Dr David Piggott
About Dr David Piggott
After studying for an FA-funded PhD at Loughborough University for three years, David joined the school of Sport and Exercise Science at Lincoln in 2006. Over seven years, David led the sports development and coaching degree and supervised a number of postgraduate students to completion.
Alongside his academic work, David is a level 3 basketball coach, coach educator and has been involved in coaching three different national league programmes over the last 15 years. He developed a number of fruitful community link projects whilst at Lincoln, for which we was recognised as "Lincolnshire sports educator of the year" in 2011.
David also has a complementary interest in the philosophy of science, especially the work of Karl Popper and his students (Lakatos, Feyerabend, Bartley III). He is therefore interested in the theories of critical rationalism and critical realism and how they can effectively inform research practice.
- BSc Sports coaching
- MSc Sports coaching
David's research interests are concentrated in three main areas: coach education, flow and enjoyment, and the use of pedagogical models in coaching (specifically TGfU).
More specifically, David is interested in the sociology of formal coach education and normative theories that might help NGBs reform current practices. He is also keen to explore the extent to which pedagogical models such as TGfU can be effectively mobilised by coaches. Finally, he is currently working with colleagues on a long-term project to better understand how flow experiences can be facilitated by coaches, and possible ways of training coaches to identify when athletes are in flow states.