On the 17th January 2019, TRA Performance Education in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University will be hosting an expert-led conference aimed at improving youth exercise education for coaches, teachers, trainers and parents.
Childhood obesity is a critical public health threat as the prevalence of obesity amongst youth continues to increase worldwide, and there is the risk of developing obesity-related diseases at an increasingly younger age. Prevention and treatment programmes suitable for youth have been developed for which physical activity is an integral component.
The aim of this conference is to provide education relating to youth exercise, and to break down the barriers and obstacles that we face when providing the most effective exercise strategies to young people, inside and outside of competitive sport. All proceeds from the conference will be donated to The Children’s Hospital Charity. Sheffield Children’s Hospital is a specialist children’s hospital, providing world-class care for children all over Yorkshire, across the UK and beyond. The Children’s Hospital Charity makes Sheffield Children’s Hospital even better, by creating an environment built with children in mind. Both TRA Performance and Sheffield Hallam University are proud to help raise money for such a fantastic charitable organisation.
Keynote Speaker: Professor David Morley
Head of the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Professor of Youth Sport and Physical Activity
“Hidden in full view: Putting the child at the centre of sport”
Professor Morley’s talk will draw upon theories of transcendentalism and interactionism to illustrate the unique development needs of children in sport. Transcendentalism demands we search for the basic tenets of human existence and for a child, making sense of the world around them through their formative years, this is crucial. Professor Morley will describe children’s needs and then examine whether, through our interactions with children and carers, we are offering appropriate practices for children to flourish and develop a lifelong love of sport. David Morley is Head of the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity and a Professor of Youth Sport and Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam University. He was previously the Associate Dean for Research at Liverpool John Moores University after beginning his academic career at Leeds Metropolitan (now Beckett) University. He has led Undergraduate and Postgraduate provision in the subjects of Physical Education, inclusion, youth sport and talent development. David has also led large-scale evaluative projects and published in the fields of talent development, physical literacy and inclusion for a range of NGBs of sport and national organisations. He has a passion for using sport and Physical Education to improve the lives of children and young people
Sport & Exercise Scientist at University of Dundee
“Building strong foundations for an active life”
Children in the UK are becoming weaker, less active and more overweight. Helen Collins will speak about how strength training can be used as a strategy to help our children become more active and healthier as a result.Helen Collins is a Sport & Exercise Scientist at the Institute of Sport and Exercise, University of Dundee, currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Edinburgh, investigating the use of resistance training as a strategy to encourage less active and/or overweight children to become more active and healthier. She has recently published her work on the impact of resistance training on weight status in youth. Helen’s experience has been varied during the 15 years she has been at the University of Dundee. During this time she has lectured extensively on the University’s Sports Biomedicine degree, gaining two ‘innovation in teaching’ awards along the way, and more recently has become module co-ordinator for a student selected module on Exercise Deficit Disorder within the Medical Curriculum. As a BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist (physiology) and a UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, she has delivered applied sports science in performance sport for a variety of sports and athletes. In more recent years, Helen’s interest and work programme has though re-focused on the health, specifically on the benefits of resistance training and this has led her to her current research topic.
Director at Redwood Institute and PhD candidate/Researcher at Edge Hill University
“Working with obesity to promote physical activity and athletic development in today’s youth”
To interventions to increase activity levels in our youth have been largely unsuccessful. But, could the key to exercise and physical activity adherence be hiding in their increasing waistlines. Ash discusses more about this in his talk.Ash Cox has over a decade of experience working within health, fitness and exercise science. His initial love of physical activity stemmed from his time served within Commando forces, both as a soldier and physical training instructor. Ash went on to join the elite Royal Army Physical Training Corps where he served as an exercise rehabilitation instructor, fulfilling commitments to the Parachute Regiment and UK Special Forces as part of his development. Ash has a strong academic background including 3 undergraduate degrees, 2 post graduate degrees and is currently working towards his PhD specialising in paediatric and adolescent physical activity, health and fitness. Ash now spends his time developing his research, coaching elite level adolescent and youth athletes and helping the public get more active. Above all else, Ash strives to deliver elite level care in his private practice, exposing the general population to high level health and fitness objective evaluations.
Associate Lecturer in Strength & Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Derby County and PhD Candidate/Researcher at Liverpool John Moores University
“The benefits of early specialisation within a late specialisation environment”
Luke will be discussing how early specialisation may be of benefit to young athletes in a culture that advocates late specialisation in sport.Luke Jenkinson has been working as strength and conditioning coach in applied sport since 2009. Graduating with a 1st class degree that included strength and conditioning, while also undertaking UKSCA accreditation, Luke became lead Strength and Conditioning coach at Sheffield united for 6.5 years whilst also completing a Masters that looked to critique acute;chronic workload. He is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby where he has worked since 2013, and Derby County Football Club since 2016, where I am Head of Academy Strength and Conditioning. Luke has experience of coaching athletes in a range of disciplines including soccer, hockey, climbing and bodybuilding. In 2018 I began a doctorate at Liverpool John Moores where he is currently investigating the application of isometric exercises in dynamic sports as well as minimal dose response.