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Biography

Dr Myers, a Reader in Sport Psychology, is experienced in quantitative research methods, advising researchers, PhD and MRes students on statistical analysis in general and applied Bayesian statistical analysis in particular. In the REF 2014 in terms of publications and impact case study were recognised as internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Dr Myers was also part of a successful HEA strategic excellence initiative bid, ‘Enhancing retention, progression and achievement through student partnership’ project. He analysed university data and produce a statistical report that explored the influence of subject area, entry qualifications, disability and ethnicity in success and achievement, which resulted in important changes across subject areas. Dr Myers is currently an external examiner for a coaching programme for the University Wolverhampton, and has previously externally examined at University of Chichester. He has had two successful PhD candidates and currently supervises five PhD students. He has been involved in funded research projects include a recent project with SportMalta exploring the efficacy of a diet and physical activity intervention in Malta, presenting the findings to all the EU directors of sport in Malta on 15-16 March, 2017. Following the presentation, the Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport announced that the project was being made available to all schools across Malta. Dr Myers has also accepted several invitations to disseminate research findings through presentations and seminars across the UK, the republic of Ireland, in Denmark (Copenhagen) on two occasions, Canada (Calgary) on two occasions and more recently in the USA (New Jersey) for the New Jersey Athletic Commission. He currently advises the Independent Board of Muay Thai officials (IBMTO) in the UK and IBMTO USA, has coached numerous World, European and British champions in the sport. In addition, he has conducted PhD progression reviews, mock PhD vivas and have externally examined MRes theses.

Profile

Research Interests

Dr Myers’s research in sport psychology focuses on factors that influence sport officials, mental toughness, emotional intelligence and motivational climate. Research more generally in sports focuses on performance analysis, biomechanics of techniques, and Bayesian data analysis.

Teaching

Dr Myers teaches research methods at undergraduate level, on the MREs Human Sciences programme, and advises PhD students on data analysis across subject areas. Delivers a level 6 sport and exercise psychology module, as well as guest lectures for MSc programmes at the University of Nottingham and Coventry University. As programme leader for sport and exercise and coaching Top-up degrees, he teaches on the bridging module for that programme.

(Modules and teaching subject to change).

Administrative Responsibilities

Programme leader

Membership of Professional Organisations

A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SHEA), member of The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the European College of Sport Science.

PhD supervision

‘Children’s Physical Activity during Primary School Break Times and Physical Education: Ecologically Framed Interventions:  PhD successfully completed

‘Monitoring the training process in competitive road cyclists PhD successfully completed

‘Monitoring the training process in academy rugby union players: An evaluation of external and internal load measures and their practical application

to inform the training process in rugby union’

Developing Mental Toughness: Lessons from Paralympians, and other Elite Athlete’

‘Examining the impact of emotional intelligence on teacher trainees’

‘Developing an Enhanced Performance Motivational Climate: An Investigation into Maltese Elite Sports.’

Publications

  • Al-Nakeeb, Y., Lyons, M. Duncan, M., Myers, T.D. , Woodfield, L., Griggs, G., Dodd, L and Nevill, A. (2004) Lifestyle, adiposity and cardiovascular disease risk factors in a Higher Education community. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science. 3rd-6th July, Clermont-Ferrand

  • Myers, T.D, Griggs, G, Al-Nakeeb, Y., Lyons, M., Duncan, M., Woodfield, L. and Dodd, L. (2004) Lifestyle and health habits of a Higher Education Community. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, 3rd-6th July, Clermont-Ferrand.

  • Myers, T. D., & Reid, M. (2005). The effect of pre-shot routine on putting performance in golf. Abstract at 10th Congress European College of Sports Science Belgrade 13th-16th July 2005

  • Myers, T.D. (2005). Keynote speaker. Judging Muay Thai. hosted by the Danish Muay Thai Federation. Copenhagen, 30th January 2005

  • Myers, T.D. (2007) Cultural differences in judging Muay Thai .Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences BASES Abstracts. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25, 3, 235 – 369

  • Myers, T.D., & Balmer, N.J., (2007) Political Bias in Muay Thai and its consequences Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences BASES abstracts, Journal of Sports Sciences, 25,3, 235 – 369

  • Myers, T.D., & Nevill A.M. (2008). The effects of different judging styles on technique selection of elite Thai and UK Muay Thai competitors. Poster presentation at the BASES annual conference Brunel University 2 – 4 September

  • Barker, J. B., Myers, T., Davies, K., & Galloway, S. (2009). Using hypnosis in sport psychology. Workshop delivered as part of the BASES 2009 workshop programme, Stoke-on Trent

  • Baker J. S., Evans P. J., Davies, E., B, Cooper, S. Thomas N., Myers T.D., & Graham, M. R., (2009). S100B is Superior to Neurone Specific Enolase as a Prognostic Marker for Brain Damage following Technical Knockouts. Physoc conference presentation Cardiff

  • Graham, M. R., Myers T.D., Thomas N., Davies, E., B., Cooper, S. M., Evans P. J. & Baker J. S. (2009). Boxing head-guards do not prevent Cerebral Trauma. Physoc conference presentation Cardiff

  • Myers, T.D. (2010) Applied sports psychology and coaching. Keynote presentation at a student conference Coventry University 26th April 2010

  • Myers, T.D., & Balmer, N. J. (2011). The influence of crowd noise of judging sport Proceedings of the 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science. 6th-9th July. Liverpool.

  • Myers, T.D. (2012). Keynote speaker. Muay Thai Judging and training. New Jersey. Partially funded by the New Jersey Athletic Commission. USA. 1st December, 2012.

  • Powell, A, & Myers, T.D. (2013). Mental Toughness in an RFU England Rugby Academy. 18th Congress European College of Sports Science, Barcelona, 26th-29th June.

