My research interests
focus on the development of professional practice in different disciplines,
specifically sport coaching and sport psychology. These interests include
examining the value of, and improving, education and development pathways. I am
particularly interested in reflective practice and the potential it has for
developing effective practice and facilitating human flourishing. More
recently, I have become interested in researching the development of life
skills through sport and the psychology of performance in coaches and athletes
alike focusing on mental health and well-being.
Refereed Academic Journal Articles
Cropley, B., Hanton, S., Miles, A., & Niven, A. (under review). Developing the effectiveness of applied sport psychology service delivery: A reflective practice intervention. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.
Whitehead, A., Cropley, B., Miles, A., Huntley, T., & Knowles, Z. (in press). Think aloud: Towards a framework to facilitate reflective practice in rugby league coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal.
Cropley, B., Baldock, L., Neil, R., Mellalieu, S., Wagstaff, C., & Wadey, R. (in press). Coping with the demands of professional practice: Sport psychology consultants' perspectives. The Sport Psychologist.
Adams, D., Cropley, B., & Mullen, R. (2016). Developing specialised youth soccer coaching qualifications: An exploratory study of course content and delivery mechanisms. International Sport Coaching Journal, 3, 31-45.
Rainer, P., Griffiths, R., Cropley, B., & Jarvis, S. (2015). Barriers to delivering extra-curricular school sport and physical activity in Wales: A qualitative study of 5x60 officers' views and perspectives. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 12, 245-252.
Huntley, E., Cropley, B., Gilbourne, D., Knowles, Z., & Sparkes, A. (2014). Reflecting back and forwards: The ebb and flow of reflective practice peer-reviewed research in sport. Reflective Practice, 15, 863-876.
Butterworth, A., O'Donoghue, P. G., & Cropley, B. (2013). Performance profiling in sports coaching: A review. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 13, 572-593.
Rainer, P., & Cropley, B. (2013). Bridging the gap – but mind you don't fall. Primary Physical Education teachers' perceptions of the transition process to secondary school. Education 3-13.
Peel, J., Cropley, B., Hanton, S., & Fleming, S. (2013). Learning through reflection: Values, conflicts, and role interactions of a youth sport coach. Reflective Practice, 14, 729-742.
Barnett, J., Cropley, B., Hanton, S., & Fleming, S. (2013). Taking the plunge: Reflections on the decision to register for and supervise a doctorate. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 13, 123-131.
Neil, R., Cropley, B., Wilson, K., & Faull, A. (2013). Exploring the value of reflective practice interventions in applied sport psychology: Case studies with an individual athlete and a team. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 9, 42-57.
Rainer, P., Cropley, B., Jarvis, S., & Griffiths, R. (2012). From policy to practice: The challenges faced by head teachers delivering high quality physical education and school sport within primary schools. Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 17, 429-446.
Cropley, B., Hanton, S., Miles, A., & Niven, A. (2010). The value of reflective practice in professional development: An applied sport psychology review. Sports Science Review, 19, 179-209.
Cropley, B., Hanton, S., Miles, A., & Niven, A. (2010). Exploring the relationship between effective and reflective practice in applied sport psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 24, 521-541.
Faull, A. & Cropley, B. (2009). Reflective learning in sport: A case study of a senior level triathlete. Reflective Practice, 10, 325-339.
Hanton, S., Cropley, B., & Lee, S. (2009). Reflective practice, experience, and the interpretation of anxiety symptoms. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27, 517-533.
Hanton, S., Cropley, B., Miles, A., Mellalieu, S., & Neil, R. (2007). Experience in sport and its relationship with competitive anxiety. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 5, 28-53.
Cropley, B., Miles, A., Hanton, S., & Anderson, A. (2007). Improving the delivery of applied sport psychology support through reflective practice. The Sport Psychologist, 21, 475-494.
Invited Professional Articles
Cropley, B. (2016). Unleashing the dragon: How Wales got so good at football. The Conversation (July, 6th).
Cropley, B., Neil, R., Faull, A., Hayes, K., & Mellalieu, S. D. (2016). Applied sport psychology: An expert panel discussion. The Sport & Exercise Scientist, 47, 32-33.
Whitehead, A., Cropley, B., Miles, A., Huntley, T., & Knowles, Z. (2016). What are you thinking? Coaching Matters, 6, 8-9.
Cropley, B., & Neil, R. (2015). Issues in applied sport psychology: A panel discussion. The Sport & Exercise Scientist, 38, 16-17.
Knowles, Z., Cropley, B., Huntley, E., & Miles, A. (2014). Critical issues for the development of reflective practice in the sport & exercise sciences. The Sport & Exercise Scientist, 37, 18-19.
Letton, F., & Cropley, B. (2013). The practicalities of working under the HCPC requirements. A thought-piece in response to – 'Sport & Exercise Psychology: Who is legally qualified to provide support?' The Sport & Exercise Scientist, 37, 18-19.
Picknell, G., & Cropley, B. (2013). Reflective practice: A useful addition to organisational psychology support services? The UAE Psychologist Newsletter, 2(2).
Cropley, B., Miles, A., & Peel, J. (2012). Reflective practice: Value, issues, and developments within sports coaching. Sports Coach UK original research. Leeds, UK: SCUK.
Cropley, B., Neil, R., Wilson, K., & Faull, A. (2011). Reflective practice: Does it really work? The Sport & Exercise Scientist, 29, 16-17.
Rainer, P., Cropley, B., & Adams, D. (2010). Learning through reflection. Coaching Edge, 18, 12-13.
