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James  Steele

Dr James Steele


School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6465 ext. 6465 Room no. RM230C


James Steele is a lecturer in BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Solent University. His job involves furthering research in the areas of health, exercise and sport science in addition to teaching exercise physiology, biomechanics and research methods on the Universities sport science, sport coaching and health and fitness related courses.

James graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) in applied sport science from Solent University in 2010 and has recently completed his PhD researching the effects of isolated lumbar extension resistance training for chronic low back pain and its symptoms. In addition to his academic qualification, James has gained broad applied experience consulting in strength and conditioning with a wide range of elite athletic populations including; international Ironman triathletes, Paralympic wheelchair basketball and rugby, semi-professional muay thai fighters, university American football and professional soccer. 

James also has extensive experience working with non-athletic populations including the elderly, diseased, and a population that he continues to conduct research with; sufferers of chronic low back pain. James has published numerous peer reviewed articles on a variety of areas relating to health and fitness with particular focus upon the impact of resistance training. His current research projects include;

  • The Resistance Exercise And Community Health (REACH) Project which looks improve the health of the local community through development and application of a self-managed resistance training intervention in sedentary adults.
  • The use of advanced resistance training techniques in trained populations.
  • The specific impact of perceptions of effort upon adaptations to resistance training.
  • Comparison of the bioenergetics and physiological adaptations of different exercise modes (resistance training and aerobic/endurance training).
  • The effects of isolated lumbar extension resistance training upon chronic low back pain and its various associated dysfunctions.
  • Development of screening tools to identify positive responders the isolated lumbar extension resistance training in sufferers of chronic low back pain.
  • Due to his involvement as associate editor with the Journal of Evolution and Health, James is also looking to begin research examining low back pain from an evolutionary perspective, integrating his existing work in order to investigate reasons for the high prevalence of the condition and ways to best address it.

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