Probably one of the best current sport science webinar conference series available, mostly in bite size pieces with the occasional longer keynote presentation. Wide ranging, informative, often problem-based and good forum to chat online live with speakers

— professormichaelgleeson (@profmikegleeson) December 3, 2020

SportBite is about sharing knowledge practitioners such as Elite Coaches, High-Performance Support Staff, Professors, Dr's and PhD students in a digestible format with plenty of take home messages. You can find more information at:

Past Speakers
Mauro Testa
Former Biomechanist at Italian National Football teams

Mauro is an invative Biomechanis specialist who works with Companies, Clubs or Sport teams with the aim to innovate and progress.

Some patent produced:
A new shoe with benefits for health , produced in 2002 by Dr. Scholl’s,
- A new backpack with considerable importance on back problems too, produced in 2001 by Giochi Preziosi,
- He developed for Permaflex and Eminflex a new line of ergonomic mattresses /pillows,
- A new helmet that will increase the impact protection,
- New baby bottles and pacifiers produced by SSL Healthcare-Dr.Scholl’s-mr Baby (line “Mother”) and for this company he was also a consultant during the 2000 and 2001
- Consultant for Artsana company since 2005,in this period he has developed new products for the brand Chicco, directed to the development of child’s motor skills; shoes, toys(Ergo line), clothing etc.
- In 2004 he developed a new floor and new balls for rehabilitation.
- In 2004 he developed new shoes for comfort for the company Clarks (UK)
- He has developed a new athletics track for the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 for the company Mondo Spa. The same track because of the incredible sports scores obtained (36 records and zero accidents) is repeated by the IAFF at the World Championships of 2011 in Korea and by the International Olympic Committee for the London 2012 games.
- He has developed new innovative shoes (football, tennis and running)for Lotto Spa; ski-boots and sneaker for Head; motorcycle helmets for Nava Agv; new equipment for trekking for TECNICA, ski boots and skis for Dolomite and Nordica,
Other collaborations: Mares – Geox – Italian Federation on Boxing - Ferrari (patented a new seat) 

Marco Nunez
Former LA Lakers Athletic Trainer

Experienced Head Athletic Trainer with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Skilled in Sports Management, Injury Prevention, Athletic Training, Football, and Athletics. Strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. 

Consultant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Lee Taft, known to most simply as “The Speed Guy”, is highly respected as one of the top athletic movement specialist in the world. Lee has been asked to speak at numerous S&C related events across the world including NFL, NBA, NSCA, CSCCa, NSPA events and events for staff of professional clubs such as Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder. Lee’s coaching and consultancy has included many well-known clubs including NFL and large American university sport programs. Amongst others Lee has coached athletes playing NBA, MLB, and professional tennis.

Professor Michael Gleeson
Loughborough University Emeritus Professor; Consultant to UEFA and Pro Football

An Emeritus Professor from Loughborough University. Expert in metabolism, nutrition, exercise, physiology and fitness with PhD Diet and exercise metabolism and 40 years experience of teaching, research and writing (retired 2016). Professor Gleeson has authored over 200 publications in peer-reviewed science and medical journals and over 30 chapters in various science and medical books. He is coauthor of numerous highly-rated books about exercise, metabolism, nutrition and immunology and now an author of books providing comprehensive, evidenced-based advice on healthy lifestyle behaviors and weight loss.

Former President of the International Society of Exercise and Immunology and a Fellow of the European College of Sport Science and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He has provided advice on minimizing risks of infection and nutritional strategies to improve performance and maintain health for the English Institute of Sport and several English premier league football clubs, including Leicester City FC.

Pete Burridge
Leicester Tigers Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach

Pete has been in professional coaching for over 10 years. Before his current role Pete worked with Exeter University, Leicester City Football Club, and Nottingham Forest Football Club.

Renee McGregor
Sports and Eating Disorder Specialist Dietitian

Sports and Eating Disorder Specialist dietitian, 20 years experience in clinical and performance nutrition, Olympic (London, 2012), Paralympic (Rio, 2016) and Commonwealth (Queensland, 2018) teams.

Sits on the REDS advisory board for British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) and the International Task Force for Orthorexia.

Presently working with a number of national governing bodies, including Scottish Gymnastics, The GB 24 hour Running squad and The England Ballet company. She is regularly asked to work directly with high performing and professional athletes that have developed a dysfunctional relationship with food that is impacting their performance, health and career.

