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Steven Powell

Research Fellow

Steven Powell is a Research Fellow and current PhD student within the Occupational Performance Research Group (OPRG) at the University of Chichester. Steven began his studies at the University of Winchester in 2012 studying Sports and Exercise Science with his undergraduate independent project looking at the effect of different training programmes on sports-specific performance tests. Steven then went on to complete his Masters in Strength and Conditioning in 2016 at the University of Chichester with his research dissertation examining the optimal load for power output during the deadlift and whether it is possible to accurately predict deadlift 1RM using submaximal loads. His PhD studies have involved a yearlong study at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst examining physical activity, training load monitoring and nutritional profiling. This has enabled the application of data analysis techniques used in high-performance sport to the military setting, exploring relationships between training load, fitness and injury. Steven has also assisted on a range of projects within the OPRG and also taught physiology and research methods to undergraduate students.

The majority of Steven’s applied work has been in a sports science capacity, working with various athletes including professional football players and ballet students at the English National Ballet School. This work has included physical preparation, physiological monitoring and performance testing whilst providing data analysis support and liaising with medical staff to provide a holistic approach to optimise physical performance

Steven’s current role has involved working on research aiming to measure the training load and physiological responses of military personnel during initial training, field exercise and on selection courses. This has included establishing the nature of the relationship between training load and meaningful outcomes (i.e. MSKI, changes in fitness, operational effectiveness, etc) during initial training and examining associations between components of fitness and success on British Army selection courses. Steven has also been involved with projects aiming to examine the accuracy of wearable physical activity monitors during military training across different environmental conditions and how improving data visualisation techniques may provide a more structured approach to managing the physical demands imposed on individuals, subsequently serving to mitigate injury risk and promote physiological adaptation. Additionally, Steven has been involved with data collection for both GGC and Non-GCC PES projects.


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Conference poster presentations

Powell, S.D., Siddall, A.G., Thompson, J. E., Edwards, V.C., Jackson, S., …. & Blacker, S.D. (2018). Comparison of Daily energy Expenditure and Weekly Physical Activity Exposure Estimated Using Consumer and Research-Grade Physical Activity Monitors during Officer Cadet initial Military Training. 2625 Board #7 June 1. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(5S), 639. (Thematic poster presentation at ACSM Annual Meeting 2018, 1st June 2018, Minneapolis, USA)

Powell, S.D., Siddall, A.G., Needham-Beck, S.C., Edwards, V.C., Jackson, S., Greeves, J. P., Blacker, S.D., and Myers, S.D. (2018). Gender Differences in Cardiovascular Strain during British Army Officer Cadet Training. (Thematic poster presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Physical Employment Standards, July 2018, Portsmouth, UK)



  • Monitoring training load, injury incidence and changes in fitness during military training
  • Physical preparation of athletes and individuals with physically demanding occupations
  • Training load and physical activity monitoring / interventions
  • Wearable technology