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Dr Matthew Robins

Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics & Performance Analysis

m.robins@chi.ac.uk | +44 (0) 1243 816456

Matt is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Performance Analysis and joined the Department in 2012.

Matt is the programme coordinator for the MSc in Sports Performance Analysis.

Matt began teaching in 2003 and has contributed to the delivery of HND, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across several academic institutes. 

Matt teaches biomechanics and performance analysis-related modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. 

Matt has strong industry links with both professional and amateur clubs across the region, and plays an active role in supporting student internships and work placements.

Matt is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and ISPAS accredited performance analyst. 

Professional

Education

  • 2002 BSc. (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University (1st class)
  • 2003 MSc. (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University (Distinction)
  • 2009 PGCHE, Nottingham Trent University (Distinction)
  • 2013 Ph.D. Sports Biomechanics ‘Constraints on movement variability during a discrete multi-articular action’. Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University

Teaching

SPL206 Biomechanics and Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise

Aims: This module aims to extend the students' knowledge and practical skills in the application of biomechanics to specific sport and exercise activities. The emphasis will be on the application of biomechanics in the assessment, evaluation and improvement of technique in a range of sports. Students will be introduced to notational analysis and its place in the scientific support of individuals and teams. In addition, the relationship between the biomechanist, performance analyst and coach will be explored. Practical experiences will include the role of biomechanical kinetic and kinematic assessment in the analysis of sport and the application of hand and computerised notation systems to individual and team sports.

MScPA01 Advances in Performance Analysis of Sport

Aims: Performance analysis is now an integral part of the sport science support offered to professional sporting clubs and organisations.  The provision of objective, valid and reliable data is vital to adequately inform the coaching process and future decision-making processes.   Therefore, the aim of this module is to develop a comprehensive and critical insight into the principles and processes associated with performance analysis.  Moreover, this module provides an overarching perspective into performance analysis by extending beyond the key processes and detailing the theories underpinning sports performance.  This content therefore permits not only the description but also explanation and interpretation of individual and team behaviour.  As such, contemporary issues at the forefront of performance analysis will be discussed and explored.  These principles can then be extended to a wide range of sport and exercise contexts.

MScPA02 Work Placement

Aims: Work experience within a professional sporting environment is now considered essential by prospective employers.  The importance of work experience and internship opportunities is further exemplified by a recent news article stating that over one-third of jobs are currently offered to those undertaking work experience / internship within that organisation (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16486753).  As such, a formal work placement that offers intensive, invaluable industry relevant experience is essential.  Moreover, the work placement module provides an opportunity to put theory into practice and develop key transferable skills such as team-work, communication, task-deadline accomplishment, working under pressure, and professional work ethic.  The work placement also permits a network of professional contacts to be established that could greatly aid future employability.

MScPA03Applied Performance Analysis

Aims: Performance analysis requires the collection, assimilation and analysis of, amongst others, tactical, technical and time-motion information.  This information can be collected during training and/or competition with the ultimate aim of improving performance.  The applied nature of performance analysis therefore necessitates competent and autonomous use of numerous data collection and analysis tools.  Consequently, the emphasis of this module is to develop the practical skills and competencies that will make you an effective practitioner.  A range of data collection techniques will be explored and appraised and a wide range of contexts presented, mirroring the roles and responsibilities expected within a professional sporting environment.  Understanding the working demands and environment of professional sport also presents unique challenges to emerging performance analysts.  These invaluable insights will be afforded through the use of invited guest speakers, whereby key personal and professional skills can be highlighted and subsequently developed.    

Administration

Programme Co-ordinator: MSc Sport Performance Analysis

External Examining

2008 - 2012 Cornwall College, Camborne, Cornwall (University of Plymouth), FdSc Sport, Health and Fitness

2014 - present  Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales, BSc Sports Performance Analysis

2015 - present  Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow, Ireland, MSc Sports Performance Analysis

Publications

Publications

Academic Journal Papers:

Nadjan, M.J., Robins, M.T. and Glazier, P.  (2014). Determinants of success in Twenty20 cricket. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 14 (1), 276-295

Eldridge, D., Pulling, C. And Robins, M.T.  (2013).  Visual exploratory activity and resultant behavioural analysis of youth midfield soccer players.  Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 8 (3), 560-577.

Pulling, C., Robins, M. and Rixon, T. (2013). Defending corner kicks: analysis from the English Premier League. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport.  13 (1), 135-148.

