Professor Liam Kilduff
Professor
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 513441
Room: Academic Office - A113
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Research interests:

Pre-conditioning Strategies
Athlete Monitoring
Recovery Strategies
Strength and Power Development
Nutritional Ergogenic Aids

Current research projects:

• Welsh Institute of Performance Science related projects
• The Design of a Graphene Based Wearable Heater for Use in Elite Sport
• The relationship between physical characteristics and match performance in international rugby players
• Investigating the use of intermittent lower-limb occlusion to enhance recovery from exercise induced muscle damage in professional rugby players
• Physical demands of training and competition in international netball players.
• Concurrent Training in Professional soccer players
• The Effects of Passive and Active Re-Warm Up Strategies on Repeated Sprint Ability and Peak Power Output Employed During a Half-Time Period in Professional Rugby Union Players

External research collaborators (selected):

Dr Yannis Pitsiladis (Brighton University)
Dr Christian Cook (UK Sport)
Dr Scott Drawer (Team Sky)
Dr Matt Parker (UK Sport)
Prof. Robert Newton (Edith Cowen University, Australia)
Dr Alun Williams (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Dr Mark Russell (Northumbria University)
Dr Joy Bringer (Sport Wales)

Areas of Expertise

  • Preparation strategies
  • Elite sport
  • Power development
  • Recovery strategies

Publications

  1. & The neuromuscular, endocrine and mood responses to a single versus double training session day in soccer players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  2. & Neuromuscular, physiological and perceptual responses to an elite netball tournament. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-6.
  3. & A match-day analysis of the movement profiles of substitutes from a professional soccer club before and after pitch-entry. PLOS ONE 14(1), e0211563
  4. & Relationships between physical qualities and key performance indicators during match-play in senior international rugby union players. PLOS ONE 13(9), e0202811
  5. & Match-Play and Performance Test Responses of Soccer Goalkeepers: A Review of Current Literature. Sports Medicine

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Teaching

  • SR-255 Strength & Conditioning II

    The purpose of this module is: (i) to develop the knowledge gained from SR-147 in the area of Strength & Conditioning, (ii) prepare the student for a career in Strength & Conditioning, (iii) developing an understanding of how to perform a strength diagnosis, (v) developing a understanding to perform strength and power testing and understand how to interpret the meaning of this test data. In addition to the above students will be exposed to the current key performance questions in the area of Strength & Conditioning.

Supervision

  • Optimising the Swimming start through pre race interventions (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Neil Bezodis
  • Assessing ‘Worst Case Scenarios’ in Movement Demands from GPS during International Women’s Rugby Union Matches: Rolling Averages versus Fixed Length Epochs (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Assessing ‘worst case scenarios’ in movement demands from GPS during professional soccer matches: Rolling averages versus fixed length epochs (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Descriptive Conversion of Performance Indicators in Rugby Union (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Neil Bezodis
  • Elite Sport as a Unique Test Bed for Wearable Technologies (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Nicholas Owen
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Waldron
  • Physical demands of training and competition in international netball players (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love
  • Optimising performance in the 4 x 100 m relay (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Neil Bezodis
  • Concurrent Training in Professional Soccer Players (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love
  • Locomotor Characteristics, Internal Load and Technical Attributes During Biological vs. Chronological Age Banded Small-Sided Games In Elite Youth Soccer. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • The Ball in Play Demands of International Rugby Union (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love
  • Predictors of Linear and Multidirectional Acceleration in Elite Soccer Players (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love
  • 'Understanding lower-body neuromuscular asymmetries in professional Rugby Union athletes' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Neil Bezodis
  • Performance Profiling of International Rugby Union (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Bracken
  • Pre-competition and recovery strategies in elite sport: the use of vacular occlusion and ischemia. (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love

Key Grants and Projects

  • Science, Medicine and Technology Innovation for High performance sport (Phase 1) 2012 - 2013

    A4B Funding (Welsh Government HE09KEP1014), with Collaborative partners: University of South Wales and Sport Wales, £57,582

  • Impact of Professional rugby on neuromuscular, endocrine and biochemical function 2008 - 2009

