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Martyn Rothwell MA, PgDip, BA (Hons), UKCC Level 4

Lecturer in Sport Coaching


Summary

I joined the Sport Coaching teaching team in 2014. My research and teaching interests are in sport performance, coaching pedagogy and talent development. Before joining Sheffield Hallam I held various rugby league coaching roles and managed talent development programmes. My current research activity involves exploring the influence of sociocultural constraints on expertise acquisition.

About

I have worked in the fields of coaching and talent development since 2003. During this time I have managed the implementation and running of the inaugural Midlands Regional Rugby League Academy, overseeing the development of talented teenagers into professional Rugby League and developing a coaching workforce to support local needs. In addition, I have experience of coaching student rugby league at a local and regional level, and have worked with the coaching team at Coventry Bears RLFC. In 2011 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to visit New Zealand and Australia to investigate alternative coaching methods and competition structures. I am currently studying for a PhD, using key concepts of ecological dynamics to explore the influences of sociocultural constraints on the development of expert players in rugby league. I'm a keen triathlete and enjoy watching most sporting events.

Teaching

Courses

Sport Coaching

Modules

Analysis of Performance
Talent Development
Innovative and Inclusive Delivery
Scientific Applications to Coaching
Sport Coaching Process

Research

Martyn’s research interests are in sport performance, coaching pedagogy and talent development. Recent projects include understanding why elite adolescents drop out of playing sport and exploring professional coaches experiences of implementing alternative coaching methods.

Publications

Journal articles

Rothwell, M., Stone, J., & Davids, K. (2021). Exploring niche construction in sport coaching: an ecological dynamics analysis. Sports Coaching Review. http://doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2021.1974692

McCosker, C., Otte, F., Rothwell, M., & Davids, K. (2021). Principles for technology use in athlete support across the skill level continuum. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. http://doi.org/10.1177/17479541211033471

Davids, K., Otte, F., & Rothwell, M. (2021). Adopting an ecological perspective on skill performance and learning in sport. European Journal of Human Movement, 46. http://doi.org/10.21134/eurjhm.2021.46.667

Davids, K., Otte, F., & Rothwell, M. (2021). Adopting an ecological perspective on skill performance and learning in sport. European Journal of Human Movement, 46, 1-3. http://doi.org/10.21134/eurjhm.2021.46.1

Otte, F.W., Rothwell, M., Woods, C., & Davids, K. (2020). Specialist Coaching Integrated into a Department of Methodology in Team Sports Organisations. Sports Medicine - Open, 6 (1), 55. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-020-00284-5

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

Woods, C.T., Rothwell, M., Rudd, J., Robertson, S., & Davids, K. (2020). Representative co-design: Utilising a source of experiential knowledge for athlete development and performance preparation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 101804. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101804

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

O’Sullivan, M., Davids, K., Woods, C.T., Rothwell, M., & Rudd, J. (2020). Conceptualizing Physical Literacy within an Ecological Dynamics Framework. Quest. http://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2020.1799828

Nicholls, A., Morley, D., Thompson, M., Huang, C., Abt, G., Rothwell, M., ... Ntoumanis, N. (2020). The effects of the iPlayClean Education Programme on doping attitudes and susceptibility to use banned substances among high-level adolescent athletes from the UK: A cluster-randomised control trial. International Journal of Drug Policy, 82, 102820. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102820

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

Woods, C.T., McKeown, I., Rothwell, M., Araújo, D., Robertson, S., & Davids, K. (2020). Sport Practitioners as Sport Ecology Designers: How Ecological Dynamics Has Progressively Changed Perceptions of Skill “Acquisition” in the Sporting Habitat. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00654

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

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

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

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

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

Morley, D., Ogilvie, P., Till, K., Rothwell, M., O'Connor, D., & McKenna, J. (2016). Does modifying competition affect the frequency of technical skills in junior rugby league? International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11 (6), 810-818. http://doi.org/10.1177/1747954116676107

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.

Rothwell, M., Stone, J., & Davids, K. (2017). Development of Expertise in British International and National Rugby League Players: A Comparison of Practice Experiences. In Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network Conference, Coventry, England, 17 May 2017.

Morley, D., Ogilvie, P., & Rothwell, M. (2014). Using competitive engineering to affect skill opportunities within primary rugby league. In Martyn Rothwell, Washington, America, 11 June 2014.

Morley, D., Ogilvie, P., & Rothwell, M. (2014). Using competitive engineering to affect skill opportunities within primary rugby league. In Martyn Rothwell, Washington, America, 11 June 2014.

Morley, D., Ogilvie, P., & Rothwell, M. (2012). How does modifying playing opportunities affect children’s experience of Rugby League? In European College of Sport Science conference, Barcelona, Spain, 1 May 2012.

Morley, D., Ogilvie, P., & Rothwell, M. (2012). How does modifying playing opportunities affect children’s experience of Rugby League? In European College of Sport Science conference, Barcelona, Spain, 1 May 2012.

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

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