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Dr Joseph A Stone BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Performance Analysis and Skill Acquisition


Summary

I am a Senior Lecturer in Performance Analysis and Skill Acquisition and a researcher in the Sport and Human Performance Research Group. I teach on a range of degree programmes in Sport and Exercise Science, including modules in Performance Analysis, Motor Learning, Research Methods and Psychology. My primary research interests focus on using ecological dynamics as a guiding framework to examine sport and exercise.

About

I completed a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science specialising in Performance Analysis and Biomechanics at Sheffield Hallam University. I was subsequently awarded a PhD scholarship within the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam in 2011 in which I completed my PhD in 2014 entitled, “Emergent coordination patterns in interceptive actions: The role of different informational constraints".

I was appointed as a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, specialising in Performance Analysis and Skill Acquisition in September 2014.

Currently as a Senior Lecturer I teach across a range of degrees including BSc Sport and Exercise, BSc Sport and Exercise Technology, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology and PgDip Advanced Sport Coaching Practice.

My primary research interests focus on using ecological dynamics as a guiding framework to examine sport and exercise. My Ph.D. research examined perceptual expertise, perception-action coupling and technological advancements in interceptive actions. Since completing my Ph.D. I have diversified my research portfolio into areas such as performance analysis, constraints-based coaching and green exercise.

Teaching

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

Health And Wellbeing

Subject Area

Sport and Exercise Science

Courses

BSc Sport and Exercise Science, BSc Sport and Exercise Technology, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology and PgDip Advanced Sport Coaching Practice.

Modules

I module lead and teach across a range of subjects in Sport and Exercise Science across undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Current examples include:

  • Level 4: Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Level 5: Sport and Exercise Analysis
  • Level 6: Applied Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Level 7: Skill Acquisition and Developmental Perspectives

Publications

Carey, L., Stone, J., Hunter, A.M., & Donaldson, D.I. (2021). A Bayesian approach to exploring expertise and putting success in adolescent and young adult golfers. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.102032

Anderson, E., Stone, J., Dunn, M., & Heller, B. (2021). Coach Approaches to Practice Design in Performance Tennis. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. http://doi.org/10.1177/17479541211027294

Fitzpatrick, A., Stone, J., Choppin, S., & Kelley, J. (2021). Investigating the most important aspect of grass court tennis: short points. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. http://doi.org/10.1177/1747954121999593

Strafford, B., Davids, K., North, J., & Stone, J. (2021). Effects of Functional Movement Skills on Parkour Speed-Run Performance. European Journal of Sport Science. http://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2021.1891295

Stone, J., Smith, A., & Barry, A. (2021). The undervalued set piece: Analysis of Soccer Throw-ins during the English Premier League 2018-2019 Season. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. http://doi.org/10.1177/1747954121991447

Rothwell, M., Davids, K., Stone, J., Araujo, D., & Shuttleworth, R. (2020). The talent development process as enhancing athlete functionality: Creating forms of life in an ecological niche. Routledge Handbook of Talent Identification and Development in Sport. http://doi.org/10.4324/9781003049111

Rothwell, M., Stone, J., & Davids, K. (2020). Investigating the athlete-environment relationship in a form of life: An ethnographic study. Sport, Education and Society. http://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2020.1815690

Stone, J., Rothwell, M., Shuttleworth, R., & Davids, K. (2020). Exploring sport coaches’ experiences of using a contemporary pedagogical approach to coaching: An international perspective. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. http://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2020.1765194

Rothwell, M., Davids, K., Stone, J., O'Sullivan, M., Vaughan, J., Newcombe, D., & Shuttleworth, R. (2020). A department of methodology can coordinate transdisciplinary sport science support. Journal of Expertise, 3 (1), 55-65. https://www.journalofexpertise.org/articles/volume3_issue1/JoE_3_1_Rothwell.html

Strafford, B., Davids, K., North, J., & Stone, J. (2020). Designing parkour-style training environments for athlete development: insights from experienced Parkour Traceurs. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. http://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2020.1720275

Judson, L.J., Churchill, S.M., Barnes, A., Stone, J.A., & Wheat, J. (2020). Joint moments and power in the acceleration phase of bend sprinting. Journal of Biomechanics, 109632. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.109632

Judson, L., Churchill, S., Barnes, A., Stone, J., Brookes, I., & Wheat, J. (2019). Kinematic modifications of the lower limb during the acceleration phase of bend sprinting. Journal of Sports Sciences. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1699006

Fitzpatrick, A., Stone, J., Choppin, S., & Kelley, J. (2019). Important performance characteristics in elite clay and grass court tennis match-play. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. http://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2019.1685804

