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.
Ben's research interests lie within all aspects of golf performance, 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.
Ben has presented his research at 4 World Golf Fitness Summits in The USA, at the World Scientific Congress for Golf and been a keynote workshop presenter for many organisations across Europe including The PGAs of Czech Republic, Spain, Ireland, and The PGA of GB&I at coaching CPD workshops.
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Articles written by Ben on the Sport and Fitness team blog can be found here
Ben is Chair of the Sport Research group and their blog can be found here
Ben is currently chairing the production of a new module E236 - Applying Sports and Exercise Sciences to Coaching.
His teaching roles are listed below:
E217 - Sport and conditioning science into practice
Module team co-chair (production and presentation): 2016/17-2018/19
EXCF224 - Making your exercise and coaching certificate count.
Module team chair (production and presentation): 2016/17
He is also a Digital Champion for the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education, Youth and Sport and is involved in innovative enterprise projects taking sports science research into the commercial sector.
Ben's research has impact upon the education material of sports coaches, most noteably on The PGA's FdSc in Professional Golf. Here his research into warm-up protocols, training behaviours and practices etc. has influenced the design of their residential and online teaching material.
Ben has completed the Medici Enterprise Training programme (2019) and is involved in enterprise projects developing sports technology using evidence from his research and publications.
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.
Ben is a reviewer for International Journal of Gof Science and has reviewed papers for other journals including Sports Biomechanics.