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Cardiff Met Lecturer Receives Duo of Prestigious Awards in Recognition of Research Excellence

Cardiff Met lecturer Dr Rhodri Lloyd has been named the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Educator of the Year as well as receiving an Editorial Excellence Award from The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR).

Dr. Lloyd is the 16th academic to be named Educator of the Year with winners selected by a volunteer committee and was joined at the 42nd Annual NSCA National Conference in Washington by Cardiff Met colleagues Professor Jon Oliver, Dr John Radnor and Dr Jason Pedley.

Winners of the Educator of the Year Award are selected because of their contributions to the NSCA, their community, and noteworthy contributions to education and clinical application of strength training and conditioning.

Dr Lloyd, a Reader in Paediatric Strength and Conditioning, said: “Receiving the awards were the icing on the cake of what was a great NSCA conference.

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“In addition to my keynote lecture, Cardiff Met colleagues Professor Jon Oliver, Dr John Radnor and Dr Jason Pedley all presented work or took part in symposia, which helped showcase the high quality research being conducted by staff and students within the Youth Physical Development Centre.

“I was humbled to receive the Educator of the Year and JSCR Editorial Excellence awards given the list of previous winners, and I thank NSCA for both honours. While the awards were given to me as an individual, this international recognition is testament to the outstanding group of staff I work alongside and continue to learn from, within the Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage teaching team in the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences.”

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Dr Lloyd is Chair of the Youth Physical Development Centre, which is based at the University and offers after school strength and conditioning provision to young athletes. He also holds a research associate position with Auckland University of Technology and is a research fellow for Waikato Institute of Technology. Over the past 10 years, his research focus has been on the impact of growth and maturation on long-term athletic development and the neuromuscular mechanisms underpinning training adaptations for young people.

The NSCA is the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, established in 1978.

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