  • Myers, T.D., Balmer, N.J., Rehman, M., Strotmeyer, S. (2014). Sport commentary effects on spectators’ views of who wins. Oral and abstract, 19th Congress European College of Sports Science, Amsterdam, 2nd – 5th July.

  • Powell, A, & Myers, T.D. (2015). Mental Toughness in Elite Muay Thai. 20th Congress European College of Sports Science, Malmö, 24th-27th June.

  • Sanders, D., Abt, G., Hesselink, M.K., Myers, T.D, Akubat, I (2016). Methods of monitoring training load in well-trained competitive cyclists: the dose-response relationship with changes in fitness and performance. Science and Cycling. Caen, France, 29th- 30th June.

  • Powell, A, & Myers, T.D. (2018). Mental Toughness in Rugby Union. 23rd Congress European College of Sports Science, Dublin, 4th-7th July.

  • Myers, T.D., Balmer, N.J., Nevill, A.M. & Al-Nakeeb,Y (2006). Evidence of Nationalistic Bias in Muaythai. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine CSSI, 21-27.

  • Myers, T.D., Nevill, A.M. & Al-Nakeeb, Y. (2010). An examination of judging consistency in a combat sport. The Quantitative Journal of Sport, 6, 3, 1-16. doi: 10.2202/1559-0410.1178,

  • Graham M.R., Myers T. D., Evans P., Davies B., Cooper S.M., Bhattacharya K., Grace F.M., Baker J.S. (2011). Direct hits to the head during amateur boxing is associated with a rise in serum biomarkers for brain injury. International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology. 24, 1,119-25.

  • Myers, T.D., Nevill, A.M. & Al-Nakeeb, Y. (2012). The influence of crowd noise upon judging decisions in Muay Thai. Advances in Physical Education. 2, 4. doi: 10.4236/ape.2012.24026

  • Myers, T. D., & Balmer, N. J. (2012). The impact of crowd noise on officiating in Muay Thai: achieving external validity in an experimental setting. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 346. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00346

  • Myers, T. D., Nevill, A.M. & Al-Nakeeb, Y. (2013). A comparison of the effect of two different judging systems on the technique selection of Muay Thai competitors. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 8, 3, 761-777. doi: 10.4100/jhse.2013.83.01

  • Myers, T. D., Balmer, Nevill, A.M. & Al-Nakeeb, Y. (2013). Techniques used by elite Thai and UKMuay Thai fighters: An analysis and simulation. Advances in Physical Education. 3, 4, 175-186. doi: 10.4236/ape.2013.34029

  • Myers, T.D. (2014). Achieving external validity in home advantage research: generalizing crowd noise effects. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:532. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00532

  • Dinsdale A., & Myers, T.D. (2016). Interpreting statistical tests for training interventions. Professional Strength and Conditioning. 41, 7-16

  • Sanders, D., Heijboer, M., Hesselink, M. K., Myers, T.D, & Akubat. (2017). A field-based cycling test to assess predictors of endurance performance and establishing training zones. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

  • Sanders, D., Abt, G., Hesselink, M. K., Myers, T.D., & Akubat, I. (2017). Methods of monitoring training load and their relationships to changes in fitness and performance in competitive road cyclists. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

  • Taylor, R. Sanders, D., Myers, T. D. Abt, G., Taylor, C. A. & Akubat, I. (2017). The Dose-Response Relationship Between Training Load and Aerobic Fitness in Academy Rugby Union Players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

  • Sanders, D., Myers, T.D., & Akubat, I. (2017). Training Intensity Distribution in Road Cyclists: Objective Versus Subjective Measures. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 1-20.

  • Powell, A., Myers, T.D., (2017). Developing Mental Toughness: Lessons from Paralympians,Frontiers in Psychology 8:1270. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01270

  • Sanders, D., Heijboer, M., Hesselink, M.K.C. Myers, T.D. & Akubat, I. (2017): Analysing a cycling grand tour: Can we monitor fatigue with intensity or load ratios?, Journal of Sports Sciences, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1388669

  • Taylor, R., Sanders, D., Myers, T. D. & Akubat, I. (2017). The reliability and validity of integrated external and internal load ratios as measures of fitness in academy rugby union players. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Published Ahead of Print DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002391

  • Myers, T. D. (2017). Getting Out of the Laboratory to Make Experiments Real: Can Sports Fans Influence Muay Thai Judges? 
Frontiers for Young Minds, Understanding Neuroscience. 5:13. doi:10.3389/ frym.2017.00013.

  • Duncan, J. Clarke, S. Myers, T. D. Tallis, T., Arnab, S. (2018). A hybrid, gamified and mystery-driven approach for facilitating problem based learning in a postgraduate strength and conditioning module. Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

  • Morris, R., Emmonds, S., Jones, B., Myers, T.D., Clarke, N.D Lake, J., Ellis, M., Singleton, D, Roe, G., Till, K. (2018). Seasonal Changes in Physical Qualities of Elite Youth Soccer Players according to Maturity Status: Comparisons with Aged Matched Controls. Science and Medicine in Football. doi: 10.1080/24733938.2018.1454599

  • Morris, R., Jones, B., Myers, T.D, Lake, J., Emmonds, S., Clarke, N., & Till, K. (2018). Isometric Mid-Thigh Pull Characteristics in Elite Youth Male Soccer Players: Comparisons by Age and Maturity Offset. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, published ahead of print doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000002673

  • Powell, E., Woodfield, L.A. Nevill, AM., Powell, A.J., Myers, T.D. (2018) We have to wait in a queue for our turn quite a bit’: Examining children’s physical activity during primary physical education lessons. European Physical Education Review. doi:10.1177/1356336x18785343