Dr. Christopher Carling

Senior Research Fellow

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank Building

Subject Areas: Sports Tourism

Dr Chris Carling is a Senior Research Fellow within the Institute of Coaching and Performance. Chris is supervisor on the DProf programme. He is also an active research member of staff publishing articles related to match performance, player recovery and injury and athlete development in elite sport.

Chris is a current member of the Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICAP) Research Group.

Chris performs a majority of his work in France, he can also be contacted via Skype - christoper.carling 

Full Profile

Dr Chris Carling joined the Institute of Coaching and Performance as Senior Research Fellow in 2013 after completing a PhD in Sports Science at the University. He has extensive experience working in high-profile international elite sport settings providing applied sports science support services. These settings have or currently include Lille OSC (French top-flight football club), Manchester Utd FC, Clairefontaine National Football Development Centre (France), French National Institute for Elite Sports Performance and Prozone France (AMISCO Pro game analysis system). His work includes provision of match analysis, injury audits as well as conducting medical and scientific research with the aim of enhancing performance in the elite player. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles including several review papers as well as two handbooks on sports performance. His main research interests include match performance, recovery, injury and player development in elite association football and rugby union.


2011 - 2012 PhD (Published Works) Sports Science, University of Central Lancashire

1991 - 1994 BSc (Hons) Sports Science, Liverpool John Moores University


Carling, C., Gregson, W., McCall, A., Moreira, A., Wong, D.P., & Bradley, P.S. (2015). Match running performance during fixture congestion in elite soccer: research issues and future directions. Sports Medicine, 5, 605–13.

Carling C, McCall, A., Le Gall, F., & Dupont, G. (2015). The impact of in-season national team soccer play on injury and player availability in a professional club. Journal of Sports Sciences, in press.

Carling, C., Le Gall, F., McCall, A., Nédélec, M., & Dupont, G. (2015). Squad management, injury and match performance in a professional soccer team over a Championship-winning season. European Journal of Sports Sciences, in press.

McCall, A., Carling, C., Nédélec, M., Davidson, M., Le Gall, F., Berthoin, S., & Dupont, (2015). Injury risk factors, screening tests and preventative strategies: A systematic review of the evidence that underpins the perceptions and practices of 44 football (soccer) teams from various premier leagues. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49, 583–589.

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Research Activities

Injury, fitness, match performance and youth development in elite soccer and rugby union.

External Affiliations and Roles

Visiting Academic: Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong.