Adam Gledhill, Course Director

Adam Gledhill

Course Director

Adam is a Course Director: Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), a Chartered Scientist and a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist.

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 joined Leeds Beckett University in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Therapy, before moving to the Carnegie School of Sport in September 2016 to take up a post of Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. In 2017, Adam was appointed to his current role of Course Director.

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. In recognition of his approaches to applied practice, Adam was awarded the 2020 BASES Applied Practitioner Award.

Outside his teaching and applied work in sport, Adam has fulfilled a variety of educational consultancy roles and made a number of contributions to professional bodies. 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. In January 2018, Adam was appointed as an Associate Editor with the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Later that year, Adam was also appointed as the Deputy Chair of the BASES Division of Psychology. Adam has also advised on professional education and endorsement standards across sport and exercise medicine and sport and exercise sciences. He was a member of the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme Review Group as a contributing author and has taken a leading role in the development of the BASES Postgraduate Endorsement Schemes. Adam also advised on the psychology of sports injury and rehabilitation section of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers Education Framework (8th edition).

In recognition of his esteemed professional achievement, skills, knowledge and service to BASES and the broader sport and exercise science community, Adam was awarded Fellowship of BASES in 2019.

Current Teaching

Adam currently teaches on the following courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Science of Sport Performance
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy
  • MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Science

In addition to his teaching commitments, Adam also advises on and supervises research awards within sport psychology and sport medicine.

Research Interests

Adam 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. Specifically, Adam's research has informed the psychology of sports injury and rehabilitation section of the 8th Edition of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers Education Framework, underpinned online CPD activities for the British Medical Journal group, and are currently being used to develop CPD resources for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Adam also actively researches centred on player, career and talent development in youth sport, predominantly in 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. Moreover, findings from Adam's research have informed the development of education within major national organisations, such as the Youth Sport Trust and the Football Association.

Adam Gledhill, Course Director

Ask Me About

  1. Psychology
  2. Sport
  3. Football
  4. Rehabilitation
  5. Talent Development
  6. Sports injury
  7. Sport Psychology

Selected Outputs

  • Gledhill A (In press) Final word with Dr Adam Gledhill FBASES.

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (In press) Sport Psychology: An old idea from an old book, or the next frontier in sports injury prevention.

  • Gledhill A; Ivarsson A (In press) Do you do everything to prevent sports injury risk? Making the case for psychological intervention.

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2015) The challenges of youth: Psychosocial response to injury and rehabilitation in youth athletes.

  • Forsdyke D; Gledhill A (2014) Reaching out for a helping hand: The role of social support in sports injury rehabilitation.

  • Gledhill A (2009) The roles of parents in talent development in sport.

  • Gledhill A (2009) The athlete's lifestyle in contemporary society: Making the right choices.

  • Hammer C; Podlog L; Gledhill A (2021) The upside of sports injury and disability: Personal growth following adversity. In: The Psychology of Sports Injury: From Risk to Retirement.

  • Gledhill A; Ivarsson A (2021) Believe in your ability to create change: Psychosocial factors influencing sports injury rehabilitation adherence. In: The Psychology of Sports Injury: From Risk to Retirement.

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2021) Seeing is Believing: The Role of Imagery in Sports Injury Rehabilitation. In: The Psychology of Sports Injury: From Risk to Retirement.

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2021) The Coffee Break to close the book...Where do we go from here?. In: The Psychology of Sports Injury: From Risk to Retirement.

  • Gledhill A (2021) Does it pay to pay attention? Making a case for mindfulness-based approaches in injury rehabilitation. In: The Psychology of Sports Injury: From Risk to Retirement.

  • Gledhill A (2021) The downside of sports injury: Poor mental health in injured athletes. In: The Psychology of Sports Injury: From Risk to Retirement.

  • Gledhill A (2021) They think it's all over: Injury-related retirement from sport. In: The Psychology of Sports Injury: From Risk to Retirement.

  • Gledhill A (2021) "But I need you to play": Coach Influences on Athlete and Team Medical Outcomes. .