Adam Virgile BS MS CSCS
University of Vermont Sports Science Coordinator

Adam’s previous roles include Sport Scientist and Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach for New York Rangers who compete in the National Hockey League (NHL). A newfound passion paved his way to becoming New York Rangers first Performance Analyst (“Sport Scientist”). Adam is now the Sports Science Coordinator and Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont while embarking on his PhD. Adam also has a website where he shares sports science information and has a number of spreadsheet templates. 

Barry Bridges
Sleep Specialist and Esports Performance Consultant

Barry is based in South Africa, Cape Town where he is a qualified Sport Scientist and Internationally Certified in Sleep Science, Sports Performance, Golf Fitness and FMS Screening. Barry has 14 years experience in the field including: Golf fitness for professional Golfers, Soccer Strength & Conditioning, Corporate Wellness, Sleep Coaching and Esports Performance Coaching. 

Gregory Seale BA MSc
Movement Mechanics TT Strength and Conditioning Coach

An experienced S&C Coach with a MS is Kinesiology (specialization in Sport Performance) and BA in Communication Arts. Teams include Men’s and Women’s Senior and Junior football teams, T20 Franchises Winnipeg Hawks and Trinbago Knight Riders and Cricket West Indies.

The founder and owner of Movement Mechanics, a performance enhancement company providing sport performance training and nutrition solutions for the developing, recreational, professional and occupational athletes.

Matthew Gardner BSc ISSN PGCert
Nuffield Health Nutritional Therapist; Matthew Gardner Performance Nutrition

Nutritional Therapist at Nuffield Health; Matthew Gardner Performance Nutrition; Professional body memberships: BANT member, CNHC member; Education: Dip. Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy, PGDip. Sports and Exercise Nutrition, PGCert. in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health; BSc Hons in Sports and Exercise Sciences; Host of the Big Feed Up HQ Podcast.

James Sinclair SENr BSc PGDip
Professional Footballer and Registered Nutritionist (SENr)

Professional footballer played over 15 years in various leagues across the World including English Premier League; Sport and Exercise Nutrition Registered (SENr); PGDip. in Performance Nutrition (Distinction); BSc. Sport and Exercise Science (First Class with Honours); •Performance Nutrition practice (James Sinclair Performance Nutrition).

Chris Gallagher BSc MSc ASCA(L3) CSCS
Coach China Swimming Strength and Conditioning

Chris has worked with elite athletes for many years in the UK and Asia (Hong Kong Sports Institute and Chinese Swimming Association) including working with Olympic athletes and World championship medalists. He has a Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning and is accredited by the ASCA (Level 3), NSCA (CSCA) and USA Weightlifting.

Chef Rachel Muse
UHNW and HNW Clients and Performance Chef

Qualified Chef & Pastry Chef from strong Hotel background with over 20-years’ experience cooking for Ultra High Net Worth and High Net Worth clients such as Professional Football athletes in their own homes.

Dr Glen Davison
University of Kent Reader in Exercise Physiology & Sport Nutrition

Reader in Exercise Physiology & Sport Nutrition University of Kent; BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Physiology) and a Chartered Scientist (CSci); Worked with amateur, elite and professional athletes from a range of sports, including football, rugby, hockey, athletics, triathlon and cycling.

John Psyllas MSc ASCC CSCS
Scottish Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach 

John currently works as a S&C coaching contractor for Scottish Rugby Union. Over the last 11 years he has worked in performance sport across a wide range of sports and organisations including: Scottish Rugby Union, Robert Gordon University, Scottish Football Association, SportScotland Institute of Sport, Aberdeen Football Club and Scottish Hockey.

Luke Vella PhD 
Edinburgh Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach 

Luke is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with Edinburgh Rugby and the Scottish Rugby Union. He has a PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Science from Deakin University exploring mechanisms of muscle recovery and training adaptation. Luke's Strength and Conditioning career spans over 13 years, with experiences in AFL football, Olympic judo, track cycling and northern hemisphere rugby.

