Dr Damian Harper

Dr Damian Harper

Lecturer in Coaching and Human Performance
University of Central Lancashire (UK)

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Damian is an academic, practitioner, and consultant in human sports performance. He is currently a Lecturer in Coaching and Performance within the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire where he supervises students on the Professional Masters and Doctorate in Elite Performance. Damian’s current area of research is focused around the assessment and training of an athlete's braking and horizontal deceleration capabilities. Through his Ph.D. research, he pioneered the development of a new test to evaluate an athlete's braking/deceleration capabilities and identified some of the underpinning qualities needed by athletes to brake and decelerate rapidly. On the back of his Ph.D. research Damian formed the Human Braking Performance (HBP) research group, which aims to develop innovative approaches to understand the role of braking/deceleration in high-intensity human movements. Damian has now published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles focused on horizontal deceleration and consulted with major national and international organizations around approaches to assess and develop an athlete’s braking/deceleration capability, including the development of the ‘braking strength’ framework for the English Football Association (The FA).

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