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Dr Lee Bridgeman, Lecturer

Lee Bridgeman PhD, PGCE, SFHEA


Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


Lee graduated from Chichester University in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science. Upon graduating, he took up a lecturing role in Portsmouth and completed a teaching qualification (PGCE) at Portsmouth University. While lecturing, Lee also completed an MSc in Strength and Conditioning at St Mary’s University.

In 2013 Lee left the UK to complete a PhD in Strength and Conditioning at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Lee’s research in New Zealand focused on accentuated eccentric loading during plyometric activities and exercise-induced muscle damage.

During his time in New Zealand, Lee worked with a range of Olympic sports in a sports science consultancy role and worked in professional rugby union as a sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach. In 2017 Lee returned to the UK to take up his current role at Solent University. In 2020 Lee was awarded Senior Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.

Lee is a member of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, the NSCA and BASES and regularly provides sport science support to amateur and professional athletes and teams.


Further information

Industry experience

Lee has experience working with elite and junior athletes during training and testing sessions in the gym, field, or laboratory. During his time in New Zealand, Lee worked as both a strength and conditioning coach and sport scientist in professional rugby union. In the UK, more recently, he has provided testing and support for individual endurance athletes.

Teaching experience

Solent University 2018 – present (Applied Sports Science)

Auckland University of Technology 2013 – 2017 (Sports Science)

Havant and South Downs College 2006 – 2013 (A Levels, BTEC and HND)

Recent publications

Bridgeman, LA & Gill, ND 2021, 'The Use of Global Positioning and Accelerometer Systems in Age-Grade and Senior Rugby Union: A Systematic Review', Sports Medicine Open, vol. 7, 15.

Fisher, JP, Ravalli, S, Carlson, L, Bridgeman, LA, Roggio, F, Scuderi, S, Maniaci, M, Cortis, C, Fusco, A & Musumeci, G 2020, 'The "Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology" Journal Club Series: Utility and Advantages of the Eccentric Training through the Isoinertial System', Journal of functional morphology and kinesiology, vol. 5, no. 1.

Bridgeman, LA, McGuigan, MR, Gill, ND & Dulson, DK 2018, 'Relationships Between Concentric and Eccentric Strength and Countermovement Jump Performance in Resistance Trained Men', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 255-260.

Bridgeman, LA, Gill, ND, Dulson, DK & McGuigan, MR 2017, 'The Effect of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage After a Bout of Accentuated Eccentric Load Drop Jumps and the Repeated Bout Effect', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 386-394.

Bridgeman, LA, McGuigan, MR, Gill, ND & Dulson, DK 2017, 'The Effects of Accentuated Eccentric Loading on the Drop Jump Exercise and the Subsequent Postactivation Potentiation Response', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 1620-1626.

Brown, SR, Brughelli, M & Bridgeman, LA 2016, 'Profiling Isokinetic Strength by Leg Preference and Position in Rugby Union Athletes', International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 500-507.

Bridgeman, LA, McGuigan, MR, Gill, ND & Dulson, DK 2016, 'Test-Retest Reliability of a Novel Isokinetic Squat Device With Strength-Trained Athletes', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 30, no. 11, pp. 3261-3265.

Research interests

Lee’s research interests include eccentric training, post-activation potentiation and the use of micro technology to monitor player load and performance in rugby union.

Work in progress

Currently, Lee is investigating the use of global positioning systems to monitor the most intense periods of play during rugby union matches.