  • Gledhill A; Ahmed OH; Forsdyke D (2020) Effectively managing Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury and return to performance in elite women’s soccer. In: Psychology of Soccer.

  • Gledhill A (2020) Biopsychosocial factors in sports injury rehabilitation. In: Psychological Bases of Sport Injuries. pp. 79-100.

  • Gledhill A (2019) Applied Sport Psychology. In: Pearson BTEC National Applied Psychology Student Book.

  • Gardiner N; Gledhill A; Mayhew L; Korakakis V (2017) Electrophysical agents. In: Clinical Sports Medicine (5th ed.): Volume 1: Sports Injuries.

  • Gledhill A (2016) Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity. In: BTEC National Sport Student Book 2.

  • Gledhill A (2016) Research Methods in Sport. In: BTEC National Sport Student Book 2.

  • Gledhill A (2016) Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Science Student Book.

  • Gledhill A (2016) Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Science Student Book..

  • Gledhill A (2016) Sport Psychology. In: BTEC National Sport Student Book 1.

  • Gledhill A (2013) Carrying out your Sports-Related Project. In: BTEC First in Sport.

  • Gledhill A (2013) The Sports Performer in Action. In: BTEC First in Sport.

  • Gledhill A (2013) The Mind and Sports Performance. In: Adams M ed. BTEC First in Sport.

  • Gledhill A (2012) The Mind and Sports Performance. In: Adams M ed. BTEC First Award in Sport.

  • Gledhill A (2012) The Sports Performer in Action. In: BTEC First Award in Sport.

  • Gledhill A (2012) Biomechanics. In: Foundations in Sports Science.

  • Gledhill A (2012) Performance Analysis. In: Foundations in Sports Science.

  • Gledhill A (2012) Sport Psychology. In: Foundations in Sports Science.

  • Gledhill A (2012) Performance Analysis. In: Foundations in Sports Coaching.

  • Gledhill A (2011) Biomechanics of Sports Injury. In: Foundations in Sports Therapy.

  • Gledhill A (2011) Fitness Testing for Sports Therapy. In: Foundations in Sports Therapy.

  • Gledhill A (2011) Psychology of Sports Injury. In: Foundations in Sports Therapy.

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2011) Introduction to Sports Injury and Assessment. In: Foundations in Sports Therapy.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Unit 3: Sport and Exercise Psychology. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Science Level 3 Teaching Resource Pack.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Teaching Resource Pack.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Fitness Training and Programming. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Teaching Resource Pack.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Sport and Exercise Massage. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Teaching Resource Pack.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Sports Biomechanics in Action. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Teaching Resource Pack.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Unit 4: Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Teaching Resource Pack.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Unit 5: Research Project in Sport and Exercise Sciences. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Teaching Resource Pack.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Sport and Exercise Psychology. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Sports Biomechanics in Action. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Research Project in Sport and Exercise Sciences. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Physical Education and the Care of Young People in Sport. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport Book 2.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Sports Massage. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport Book 2.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Talent Identification and Development in Sport. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport Book 2..

  • Gledhill A (2010) Assessing Risk in Sport. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport Book 1.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Fitness Training and Programming. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport Book 1.

  • Gledhill A (2010) Psychology for Sports Performance. In: Adams M ed. BTEC National Level 3 Sport Book 1.

  • Gledhill A (2007) Unit 20: Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Science.

  • Gledhill A (2007) Unit 3 Sport and Exercise Psychology. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Science.

  • Gledhill A (2007) Unit 4: Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Science. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Science.

  • Gledhill A (2007) Unit 5: Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science. In: BTEC National Sport and Exercise Science.

  • Gledhill A (2007) Unit 16: Psychology for Sport Performance. In: BTEC National Sport Student Book 1.

