I am a Lecturer on the Sport and Fitness award at the Open University. I have worked full time as an academic contributing to the development of modules in the BSc (Hons) degree since June 2007.
I have also been involved authoring/co-authoring 14 text books related to sports science and am currently authoring a book about careers in sports science which is related to my main research area.
I have been involved in teaching in Higher and Further education since 1993 and most recently spent time working for a private company training personal trainers. I have also worked as a performance coach in first class cricket advising players on nutrition, psychology and physical conditioning.
My specialist areas are strength and conditioning and nutrition for sports performance.
My research area is around work-based skills, which work based skills are most important and how they can be developed.
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Simons research interests lie within applied sport science with a particular focus on employablity in sport science related occupations.
Rea, Simon (2015). Sports Science - A Complete Introduction. London, John Murray Learning.
I am currently researching for a book titled 'Careers in Sports Science'. I have interviewed 20 people who work in a range of sports science related occupations and will present these as case studies. The book will also look at routes into sports science, skills needed in sports science related occupations and how to prepare for interviews and working in sports science.
I also keep current on the development of training methods for strength and conditioning as well as developments in sports nutrition.
My main teaching interests are in sport psychology, sport nutrition, strength and conditioning and work-based learning.
I have been involved in the development of all modules in the sport and fitness award. Some of the key teaching roles he has held are summarised below.
E119 - Working with people in sport and fitness
E117 - Introduction to sport and fitness
E314 - Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise
E313 - Exploring psychological Aspects of Athletic Development
E233 - Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Case Study Approach
E112 - Introduction to Sport, Fitness & Management
E113 - Working & Learning in Sport & Fitness
E217 - Sport and Conditioning Science into Practice