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James Rumbold

Dr James Rumbold BSc MSc PhD FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Summary

I am a senior lecturer in sport and exercise psychology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

With ten years' experience of teaching in higher education, I teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate sport and exercise-related programmes. My teaching expertise revolves around the optimisation of psychological wellbeing and performance for individuals, groups and organisations operating in sport and exercise settings.

I am an active researcher who has published in a series of internationally-recognised sport and exercise psychology outputs. Specifically, I have presented and published in the areas of performing enhancing routines, organisational change, organizational stress and stress management interventions.

  • About

    I joined the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University in 2013. Prior to this, I completed a BSc in Psychology with Sport Science with First Class Honours at St. Mary's University in Twickenham.

    Following this, I spent seven years at Loughborough University as both a postgraduate student and a member of staff within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. During this time, I completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and, a PhD (part-time) in Sport and Organisational Psychology.

    In 2015, my PhD thesis entitled 'The Design and Delivery of Stress Management in Professional Sport' was awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Award by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). This award recognises the completion of an outstanding doctoral dissertation.

    As an applied researcher, I have worked closely with a selection of sport, business and health organizations on disseminating and developing practices to facilitate the optimisation of well-being and productivity.

    Performance enhancing routines in sport, medicine and business
    Organizational stress and stress management in professional environments
    Stress, emotions and coping

  • Teaching

    Department of Sport

    Health And Wellbeing

    I currently lead and teach on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

    BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Level 4 - Foundations of Psychology in Sport and Exercise
    BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Level 6 - Research Project in Sport and Exercise
    MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology Level 7 - Psychology of Sport and Performance
    MSc / PGDip Advanced Sport Coaching Practice - Advanced Psychology of Performance Coaching

    In addition to these modules, I contribute to quantitative and qualitative research methods teaching on the following undergraduate and postgraduate programmes:

    BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences
    MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
    MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science
    MSc / PGDip - Advanced Sport Coaching Practice
    College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences Doctoral School

    Sport and Exercise Science/Psychology

    BSc Sport and Exercise Science

    MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
    MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science

    MSc Sport Engineering
    MSc / PgD Advanced Sport Coaching Practice

    I currently lead and teach on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

    Level 4 - Foundations of Psychology in Sport and Exercise
    Level 6 - Research Project in Sport and Exercise
    Level 7 - Psychology of Sport and Performance
    MSc / PGDip - Advanced Psychology of Performance Coaching

    In addition to these modules, I contribute to a series of sport and research methods-related modules on the following undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

    BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences
    MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
    MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science
    MSc / PGDip - Advanced Sport Coaching Practice

  • Research

    Co-Director of the Psychology of Wellbeing in Sport and Physical Activity Research Group (WISPA), my research spans the following key areas:

    • Organizational psychology of sport
    • Well-being interventions at an individual, group and organizational level 
    • Stress, coping and stress management

    I have presented my work at international psychology conferences and have published research using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods in these areas.

    I am interested in receiving PhD applications for those interested in researching the following broad areas:

    • The evaluation of organizational interventions in sport 
    • Stress, cognitive appraisals and coping in performance environments
    • Longitudinal and qualitative assessments of well-being
  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Madigan, D.J., Rumbold, J., Gerber, M., & Nicholls, A.R. (2020). Coping tendencies and changes in athlete burnout over time. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 48, 101666. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101666

    Rumbold, J., Fletcher, D., & Daniels, K. (2020). An experience sampling study of organizational stress processes and future playing time in professional sport. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-9. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1717302

    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. https://www.uksca.org.uk/uksca-iq/article/journal-back-issues/1886/professional-strength-conditioning-issue-53-june-2019

    Rothwell, M., Rumbold, J., & Stone, J. (2018). Exploring British adolescent rugby league players' experiences of professional academies and dropout. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. http://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2018.1549579

    Rumbold, J., Fletcher, D., & Daniels, K. (2017). Using a mixed method audit to inform organizational stress management interventions in sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 35, 27-38. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.10.010

    Barnes, A., Rumbold, J., & Olusoga, P. (2017). Attitudes towards protective headgear in UK rugby union players. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 3 (1), e000255. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000255

    Church, H., Rumbold, J., & Sandars, J. (2017). Applying sport psychology to improve clinical performance. Medical Teacher, 39 (12), 1205-1213. http://doi.org/10.1080/0142159x.2017.1359523

    Rumbold, J., Fletcher, D., & Daniels, K. (2012). A systematic review of stress management interventions with sport performers. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 1 (3), 173-193. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0026628

    Fletcher, D., Rumbold, J., Tester, R., & Coombes, M. (2011). Sport psychologists’ experiences of organizational stressors. The Sport Psychologist, 25 (3), 363-381.

    Book chapters

    Didymus, F., Rumbold, J., & Staff, H. (2018). Promoting and protecting coach psychological well-being and performance. In Thelwell, R., & Dicks, M. (Eds.) Professional Advances in Sports Coaching Research and Practice. Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Professional-Advances-in-Sports-Coaching-Research-and-Practice/Thelwell-Dicks/p/book/9780815381228

  • Other activities

    Research Conference Organiser
    I am currently involved in organising the following internal and external conferences for our College:
    Sport and Exercise Psychology Northern Research Showcase (June 2019)
    Postgraduate Sport Research Conference (September 2016 to present)
    BSc Sport and Exercise Science Research Day (September 2016 to present)

    External Examinership
    I am currently serving as an External Examiner for the following undergraduate courses at York St. John University (until September 2021):
    BSc Sport and Exercise Science
    BSc Sport Science and Injury Rehabilitation
    BSc Strength Conditioning

    Editorial Board Member
    I currently serve as an Editorial Board member for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (since October 2017).

    Journal Reviewer
    I have served as a Journal Reviewer for a wide range of psychology journals, most recently the following:
    European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
    Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
    Anxiety, Stress & Coping
    Journal of Sports Sciences
    Psychology of Sport and Exercise
    European Journal of Sport Science
    Frontiers in Psychology
    Australian Psychologist
    International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Doctoral Supervisions

    Nick White, part-time Ed.D. (October 2016 to present) - Student nurses’ use of mental imagery to increase skills performance. Co-supervised by Professor Iain Garner (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University). 

    Mark O' Sullivan, part-time Ph.D. (October 2017 to present) - Designing learning environments in contemporary youth football development programmes. Co-supervised by Professor Keith Davids (Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University).

    Tim Robinson, part-time Ph.D. (October 2018 to present) - The impact of different pedagogical approaches in age grade rugby union. Co-supervised by Professor Keith Davids (Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University) and Joe Stone.

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