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Alex Bliss

Programme Director for Strength and Conditioning Science BSc

Biography

Alex is the Programme Director and a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning Science and joined St Mary’s in July 2017. Formerly, Alex was Senior Sport and Exercise Scientist at the University of Brighton, where he was the manager of the Sport and Exercise Science Consultancy Unit. Alex is accredited by the UKSCA and works as a strength and conditioning coach in a variety of sports. Alex has provided support for Olympians and Paralympians, including medal winners at the Rio 2016 games, professional athletes, and elite junior and senior amateurs. Although a multi-sport coach, Alex has a current predominance for support in golf and endurance sport. Alex was a regional physiologist for England Athletics, providing support and educational workshops for talented endurance athletes and their coaches.

Alex is a BASES-accredited physiologist and holds Chartered Scientist status through the Science Council. He is a supervisor and reviewer for the BASES Supervised Experience pathway.

Alex has published peer-reviewed research in the areas of talent development and athlete support and has written book chapters for academic texts on the physiology of training and strength and conditioning. He has presented his research and consultancy work internationally at events such as the World Scientific Congress of Golf, and at the French Institute of Sport in Paris.

He holds undergraduate (Sport and Exercise Science) and postgraduate (Applied Exercise Physiology) degrees from the University of Brighton and is currently enrolled on an MPhil/PhD investigating the role of concurrent training in highly-trained junior endurance athletes.