Biography

I am passionate about skill acquisition, and inspiring the next generation of sport scientists and coaches to apply the core principles of skill acquisition in the development of athletes. A Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, I am committed to excellence and innovation in teaching. My research focuses on developing coaches and athletes, and enhances my practice as a sport scientist and the quality of my teaching.

Research Interests

My research examines human motor behaviour; that is, how humans control their movements and develop their skills across the lifespan. My recent research has concentrated on youth sport, in particular within the context of track and field athletics.Working under the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences' Sport and Human Performance theme, my current research agenda consists of three strands:
(1) Maturation and youth sport.
(2) Coaches' knowledge and practices.
(3) Enhancing practice quality.
Strand 1: Projects within this strand have centred on the analysis of a database of track and field performances to determine: (i) the relationship between maturation (as indicated by relative age) and ranking, (ii) the relationship between success at different age grades in youth competition, and between youth and adult success, and (iii) the prevalence and consequences for participation of early specialisation within athletics. Additional projects within this theme have explored the influence of maturation on development in rugby union.

Strand 2: Specific projects include examining coaches perceptions of the importance of visual exploratory activity (aka scanning) in football, and how coaches refine well-learned techniques which are sub-optimal because of injury-risks or limiting performance. In addition, recent research has focused on how coaches design effective learning environments in an adventure sport context.

Strand 3: Specific projects include athletes' use of attentional focus in a range of sports, designing interventions to enhance musician's self-regulatory skills, and an industry report for the England and Wales Cricket Board examining coaches' perceptions of the practice behaviours of academy cricketers.

Research Collaborators

Books

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Book Chapters

Nurturing young distance runners

Dr. Philip Kearney
2021
London
Routledge
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Coaching the advanced performer

Dr. Philip Kearney
2015
London
Routledge
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Coaching tools for adventure sports

Dr. Philip Kearney
2015
London
Routledge
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Setting the scene: A framework for coaching practice in adventure sports

Dr. Philip Kearney
2015
London
Routledge
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Theoretical underpinnings of developing skill and their implications for the adventure sports coach

Dr. Philip Kearney
2015
London
Routledge
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Skill change in elite-level kickers: Interdisciplinary considerations of an applied framework

Dr. Philip Kearney
2018
London
Routledge
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Dance exposure, wellbeing and injury in collegiate Irish and contemporary dancers: A prospective study.

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Roisin Cahalan
Dr. Philip Kearney
2018
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Playing position influences the relative age effect in senior rugby union

Dr. Philip Kearney
2017
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It's not what, but where: how the accentuated features of the adventure sports coaching environment promote the development of sophisticated epistemic beliefs

Dr. Philip Kearney
2019
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Kinematic variability in running: a caution regarding use of the spanning set measure.

Dr. Philip Kearney
2012
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Misunderstandings of concussion within a youth rugby population.

Dr. Philip Kearney
2017
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The identity, epistemology and developmental experiences of high-level adventure sports coaches

Dr. Philip Kearney
2017
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Successful Transfer of a Motor Learning Strategy to a Novel Sport.

Dr. Philip Kearney
2017
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Implementing technical refinement in high-level athletics: exploring the knowledge schemas of coaches.

Dr. Philip Kearney
2018
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A distal focus of attention leads to superior performance on a golf putting task

Dr. Philip Kearney
2015
ABINGDON
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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Coaches and parents hold contrasting perceptions of optimal youth development activities in track and field athletics

Dr. Philip Kearney
2020
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Faster, higher, stronger, older: Relative age effects are most influential during the youngest age grade of track and field athletics in the United Kingdom

Dr. Philip Kearney
2018
ABINGDON
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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Investigating inspirational leader communication in an elite team sport context

Dr. Philip Kearney
2018
LONDON
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
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Excelling at youth level in competitive track and field athletics is not a prerequisite for later success

Dr. Philip Kearney
2018
ABINGDON
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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Further evidence against eye-hand coordination as a general ability

Dr. Philip Kearney
2018
LONDON
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
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Football coaches' perceptions of the introduction, delivery and evaluation of it visual exploratory activity

Dr. Philip Kearney
2018
AMSTERDAM
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
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Relative age influences performance of world-class track and field athletes even in the adulthood

Dr. Philip Kearney
2019
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The Prevalence and Consequences of Within-Sport Specialization in Track and Field Athletics

Dr. Philip Kearney
2020
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Can Achievement Goals be Primed in Competitive Tasks?

Dr. Philip Kearney
2014
KATOWICE
ACAD PHYSICAL EDUCATION-KATOWICE
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Enhancing practice through gradual increases in contextual interference

Dr. Philip Kearney
2017
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Other Journals

The influence of nationality and playing position on relative age effects in rugby union: A cross-cultural comparison

Dr. Philip Kearney
2017
South Africa
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Conference Publications

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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

Injury in elite women’s soccer: a systematic review

Dr. Philip Kearney
2020
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