Bartlett, R., Button, C., Robins, M., Dutt-Mazumber, A. and Kennedy, G. (2012). Analysing team coordination patterns from player movement trajectories in soccer: methodological considerations. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 12 (2), 398-424.  

Glazier, P.S. and Robins, M.T. (2012). Comment on “Use of deterministic models in sports and exercise biomechanics research” by Chow and Knudson (2011). Sports Biomechanics. 11, 1-3.

Bartlett, R.M., Wheat, J.S. and Robins, M.T. (2007). Is movement variability important for sports biomechanists? Sports Biomechanics. 6 (2), 224-243.

Robins, M.T., Wheat, J.S., Irwin, G. and Bartlett, R.M. (2006). The effect of shooting distance on movement variability in basketball. Journal of Human Movement Studies. 50, 217-238.

Book Chapters:

Robins, M.T. and Hughes, M. (2015). Dynamic systems and perturbations. In The Essentials of Performance Analysis: An Introduction (2nd edition) (Eds. M. Hughes and I. Franks). London: Routledge.

Glazier, P.S. and Robins, M.T. (2013). Self-organisation and constraints in sports performance. In Routledge Handbook of Sports Performance Analysis (Eds. T. McGarry, P.G. O'Donoghue & J. Sampaio), pp. 42-51. London: Routledge.

Bartlett, R.M. and Robins, M.T. (2007). Throwing. In Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science (Eds. Y. Hong & R.M. Bartlett), pp. 285-296. London: Routledge

Full Papers in Books:

Robins, M.T., Davids, K., Bartlett, R.M. and Wheat, J.S.  (2008a). Expertise and distance as constraints on coordination stability during a discrete multi-articular action. In Proceedings of the XXVIth International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports (Eds. Y.-H. Kwon, J. Shim, J.K. Shim & I.-S. Shin). pp. 408-411.

Robins, M.T., Davids, K., Bartlett, R.M. and Wheat, J.S.  (2008b). Changes in compensatory variability as a function of task expertise and distance during basketball shooting. In Proceedings of the XXVIth International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports (Eds. Y.-H. Kwon, J. Shim, J.K. Shim & I.-S. Shin). pp. 473-476.

Robins, M.T., Davids, K., Bartlett, R.M. and Wheat, J.S.  (2007).  Effects of attentional strategies, task expertise and anxiety on coordination of a discrete multi-articular action.  In Proceedings of the XXVth International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports (Eds. H.-J. Menzel, M. H. Chagas).  pp. 274-277.

Conference Abstracts:

Delves, A. and Robins, M.T. (2012). The application of normative performance profiling for talent identification in youth association football. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 12, 669.

Lanham, S. and Robins, M.T. (2012). Basketball shooting performance and attentional strategies as a function of induced myopic blur. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 12, 648.

Nadjan, M. and Robins, M.T. (2012). Determinants of success in Twenty20 cricket. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 12, 748.

Page, R. and Robins, M.T. (2012a). Normative performance profiling for the analysis of corner kicks. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 12, 785.

Page, R. and Robins, M.T. (2012b). A corner kick analysis of a League One professional football team. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 12, 793.

Robins, M.T., Wheat, J.S., Irwin, G. and Bartlett, R.M. (2006). The effect of shooting distance on continuous coordination variability in basketball. Journal of Sports Sciences. 23, 1158.

Robins, M.T., Wheat, J.S., Irwin, G. and Bartlett, R.M.  (2006). Evidence of compensatory variability preserving release parameters in basketball shooting. Journal of Sports Sciences. 23, 1159.

Journal reviewer for:

2006-               Journal of Sports Sciences

2012-               International Journal of Performance Analysis of Sport

2007-               Sports Biomechanics

2009-               Sports Medicine

Research

Research and Consultancy

Interests

Matt has research interests in the following areas:

  • Variability of sports performance
  • Biomechanical analysis of basketball shooting
  • Performance profiling
  • Application of dynamical systems theory for the study of individual and team behaviour

Director of Studies:

Co-supervisor for the MPhil of Mr. Donald Barron.  MPhil is entitled: “Performance Analysis and Player Recruitment in Professional Football”.  Student is registered at Nottingham Trent University.

Consultancy

N/A

Membership

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • International Society of Biomechanics in Sports
  • International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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