Dr Frank Nugent is an Assistant Lecturer in Biomechanics in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick. Frank completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology in 2018 and has been working as a strength and conditioning (S&C) coach since 2011.  

Frank’s experience is diverse having working with youth, collegiate, professional and Paralympic athletes. Frank is an accredited S&C coach through the Sport Ireland Institute, United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association and a Weightlifting Ireland Level 2 Olympic Weightlifting Coach.  

Frank has published across a wide range of areas in S&C, exercise physiology and biomechanics. His research interests are primarily performance related and include low back pain in rowers, youth sport, Paralympic sport, S&C and endurance training methodologies. 


Wilson, F., Thornton, J., Wilkie, K., Hartvigsen, J., Vinther, A., Ackerman, K., Caneiro, JP., Trease, L., Nugent, F., Gissane, C., McDonnell, SJ., McGregor, A., Newlands, C. and Ardern, C. (2021). 2021 Consensus Statement for Preventing and Managing Low Back Pain in Elite and Sub-Elite Adult Rowers British Journal of Sports Medicine (Under 3rd review) 

Nugent, F., Vinther, A., McGregor, A., Thornton, J., Wilkie, K. and Wilson, F. (2021). The Relationship between Rowing Related Low Back Pain and Rowing Biomechanics: A Systematic Review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 0: 1-15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2020-102533 

Nugent, F.J., Flanagan, E.P., Wilson, F. and Warrington, G. D. (2020). Strength and Conditioning for Competitive Rowers. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 42(3): 6-21. DOI: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000531 

Nugent, F.J., Comyns, T.M., Nevill, A.M. and Warrington, G.D. 2019. The Effects of Low-Volume, High-Intensity Training on Performance Parameters in Competitive Youth Swimmers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 14(2): 203-208. DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2018-0110 

Nugent, F.J., Comyns, T.M. and Warrington, G.D. (2018). Strength and Conditioning Considerations for Youth Swimmers. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 40(2): 31-39. DOI: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000368