Dr Jon Oliver

 

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Reader in A​​pplied Paediatric Exercise Science

Telephone number: 029 2041 7276
Email address: joliver@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Jon is a Reader in Applied Paediatric Exercise Science, which recognises his extensive research with youth populations.  His research focuses on youth physical development across performance, injury and health perspectives, often with a focus on aspects of neural, muscular and tendon development.  Jon's research has been influential in informing both academics and practitioners on factors related to youth physical development.  Jon's research is supported by a network of research students and is built on collaborations with professional sports organisations and Paediatric Exercise Scientists both in the UK and abroad.

Research / Publications

My primary research focus examines the development of factors related to physical fitness and athletic performance during childhood and adolescence. The aim is to better understand the developmental changes that occur during childhood (particularly neuromuscular development), how these changes influence athletic ability and the interaction between growth, maturation and training. Other areas of particular research interest include the function of the stretch-shortening cycle and its contribution to exercise and performance, and the physiology of repeated-sprint exercise as commonly observed in team sports such as football.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
De Ste Croix, M.B.A, Priestley, A, Lloyd, R.S & Oliver, J.L. (in press). ACL injury risk in elite female youth soccer: changes in neuromuscular control of the knee following soccer specific fatigue. Scand J Med Sci Sport.

Lloyd, R. S., Faigenbaum, A. D., Stone, M. H., Oliver, J. L., Jeffreys, I., Moody, J. A., et al. (2014). Position statement on youth resistance training: the 2014 International Consensus. Br J Sports Med,48, 498-505.

Lloyd, R. S., Oliver, J. L., Faigenbaum, A. D., Myer, G. D. & De Ste Croix, M. B. (2014). Chronological age vs. biological maturation: implications for exercise programming in youth. J Strength Cond Res,28, 1454-1464.

Lloyd, R. S., Oliver, J. L., Radnor, J. M., Rhodes, B. C., Faigenbaum, A. D. & Myer, G. D. (2014). Relationships between functional movement screen scores, maturation and physical performance in young soccer players. J Sports Sci, 1-9.

Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J., Hughes, M., Cronin, J. & Lloyd, R. S. (2014). Maximal Sprint Speed in Boys of Increasing Maturity. Pediatr Exerc Sci. Online first

Meylan, C. M., Cronin, J., Hopkins, W. G. & Oliver, J. (2014). Adjustment of measures of strength and power in youth male athletes differing in body mass and maturation. Pediatr Exerc Sci,26, 41-48.

Meylan, C. M., Cronin, J., Oliver, J. L., Hopkins, W. G. & Pinder, S. (2014). Contribution of Vertical Strength and Power to Sprint Performance in Young Male Athletes. Int J Sports Med.

Meylan, C. M., Cronin, J. B., Oliver, J. L., Hopkins, W. G. & Contreras, B. (2014). The effect of maturation on adaptations to strength training and detraining in 11-15-year-olds. Scand J Med Sci Sports,24, e156-164.

Meylan, C. M., Cronin, J. B., Oliver, J. L. & Rumpf, M. C. (2014). Sex-related differences in explosive actions during late childhood. J Strength Cond Res,28, 2097-2104.

Oliver, J. L., De Ste Croix, M. B., Lloyd, R. S. & Williams, C. A. (2014). Altered neuromuscular control of leg stiffness following soccer-specific exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol.

Phillips, S. M., Thompson, R. & Oliver, J. L. (2014). Over-estimation of required recovery time during repeated sprint exercise with self-regulated recovery. J Strength Cond Res.

Rumpf, M. C., Cronin, J. B., Mohamad, I. N., Mohamad, S., Oliver, J. & Hughes, M. (2014). Acute effects of sled towing on sprint time in male youth of different maturity status. Pediatr Exerc Sci,26, 71-75.

Rumpf, M. C., Cronin, J. B., Mohamad, I. N., Mohamad, S., Oliver, J. L. & Hughes, M. G. (2014). The effect of resisted sprint training on maximum sprint kinetics and kinematics in youth. Eur J Sport Sci, 1-8.

Rumpf, M. C., Cronin, J. B., Mohamad, I. N., Mohamad, S., Oliver, J. L. & Hughes, M. G. (2014). Kinetic asymmetries during running in male youth. Phys Ther Sport,15, 53-57.

Meylan, C., Cronin, J., Oliver, J. and Hopkins, W. (2013) Adjustment of measures of strength and power in youth male athletes differing in body mass and maturation, Pediatric Exercise Science. Online first.