Strafford, B., Smith, A., North, J.S., & Stone, J. (2019). Comparative analysis of the top six and bottom six teams’ corner kick strategies in the 2015/2016 English Premier League. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. http://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2019.1677379

Beare, H., & Stone, J. (2019). Analysis of attacking corner kick strategies in the FA women’s super league 2017/2018. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. http://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2019.1677329

Judson, L., Churchill, S., Barnes, A., Stone, J., Brookes, I., & Wheat, J. (2019). Horizontal force production and multi-segment foot kinematics during the acceleration phase of bend sprinting. Scandinavian journal of medicine and science in sports, 29 (10). http://doi.org/10.1111/sms.13486

Rothwell, M., Davids, K., & Stone, J. (2019). Exploring forms of life in player development pathways-the case of British rugby league. Journal of motor learning and development, 7 (2). http://doi.org/10.1123/jmld.2018-0020

Stone, J., Nimmins, J., & Strafford, B. (2019). Effect of puck mass as a task constraint on skilled and less-skilled ice hockey players performance. Journal of motor learning and development, 7 (1), 1-12. http://doi.org/10.1123/jmld.2017-0058

Fitzpatrick, A., Stone, J., Choppin, S., & Kelley, J. (2019). A simple new method for identifying performance characteristics associated with success in elite tennis. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 14 (1), 43-50. http://doi.org/10.1177/1747954118809089

Migdalski, A., & Stone, J. (2019). Investigating lineout performance between the top and bottom four English Premiership rugby union teams in the 2016/17 season. International journal of performance analysis in sport. http://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2019.1570459

Stone, J., Strafford, B., North, J.S., Toner, C., & Davids, K. (2019). Effectiveness and efficiency of virtual reality designs to enhance athlete development: An ecological dynamics perspective. Movement and sport sciences - Science and motricité. http://doi.org/10.1051/sm/2018031

Fitzpatrick, A., Davids, K., & Stone, J. (2018). Mini Tennis Modifications Shape Children’s Match-play Performance? ITF Coaching and Sport Science Review, 74, 3-5.

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

Judson, L.J., Churchill, S.M., Barnes, A., Stone, J.A., Brooks, I.G.A., & Wheat, J. (2018). Measurement of bend sprinting kinematics with three-dimensional motion capture : a test-retest reliability study. Sports Biomechanics. http://doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2018.1515979

Burnie, L., Barratt, P., Davids, K., Stone, J., Worsfold, P., & Wheat, J. (2018). Coaches’ philosophies on the transfer of strength training to elite sports performance. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 13 (5), 729-736. http://doi.org/10.1177/1747954117747131

Rothwell, M., Davids, K., & Stone, J. (2018). Harnessing socio-cultural constraints on athlete development to create a form of life. Journal of Expertise, 1 (1). https://www.journalofexpertise.org/articles/volume1_issue1/JoE_2018_1_1_Rothwell_Davids_Stone.html

Strafford, B., Van Der Steen, P., Davids, K., & Stone, J. (2018). Parkour as a donor sport for athletic development in youth team sports: insights through an ecological dynamics lens. Sports medicine - open, 4, 21. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-018-0132-5

Fitzpatrick, A., Davids, K., & Stone, J. (2018). Effects of scaling task constraints on emergent behaviours in children's racquet sports performance. Human Movement Science, 58, 80-87. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2018.01.007

Rothwell, M., Stone, J., Davids, K., & Wright, C. (2017). Development of expertise in elite and sub elite British Rugby League players: a comparison of practice experiences. European Journal of Sport Science, 17 (10), 1252-1260. http://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2017.1380708

Hughes, A., Barnes, A., Churchill, S., & Stone, J. (2017). Performance indicators that discriminate winning and losing in elite men’s and women’s Rugby Union. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 17 (4), 534-544. http://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2017.1366759

Yeh, H.-.P., Stone, J., Churchill, S., Brymer, E., & Davids, K. (2017). Physical and emotional benefits of different exercise environments designed for treadmill running. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (7), 752. http://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14070752

Stone, J., Maynard, I., North, J.S., Panchuk, D., & Davids, K. (2017). Temporal and Spatial Occlusion of Advanced Visual Information Constrains Movement (Re) organization in One-Handed Catching Behaviors. Acta Psychologica, 174, 80-88. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.01.009

Fitzpatrick, A., Davids, K., & Stone, J. (2016). Effects of Lawn Tennis Association mini tennis as task constraints on children’s match-play characteristics. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35 (22), 2204-2210. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2016.1261179

Yeh, H.-.P., Stone, J., Churchill, S., Wheat, J., Brymer, E., & Davids, K. (2015). Physical, psychological and emotional benefits of green physical activity: An ecological dynamics perspective. Sports Medicine, 46 (7), 947-953. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-015-0374-z

