I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) with a first class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science and then went straight into studying for my PhD, also at LJMU, which I completed in early 2012. My PhD was examining the effects of Androgenic Anabolic Steroid use/abuse on the cardiovascular system, with a specific focus on the effect on the heart. Prior to completing my PhD I started working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at LJMU, working with athletes from the English Institute of Sport, including Olympic and Paralympic Athletes, as well as working athletes supported by the LJMU Sports Scholarship Scheme and the Talented Athlete Support Scheme. This gave me valuable applied experience and helped me to develop my applied practitioner skills. In early 2013 I was then afforded the opportunity to become a lecturer at Liverpool Hope University.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities I am still a keen and active researcher, and have published articles on the effect of anabolic steroid use on the CV system in a number of international journals, as well as an applied practitioner. My research interests include the impact of different training methods on improving CV health in different populations as well as using novel approaches to facilitate greater CV adaptations. Further to this, I am also interested in research related to improving sporting performance as well as rehabilitation from injury. My applied work still allows me to work with high level athletes from a range of martial arts disciplines as well as working with professional mixed martial arts fighters.