  • Gledhill A; Craig R (2020) Psychosocial factors are associated with lower re-injury risk in competitive athletes. In: IOC World Conference on the Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, Monaco.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2020-IOCAbstracts.165

  • Mitchell T; Gledhill A; Till K (2019) Perceptions of the talent development environment across English academy football. In: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, Leicester.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1671688

  • Lambert M; Gledhill A (2019) Relationship between perceived availability of social support, re-injury anxiety in return to sport and psychosocial readiness to return to sport in competitive cheerleaders. In: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, Leicester.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1671688

  • Gledhill A; Manley A; Allanson M (2019) How does anyone know when they’re really ready? Understanding competitive athletes’ perceptions of psychosocial readiness to return to sport. In: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, Leicester.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1671688

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2018) Football coaches’ roles in achieving player and team medical outcomes of (re) injury prevention and successful return to performance: A realist synthesis. In: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, Harrogate.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1521633

  • Forsdyke D; Smith A; Gledhill A; Madigan D (2018) Social support and psychological readiness to return to sport after injury in soccer players: the mediating role of re-injury anxiety. In: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, Harrogate.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1521633

  • Butterworth K; Gledhill A (2018) Psychosocial factors in the return to sport process of injury. In: Isokinetics Football Medical Strategies Conference, 2 June 2018 - 4 June 2018, Barcelona.

  • Best G; Gledhill A (2017) Epidemiology and incidence of injury in elite netball players: An audit of the 2016 Netball Superleague season. In: IOC Conference on the Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, 16 March 2017 - 18 March 2017, Monaco.

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  • Gledhill A; Murray E; Forsdyke D (2017) Psychological interventions associated with injury prevention: A systematic review. In: IOC Conference on the Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, 16 March 2017 - 18 March 2017, Monaco.

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  • Gledhill A; Harwood C (2016) Toward an understanding of UK female football players' perceptions of their talent development environments. In: Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, 29 November 2016 - 30 November 2016, East Midlands Conference Centre.

  • Jones AD; Rhodes D; Greig M; Gledhill A (2016) A Qualitative Study on the Influences and prescriptions of proprioceptive training within the rehabilitation of lateral ankle ligament injuries in elite soccer. In: Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Conference, 6 May 2016, Plymouth.

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  • Tiew KA; Sharples P; Gledhill A (2016) Toward an understanding of acute stage re-injury anxiety in competitive athletes. In: Sports Therapy Organisation, 6 May 2016 - 7 May 2016, University of St. Mark and St. John.

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2015) The influence of injury on voluntary decisions to retire in UK female footballers. In: British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 14 December 2015 - 15 December 2015, Leeds.

  • Forsdyke D; Gledhill A (2015) Influence of the voluntary isometric contraction intensity in modified proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching on hamstring flexibility. In: Annual Conference of British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, 1 December 2015 - 2 December 2015, St George's Park.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1110335

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D; Sutton G (2015) The role of player–parent dyads in sports injury rehabilitation and the return to competition of elite female youth soccer players. In: Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, 1 December 2015 - 2 December 2015, St. George's Park.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1110330

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2014) Sustained academic achievement in vocational education: A case for methodological pluralism. In: 4th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 1 September 2014 - 3 September 2014, Loughborough.

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2014) Injury experiences in adolescent female soccer. In: 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, 2 July 2014 - 5 July 2014, Amsterdam.

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2018) Return to Sport : On my way off the pitch, my first thought was "How fast can I be back?".

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (2018) Sport psychology : An old idea from and old book, or the next frontier in sports injury prevention?.

  • (2014) BTEC First in Sport Revision Guide.

  • (2014) BTEC First in Sport Revision Workbook.

  • Brierley J; Carr S; Gledhill A; Mackay N; Manley A; Morgan H; Roberts W; Willsmer N (2012) Foundations in Sports Coaching. Heinemann Educational Publishers.

  • Forsdyke D; Gledhill A; Mackay N; Randerson K (2011) Foundations in Sports Therapy.

  • Gledhill A (In press) “I can’t return to play” – When fear of reinjury dominates after ACL reconstruction [https://soundcloud.com/bmjpodcasts/i-cant-return-to-play-when-fear-of-reinjury-dominates-after-acl-reconstruction-adam-gledhill].

  • Gledhill A (In press) Psychosocial considerations in sports injury risk and prevention

  • Gledhill A; Forsdyke D (In press) Rehabilitating the athlete, not just the injury [Webinar].