Dr Samuel Callaghan is a Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning Sciences. He received his Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2013, and completed his PhD investigating the biomechanics and strength profile of cricket pace bowlers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2018.
Samuel has several years of experience working in elite sport as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at the Western Australian Cricket Association. The highlight of this role being the U19 Western Australian State team wining the 2016/17 Australian National Championship.
In addition, he has also undertaken several consultancy roles with academy and elite level athletes and referees from a range of sports including rugby league (NRL), softball, gymnastics and netball.
Areas of research supervision
- Strength and conditioning
- Sport biomechanics
- Change of direction and agility performance
- Determinants of cricket performance
Prior to taking the position at St Mary’s University, Samuel was employed as a Lecturer in Sport Biomechanics at Kingston University, and a Sessional Academic at ECU and the University of Newcastle, Australia.
His main research focus is on the strength profile and biomechanics of cricket pace bowlers, quantifying change of direction performance, and understanding the mechanics of strength-based exercises. He is currently an invited reviewer for international journals and has over 25 published research articles.
Further to this research, Samuel has been awarded grant funding from the New South Wales, Australia, Sporting Injuries Committee, as well as a travel grant from both Kingston University and ECU.