Stone, J.A., Maynard, I.W., North, J.S., Panchuk, D., & Davids, K. (2015). Emergent perception–action couplings regulate postural adjustments during performance of externally-timed dynamic interceptive actions. Psychological Research, 79 (5), 829-843. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-014-0613-1

Stone, J., Maynard, I., North, J., Panchuk, D., & Davids, K. (2015). (De)synchronization of advanced visual information and ball flight characteristics constrains emergent information–movement couplings during one-handed catching. Experimental Brain Research, 233 (2), 449-458. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-014-4126-3

Stone, J., Panchuk, D., Davids, K., North, J., Fairweather, I., & Maynard, I. (2014). An integrated ball projection technology for the study of dynamic interceptive actions. Behavior Research Methods, 46 (4), 984-991. http://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-013-0429-8

Higham, A., Newman, J., Stone, J., & Rumbold, J. (n.d.). Coaches’ Experiences of Morality in English Professional Football Environments: Recommendations for Creating a Moral Atmosphere. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ.

Mark, W., Strafford, B., Jason, M., & Stone, J. (n.d.). Parkour-Based Activities in the Athletic Development of Youth Basketball Players. Frontiers in Physiology.

Conference papers

Stone, J., Rothwell, M., & Davids, K. (2019). Exploring sports coaches receptiveness to alternative pedagogical approaches to coaching. In European College of Sport Science Conference, 3 July 2019 - 6 July 2019.

Rothwell, M., Davids, K., & Stone, J. (2019). The Influence of a Form of Sport Life on Athletic Experiences: An Ethnographic Study. In Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network 2019, London, England, 14 May 2019 - 15 May 2019.

Stone, J., Fitzpatrick, A., & Davids, K. (2017). Effects of an 8-week constraints-based coaching intervention on emergent behaviourin Mini Tennis. In Second Scientific Conference on Motor Skill Acquisition, Finland, 15 November 2017 - 17 November 2017. https://www.kisakallio.fi/en/events-2/events/second-scientific-conference-on-motor-skill-acquisition-15-17112017

Yeh, H., Stone, J., Churchill, S., Brymer, E., & Davids, K. (2016). Designing physical activity environments to enhance physical and psychological effects. Procedia Engineering, 147, 793-798. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.06.313

McInerney, C., Foster, L., Choppin, S., Stone, J., & Goodwill, S. (2016). A review of spatio-temporal metrics in invasion game sports. In World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport XI.

Stone, J., Panchuk, D., Davids, K., North, J.S., & Maynard, I. (2014). Integrating advanced visual information with ball projection technology constrains dynamic interceptive actions. Procedia Engineering, 72, 156-161. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.027

Judson, L., Churchill, S., Barnes, A., Stone, J., & Wheat, J. (2017). Simplified marker sets for the calculation of centre of mass location during bend sprinting. In 35th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2017, German Sport University Cologne, 14 June 2017 - 18 June 2017. https://www.isbs2017.com/

Rothwell, M., Davids, K., & Stone, J. (2017). Harnessing Socio-Cultural Constraints on Athlete Development to create a Form of Life. In Second scientific conference on motor skill acquisition, Kisakallion Urheiluopisto, Finland, 14 November 2017 - 17 November 2017.

Presentations

Rothwell, M., Davids, K., & Stone, J. (2017). Harnessing Socio-Cultural Constraints on Athlete Development to create a Form of Life. Presented at: Second Scientific Conference on Motor Skill Acquisition, Finland, 2017

Mcinerney, C., Foster, L., Choppin, S., Stone, J., & Goodwill, S. (2016). Spatio-temporal metrics that distinguish outcomes of field hockey plays. Presented at: XI World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, 2016

Mcinerney, C., Foster, L., Choppin, S., Stone, J., & Goodwill, S. (2016). A review of spatio-temporal metrics in invasion game sports. Presented at: XI World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, 2016

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students

  • Anna Fitzpatrick: Performance analysis in professional tennis. 
  • Emma Anderson: Representative measurements of tennis player movement.
  • Ben Strafford: Examining the role of donor sports for skill acquisition in team sports using an ecological dynamics framework.
  • Martyn Rothwell: Exploring forms of life in rugby league.
  • Tim Robinson: Age-based rule adaptations in rugby union.
  • Laura Judson: Biomechanics of bend sprinting in the acceleration phase.

Completed supervised PhD students

  • Hsiaopu, Y. Physical, psychological and emotional effects of nature-based affordances of green physical activity.
  • McInerney, C. Understanding the relationships that contribute to successful plays in field hockey
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