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


Frank’s experience is diverse having worked 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.


Nugent, F.J., Vinther, A., McGregor, A., Thornton, J.S., 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, 55(11), 616-628, available: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2020-102533


Wilson, F., Thornton, J.S., Wilkie, K., Hartvigsen, J., Vinther, A., Ackerman, K.E., Caneiro, J.P., Trease, L., Nugent, F., Gissane, C., McDonnell, S.J., McGregor, A., Newlands, C. and Ardern, C.L. (2021) ‘2021 consensus statement for preventing and managing low back pain in elite and subelite adult rowers’, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 55(16), 893-899, available: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2020-103385


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, available: https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000531 


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, available: https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000368


Nugent, F.J., Comyns, T.M., Burrows, E. and Warrington, G.D. (2017) ‘Effects of low-volume, high-intensity training on performance in competitive swimmers: a systematic review’, The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31(3), 837-847, available: https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000001583