John Kiely

Senior Lecturer in Elite Performance, Institute of Coaching & Performance

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building, GR153

+44 (0) 1772 89 4570

John is research active within the area of sport and exercise science and is a member of the Institute of Coaching and Performance.

Brief Introduction

John's career within sport has been relatively varied, having experienced life as an international competitor, coach, sports scientist and strength and conditioning specialist.


Kiely, John (2012) Periodization paradigms in the 21st century: Evidence-led or tradition-driven? International journal of sports physiology and performance, 7 (3). pp. 242-250. ISSN 1555-0265 Item availability may be restricted.

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Full Profile

During this time John has worked directly with the coaches of Olympic and world champions in three major sports. He has coached a Paralympic track medallist and European champion, numerous combat-sport athletes, and lots (and lots!) of kids. From a team sport perspective he has worked as the Power Training Consultant for the Munster senior rugby squad, the Director of Fitness for Garryowen Rugby Academy, and as an advisor to top professional football clubs.

Outside the sporting domain John has consulted for both the police and the military and has performance managed the science and conditioning support for elite polar expeditions. From 2005 to 2009 John was the Head of Strength and Conditioning for UK Athletics, and retains a brief with that organisation to provide direct service to current world champion and Beijing silver medallist, triple-jumper Philips Idowu and coach Aston Moore.

From an academic perspective John graduated with an honours degree in sports science from the University of Limerick, and a master's degree in strength and conditioning from the University of Edinburgh. In the past John has lectured on sports science and physical education courses at the University of Limerick, has published in both practical coaching and peer-reviewed science journals, served as an invited reviewer for top sport science periodicals, authored a book chapter, presented on various topics at international sports science conferences, and regularly present at coaching conventions.