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Dr Ben Langdown

Ben Langdown

Professional biography

Ben is a lecturer in Sports Coaching on the Sport and Fitness qualifications at the Open University. Previously he was head of Sports Science at The PGA National Training Academy at The Belfry from 2005-2016. Ben has a PhD in the field of golf biomechanics and motor control, studying movement variability and strength and conditioning for golf. 


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Research interests

Ben's research interests lie within sports biomechanics, motor control, junior development and strength and conditioning. Some of his academic publications can be viewed by clicking on the 'publications' tab above.


Click here to view Ben's ResearchGate profile

Articles written by Ben on the Sport and Fitness team blog can be found here


Teaching interests

Ben is currently involved in the development of module E117 - Introduction to Sport and Fitness in the sport and fitness qualifications. His teaching roles are listed below:

EXCF224 - Making your exercise and coaching certificate count.

Module team chair (production and presentation): From 2016/17

E217 - Sport and conditioning science into practice

Module team co-chair (production and presentation): From 2016/17

External collaborations


Alongside his OU role Ben works with many elite amateur and professional golfers (since 2006) providing strength and conditioning support. Ben is the strength and conditioning coach for England Golf's West Midlands U16 squads: 2012-present.

Journal Reviews:

Ben is a reviewer for International Journal of Gof Science and has reviewed papers for other journals including Sports Biomechanics.



Impact Position Variability in Golfers of Differing Skill Level (2013-12)
Langdown, Ben; Li, Francois-Xavier and Bridge, Matt
International Journal of Golf Science, 2(2) (pp. 142-151)
Address position variability in golfers of differing skill level (2013-08)
Langdown, Ben L.; Li, Francois-Xavier and Bridge, Matt
International Journal of Golf Science, 2(1) (pp. 1-9)
Movement variability in the golf swing (2012-06)
Langdown, Ben L.; Li, Francois-Xavier and Bridge, Matt
Sports Biomechanics, 11(2) (pp. 273-287)
Injuries patterns among professional golfers: an international survey (2011-02-01)
Barclay, Caroline; West, Sophie; Shoaib, Qasim; Morrissey, Dylan and Langdown, Ben
In : 2nd Congress of European College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP) 12th Scientific Conference (9-11 September, 2010, London)


Dr Hannah Marston and her book Mobile e-Health

Book published and Keynote presentations in 2018

2018 seems to be turning into a busy year for Dr Hannah R. Marston, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area (H&W PRA). Hannah has recently published Mobile e-Health with colleagues from Swansea University and the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada; and Hannah will be a keynote presenter at two conferences this year.

10th January 2018
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