Cardiff School of Sport's Dr. Rhodri Lloyd has been selected as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)'s Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year for 2017.
This award has been handed out since 2000. Award winners are selected by a volunteer committee, the NSCA's Research Committee, who determine the winner based on their contributions to the NSCA, their community, and the noteworthy contributions to the field of applied exercise and sport science.
Dr. Lloyd is a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University and leads the Youth Physical Development Centre, which provides after-school strength and conditioning provision to a range of young athletes. He also holds research affiliations with both Auckland University of Technology and Waikato Institute of Technology in New Zealand. His research interests surround the impact of growth and maturation on long-term athletic development and the neuromuscular mechanisms underpinning training adaptations in youth.
Dr Lloyd has published in excess of 60 peer-reviewed publications, authored multiple book chapters and edited a textbook on the topic of youth training. He serves on the editorial boards for both the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Strength and Conditioning Journal, and in 2016 he was lead author for the NSCA's inaugural position statement on long-term athletic development. He has previously served as a Board Director for the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and is the current Chair of the NSCA Youth Training Special Interest Group.
"We like to recognize Dr. Lloyd for his outstanding accomplishment," said Michael Massik, NSCA Executive Director. "This award is a small attempt to recognize him for the impact his research has made in the field of applied exercise and sport science."
Dr. Lloyd said: "It was a huge privilege to be nominated for the award, so I was thrilled and shocked to be chosen as the 2017 recipient. While the award is for an individual, it really reflects the outstanding work of my colleagues within Cardiff Met and from various collaborative institutions around the world."
Dr. Lloyd received his award at the 40th Annual NSCA National Conference which was held in Las Vegas last month.