Dr David Alder, Senior Lecturer

Dr David Alder

Senior Lecturer

David is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and joined Leeds Beckett University in 2015.

His research interests include decision making in elite sport, the effects of stress (anxiety/ fatigue) on performance and the training of perceptual-cognitive expertise.

David's completed a BSc in Sport Science at Liverpool John Moores (2011) where he then completed a PhD funded by the English Institute of Sport.

Prior to being appointed at Leeds Beckett David was employed as a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh and then at Bath University.

David holds various coaching qualifications, including UEFA B Licence and the full FA Youth Award, and has coached in a variety of countries (USA, Australia, Denmark). He is currently working as a lead age group coach within the academy of Bradford City. He also holds the position of Performance Analysis coordinator within the same club.

Current Teaching

Module leader:

  • Coaching Pedagogy 1 (Level 4)
  • Coaching Pedagogy 2 (Level 5)

Seminar tutor:

  • Analysis and Acquisition of skill (Level 5)
  • Advanced Analysis and Acquisition of Skill (Level 6)

Dissertation supervisor (Undergraduate)

Research Interests

David's research to date has examined the impact of various stressors (anxiety/ fatigue etc.) on the decision making of elite athletes and the underpinning mechanisms (i.e. Visual search behaviour). Furthermore he has examined the impact of training decision making under the identified stressors.

David has been awarded the following external research grants:

  • English Cricket Board (matched funded PhD, £30,000) 2018
  • Badminton World Federation (PI) (£14,500) 2016
  • Badminton World Federation (PI) (£10,000) 2015
  • Badminton World Federation (PI) (£12,000) 2014
  • Badminton World Federation (PI) (£14,000) 2013
  • English Institute of Sport (CI) (£50,000) 2012

David is currently supervising a number of postgraduate research students who are examining the following topics:

  • The relationship between anxiety and ironic effects in elite baseball pitchers (MRes project)
  • The relationship between practice histories and judging accuracy in gymnastic coaches (MRes project)
  • Decision making in elite soccer referees- the impact of training and reflective practice (MRes project)
  • The relationship between action capabilities and movement time (PhD project)
  • Understanding and developing international-standard decision-making in cricket umpires (PhD project)

This research has crossed disciplinary boundaries, including sports science, sports coaching, psychology, and special populations and therefore has significant scope for real-world impact. Leeds Beckett University’s research Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure (ISPAL) affords the testing of the practical utility of this work.

Dr David Alder, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs