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An interview with Jamie Tallent

Today’s interview is with Dr Jamie Tallent. Jamie joined us from working as a full time S&C coach in elite cricket. He completed a PhD at Northumbria University and previously studied at St Mary’s as a student.

Can you give us an overview of your role at St Marys within the S&C programme?

I am a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Condoning Science. I lecture on both the undergraduate and master’s degrees. My primary role on the masters is to convene the module SAC7105 Programme Design Planning and Monitoring module and supervise dissertation students.

What is your history with S&C?

I have over 10 years’ experience of strength and conditioning coaching. My previous role was head of strength and conditioning at Derbyshire County Cricket Club. I was responsible for the physical preparation of the senior professional to the age group athletes. Previous to this I have worked in various different sport such as rugby league, rugby union, football, basketball to name a few. I am on the UKSCA grants panel and also am a UKSCA tutor. Currently I am working with a group swimmers and international track athletes.   

Can you talk us through your main research interests?

My research interest is in neuromuscular physiology. I am particularly interested in how the central nervous system responses to concentric and eccentric muscle contractions. More recently I have been quantifying fatigue by looking at changes in the jump profile as opposed to the traditional jump height. From working in cricket for over 5 years I am also interested in anything cricket related.

Discuss how an S&C coach can apply your research to their practice and where you see the potential benefits to the community?

My belief around S & C research is that if you can improve an athlete by a small percentage then it is likely that in a clinical population this is going to have massive implications. Particularly around the efficiency of the training programme. Therefore, we should not underestimate the importance of S & C related research. My particular research area on central nervous system adaptations to resistance training will hopefully move towards improving the quality of life of patients with neurological conditions whilst the eccentric work will help patients with cardiac disease (this is a little way off at the moment).

Do you have any advice for those entering S&C?

If you want to get into the industry then you need to get experience early. A degree of master’s degree is not enough anymore. You are extremely unlikely to get rich as an S & C coach. However, the rewards from helping people achieve their goals is incredible.

How can we find out more about your current research and / or applied practice?