In his role as a sport scientist (sport psychology) Matt regularly works with individuals and teams from a variety of sports up to and including International and Olympic...
In his role as a sport scientist (sport psychology) he regularly works with individuals and teams from a variety of sports up to and including International and Olympic level. He has completed coaching qualifications in a broad range of land and water sports and has developed a wealth of experience coaching both participation and high performance sport. In particular he has enjoyed coaching youth and adult rugby of all levels up to and including England Women’s Rugby. In recognition of this he was short listed for the regional Sports Personality ‘Coach of the Year’.
As a coach educator he believes passionately that to become an excellent coach, the coach must engage in a long developmental journey which includes education, qualification, experience, reflection and mentoring. In line with this, Matt has been instrumental in developing an enviable programme of National Governing Body (NGB) coach education awards, an extensive community coaching programme and a comprehensive coach mentoring programme. He is also chair of the organising committee of the Hampshire Coaching Conference and the Hampshire Young Coaching Conference.
Matt’s research interests centre on defining, understanding and measuring attitude in sports training and competition. Already he has worked...
Matt’s research interests centre on defining, understanding and measuring attitude in sports training and competition. Already he has worked collaboratively with two professional football teams and athletes from the regional talented athlete scheme to investigate the nature and development of a good attitude. In addition to his personal research interests he has recently supervised undergraduate research on sports vision, mental toughness, mental skills training, leadership and coaching behaviour. Some of these students have been invited to present their research at the national student BASES conference.
Matt's recent publications include several conferences. For more information, follow the link below...
Johnson, M. (2013) 'Defining a good attitude for training & competition', FBSE Research & Enterprise Conference, SSU
Johnson, M. (2013) 'Motivating young performers', Hampshire Young Coaches Conference, SSU
Johnson, M. (2012) 'A good attitude in football', AFC Bournemouth
Cooper, J. and Johnson, M. (2012) 'Peripheral vision in sailing', BASES student conference, University of East London
Johnson, M. (2012) 'Developing the right attitude to excel workshop', GB Wheelchair Rugby Development Squad