Dr Stephen Mears
Loughborough University Lecturer in Sports & Exercise Nutrition

Lecturer in Sports & Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University; Invited reviewer for: Journal of Sports Sciences, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, European Journal of Sport Science; Completed PhD in Exercise Physiology and Sport Nutrition at Loughborough University in 2012; Following his PhD worked for Powerade as a Sports Scientist at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Charles Ashford
North Texas University Director of Sport Nutrition

Director of Sport Nutrition at North Texas University; Currently studying PhD in field of Sports Nutrition under the supervision of Dr. Robert Naughton and Dr. Liam Harper at the University of Huddersfield; Full registration as a Sports and Exercise Nutritionist with both the British Dietetic Association (SENr Practitioner) and Association for Nutrition (RNutr).

Dr Stephen Bailey
Loughborough University Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University; Associate Editor for BMC Sport Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Frontiers in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, and Scientific Reports. Member of Reviewer Panel for European College of Sport Sciences; Served as a reviewer on over 20 high-impact factor sport & nutrition related journals.

Zena Weeks
Cook with Zena

Worked for England Athletics since 2006 and before that with UK Athletics from 2000 in a variety of roles including Special Events Manager, and Commonwealth Games Team England Manager; Owner of ‘Cook with Zena’ - A Qualified Chef offering cooking lessons to all, from under 5’s, primary school pupils, university students, sports people & young professionals.

Josh Fletcher
Human Performance Manager EXOS

Josh is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with over 10 years industry experience. He has worked across multiple sports and nations and is currently working as an EXOS Performance Manager on a tactical project in Europe. His particular areas of interest lie within coach development for the next generation of S&C coaches and the puzzle of building high performance structures.

Chris Kirk
Lecturer, researcher and S&C coach. Sheffield Hallam University

Lecturer of sport and exercise science. Specialisms in Strength and Conditioning, Anatomy, Physiology and Research Methods.

Owner of Altius Sports Performance, providing S&C and sports science support to clubs and athletes of all ages and levels in the North West through bespoke training programmes, physiological testing and monitoring.

PhD student under Prof James Morton. Researching the training loads of competitive MMA participants and the effects these loads have on preparation and performance. Also engaged in international research collaborations and ad hoc peer review for academic journals.

Over a decade of experience of teaching and group tutoring on undergraduate, postgraduate, A Level and BTEC programmes. Former mentor for several trainee teachers on the PGCE programme.

Marco Altini
PhD, Data Scientist, Entrepreneur

> PhD cum laude in Data Science
> MSc cum laude in Computer Science Engineering
> MSc cum laude in Human Movement Sciences, High-Performance Coaching

> Founder of HRV4Training
> Data Science Advisor at Oura
> Guest Lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Data in Sport and Health + advising students entrepreneurs)

> 10+ years of experience modeling physiological data for health and performance (4 in Silicon Valley, 6+ in The Netherlands)
> 50+ publications at the intersection between technology, health, and performance

Elisabeth Oehler
Weightlifting Coach - Strength & Conditioning - Athletic Development - Youth Sports

From 2018 - 2020 Elisabeth worked for the German Weightlifting Federation. She was the Head of talent ID and responsible for finding and recruiting young talents for Olympic Weightlifting. Her roles included strategic and conceptual work in the fields of talent identification, crossover athletes and long-term athlete development.

I have coached primary school kids, youth athletes, weightlifters, professional rugby players and fitness enthusiasts who just want to stay in shape. I´ve coached in schools, universities, clubs and high-performance environments.

Mark Helme
Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University

Mark's main area of research is the strength and power imbalance in lower limbs, specifically in Rugby League Players.

I am also the current S&C coach for the York City Knights.

Kris Robertson
Strength And Conditioning Coach at Rugby Canada

Kris Robertson is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with Rugby Canada. Kris is responsible for the physical development of the Senior Women’s National 15’s, as well as the Women’s Rugby Canada Development Academy in Ontario. Kris is a former professional athlete of the Canadian Football League (CFL) being drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 11th overall in the 2013 draft, unfortunately he suffered a knee injury that cut his professional aspirations short. Since then Kris has been Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Kris has worked with athletes from a broad spectrum of sports such as swimming, hockey, basketball, judo, and soccer, Kris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and is currently in progress of completing his Master's of Exercise Science at Edith Cowan University. 

Gregory MacMillan
PhD student at Teesside University (training load and injury in professional football).

PhD student at Teesside University investigating training load and injury in professional football. 

Dr Andrew Drake
High Performance Athletics Coach (Endurance). British Athletics Talent Hub Manager

Andi is now an elite endurance coach. Previously he was a race walk athlete who became the British champion in 1999 after winning the British 10,000 metres walk title. He represented England in the 20Km walk event, at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia