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Russell Discombe, Lecturer

Dr Russell Discombe MSc, FHEA, BASES, CSci


Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


Russell has been a lecturer in sport psychology (football) at Solent University since September 2018. Before moving to Solent, he was a part-time lecturer in sport and performance psychology at the University of Winchester, where he was awarded fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Russell is also a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist.

Russell has nine years’ experience working as a sport and performance psychology consultant and has worked across a range of sports at different levels, from local/amateur to professional. Notably, Russell spent six years working as a sport psychology consultant at Somerset County Cricket Club and two seasons at Bristol City Football Club.

He completed an undergraduate degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences which was followed by a MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (Psychology) from the University of Gloucestershire. He completed a part-time PhD at the University of Winchester where he used mobile eye-tracking technology to explore decision making and gaze behaviour within cricket.

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Industry experience

Russell has nine years’ experience working as a sport and performance psychology consultant and has worked across a range of sports at different levels, from local/amateur to professional. He strives to help individuals, teams, and organisations maximise their performance through the application of contemporary research and knowledge. Russell has worked in numerous sports including cricket, football, basketball, rugby, golf, taekwondo, badminton, tennis and athletics. He has also worked with numerous sporting officials and retired athletes. Specific organisations Russell has worked with include: Somerset County Cricket Club (2012 – 2018), Bristol City Football Club (2009 – 2011), Gloucestershire District Cricket Programme, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), University of Gloucestershire elite sport programme and Global Taekwondo International.

Teaching experience

Russell is a fellow of the HEA and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. He has four years’ teaching experience at the University of Winchester as a part-time lecturer in sport and exercise psychology/sport sciences. During this time, he delivered on numerous undergraduate and postgraduate causes ranging from sport psychology to research methods.

Research interests

Russell’s main research area is eye tracking in sport, and how this can be used to enhance sports performance. He is also currently conducting research in the area of decision making and virtual reality and how technology can enhance sporting performance.

Recent publications

  • Discombe, R. M, & Cotterill, S. T. (2015). Eye tracking in sport: A guide for new and aspiring researchers. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review. 11(2), 49-57.
  • White, A., Batten, J., Robinson, S., Anderson, E., Burns, A., Batey, J., Ryan-Stewart, H., & Discombe, R. M. (2018). Tackling in Physical Education Rugby: An Unnecessary Risk? Injury Prevention, 24(2), 1-2.
  • Cotterill, S. T., & Discombe, R. M. (2016). Enhancing decision making during sports performance: Current understanding and future directions, Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 12(1), 54-68.

Work in progress

  • Discombe, R. M., Cotterill, S. T., & Randell, J. (Under Review). An exploration of cricket batters visual search strategies while batting against spin, medium paced, and fast paced bowling.
  • Cotterill, S. T., Jobson, S. A., Batten, J., Batey, J., Discombe, R. M., Ryan-Stewart, H., & Whittle, C. (Under Review). Practitioner Perceptions of Warm-up Impact and Function in Professional Cricket. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.
  • Discombe, R., Bird, J., & Kelly, A. The effects of 2D vs. 360° occlusion techniques and different training methods for enhancing decision making in cricket