Prof. Dr. Thomas Reilly

Created: Sunday, 18 December 2011

Prof.Dr.Thomas Reilly. Professor of Sports Science and Director of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. The Research Institute holds the top ranking in the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise.

T. Reilly gained his first degree at University College Dublin, Ireland, later progressing to a post-graduate Diploma in Physical Education at St. Mary"s College, Twickenham and an M.Sc in Ergonomics at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London. He worked for two years as teacher and athletics coach in Cameroon before returning to complete his PhD at Liverpool Polytechnic. His theses was entitled "An ergonomic evaluation of occupational stress in professional football". He was a visiting research associate at University of California, Berkeley in 1980. He subsequently worked as a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, gaining a Doctor of Science award for his research on ?Circadian rhythms and exercise?. He was acknowledged Doctor Honoris Causa in Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2003. He is currently Adjunct Professor at National University of Ireland, Galway.
Prof. T. Reilly is President of the World Commission of Science and Sports. He is also the Chair of the International Steering Group on Science and Football. As chair of the Exercise Physiology Steering Group of the British Olympic Association between 1992 and 2005, he worked alongside international teams, and was an official member of the Great Britain team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has worked with a number of professional football clubs and is currently on the Board of the Irish Institute of Sport.
He served as Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences for two years, was a founder member of the European College of Sport Science and is at present Chair of its Scientific Board.
T. Reilly has supervised 59 PhD and 10 MPhil research students to successful completion of their awards. He is active in research, having published approximately 300 peer-reviewed scientific reports, over 1000 other articles and reviews, and authored or edited 31 books. He was the first editor of the Journal of Sports Sciences in 1983, and still sits on its Advisory Board. He has held research grants from the European Commission, the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Authority, UK Sport and numerous other national research sponsors. He was an active distance runner and held senior coaching qualifications in track and field athletics. He is an honorary member of International Association of Sport Kinetics (1999) and the Football Association?s Coaching Association.

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