Dr Rhodri Lloyd

 

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​Senior Lecturer in Strength and ​Conditioning
Programme Director for BSc Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage

Telephone number: 029 2041 7062
Email address: rlloyd@cardiffmet.ac.uk​

Rhodri is currently a senior lecturer in strength and conditioning and the Programme Director for the BSc Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage (SCRAM) degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Between 2011-2015 he served as a Board Director and paediatric lead for the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and remains an Executive Council member for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Youth Training Special Interest Group. Rhodri is a qualified physical education teacher, accredited strength and conditioning coach with both the UKSCA and NSCA and has consulted on the long-term athletic development pathways of professional sports organisations including the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association.


Research / Publications

Books

  • Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. eds. (2013). Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes: Science and Application. Oxon: Routledge

Book Chapters

  • Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. (in press). Strength and conditioning for young athletes. In The Routledge Handbook of Strength and Conditioning: Sport-specific Programming for High Performance (Turner, A. ed.). Routledge
  • Faigenbaum, A.D. and Lloyd, R.S. (in press). Resistance training in children. In The Oxford Textbook of Children's Exercise Science and Medicine 3rd Ed. (Armstrong, N. and Van Mechelen, W. eds.). Oxford University Press
  • Oliver, J.L. and Lloyd, R.S. (in press). Development and training of speed and agility. In The Oxford Textbook of Children's Exercise Science and Medicine 3rd Ed. (Armstrong, N. and Van Mechelen, W. eds.). Oxford University Press
  • Triplett, T.N. and Lloyd, R.S. (in press). Power training for different populations. In NSCA Developing Power (McGuigan, M. ed.). Human Kinetics​
  • ​Lloyd, R.S. and Faigenbaum, A.D. (2015). Age- and sex-related differences and their implications for resistance training. In NSCA’s Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Ed. (Haff, G.G and Triplett, N.T eds.). Human Kinetics. pp. 135-154
  • Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. (2014). The developing athlete. In High Performance Sports Conditioning (Joyce, D. and Lewindon, D. eds.). Human Kinetics. pp. 15-28
  • 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. and Hartill, M. eds.). Routledge. pp. 163-171
  • Oliver, J.L., Brady, A. and Lloyd, R.S. (2013). Youth athlete welfare. In Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes: Science and Application (Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. eds.). Oxon: Routledge. pp. 213-225
  • Lloyd, R.S. and Cronin, J. (2013). Plyometric development in youths. In Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes: Science and Application (Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. eds.). Oxon: Routledge. pp. 94-106
  • Moody, J., Naclerio, F., Green, P. and Lloyd, R.S. (2013). Motor skill development in youths. In Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes: Science and Application (Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. eds.). Oxon: Routledge. pp. 49-65
  • Williams, C.A., Oliver, J.L. and Lloyd, R.S. (2013). Talent Development. In Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes: Science and Application (Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. eds.). Oxon: Routledge. pp. 33-
  • 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 2nd Edition (Jones, R.L., Hughes, M. and Kingston, K. eds.). Oxon: Routledge. pp. 197-211
  • Hughes, M.G., Lloyd, R.S. and Meyers, R.W. (2012). Sprinting and plyometric ability in youths: the effect of natural development and training. In Reviews in Paediatric Exercise Science (Duncan, M. and Birch, S. eds.). Nova Science Publishers. pp. 201-216