Rumpf. M. C., Cronin, J. B., Oliver, J. L. and Hughes, M. (2013). Acute effects of sled towing on sprint time in male youth of different maturity status. Pediatric Exercise Science. Online first.

Meylan, C., Cronin, J., Oliver, J. and Contreras, B. (2013) The effect of maturation on strength training and detraining adaptations in 11 to 15 years old, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. Online first.

Rumpf. M. C., Cronin, J. B., Oliver, J. L. and Hughes, M. (2013). Vertical and leg stiffness and stretch-shortening-cycle change across maturation during maximal sprint running. Human Movement Science, 32: 668-676

Oliver, J.L, Lloyd, R.S. and Rumpf, M.C. (2013).  Developing speed throughout childhood and adolescent: the role of growth, maturation and training. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 35(3):42-48

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Meyers, R.W., Read, P., Jeffreys, I. and Nimphius, S. (2013). The natural development and trainability of agility during childhood. Strength and Conditioning Journal.35(3): 2-11

Read, P.J., Lloyd, R.S., De Ste Croix, M. and Oliver, J.L. (2013). Relationships between field-based measures of strength and power, and golf club head speed. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(10): 2708-2013

Shapie, M.N.M., Oliver, J., O'Donoghue, P.G. and Tong, R. (2013).Development of new field-based tests of kick and movement speed in youth martial arts. Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts, 2: 131-133.

Shapie, M.N.M, Oliver, J., O Donoghue, P.G. and Tong, R. (2013). Activity during action time in international silat competition. Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts, 4(1):81-86

Hughes, M.G., Birdsey, L., Meyers, R., Newcombe, D., Oliver, J.L., Smith, P.M., Stembridge, M., Stone, L. amd Kerwin, D. (2013).  Effects of playing surface on physiological responses and performance variables in a controlled football simulation. Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(8): 878-886

Rumpf, M.C., Cronin J.B., Oliver, J.L. and Hughes, M.G. (2012). Effect of different training methods on running sprint times in male youth, Pediatric Exercise Science, 24(2): 170-186

Meylan, C.M., Cronin, J.B., Oliver, J.L., Hughes and M.G., McMaster, D.T. (2012). The reliability of jump kinematics and kinetics in children of different maturity status.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(4): 1015-26

Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. (2012). The Youth Physical Development (YPD) model: a new approach to long-term athletic development. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 34(3): 61-72

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Meyers, R.W., Moody, J. and Stone, M.H. (2012). Long-term athlete development and its application to youth weightlifting. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 34(4): 55-66

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G. and Williams, C.A. (2012). The effects of 4-weeks plyometric training on reactive strength index and leg stiffness in male youths.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(10): 2812-2819

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G. and Williams, C.A. (2012). Age-related differences in the neural regulation of stretch-shortening cycle activities in male youths. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 22(1): 37-43

Ford, P.A., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Lloyd, R.S., Meyers, R., Moosavi, M., Oliver, J., Till, K. & Williams, C.A (2011). Critical review of the Long-Term Athlete Development Model – Problems with its physiological application.  Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(4): 389-402Re-published in the 30th Anniversary edition of ground breaking research

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G. and Williams, C.A. (2011). The influence of chronological age on periods of accelerated adaptation of stretch-shortening cycle performance in pre- and post-pubescent boys. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 25(7): 1889-1897

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G. and Williams, C.A. (2011). Specificity of test selection for the appropriate assessment of different measures of stretch-shortening cycle function in children. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 51(4): 595-602

Rumpf, M.C, Cronin, J.B., Oliver, J.L. and Hughes, M.G. (2011). Assessing Youth Sprint Ability--Methodological Issues, Reliability and Performance Data. Pediatric Exercise Science, 23(4): 442-467

Stone, K., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G., Newcombe, D., Stembridge, M. & Meyers, R.W. (2011). Development of a soccer-simulation protocol involving agility and repeated sprints.  International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 6(3): 427-431

Williams, C.A., Oliver, J. & Faulkner, J (2011).  Monitoring of season-to-season physical fitness within a football association youth academy. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 6(2): 264-275

Oliver, J.L. & Stembridge, M. (2011). Use of a heart rate:ground contact index to monitor and predict middle distance running performance. European Journal of Sports Science, 11(6): 431-436

Oliver, J.L., Lloyd, R.S. & Meyers, R.W.  (2011). Training elite child athletes: promoting welfare and wellbeing.  Strength and Conditioning Journal, 33(4): 73-79

Lloyd, R.S., Meyers, R.W. & Oliver, J.L. (2011). The natural development and trainability of plyometric ability during childhood.  Strength and Conditioning Journal, 33(2):23-32

Oliver, J.L. & Smith, P. (2010).  Neuromuscular control of hopping in boys and men. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 20 (5):973-979

Meylan, C., Cronin. J.C, Oliver, J.L & Hughes M.G. (2010). Talent identification in soccer: The role of maturity status on physical, physiological and technical characteristics. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5(4): 571-592.

Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G. & Williams, C.A. (2009). Reliability and validity of field-based measures of leg stiffness and reactive strength in youths.  Journal of Sports Sciences, 27:1565-1573.

Oliver, J.L. & Meyers, R.  (2009). Reliability and generality of measures of acceleration, planned and reactive agility.  International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 4: 345-354

Stone, K & Oliver, J.L. (2009). The effect of 45-min of soccer-specific exercise on the performance of soccer skills.  International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 4: 163-172

Oliver, J.L., Armstrong, N. & Williams, C.A. (2009). Relationship between brief and prolonged repeated sprint ability. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12: 238-243.

Oliver, J.L. (2009).  Is a fatigue index a worthwhile measure of repeated sprint ability? Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12: 20-23.

Oliver, J.L., Armstrong, N. & Williams, C.A. (2008). Changes in jump performance and muscle activity following soccer-specific exercise. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26: 141-148.

Oliver, J.L., Armstrong, N. & Williams, C.A. (2007). Reliability and validity of a soccer-specific test of prolonged repeated sprint ability. Int J Sports Physiol & Perf, 2: 137-149.

Oliver, J.L., Williams, C.A. & Armstrong, N. (2006). Reliability of a field and laboratory test of repeated sprint ability. Ped Exerc Sci, 18: 339-350.

Ratel, S., Williams, C.A., Oliver, J. & Armstrong, N. (2006). Effects of age and recovery duration on performance during multiple treadmill sprints. Int J Sport Med, 27: 1-8.

Ratel, S., Williams, C.A., Oliver, J. & Armstrong, N. (2004). Effects of age and mode of exercise on power output profiles during repeated sprints. Eur J Appl Physiol, 92: 204-10.

Professional Publications
Lloyd, R.S., Faigenbaum, A.D., Myer, G.D., Stone, M.H., Oliver, J.L., Jeffreys, I., Moody, J., Brewer, C. and Pierce, K. (2012). United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association Position Statement on Youth Resistance Training. Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal, 26:26-39.

Oliver, J.L. and Lloyd, R.S. (2012). Long-term athlete development and trainability in childhood: a brief review.  Professional Strength and Conditioning, 26:19-25

Oliver, J.L. (2010). Developing physical fitness and talent in elite child athletes. In “Elite Child Athletes: International Perspectives,” Brackenridge, C.H. & Rhinds, D. (eds). London: Brunel University Press, pp34-40.

Oliver, J.L. (2008), Long-term athlete development and “windows of opportunity” – facts and future challenges. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 16: 10-11

Fletcher, N., Nokes, L., Hughes, M.G., Meyers, R., Newcombe, D., Oliver, J. et al. (2008). Physiology – Effects of playing surface on football activity. Turf Roots Magazine (FIFA),3: 41-44.

Edited Book
Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L.  (eds) (2013). Strength and Conditioning of Youth Athletes: Science and Application. London: Routledge.

Book Chapters
Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. (2014). Developing Younger Athletes. In “High-Performance Training for Sports”. Joyce, D. and Lewindon, D. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Oliver, J.L. and Lloyd, R.S. (2014). Physical training as a potential form of abuse. In “Safeguarding, Child Protection and Abuse in Sport: International Perspectives in Research, Policy and Practice”. Lang, M. & Hartill, M.(eds). London: Routledge.

Stratton, G. and Oliver, J.L. (2013). The influence of growth and maturation on physical performance. In “Strength and Conditioning of Youth Athletes: Science and Application,” Lloyd, R.S. & Oliver, J.L (eds).  London: Routledge.

Williams, C.A, Oliver, J.L. and Lloyd R.S. (2013).  Youth Talent Development.  In “Strength and Conditioning of Youth Athletes: Science and Application,” Lloyd, R.S. & Oliver, J.L (eds).  London: Routledge.

Oliver, J.L. and Rumpf, M. (2013).  Speed Development in Youths.  In “Strength and Conditioning of Youth Athletes: Science and Application,” Lloyd, R.S. & Oliver, J.L. (eds).  London: Routledge.

