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David Hembrough MSc, PGDip, ASCC

Senior Sport Science Officer


Dave is the university's lead strength and conditioning coach. He has significant applied experience at Olympic and international level having supported teams at the 2012 Olympics and the Commonwealth Games as well as coaching numerous world champions in a variety of sports.

  • About

    He is the S&C lead for England Volleyball as well as the head coach of Hallam Barbell Weightlifting Club. Dave manages the 'Performance Consultancy Programme' (PCP) at CSES which provides sport science support to a number of sports and community groups through graduates of the Universities Sport Science programme.

    Dave is a well-recognised and respected S&C coach and also a qualified and experienced sports therapist. Dave graduated from Sheffield Hallams Sport Science programme and has also completed post graduate studies in both Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation (MSc) and Advanced Business Practice and Business Engagement (PGDip).

    The philosophy and coaching approach that he uses in his work is real world and people focused with an underpinning evidence base from science.

    A large part of Daves role at the University involves developing students and producing coaches and Sport Science practitioners through the Universities Sport Science Internship programme which he manages. This programme has a 5 year pathway which provides students and young practitioners with opportunities to develop and gain practical experience preparing them for employment.

    Specialist areas:

    Olympic Weightlifting


    Talent identification and talent development

    The development of foundational level athletes

    Strength diagnostics

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Hattersley, C., Hembrough, D., Khan, K., Picken, A., Rumbold, J., & Maden-Wilkinson, T. (2019). Managing the transition into retirement for elite athletes. Professional strength & conditioning, (53), 11-16.

    Ruddock, A., Wilson, D., Thompson, S., Hembrough, D., & Winter, E. (2016). Strength and conditioning for professional boxing: recommendations for physical preparation. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 38 (3), 81-90.

    Book chapters

    Ruddock, A., Wilson, D., & Hembrough, D. (2018). Boxing. In Turner, A. (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Strength and Conditioning. Sport-specific Programming for High Performance. (pp. 384-399). Abingdon: Routledge:


    Woodhouse, D., Hembrough, D., Olusoga, P., Darwin, J., Newton, E., & Pupius, M. (2018). MindfullySTRONG: attention, awareness and flow. Presented at: LARASA International Congress: Leisure Transforming our World, Durban

    Woodhouse, D., Hembrough, D., Olusoga, P., Darwin, J., Newton, E., & Pupius, M. (2018). MindfullySTRONG: Attention, Awareness and Flow. Presented at: Ninth International Conference on Sport and Society, FIU, Miami

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