In the latest edition of our High Performance Practitioner interviews, Chris Barnes speaks to Dr. Ben Jones from Leeds Beckett University and the Rugby Football League (RFL).
A Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Physiology at Leeds Beckett, Ben combines his academic work with a consultancy role as the RFL’s Research and Innovation Manager.
Over the course of the interview, Chris and Ben touch on a range of important topics, including:
Ben’s career and research history (00:00), balancing the wants and needs of academics and practitioners in sports science (05:45), the value of pooling data and research with leagues rather than at individual clubs (12:40), the research and innovation challenges faced by the RFL (15:25), and building a research culture in Rugby League (19:30).
You can watch previous HPP interviews on the Catapult Sports YouTube channel.