Oliver, J.L., Lloyd, R.S. and Brady, A (2013).  Youth athlete well-being.  In “Strength and Conditioning of Youth Athletes: Science and Application,” Lloyd, R.S. & Oliver, J.L. (eds).  London: Routledge.
Hughes, M.G., Oliver, J.L. and Lloyd, R.S. (2013). Physiology for Coaches. In “An Introduction to Sports Coaching: From Science and Theory to Practice,” Jones, R.L., Hughes, M. & Kingston, K. (eds). London: Routledge

Oliver, J.L. (2010). Developing physical fitness and talent in elite child athletes. In “Elite Child Athletes: International Perspectives,” Brackenridge, C.H. & Rhinds, D. (eds). London: Brunel University Press, pp34-40.

 

Teaching and Supervision

At undergraduate level I am module leader for Sport and Exercise Physiology (SSP5057), while at postgraduate level I lead both the Paediatric Exercise Science and Health module (SSP7012) and the Exercise Testing and Interpretation module (SSP7045).  As well as teaching on the modules I lead I contribute to teaching in all undergraduate physiology modules and also teach on the postgraduate Physiology of Sports Performance (SSP7013) module.  I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation students as well as a number of PhD students.

PhD Completions
Rhodri Lloyd (2011): Development and trainability of the stretch-shortening cycle during childhood. Co-supervised by Dr Michael Hughes and Prof Craig Williams (University of Exeter). Director of Studies.

Mohamed Nizam Bin Mohamad Shapie (2012): Fitness development in a youth martial art. Co-supervised by Dr Peter O’Donoghue and Prof Richard Tong. Director of Studies.

Michael Rumpf (2012): Sprint running kinetics and kinematics in youth. Co-supervised by Prof John Cronin (Auckland University of Technology) and Dr Michael Hughes.

Cesar Meylan (2013): Power development and trainability in youth. Co-supervised by Prof John Cronin (Auckland University of Technology) and Dr Michael Hughes.

Current MPhil/PhD Students
Robert Meyers (PhD): Development and trainability of maximal running speed during childhood. Co-supervised by Prof John Cronin (Auckland University of Technology) and Dr Michael Hughes. Director of Studies

Zach Gould (MPhi/PhD): Development and validation of the Golf Movement Screen (GMS). Co-supervised by Dr Rhodri Lloyd and Dr Rich Neil.  Director of Studies

Robert Condliffe (MPhi/PhD): Maximising talent identification and development in GB Bobsleigh. Co-supervised by Dr Rhodri Lloyd and Prof John Cronin (Auckland University of Technology). Director of Studies.

Hamish Cox (PhD): The effectiveness of a golf-related resiliency training programme on the mental and physiological health of adolescents. Co-supervised by Rich Neil and Prof Sheldon Hanton.
Paul Read: Markers of injury risk in elite youth soccer (PhD).  Co-supervised by Dr Rhodri Lloyd and Prof Mark De Ste Croix (University of Gloucester).

Adeline Phillips (PhD): Identifying the most appropriate exercises to condition the hamstring muscles to maximal velocity sprinting in elite athletes.  Co-supervised by Dr Craig Ranson and Dr Izzy Moore.

John Radnor (PhD): Influence of maturation and training on neuro-muscle-tendon development.  Co-supervised by Dr Rhodri Lloyd and Dr Charlotte Waugh (University of British Columbia).

Sam Dodge (MPhil): Monitoring neuromuscular fatigue, recovery and readiness in rugby union players. Co-supervised by Dr Jeremy Moody and Dr Rhodri Lloyd.

 

Qualifications and Awards

PhD Sport and Health Sciences (University of Exeter)
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science (UWIC)
Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

External Links

I am involved in research collaborations with a number of international and national partners. 

Youth Football
I collaborate on research examining interactions of gender, fatigue and injury risk in youth football; this includes research funded by FIFA and UEFA (lead by Dr Mark De Ste Croix at the University of Gloucester) and research with academies at a number of Premiership and Championship Football clubs. 

Youth Physical Development
I am involved in long-standing collaborative research with Prof John Cronin at Auckland University of Technology, which examines various aspects of physical development in youth athletes.   This includes the co-supervision of a number of PhD students, both past and present
 
Golf Union of Wales (GUW)
I supervise a PhD student (Zach Gould) who is developing a Golf Movement Screen in conjunction with the GUW.  Beyond this our work is also contributing to the development of the GUW youth coaching centres, particularly the physical development of junior golfers.

Great Britain Bobsleigh
I supervise a PhD student (Rob Condliffe) who is examining the use of performance testing in the identification and development of elite Bobsleigh athletes.