Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Adam Gledhill
About Dr Adam Gledhill
Adam is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He also works as a sport scientist supporting athletes, coaches and parents from a range of sports and backgrounds.
Since beginning his teaching career in 2001, Adam has held various teaching, lecturing and leadership responsibilities across sport and exercise sciences, sports coaching, and sports therapy programmes in further and higher education settings. He has an eclectic range of teaching interests but has main teaching foci of applied sport and exercise psychology, psychology of sports injury and rehabilitation, research in practice, and professional practice and development.
Adam has experience of applied work with a range of athletes and other key stakeholders from a variety of sports including football, basketball, rugby and track and field athletics where he has developed an appreciation for conducting his applied work from an interdisciplinary, client-centred perspective. Notable roles within these have included working as Head of Sport Science in an elite women’s football setting and as Head of Player Psychosocial Development in a Tier 1 Football Association Licensed Girl’s Regional Talent Club.
Outside his teaching and applied work in sport, Adam has fulfilled a variety of educational consultancy roles. He has worked for a major international awarding body as a qualification writer, as part of qualification scrutiny panels, and in a number of quality improvement roles. Adam has also worked as a consultant delivering educational training workshops across the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.
- Introduction to Research and Study Skills (Level 4)
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Level 6)
- Psychology of Sports Injury and Rehabilitation (Level 6)
- Research supervision (Levels 6 and 7)
The majority of Adam's research is centred on women's and girls' football. He has active research interests in psychosocial factors associated with talent and career development in girls' talent development environments and his research findings have been used to inform player development strategies within these settings.
Adam also is an active researcher within the broad area of the psychology of sports injury; examining psychosocial considerations within injury risk, rehabilitation and the return to participation, sport and performance. These research findings have contributed to the education of sports injury rehabilitation practitioners, such as physiotherapists and sports therapists.
- More holistic approach needed to help female football players get to the top
- Stress management techniques can help reduce sport injuries
- Self-regulation, resilience, commitment and discipline appear key to becoming an elite level football player
- How do we know if an athlete is mentally ready to sport following an injury?