Mr James Keenan

Position: Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Subject area: Sport and Exercise

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Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning

Teaching responsibilities

  • Strength and Conditioning (Level 5)
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning (Level 6)
  • Principles of Sports Biomechanics (Level 4)
  • Sports Coaching - Theory and Practice (Level 5)
  • Academic and Applied Skills (Level 4)

Research interests

  • Performance enhancement through strength and conditioning
  • Injury risk reduction in hamstring muscle
  • Monitoring of resistance training loads
  • The effect of strength training on running economy in endurance athletes.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Accredited Member - United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA)


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Coventry University

Rsearch qualifications

  • MScR Strength and Conditioning in Elite Academy Football Players., Coventry University

Recent conferences

  • Keenan, J., Fruer, S., Noon, M., Thake, D. (2011) ' Improvements in Functional Movement Screen Scores Across 6 Months of In-Season Strength and Conditioning in Elite Academy Footballers' European College of Sports Science Conference - Poster presentation.

Additional interests and activities

Current Activities / Links with Industry

I am the current lead S&C coach for West Midlands NTL netball and associated development teams and a coach educator for England Netball, in addition to this I provide strength and conditioning support to two professional boxers.

Experience in industry

Before joining University of Derby,I was integral in developing a University system for providing and managing strength and conditioning support services to athletes. This included strength and conditioning provision to University teams, Scholarship athletes and external clients including TASS and Coventry City Football Club.

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