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • ​Stolberg, M., Cronin, J.B., Oliver, J.L., Lloyd, R.S., Comtois, A. and Sharp, A. (in press). Triple and quintuple hops: utility, reliability, asymmetry and relationship to performance. Strength and Conditioning Journal[RL1] 
  • ​​Lloyd, R.S., Cronin, J.B., Faigenbaum, A.D., Haff, G.G., Howard, R., Kraemer, W.J., Micheli, L.J., Myer, G.D. and Oliver, J.L. (in press). The National Strength and Conditioning Association position statement on long-term athletic development. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Read, P. Oliver, J.L., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Myer, G.D. and Lloyd, R.S. (in press). Neuromuscular injury risk factors for knee and ankle injuries in male youth soccer players. Sports Medicine
  • Fort-Vanmeerhaeghe, A., Romero-Rodriguez, D., Lloyd, R.S., Kushner, A. and Myer, G.D. (in press). Strategies to improve neuromuscular control in youth: injury prevention and functional movement competence (Part II). Strength and Conditioning Journal
  • Fort-Vanmeerhaeghe, A., Romero-Rodriguez, D., Montalvo, A.M., Lloyd, R.S., Kiefer, A.W. and Myer, G.D. (in press). Integrative neuromuscular training and injury prevention in youth athletes (Part I). Strength and Conditioning Journal
  • Meyers, R.W., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G., Lloyd, R.S. and Cronin, J.B. (in press). The influence of age, maturity and body size on maximal sprint speed in boys. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Read, P. Oliver, J.L., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Myer, G.D. and Lloyd, R.S. (in press). Reliability of the tuck jump injury risk screening assessment in elite male youth soccer players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Lloyd, R.S., Radnor, J.M., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Cronin, J.B. and Oliver, J.L. (in press). Changes in sprint and jump performance following traditional, plyometric and combined resistance training in male youth pre- and post-peak height velocity. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Faigenbaum, A.D., Lloyd, R.S., MacDonald, J. and Myer, G.D. (2016). Citius, Altius, Fortius: beneficial effects of resistance training for young athletes: narrative review. British Journal of Sports Medicine 50(1), 3-7
  • Read, P., Oliver, J.L., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Myer, G.D. and Lloyd, R.S. (2016). Assessment of Injury risk factors in male youth soccer players. Strength and Conditioning Journal 38(1), 12-21
  • De Ste Croix, M., Priestley, A.M., Lloyd, R.S., and Oliver, J.L. (2015). Age related differences in neuromuscular knee stability following soccer specific fatigue in elite female youth soccer players. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport 25(5), e531-e538
  • Read, P., Oliver, J.L., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Myer, G.D. and Lloyd, R.S. (2015). Injury risk factors in male youth soccer players. Strength and Conditioning Journal 37(5), 1-7
  • Oliver, J.L., Lloyd, R.S. and Whitney, A. (2015). Monitoring of in-season neuromuscular and perceptual fatigue in youth rugby players. European Journal of Sport Science 15(6), 514-522
  • Bluett, K., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., and Lloyd, R.S. (2015). A preliminary investigation into concurrent aerobic and resistance training in youth runners. Isokinetics and Exercise Science 23, 77-85
  • Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Faigenbaum, A.D., Howard, R., De Ste Croix, M., Williams, C.A., Best, T.M., Alvar, B.A., Micheli, L.J., Thomas, D.P., Hatfield, D., Cronin, J.B. and Myer, G.D. (2015). Long-term athletic development - Part 2: barriers to success and potential solutions. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 29(5), 1451-1464
  • Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Faigenbaum, A.D., Howard, R., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Williams, C.A., Best, T.M., Alvar, B.A., Micheli, L.J., Thomas, D.P., Hatfield, D., Cronin, J.B. and Myer, G.D. (2015). Long-term athletic development - Part 1: a pathway for all youth. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 29(5), 1439-1450
  • Kushner, A.M., Brent, J.L., Schoenfeld, B., Hugentobler, J., Lloyd, R.S., Vermeil, A., Chu, D.A., Harbin, J., McGill, S.M. and Myer, G.D. (2015). The back squat part 2: targeted training techniques to correct functional deficits and technical factors that limit performance. Strength and Conditioning Journal 37(2), 13-60
  • Meyers, R.W., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G., Cronin, J.C. and Lloyd, R.S. (2015). The natural development of maximal sprint speed in boys with advancing maturation. Pediatric Exercise Science 27(1), 85-94​
  • Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Radnor, J., Rhodes, B., Faigenbaum, A.D. and Myer, G.D. (2015). Relationship between functional movement screen scores, maturation, and physical performance in young soccer players. Journal of Sports Sciences 33(1), 11-19
  • Myer, G.D., Kushner, A.M., Brent, J.L., Schoenfeld, B., Hugentobler, J., Lloyd, R.S., Vermeil, A., Chu, D.A., Harbin, J., and McGill, S.M. (2014). The back squat: a proposed assessment of functional deficits and technical factors that limit performance. Strength and Conditioning Journal 36(6), 4-27
  • McNarry, M., Barker, A., Lloyd, R.S., Buchheit, M., Williams C.A. and Oliver, J.L. (2014). The BASES expert statement on trainability during childhood and adolescence. The Sport and Exercise Scientist 41: 22-23, 2014
  • Oliver, J.L., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Williams, C.A., and Lloyd, R.S. (2014). Changes in neuromuscular control of leg stiffness following soccer-specific exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology 114(11), 2241-2249
  • Read, P. and Lloyd, R.S. (2014). Strength and conditioning considerations for golf. Strength and Conditioning Journal 36(5), 24-33
  • Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Faigenbaum, A.D., Myer, G.D. and De Ste Croix, M. (2014). Chronological age versus biological maturation: implications for exercise programming in youth. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 28(5), 1454-1464
  • Lloyd, R.S., Faigenbaum, A.D., Stone, M.H., Oliver, J.L., Jeffreys, I., Moody, J.A., Brewer, C., Pierce, K., McCambridge, T.M., Howard, R., Herrington, L., Hainline, B., Micheli, L.J., Jaques, R., Kraemer, W.J., McBride, M.G., Best, T.M., Ramirez, R., Chu, D.A., Alvar, B.A., Esteve-Lanao, J., Alonso, J.M. and Myer, G.D. (2014). Posiconamiento sobre el entrenamiento de fuerza en Jóvenes: Consenso Internacional de 2014. Archivos de Medicina del Deporte 31(2), 111-124
  • Lloyd, R.S., Faigenbaum, A.D., Stone, M.H., Oliver, J.L., Jeffreys, I., Moody, J.A., Brewer, C., Pierce, K., McCambridge, T.M., Howard, R., Herrington, L., Hainline, B., Micheli, L.J., Jaques, R., Kraemer, W.J., McBride, M.G., Best, T.M., Chu, D.A., Alvar, B.A. and Myer, G.D. (2014). Position statement on youth resistance training: the 2014 International consensus. British Journal of Sports Medicine 48(7): 498-505
  • Faigenbaum, A.D., Lloyd, R.S. and Myer, G.D. (2013). Youth resistance training: past practices, new perspectives and future directions. Pediatric Exercise Science 25(4), 591-604
  • Read, P., 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), 2708-2713
  • Myer, G.D., Lloyd, R.S., Brent, J.L. and Faigenbaum, A.D. (2013). How young is too young to start training? ACSM Health and Fitness Journal 17(5), 14-23
  • Oliver, J.L., Lloyd, R.S. and Rumpf, M. (2013). The natural development and trainability of sprint ability during childhood. Strength and Conditioning Journal 35(3), 42-48
  • Faigenbaum, A.D., Lloyd, R.S., Sheehan, D. and Myer, G.D. (2013). The role of the Pediatric Exercise Specialist in treating Exercise Deficit Disorder in youth. Strength and Conditioning Journal 35(3), 34-41
  • 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
  • Oliver, J.L. and Lloyd, R.S. (2012). Long-term athlete development: a review. Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal 26, 19-24
  • 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
  • Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G. and Williams, C.A. (2012). 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., Meyers, R.W., Moody, J. and Stone, M.H. (2012). Long-term athletic development and its application to youth weightlifting. Strength and Conditioning Journal 34(4), 55-66
  • Lloyd, R.S. and Oliver, J.L. (2012). The Youth Physical Development model: a new approach to long-term athletic development. Strength and Conditioning Journal 34(3), 61-72
  • 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 during maximal and sub-maximal hopping. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 22(1): 37-43
  • 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
  • Oliver, J.L., Lloyd, R.S. and Meyers, R.W. (2011). Training elite child athletes: promoting welfare and wellbeing. Strength and Conditioning Journal 33(4): 73-79
  • 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. and Meyers, R.W. (2011). The natural development and trainability of plyometric ability during childhood. Strength and Conditioning Journal 33(2): 23-32
  • Ford, P.A., De Ste Croix, M.B.A., Lloyd, R.S., Meyers, R., Moosavi, M., Oliver, J., Till, K. and Williams, C.A. (2011). Critical review of the Long-Term Athlete Development Model – Physiological evidence and application. Journal of Sports Sciences 29(4): 389-402
  • Lloyd, R.S., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G. and Williams, C.A. (2009). Reliability and validity of field-based measures of leg stiffness and reactive strength in youths. Journal of Sports Sciences 27(14): 1565-1573

