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 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 the role of strength and conditioning to promote athletic development.  Jon’s research has been influential in informing both academics and practitioners on factors related to the development of physical fitness in youth.  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.  Jon is currently also an adjunct professor at the Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ)

Research, Interests and 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, 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

Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J. L., Hughes, M. G., Cronin, J. B., & Lloyd, R. S. (in press). The Influence of Maturation on Sprint Performance in Boys over a 21-Month Period. Med Sci Sports Ex

Lloyd, R. S., Cronin, J. B., Faigenbaum, A. D., Haff, G. G., Howard, R., Kraemer, W. J., et al. (2016). National Strength and Conditioning Association Position Statement on Long-Term Athletic Development. J Strength Cond Res, 30(6), 1491-1509.

Lloyd, R. S., Radnor, J. M., De Ste Croix, M. B., Cronin, J. B., & Oliver, J. L. (2016). Changes in Sprint and Jump Performances After Traditional, Plyometric, and Combined Resistance Training in Male Youth Pre- and Post-Peak Height Velocity. J Strength Cond Res, 30(5), 1239-1247.

Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J. L., Hughes, M. G., Lloyd, R. S., & Cronin, J. B. (2016). Asymmetry During Maximal Sprint Performance in 11-16 Year Old Boys. Pediatr Exerc Sci.

Read, P., Oliver, J. L., De Ste Croix, M. B., Myer, G. D., & Lloyd, R. S. (2016). Consistency Of Field-Based Measures Of Neuromuscular Control Using Force Plate Diagnostics In Elite Male Youth Soccer Players. J Strength Cond Res.

Read, P. J., Oliver, J. L., De Ste Croix, M. B., Myer, G. D., & Lloyd, R. S. (2016a). Neuromuscular Risk Factors for Knee and Ankle Ligament Injuries in Male Youth Soccer Players. Sports Med.

Read, P. J., Oliver, J. L., de Ste Croix, M. B., Myer, G. D., & Lloyd, R. S. (2016b). Reliability of the Tuck Jump Injury Risk Screening Assessment in Elite Male Youth Soccer Players. J Strength Cond Res, 30(6), 1510-1516.

Read, P. J., Oliver, J. L., De Ste Croix, M. B., Myer, G. D., & Lloyd, R. S. (2016c). The scientific foundations and associated injury risks of early soccer specialisation. J Sports Sci, 1-8.

Stone, K. J., Hughes, M. G., Stembridge, M. R., Meyers, R. W., Newcombe, D. J., & Oliver, J. L. (2016). The influence of playing surface on physiological and performance responses during and after soccer simulation. Eur J Sport Sci, 16(1), 42-49.

De Ste Croix, M. B., Priestley, A. M., Lloyd, R. S., & Oliver, J. L. (2015). ACL injury risk in elite female youth soccer: Changes in neuromuscular control of the knee following soccer-specific fatigue. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 25(5), e531-538.

Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J. L., Hughes, M. G., Cronin, J. B., & Lloyd, R. S. (2015). Maximal sprint speed in boys of increasing maturity. Pediatr Exerc Sci, 27(1), 85-94.

Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J. L., Hughes, M. G., Lloyd, R. S., & Cronin, J. (2015). Reliability of the Spatiotemporal Determinants of Maximal Sprint Speed in Adolescent Boys Over Single and Multiple Steps. Pediatr Exerc Sci, 27(3), 419-426.

Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J. L., Hughes, M. G., Lloyd, R. S., & Cronin, J. B. (2015). The influence of age, maturity and body size on the spatiotemporal determinants of maximal sprint speed in boys. J Strength Cond Res.

Meylan, C. M., Cronin, J. B., Oliver, J. L., Hughes, M. M., Jidovtseff, B., & Pinder, S. (2015). The reliability of isoinertial force-velocity-power profiling and maximal strength assessment in youth. Sports Biomech, 14(1), 68-80.

