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Dr Paul Read

Senior Lecturer - Strength and Conditioning

About Research



Paul is a Senior Lecturer in strength and conditioning and has provided applied sports science support for over 15 years. He previously held roles as the general manager of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health which is major legacy project following the 2012 Olympics and a clinical lead researcher and head of the Athlete Assessment Unit at Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital, Qatar.

Paul has also consulted with Olympians, professional, and international athletes in a range of disciplines including football (youth and adult), combat sports, and track and field. Paul is an accredited strength and conditioning coach with both the UKSCA and NSCA.

Paul also won the UK Strength & Conditioning Association ‘coach of the year’ award for Research and Education in 2020.


Research profile

Paul has authored over 120 research publications and numerous book chapters in the fields of sports medicine, science, and strength and conditioning. His research focuses on assessment strategies of lower limb neuromuscular control in both injured and non-injured athletes (youth and adult) and reconditioning strategies to enhance the efficacy of return to performance following injury.

Please contact Paul if you’re interested in doing a PhD with him or have any queries about his research.


  • Read, PJ, Oliver, JL, De Ste Croix, MBA, Myer, GD, Lloyd, RS. Neuromuscular Risk Factors for Knee and Ankle Injuries in Male Youth Soccer Players. Sports Med. DOI 10.1007/s40279-016-0479. Feb 2016.
  • Read, PJ, Oliver JL, De Ste Croix M, Myer GD, Lloyd RS. An audit of injuries in six professional soccer academies. J Sports Sci. 1-7, 2017. DOI 10.1080/02640414.2017.1402535
  • Read, PJ, Oliver JL, De Ste Croix M, Myer GD, Lloyd RS. The effects of maturation on measures of asymmetry during physical performance tests in elite male youth soccer players. Ped Ex Sci. 30: 168-175, 2017.
  • Read, PJ, Jimenez P, Oliver JL, Lloyd RS. Injury prevention in male youth soccer: current practices and perceptions of practitioners working at elite English academies. J Sports Sci. J Sports Sci. 1-9, 2017.
  • Read, PJ, Oliver JL, De Ste Croix M, Myer GD, Lloyd RS. Landing Kinematics in Elite Male Youth Soccer Players of Different Chronologic Age and Stage of Maturation. J Athl Train 53: 372-378, 2018.
  • Read, PJ, Oliver JL, De Ste Croix M, Myer GD, Belshaw A, Lloyd RS. Altered landing mechanics are shown by male youth soccer players at different stages of maturation. Phys Ther Sport 33: 48-53, 2018.
  • Read, PJ, Oliver, J.L., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Myer, G.D. and Lloyd, R.S. Risk factors for lower extremity injury risk in male youth soccer players: a prospective cohort study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport 28: 1244-1251, 2018.
  • Read, PJ, Turner AN, Clarke R, Applebee S, Hughes JL. Do changes in knee angle effect muscle activation during a novel field-based isometric posterior lower-limb muscle test? Sports. 2019, 7, 13; DOI 10.3390/sports7010013.
  • Read, PJ, Auliffe SM, Wilson M, Graham-Smith P. Lower limb kinetic asymmetries in professional soccer players with and without ACL reconstruction: 9 months is not enough time to restore ‘functional’ symmetry or return to performance! Am J Sports Medicine. 48: 1365-1373, 2020.
  • Read, PJ, Auliffe SM, Wilson M, Myer G. Better reporting standards are needed to enhance the quality of hop testing in the setting of ACL return to sport decisions: a narrative review. Br J Sports Med. DOI 10.1136/bjsports-2019-101245. Published June 2020.
  • Read, PJ, Oliver JL, Myer GD, Farooq M, De Ste Croix MBA, Lloyd RS. Utility of the anterior reach y-balance test as an injury risk screening tool in elite male youth soccer players. Phys Ther Sport.
  • Read, PJ, McAuliffe S, Bishop C, Oliver JL, Graham-Smith P, Farooq MA. Asymmetry thresholds for common screening tests and their effects on jump performance in professional soccer players. J Athl Train. 56: 46-53, 2021.
  • Read, PJ, McAuliffe S, Thomson A. Criteria commonly used to decide when to commence running after ACL reconstruction are not associated with between-limb loading deficits. Phys Ther Sport. 22(1), 1-14, 2021.
  • Read, PJ, Trama R, Racinais S, McAuliffe S, Klauznicer J, Alhammoud M. Angle specific analysis of hamstrings and quadriceps isokinetic torque identify residual deficits in soccer players following ACL reconstruction: a longitudinal investigation. J Sports Sci. 40(8), 871-877, 2022.
  • Read, PJ, Pedley JS, Eirug I, Sideris V, Oliver JL. Impaired stretch-shortening cycle function persists despite improvements in reactive strength following ACL reconstruction. J Strength Cond Res. 36(5), 1238-1244, 2022.

For a full list of publications, please check out Paul's Google Scholar profile.

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