    Scarlets Rugby, £10,000

  • Developing Power in Elite Cricketers 2009 - 2011

    English Cricket Board (ECB), with Collaborative Partners: ECB, £7,000

  • Concurrent Training in Team Sports 2016 - 2019

    Swansea City AFC , £75000

  • Welsh Institute of Performance Science 2016 - 2019

    Sport Wales, with Collaborative partners: of South Wales and Bangor University, £250000

  • Preparation and recovery for training and competition in elite sport performance 2015 - 2018

    Sport Wales, with Collaborative partners: of South Wales and Bangor University, £52000

  • Science, Medicine and Technology Innovation for High Performance Sport 2014 - 2014

    A4B, with Collaborative partners: Sport Wales, University of South Wales and Bangor University, £20,275.32

  • Data modeling of physical development, growth and maturation in elite athletes 2014 - 2017

    , with Collaborative partners: RFU and UK Sport , £108000

  • Recovery strategies in professional football 2014 - 2015

    West Ham Utd, with Collaborative partner: West Ham Utd, £7200

  • Using Elite Commonwealth Athletes as a Test-bed for the Development and Integration of New Feedback Screens, Peripherals, and 3rd Party Software in Biofeedback Equipment 2014 - 2014

    A4B Funding (Welsh Government), with Collaborative partners: South Wales and Sport Wales, £48,000

  • Science, Medicine and Technology Innovation for High performance sport (Phase 2) 2013 - 2014

    A4B Funding (Welsh Government HE09151001), with Collaborative partners:University of South Wales and Sport Wales, £227,000

  • Monitoring and Recovery in Elite Sport 2012 - 2015

    Higher Skills Wales Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships, with Collaborative partner: Scarlets Rugby, £57,897

  • Characterizing the recovery profile in professional soccer players 2013 - 2014

    Higher Skills Wales Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships, with Collaborative partner: Swansea City AFC, £19,897

  • Characterizing the recovery profile in professional soccer players 2013 - 2014

    Higher Skills Wales Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships, with Collaborative partner: Swansea City AFC, £19,897

  • Influence of NMES of recovery following a maximal speed session 2012 - 2013

    Research Investment Scheme, University of Glamorgan, with Collaborative Partners: University of South Wales, Scarlets and Welsh Sevens , £25000

  • Monitoring Fatigue following professional rugby competition 2009 - 2010

    Scarlets Rugby, with Collaborative Partners: Scarlets Rugby, £10000

  • Monitoring Strength and Power in Rugby Players 2006 - 2009

    Welsh Rugby Union , with Collaborative Partners: Ospreys Rugby, Scarlets Rugby, Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons , £21000

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Elite and Professional Sport Research Group Lead

    2014 - Present

  • Strength & Conditioning and Sports Science Coordinator - Swansea University focus sports and scholars

    2010 - Present

  • Member - Swansea Universities Sport Swansea committee

    2010 - Present

External Responsibilities

  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance

    2012 - Present

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

    2011 - Present

  • Editorial Board Member, Professional Strength & Conditioning (The Journal of the UKSCA)

    2012 - Present

  • Co-convener , BASES special interest group in Strength and Conditioning

    2007 - Present

  • Member, British Cycling Marginal Gains Research Group

    2010 - 2013

  • Member, Scientific Committee for the BASES Annual Conference Glasgow Uni

    2010 - 2010

  • Co-director, WISHES Conference Organising Committee

    2008 - Present

  • Chair, Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS)

    2015 - Present

  • Research Advisor, RFU

    2014 - Present

  • Research Advisor, Swansea City AFC

    2013 - Present

  • Research Consultant, UK Sport

    2009 - 2014

  • Research Consultant, British Cycling

    2009 - 2012

  • Sports Science Consultant, Wigan Athletic AFC

    2009 - 2010

  • Sports Science Consultant, Celtic Crusaders RL

    2009 - 2010

  • Sports Science Consultant, Welsh Rugby Union

    2006 - 2010

  • Sports Science Consultant, Ospreys Rugby

    2005 - 2008

  • Chair, Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS) research steering

    2015 - Present

  • Guest Editor, European Journal of Sports Science, issue on Science and Rugby

    2015 - 2015

  • Section Editor, IRB Science and Rugby

    2012 - Present