Meet the Sport and Health Services team
Paul Hough (Lead Sport Scientist)
Paul is a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist and currently leads the sport science consultancy services at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. In this role he provides sport/exercise science support to elite and amateur athletes, members of the public, and external organisations. Paul is a senior lecturer in health and exercise science at St Mary’s University.
His research interests include wearable fitness technology and high intensity interval training (HIIT). He is currently undertaking a PhD within the subject of circadian rhythm misalignment and performance. Paul frequently advises the media on a range of subjects relating to sport and exercise science and has made several appearances on national TV.
Ian Grant (Sport Scientist)
Ian is highly experienced and specialised sport and exercise physiologist. He splits his time between physiological support, and academic and technical duties. He has developed a keen interest in respiratory physiology with in athletes and the effects of the menstrual cycle on female athletes.
He has worked with various elite individual athletes and sport teams including triathletes, middle – long distance runners, F1 drivers, professional tennis players, rowers, football teams and many more. He has also gained further experience in Australia at a variety of institutes and sports teams.
He is currently on the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) supervised experience programme for individual accreditation and is ISAK level 1 accredited. He aims to further develop his career in applied sport and exercise support and research.
Adam Pledger (Sport Scientist)
Adam is one of our Sports Scientists who has been working for Sport & Health Services for the last two years. He has recently graduated from his masters in Applied Sport & Exercise Physiology (MSc) and is currently working towards BASES accreditation as a Sports and Exercise Scientist.
As an associate, Adam provides support to both elite and amateur athletes, as well as a wider audience of members of the public and external organisations. He has previously worked with the likes of; NFL, British Triathlon, London Marathon Camp and external technology companies. His research background is focused around wearable fitness technology.
Sophia Busfield (Physiotherapist)
Sophia specialises in rehabilitation and return to sport after injury. She will be able to support all your goals for performance optimisation and physical success.
She completed her BSc in physiotherapy at St Georges Medical School in 2006, from there she headed up the academy with Millwall FC. She went on to deliver full first team duties which saw her become the first female physiotherapist to run on at ‘The New Den’ for Millwall.
In 2008 she studied a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Barts, London as well as heading up the medical provision for sports scholars at Emanuel in Battersea.
Since then Sophia has gone on to work with a variety of elite sports teams, including British Judo at their performance insitute in the build up to London2012. GBR Beach Volleyball GregorySheaf from 2014-18, facilitating them to become the first male beach volleyball squad to represent TeamGB.
In 2016 she became the lead physio for English Lacrosse and supported them during their bronze winning World Championships in 2017.
She also was lead of both Beach Volleyball Team GregorySheaf and Badminton England squads that went to the latest Commonwealth games, Gold Coast 2018.
She has honed her rehabilitation and return to sport skills over the past few years, through working with Badminton at the national centre as well as contracting for the English Institute of Sport in a variety of settings.
Jed Knights (Strength and Conditioning Coach)
Jed is a UKSCA accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and a graduate of St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
During his bachelors, Jed worked within a professional football setting, providing physical preparation services to youth athletes across the 2016-17 season.Following this, he worked in a 1-1 coaching setting with senior athletes who competed in Women’s International Rugby and the Para-Athletics European Championship.
Currently, Jed maintains an interest in soft tissue treatments and is working towards becoming a BASRaT accredited Graduate Sport Rehabilitator; following completion of his masters studies. He has researched the recovery implications observed during sleep following high training load.