Professor Ben Jones holds a full-time academic position at Leeds Beckett University, UK, where he leads a number of applied research projects in sports performance. Ben has published over 95 scientific peer-review publications since 2014, frequently presents at international conferences, and also co-edited the book; Science of Sport: Rugby. He is also an accredited strength and conditioning coach (UKSCA), and in 2017 won UK Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for Research and Education. Ben currently holds consultancy roles with the Rugby Football League, as their Research and Innovation Manager, Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union as their Head of Academy Science and Research, and Leeds Rhinos Rugby League as their Head of Science.

Synopsis of talk

Despite similar aims of the academic researcher and practitioner (e.g., improve athletic performance), differences in their primary roles and various contextual factors challenge their alignment. The alignment of research and practice is typically challenged by time and resource, and the translation of research findings into practice can be difficult, but why? This talk presents strategies and solutions to undertake applied research, which can then be mutually beneficial for the academic researcher and practitioner.