​Deutsch, M.U. and Lloyd, R.S. (2008). Effect of order of exercise on performance during a complex training session in rugby players. Journal of Sports Sciences 26(8):

Conference Proceedings
Rhodri has authored/co-authored 30 conference abstracts at various national/international conferences.

Invited Speaker Presentations
Rhodri has delivered over 40 invited speaker presentations on the topic of paediatric strength and conditioning at conferences both nationally and internationally (including Europe, USA, South Africa, Hong Kong and Qatar).

Editorial/Reviewing Responsibilities

  • Editorial Panel Member: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Isokinetic and Exercise Science, Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal
  • Guest Co-editor: Youth Training Special Issue, Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal (2012)
  • Manuscript reviewer: Strength and Conditioning Journal, Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal, Sports Medicine, Journal of Sports Sciences, European Journal of Sport Science, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, Journal of Biomechanics, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Pediatric Exercise Science, International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism

    Teaching and Supervision

    Teaching

    • SSP4070: Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
    • SSP5070: Sports Conditioning
    • SSP6087: Advanced Sports Conditioning (module leader)
    • SSP7012: Paediatric Exercise Science and Health
    • SSP7013: Physiology of Training
    • SSP7081: Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application
    • SSP7086: Physiology of Sport Conditioning

    Postgraduate Research Supervision

    PhD

    • 2014-ongoing: John Radnor. The effects of age, maturation and training on musculotendon structure and its neural regulation of stretch-shortening cycle activity in youth.Co-supervised by Dr Jon Oliver, Dr Charlie Waugh and Dr Greg Myer. Cardiff Metropolitan University (Director of Studies).
    • 2013-ongoing: Paul Read. The assessment of lower limb neuromuscular control and injury risk factors in elite male youth soccer players. Co-supervised by Dr Jon Oliver, Prof Mark De Ste Croix and Dr Greg Myer. Cardiff Metropolitan University (Director of Studies).
    • 2013-ongoing: Zach Gould. Development and application of a fundamental movement screening battery for golf. Co-supervised by Dr Jon Oliver, Dr Rich Neil and Dr Peter O’Donoghue. Cardiff Metropolitan University (Co-supervisor).
    • 2012-ongoing: Georgina Reed. The effectiveness of neuromuscular training in developing feedforward and feedback neuromuscular mechanisms to reduce injury risk in female footballers. Co-supervised by Prof Mark De Ste Croix and Dr Martine Deighan. University of Gloucestershire (Co-supervisor).
    • 2012-ongoing: Rob Meyers. The effects of growth, maturation and training on the development of sprint performance in young boys. Co-supervised by Dr Jon Oliver, Dr Michael G Hughes and Prof John Cronin. Cardiff Metropolitan University (Co-supervisor).

    MPhil

    • 2014-ongoing: Amanda Hopper. Reducing biomechanical risk factors associated with injury during landing in pre-elite youth netballers (Co-supervisor). Co-supervised by Dr Greg Haff, Dr Steven Bird and Chris Joyce. Edith Cowan University, Australia (Co-supervisor).
    • 2014-ongoing: Robert Condliffe. Validation and development of a performance test battery to predict push-start performance in elite level bobsleigh. Co-supervised by Dr Jon Oliver and Prof John Cronin. Cardiff Metropolitan University (Co-supervisor).
    • 2012-ongoing: Sam Dodge. Monitoring fatigue, recovery and readiness in rugby union players (Co-supervisor). Co-supervised by Dr Jeremy Moody and Dr Jon Oliver. Cardiff Metropolitan University (Co-supervisor).

