. H., Oliver, J. L., Jeffreys, I., Moody, J. A., et al. (2014). Position statement on youth resistance training: the 2014 International Consensus. Br J Sports Med,48, 498-505.

Lloyd, R. S., Oliver, J. L., Faigenbaum, A. D., Myer, G. D. & De Ste Croix, M. B. (2014). Chronological age vs. biological maturation: implications for exercise programming in youth. J Strength Cond Res,28, 1454-1464.



Lloyd, R. S., Oliver, J. L., Radnor, J. M., Rhodes, B. C., Faigenbaum, A. D. & Myer, G. D. (2014). Relationships between functional movement screen scores, maturation and physical performance in young soccer players. J Sports Sci, 1-9.



Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J., Hughes, M., Cronin, J. & Lloyd, R. S. (2014). Maximal Sprint Speed in Boys of Increasing Maturity. Pediatr Exerc Sci. Online first



Meylan, C. M., Cronin, J., Hopkins, W. G. & Oliver, J. (2014). Adjustment of measures of strength and power in youth male athletes differing in body mass and maturation. Pediatr Exerc Sci,26, 41-48.



Meylan, C. M., Cronin, J., Oliver, J. L., Hopkins, W. G. & Pinder, S. (2014). Contribution of Vertical Strength and Power to Sprint Performance in Young Male Athletes. Int J Sports Med.



Meylan, C. M., Cronin, J. B., Oliver, J. L., Hopkins, W. G. & Contreras, B. (2014). The effect of maturation on adaptations to strength training and detraining in 11-15-year-olds. Scand J Med Sci Sports,24, e156-164.



Meylan, C. M., Cronin, J. B., Oliver, J. L. & Rumpf, M. C. (2014). Sex-related differences in explosive actions during late childhood. J Strength Cond Res,28, 2097-2104.



Oliver, J. L., De Ste Croix, M. B., Lloyd, R. S. & Williams, C. A. (2014). Altered neuromuscular control of leg stiffness following soccer-specific exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol.



Phillips, S. M., Thompson, R. & Oliver, J. L. (2014). Over-estimation of required recovery time during repeated sprint exercise with self-regulated recovery. J Strength Cond Res.



Rumpf, M. C., Cronin, J. B., Mohamad, I. N., Mohamad, S., Oliver, J. & Hughes, M. (2014). Acute effects of sled towing on sprint time in male youth of different maturity status. Pediatr Exerc Sci,26, 71-75.



Rumpf, M. C., Cronin, J. B., Mohamad, I. N., Mohamad, S., Oliver, J. L. & Hughes, M. G. (2014). The effect of resisted sprint training on maximum sprint kinetics and kinematics in youth. Eur J Sport Sci, 1-8.



Rumpf, M. C., Cronin, J. B., Mohamad, I. N., Mohamad, S., Oliver, J. L. & Hughes, M. G. (2014). Kinetic asymmetries during running in male youth. Phys Ther Sport,15, 53-57.



Meylan, C., Cronin, J., Oliver, J. and Hopkins, W. (2013) Adjustment of measures of strength and power in youth male athletes differing in body mass and maturation, Pediatric Exercise Science. Online first.

Rumpf. M. C., Cronin, J. B., Oliver, J. L. and Hughes, M. (2013). Acute effects of sled towing on sprint time in male youth of different maturity status. Pediatric Exercise Science. Online first.

Meylan, C., Cronin, J., Oliver, J. and Contreras, B. (2013) The effect of maturation on strength training and detraining adaptations in 11 to 15 years old, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. Online first.

Rumpf. M. C., Cronin, J. B., Oliver, J. L. and Hughes, M. (2013). Vertical and leg stiffness and stretch-shortening-cycle change across maturation during maximal sprint running. Human Movement Science, 32: 668-676

Oliver, J.L, Lloyd, R.S. and Rumpf, M.C. (2013).  Developing speed throughout childhood and adolescent: the role of growth, maturation and training. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 35(3):42-48

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Meyers, R.W., Read, P., Jeffreys, I. and Nimphius, S. (2013). The natural development and trainability of agility during childhood. Strength and Conditioning Journal.35(3): 2-11

Read, P.J., Lloyd, R.S., De Ste Croix, M. and Oliver, J.L. (2013). Relationships between field-based measures of strength and power, and golf club head speed. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(10): 2708-2013

Shapie, M.N.M., Oliver, J., O'Donoghue, P.G. and Tong, R. (2013).Development of new field-based tests of kick and movement speed in youth martial arts. Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts, 2: 131-133.

Shapie, M.N.M, Oliver, J., O Donoghue, P.G. and Tong, R. (2013). Activity during action time in international silat competition. Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts, 4(1):81-86

Hughes, M.G., Birdsey, L., Meyers, R., Newcombe, D., Oliver, J.L., Smith, P.M., Stembridge, M., Stone, L. amd Kerwin, D. (2013).  Effects of playing surface on physiological responses and performance variables in a controlled football simulation. Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(8): 878-886

Rumpf, M.C., Cronin J.B., Oliver, J.L. and Hughes, M.G. (2012). Effect of different training methods on running sprint times in male youth, Pediatric Exercise Science, 24(2): 170-186

Meylan, C.M., Cronin, J.B., Oliver, J.L., Hughes and M.G., McMaster, D.T. (2012). The reliability of jump kinematics and kinetics in children of different maturity status.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(4): 1015-26

Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. (2012). The Youth Physical Development (YPD) model: a new approach to long-term athletic development. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 34(3): 61-72

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Meyers, R.W., Moody, J. and Stone, M.H. (2012). Long-term athlete development and its application to youth weightlifting. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 34(4): 55-66

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G. and Williams, C.A. (2012). The effects of 4-weeks plyometric training on reactive strength index and leg stiffness in male youths.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(10): 2812-2819

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G. and Williams, C.A. (2012). Age-related differences in the neural regulation of stretch-shortening cycle activities in male youths. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 22(1): 37-43

Dr Jon Oliver Cardiff Metropolitan University Profile