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Emily Cushion

Lecturer - Strength and Conditioning Science

About Research

Emily joined St Mary's in 2014 as a Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning. Previously, she worked with the English Institute of Sport as a strength and conditioning coach, working with a variety of sports including synchronised swimming, rugby and rowing and with GB badminton and wheelchair fencing.

Emily has a BSc in Sports Science and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning from St Mary's University. Emily is currently working towards a PhD determining movement variability in jumping based tasks. She is also involved in research in female health, specifically looking at how the menstrual cycle impacts movement.


Research

Publications

  • Blagrove, R.C., Howe, L.P., Cushion, E.J., Spence, A., Howatson, G., Pedlar, C.R. & Hayes, P.R. (2018). Effects of strength training on postpubertal adolescent distance runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 50, 1224-1232.
  • Cushion, E., Howe, L., Read, P., & Spence, A. (2017). A process for error correction for strength and conditioning coaches. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39, 84-92.
  • Howe, L. & Cushion, E. (2017). A problem solving process to identify the origins of poor movement. Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal, 45, 7-15.
  • Cushion, E., Goodwin, J. & Cleather, D. (2016). Relative intensity influences the degree of correspondence of jump squats and push jerks to countermovement jump. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30, 1255-1264.
  • Howe, L., Read, P., & Cushion, E. (2016). Case study report: A systematic approach to movement screening. Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal, 41, 27-34.
  • Spence, A. & Cushion, E. (2015). Determining reliability: a data collection guide for S&C practitioners. Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal, 36, 27-33.

Research posters

  • Cushion, E., North, J. & Cleather, D. Use of principal component analysis to determine movement characteristics in the countermovement jump. 8th World Congress of Biomechanics; 2018 July 8-12; Dublin, Ireland.
  • Blagrove, R.C., Howe, L.P., Cushion, E., Howatson, G. & Hayes, P.R. A ten-week neuromuscular training intervention improves movement competency in adolescent middle-distance runner. Poster presented at: UK strength and conditioning association annual conference; 2017 Aug 5-6; Leicester, UK. 
  • Bond, J., Price, P., & Cushion, E. The influence of strength and flexibility on vertical jumping in elite ballet dancers. Poster presented at: UK strength and conditioning association annual conference; 2017 Aug 5-6; Leicester, UK.
  • Driver, O., Cushion, E., & Price, P. A biomechanical investigation into the rugby lineout lift and comparison to the barbell push press and strongman log press. Poster presented at: UK strength and conditioning association annual conference; 2017 Aug 5-6; Leicester, UK.
  • Kadlec, D., Cushion, E., & Cleather, D. Effects of different attentional foci on performance, kinetic and kinematic variables in countermovement jumps and drop jumps. 11th Joint Conference on Motor Control & Learning, Biomechanics & Training; 2016 Sept 28-30; Darmstadt, Germany.
  • Blagrove, R., Howe, L. Cushion, E., Spence, A., Howatson, G., Pedlar, C. & Hayes, P. (2016). Strength training enhances running economy in adolescent middle distance runners. BASES Conference; 2016 Nov 29-30; Nottingham, UK.