    MRes

    • 2013-ongoing: Althea Du Monceau. The influence of maturation on 3D landing mechanics in elite female youth footballers. Co-supervised by Prof Mark De Ste Croix and Dr Martine Deighan. University of Gloucestershire (Co-supervisor).
    • Completed 2013: Mark Jeffreys. Differences between low and high volume plyometric training and adaptation to reactive strength index and leg stiffness. Co-supervised by Prof Mark De Ste Croix. University of Gloucestershire (Co-supervisor).
    • Completed 2012: Abi Priestly. “Protect her knees” – exploring the role of football specific fatigue on dynamic knee stability in elite female youth football players. Co-supervised by Prof Mark De Ste Croix and Dr Jon Oliver. University of Gloucestershire (Co-supervisor).

    Qualifications and Awards

    • PhD Paediatric Exercise Science, University of Wales Institute Cardiff
    • MSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Wales Institute Cardiff
    • PGCE Secondary Physical Education
    • BSc Sport and Physical Education, University of Wales Institute Cardiff
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
    • ​Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach – Recertified with Distinction (CSCS*D)
    • Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC)​
    • UKSCA Workshop Tutor

    External Links

    Committee Positions

    • 2015-on-going: 2015-ongoing: Welsh Research and Evaluation Advisory Group member, Child Protection in Sports Unit (CPSU)
    • 2011-ongoing: Executive Council Board Member – Youth Training Special Interest Group, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
    • ​​2011-2015 ongoing: Board Director, United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) - Paediatric Lead and Conference Director
    • 2011-ongoing: Youth Training Special Interest Group Inaugural Convenor, United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA)
    • 2011-ongoing: Executive Council Board Member – Youth Training Special Interest Group, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

    Postgraduate External Examining Responsibilities

    • 2015: Sean Maloney (PhD), University of Bedfordshire
    • 2016: Jan Reyneke (MPhil), Auckland University of Technology
    • 2015: Bret Contreras (PhD), Auckland University of Technology
    • 2015: Caleb Marriner (MSc), Auckland University of Technology​
    • ​2015: Danielle MacDonald (PhD), Auckland University of Technology
    • 2015: John McMahon (PhD), University of Salford
    • 2014: Paul Comfort (PhD), University of Salford
    • 2014: Tom Hull (MPhil), Bath University
    • 2013: Cesar Meylan (PhD), Auckland University of Technology
    • 2012: Michael Rumpf (PhD), Auckland University of Technology

    Academic Programme External Examining Responsibilities

    • 2013: Review Panel for Revalidation of the MSc Strength and Conditioning degree, Middlesex University, London, UK
    • 2012: Review Panel for Revalidation of the BSc Sport Strength and Conditioning degree, Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland
    • 2012: Review Panel for Revalidation of the BSc Strength and Conditioning Science degree, St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, UK

    Sport / Coaching Profile

    Coaching

    • 2014-ongoing: Llanishen High School Director of Strength and Conditioning
    • 2011-2012: XL Tennis Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach (University of Wales Institute Cardiff)
    • 2010-2012: TASS Athlete Program Coordinator (University of Gloucestershire)
    • 2010-2012: TASS Athlete S&C Provision (University of Gloucestershire)
    • 2008-2010: Cardiff Blues Rugby (FT Strength and Conditioning Intern)
    • 2008: Badminton England, Badminton Wales, Surrey Athletics (Physiological support)

    Sporting

    • National Men’s Cricket Team, Wales
    • University Cricket Centre of Excellence National Cricket Academy (Captain), Cardiff
    • 2004 Gwyn Harries Memorial Award Winner (Best All-round Male Sportsman), University of Wales Institute Cardiff, UK
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