Staff profile

James Keenan

Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning.


Teaching responsibilities

I am currently module leader for the following modules:

In addition to this I support Teaching & Assessment on the following modules:

My teaching supports a number of programmes within the School of Human Science, including BSc (Hons) Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, BSc (Hons) Performance Analysis and Coaching Science and MRes Sport and Exercise.

Research interests

I am currently interested in developing research regarding the understanding of hamstring injury risk and reduction in hamstring injury rates in multi-directional team sports. I am currently also actively researching workload monitoring in elite sport and how chronological and biological age in developing athletes can be better understood to inform training and development of talent. My research has been developed in conjunction with Leicester City Football ClubDerby County Football Club and Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Post Graduate Research qualifications

Recent conferences

Keenan, J. (2019) ‘Provision of Ethical Internships’. UKSCA Science in Football Conference, Invited Speaker.

Evans, A., Paxton K., Keenan, J., Outram, T. (2017) Comparison of high-intensity actions in small-sided games and matches in soccer. Isokinetic Football Medicine Conference, Poster Presentation.

Cooke, K., Keenan, J. (2015) ‘Does Body Composition affect Self Myofascial Release’s effect on lower limb power?’ Accepted to the ‘British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference’ 2015, Poster presentation.

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'. Accepted to the European College of Sports Science Conference, Poster presentation.

Fruer, S., Keenan, J., Noon, M., Thake, D. (2011) 'Maintaining hamstring to quadriceps ratio in elite academy soccer players through a strength and conditioning programme'. Accepted to the European College of Sports Science Conference, Poster presentation.

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.


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.

Recent publications

Tallent, J., Higgins, M., Parker, N., Waldron, M., Bradford, E., Keenan, J., & O'Neill, B. V. (2017) 'Quantification of bowling workload and changes in cognitive function in elite fast bowlers in training compared with twenty20 cricket.' The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.

Cooke, K., Outram, T., Brandon, R., Waldron, M., Vickery, W., Keenan, J., & Tallent, J. (2019). The Difference in Neuromuscular Fatigue and Workload During Competition and Training in Elite Cricketers. International journal of sports physiology and performance, 14(4), 439-444.