Oliver, J. L., Lloyd, R. S., & Whitney, A. (2015). Monitoring of in-season neuromuscular and perceptual fatigue in youth rugby players. Eur J Sport Sci, 15(6), 514-522.

Read, P., Oliver, J. L., MB, D. E. S. C., Myer, G. D., & Lloyd, R. S. (2015). Reliability of the Tuck Jump Injury Risk Screening Assessment in Elite Male Youth Soccer Players. J Strength Cond Res.

Rumpf, M. C., Cronin, J. B., Mohamad, I. N., Mohamad, S., Oliver, J. L., & Hughes, M. G. (2015). The effect of resisted sprint training on maximum sprint kinetics and kinematics in youth. Eur J Sport Sci, 15(5), 374-381.

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.

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.

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): 389-402 Re-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 Advanced Physiology of Sport (SSP6016), while at postgraduate level I lead the Youth Strength and Conditioning module (SSP70140).  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) and Exercise Testing (SSP7138) modules.  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 in male youths. PhD*.

Mohamed Nizam Bin Mohamad Shapie (2012): Fitness development in a youth martial art (Silat Olahraga). Director of Studies. PhD*

Michael Rumpf (2012): Sprint running kinetics and kinematics in youth. PhD(completed at Auckland University of Technology)

Cesar Meylan (2013): Power development and trainability in youth. PhD (completed at Auckland University of Technology)

Hamish Cox (2016): Designing, implementing and evaluating a resilience-based life skills intervention for adolescents via the "vehicle" of golf. PhD

Paul Read (2016): Development and validation of a novel movement screen to predict neuromuscular injury risk factors in male youth soccer players. PhD

Rob Meyers (2016): The influence of age, growth and maturation on the development of maximal sprint speed in male youth. PhD*

Sam Dodge (2016): Monitoring recovery from muscle damage in rugby union. MPhil

Abigail Priestley (2012): "Protect her knees" – exploring the role of football specific fatigue on dynamic knee stability in elite female youth football players. MRes

*denotes Director of Studies

 

Current MPhil/PhD Students

Student TBC: Cardiovascular adaptation to high-intensity exercise training in adolescence (Expected completion, April 2020)

Student TBC: A physical education intervention to improve the athletic motor competency of secondary school children (Expected completion, June 2020).

Sylvia Moeskop: The use of strength and condition to improve the physical qualities and performance of young gymnasts (Expected completion, September 2020).

Jason Pedley: Drop jump kinetics as a marker of injury risk in elite youth football (Expected completion, March 2020). Director of Studies, PhD

Andrew Pichardo: Resistance training with or without weightlifting to promote the athletic development of youth (Expected completion January 2019, enrolled at Auckland University of Technology). PhD

Aaron Uthoff: The use of backward running to improve forward sprint running in youth athletes (Expected completion January 2019, enrolled at Auckland University of Technology). PhD.

Adeline Phillips: Hamstring function in maximal sprint running: implications for training and injury prevention (Expected completion March 2019). PhD

Michael Cahill: Resisted sprint training in adolescent athletes. Director of Studies (Expected completion, September 2018, enrolled at Auckland University of Technology). PhD

John Radnor: Neural-muscle-tendon development and adaptability in childhood and adolescence (Expected completion September 2018). PhD

Robert Condliffe: Prediction of push-start performance in elite bobsleigh (Expected completion September 2018). Director of Studies, PhD

Zach Gould: Development of a golf movement screen (Expected completion September 2018). Director of Studies, PhD

 

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

Welsh Institute of Performance Science

I am strength and conditioning research lead for WIPS, who work with Sport Wales to help maximise the potential of elite athletes through the use of sport science. I also supervise a PhD student supported by Sport Wales, which is introducing strength and conditioning in secondary schools to improve the athletic movement competency of adolescents.  

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.

Sporting/ Coaching Profile​

 

  • ​​Stength and Conditioning
  • Physiology and Health

 

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