Cropley, B. (2006). Reflections on continual professional development: Reviews of the Consultant Effectiveness in Applied Sport Psychology workshop. British Psychological Society Sport & Exercise Psychology Annual Review 2006.
Knowles, Z., Gilbourne, D.,
Cropley, B., & Dugdill, L. (Eds) (2014).
Reflective practice in the sport and exercise sciences: Contemporary issues. London: Routledge.
Swann, C., Keegan R., Cropley, B., & Mitchell, I. (in press, 2016). Professional philosophy. In G. Cremades & A. Mugford (Eds.), Sport, exercise, and performance psychology: Theories and Applications. Routledge / Psychology Press.
Cropley, B., & Neil, R. (2016). Supervising from the swampy lowlands: A case study of collaborative approaches to supervision. In L. Tashman & G. Cremades (Eds.), Global practices and training in applied, sport, exercise, and performance psychology: A case study approach (pp. 221-229). Routledge / Psychology Press.
Cropley, B., Miles, A., & Nichols, N. (in press, 2015). Learning to learn: The coach as a reflective practitioner. In J. Wallace & J. Lambert (Eds.), Becoming a sports coach. London: Routledge.
Picknell, G., Cropley, B., & Hanton, S. (2014). Where's the evidence? A review of empirical reflective practice research within sport. In Z. Knowles, D. Gilbourne, B. Cropley, & L. Dugdill (Eds.), Reflective practice in the sport and exercise sciences: Contemporary issues (pp. 28-38). London: Routledge.
Cropley, B., & Neil, R. (2014). The neophyte supervisor: What did I get myself into? In L. Tashman & G. Cremades (Eds.), Becoming a performance psychologist: International perspectives on service delivery and supervision (pp. 219-228). Routledge / Psychology Press.
Cropley, B., & Hanton, S. (2011). The role of reflective practice in applied sport psychology: Contemporary issues for professional practice. In S. Hanton & S. D. Mellalieu (Eds.), Professional practice in sport psychology: A review (pp. 307-336). London: Routledge.
I have presented papers at over 50 national and international conferences and conducted two key note presentations (2013, 2016).
I am linked with a number of external organisations through research, professional practice, enterprise activities and learning and teaching.
Case Studies in Sport & Exercise Psychology (CSSREC)
Editorial board member
British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES)
I have provided sport psychology support provided to both elite and non-elite individuals, teams, coaches, and organisations in a variety of sports since 2004. I am also registered as a BASES Supervised Experience supervisor. In addition to this, I am a BASES professional practice core workshop presenter (Reflective Practice). I have also published a number of articles in the organisation's Sport & Exercise Scientist publication and contributed to the organisation of the BASES Student Conference in 2013.
Welsh Football Trust (WFT)
I have helped to write, develop and deliver the UEFA/WFT A Youth Licence (Level 4) and have previously acted as coach educator and mentor at Levels 3 and 4. I am currently supervising research projects partially funded through the WFT.
Sports Coach UK (SCUK), UK Sport, and Sport Wales
I have helped to develop and deliver modules on the organisations' coach education and development programmes. Specifically, the modules have been based on elite coach development through reflective practice.
Golf Union of Wales (GUW)
I am currently supervising neophyte practitioners who are providing support the GUW's development squads. I am also supervising a research project that aims to improve the development pathways of the GUW's coaches.
Morley, D., Whitehead, A., Polman, R., Kane, R., Misasi, S., Cropley, B., Knowles, Z., & Huntley, T. (2015). 'Think Aloud' protocol analysis and its application to athletic performance, practitioner reflection and patient cognitions. £25000 research award received from Liverpool John Moores University.
O'Donoghue, P., & Cropley, B. (2013). Multimedia performance profiles in sport. £10500 research award received from England Netball for full-time PhD tuition fees.
Mitchell, I., Tanner, P., Cropley, B., Fleming, S., Mellick, M., Arthur, C., & Miles, A. (2012). Leadership development programme. £25000 joint award received from FAW and Welsh Football Trust.
Cropley, B., & Miles, A. (2012). Developing coach education support programmes. £2000 award received from Strategic Insight Programme (SIP).
Cropley, B., Miles, A., & Peel, J. (2012). Reflective practice: Value, issues, and developments within sports coaching. £5000 award received from SCUK.
Mitchell, I., Neil, R., Cropley, B., & Hanton, S. (2011). Educating coaches to develop life skills and reflective practice in athletes. £72000 joint award received from FAW Trust and Knowledge, Economy, Skills Scholarships Project (KESS).
Bailey, J., Jones, R., & Cropley, B. (2011). Developing a level 3 coaching award in gymnastics. £5000 awarded from British Gymnastics.
Mitchell, I., Oliver, E., & Cropley, B. (2010). Embedding reflective learning into curriculum design. £3000 award received from the Higher Education Authority.
Cropley, B., Neil, R., Wilson, K., & Faull, A. (2010). Reflective Practice: Insights into an Intervention with a Coach, a Player, a Team, and a Sport Psychologist. £500 International Travel Grant awarded from BASES.
External examiner: MSc Sport Coaching programme, Liverpool John Moores University (2016 – present).
External examiner: Sports Coaching Science degree and Sports Coaching Science with Disability degree programme, University of Worcester (2011 – 2015).
External reviewer: Sports Coaching Science and Disability Sport. Degree validated for commencement in September 2012 at University of Worcester.
External panellist: undergraduate degree (Coaching Science) validation board at the University of Glamorgan (2009).