Christoph Szedlak

Dr Christoph Szedlak

Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Current teaching

I am the programme lead for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Hartpury, which consist of the following modules:


Skill Acquisition for Strength and Conditioning

Contemporary Issues in Strength and Conditioning (Lead)

Applied Practice in Strength and Conditioning (Lead)

Performance Profiling and Testing for athletes (Lead)

Planning and Monitoring for Athletic Training (Lead)

The Research Process

Postgraduate Industry Placement

Professional Development Portfolio

High Performance Environments

Postgraduate Dissertation


I am the Lead and responsible for mobilising, overseeing, and facilitating research regarding the departments research priority of “Coach Development and Pedagogy in Sport and Physical Education”.  


I led and lectured at the following modules at Undergraduate level:


Recovery and Monitoring, BSc in Strength and Conditioning (Lead, Hartpury University)

Coaching Special Populations, BSc in Sports Coaching (Lead, University of Winchester)

Qualitative Research Methods, MRes in Sport and Exercise (Lead, University of Winchester)

Building Effective Relationships with Clients, BSc in Sports Coaching (University of Winchester)

Group Dynamics, BSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Winchester)

Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Psychology, BSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Winchester)


I have taught the following subjects across serval national (i.e., University of Chichester, University of Winchester, Sheffield Hallam University, Solent University, Coventry University) and International Universities (e.g., Cape Breton University, Canada):


Constructivist Learning Strategies in Coach Development and Coach Education

Effective Psychosocial Skills in Coaching

Critical Reflection

Developing Effective Relationships

Qualitative Research Methods

Coaching Special Populations

Skill Acquisition


I tutor and assess the following modules for the UKSCA as well as consult the curricula development:


Applied Coaching Science

Plyometric, Speed, and Agility

Planning Effective Programmes

Weightlifting for Sports Performance

Foundation of Strength and Conditioning

S&C Trainer Certification (External verifier to ensure assessments meet CIMSPA policy)




Callary, B., Gearity, B. T., Eagles, K., & Szedlak, C. (2023). Planning for the development of strength and conditioning coaches’ psychosocial competencies. Qualitative Research in Sport Exercise & Health, (under second review).

Szedlak, C., Smith, M.J., Batten, J., Howarth, N., & White, A.J. (2023). Exploring the socio-cultural narratives of athletes suffering from persistent post-concussion syndrome. Disability & Society, (under first review).

Szedlak, C., Callary, B., Eagles, K., & Gearity, B. (2023). How dominant discourses steer strength and conditioning education. Sport, Education and Society, (under second review)

Bennett, B., & Szedlak, C. (2023). Aligning online and remote coaching with the digital age. International Sport Coaching Journal, (under second review).

Batey, J., & Szedlak, C. (2023). A Sport Research Teams’ Reflections on Conducting Emotionally Demanding Research with the Bereaved, (under first review).

Doctoral supervisions and completions

2022 - 2023 PhD supervisor, Matt Ellis - Exploring Contexts and characteristics of a sport friendly university to support dual career athletes

Previous positions

07/2007-12/2021    Sport Performance Lead and Research Fellow, University of Southampton

09/2020-12/2021    Associate Lecturer, University of Winchester

01/2021-09/2021    Associate Researcher, Oxford Brookes University

03/2016-01/2018    GB Goalball (Men), Lead S&C & Assistant Coach

05/2017-06/2017    Volvo Ocean Race (TurnTheTideOnPlastic), Sport Science Support

03/2017-08/2017    Hintsa & Altis Coach Reflection Project, Sports Psychology Consultant

07/2016-08/2017    Artemis Vendee 2020 Challenge, Sport Science Lead

12/2015-09/2016    UKSCA Applied Coaching Workshop Project, Sport Psychology Consultant

07/2013-07/2016    Artemis Offshore Academy, Sport Science Lead

09/2010-11/2011    English Cricket Board, S&C Coach

External positions and memberships

Reviewer for the Strength and Conditioning Journal, International Sport Coaching Journal, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Journal of Applied Sports Psychology, International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

Member of the UKSCA Equality, Diversity & Inclusion advisory group

Research interests

Grand Funding 

Callary, B (Principle-Investigator), Szedlak, C. (Co-Investigator), & Gearity, B. T. (External Collaborators); UK Strength & Conditioning Association Ltd. (Partner Organization) (2020-2022). Psychosocial coach development gaps in a strength and conditioning association. Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada, Partner Engage Grants. Requested (CA): $19,720. Funded $19,720.


Szedlak, C. (Principle-Investigator), and Callary, B., & Gearity, B. T. (External Collaborators); UK Strength & Conditioning Association Ltd. (Partner Organization) (2023). Implementing psychosocial coach development in a strength and conditioning association. Hartpury University Internal Research and Knowledge Exchange Funding: Participatory Research. Requested (UK): £4,950. Funded £4,950


Henry, G (Principle-Investigator), Szedlak, C, Drury, B., Davies, H., & Hearn, A. (Co-Investigator) (2023). Developing guidelines for effective internship within strength and conditioning. Hartpury University Internal Research and Knowledge Exchange Funding: Participatory Research. Requested (UK): £1,974. Funded £1,974.  


Harris, K (Principle-Investigator), Ryan, L (Co-investigator – lead evaluator), Szedlak, C (Co-investigator – evaluator), Smith, E (Co-investigator - evaluator), Hannah-Russell (Co-investigator – evaluator); Active Essex (Partner Organization) (2023). Realist ripple effect mapping. Active Essex. Requested (UK): £76,643. Funded £76,643

Education/Academic qualification

Sports Psychology, PhD, Exploring and Developing Effective Behaviours and Characteristics of Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Award Date: 16 Sept 2019

Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning

Award Date: 1 Aug 2018

Strength and Conditioning, MSc, MSc in Strength and Conditioning

Award Date: 16 Jul 2012

Theology, BA, BA in Theology

Award Date: 1 Dec 1996

Christian Counselling, MSc, MSc in Christian Counselling

Award Date: 1 Dec 1996

External positions

Coach Developer (Tutor and Assessor), UKSCA

2015 → …

Sport Science S&C Consultant , Royal Yachting Association - British Sailing Team

2013 → …


Dive into the research topics where Christoph Szedlak is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or