The Sport Collision Injury Collective is a multidisciplinary collective of academics who aim to reduce injuries sustained in British youth sport.  

We aim to: 

Empirically evaluate the outcomes of, and attitudes toward, injuries and sport collision through academic scholarship.

Educate parents and sport stakeholders as to the necessity of removing contact or collision sports, in order to reduce the risk of injury.

Advocating changes in policy, organisation, governance and attitude regarding the impacts of collision in sport for children.


The Commitee

Professor Allyson Pollock 

Professor of Public Health Research and Policy

Queen Mary, University of London

Prof Allyson Pollock is professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary, University of London. She set up and directed the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh from 2005 to 2011, and prior to that she was Head of the Public Health Policy Unit at UCL and Director of Research & Development at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust.

She trained in medicine in Scotland and became a consultant in public health medicine in 1991. Her research interests include globalisation; privatisation, marketisation and PFI / PPPs; health services; regulation and trade; pharmaceuticals and clinical trials; and childhood injuries.

She is the author of NHS plc and co-author of The New NHS: A Guide

Professor Eric Anderson

Professor of Sport, Masculinities and Sexualities 

University of Winchester

Dr. Eric Anderson is Professor of Sport, Masculinities & Sexualities at the University of Winchester, in England. He holds four degrees, has published 14 books, and over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. His research is regularly featured in international television, print and digital media. 

He is the leading academic expert on gay men in sport, and the architect of Inclusive Masculinity Theory, which was generated from his research showing that deceased homophobia leads to a softening of heterosexual masculinities. This permits young men to kiss, cuddle and maintain bromances with other males, while also leading to semi-sexual behaviors between men and the increased recognition of bisexuality. 

His sexuality research extends to the improvement that decreasing cultural homophobia has on biphobia, and his work on monogamy and cheating finds positive aspects of non-monogamous relationships, including cheating.

Professor Anderson is also the trustee of the Sport Collision Injury Collective which is committed to examining and removing brain trauma caused by participation in contact sports. His interest in sport extends to critiquing organized team sports and writing about the coaching of long distance runners.

Professor Anderson's research excellence is recognized by the British Academy of Social Sciences; he is a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Irvine; and he is also a Full-Fellow of the International Academy of Sex Research.

He is available for consultancy, training, speaking, and media requests and is interested to hear from high-quality, strongly motivated, potential PhD students.

Adam White

Postgraduate Researcher 

University of Winchester

Adam is a postgraduate qualitative researcher at the University of Winchester, within the Sport and Exercise Research Centre of the Department for Sport and Exercise Science. He is currently undertaking a doctorate investigating the socio-cultural and political influences for participation in rugby union for youth players, under the supervision of Professor Eric Anderson and Dr Stewart Cotterill. Alongside this, he is also actively investigating the experiences of gay men in sport and contemporary constructions of masculinities within education.

As a founding member of the Sport Collision Injury Collective, alongside Professor Allyson Pollock and Professor Eric Anderson, much of Adam's current work is focused upon removing the negative aspects associated with youth contact sport. He currently coordinates a number of multiple interdisciplinary research projects exploring the current socio-cultural and political influences for participating in contact sports, such as rugby. 

Adam is an experienced coach, match official, sports development officer and sport administrator. He is currently a member of the England Rugby Football Schools Union and leads Oxfordshire Rugby Schools


Professor Conor Gissane (St Mary's University, Twickenham)

Conor completed his PhD in 2003 at Brunel University in the area of epidemiological investigation into rugby league injury. During his time in academia he has worked at Brunel University, along with several visiting positions at Nottingham University, University College Dublin and the University of East London.

His main area of research interest is injury in sport, and more recently the incidence of concussion. This initially began in rugby league, but has since been extended to several other sports. Conor is also interested in statistics and statistics education and research design. The combination of these areas has led to an interest into the design of studies to investigate sport rehabilitation practices.

Conor has research collaborations with Liverpool John Moores University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Irish Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, Auckland University of Technology, the University of North Carolina.

Conor has several peer reviewed research publications, and has acted for a reviewer for ten peer reviewed journals. In addition he is a member of two editorial boards. He has an ongoing series of articles about statistics in the journal Physiotherapy Practice and Research.

Will Roberts (Oxford Brookes University)

Will has worked as a consultant with Sport England (South West) developing a coach education and mentoring programme for sport coaches. The project was funded by Sport England (South West) and helped deliver a programme to meet the developmental needs of coaches in a performance enviorment across a range of sports. He is currently engaged in research that deals with social justice in coaching; he also consults with the Change Foundation supporting the research and evaluation element of a project which seeks to better examine social inclusion through sport in deprived areas. Will serves as an expert panel member for the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA) and with colleagues in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has established a social enterprise ( which delivers Physical Education in primary schools targeting the development of physical literacy in young people.

His PhD thesis examines governmentality and coaching and addresses the role of government and governance in social and cultural contexts of disengaged young people. Engaging a physical cultural studies sensibility, his work explores the multiplicity of every day, dramaturgical practices and philosophies that coaches are faced with in an attempt to (re) conceptualise the role of sports coaching.  He is particularly interested in the construction of coaching knowledge, the coaching process as well as the sociology of sports coaching, drawn from his own practice in sport coaching.

Will has recently held a Teaching Fellowship at the University and is engaged in a number of research projects that attempt to understand the pedagogic practices that inform teaching and learning in the current digital landscape, particularly focussing on digital communities of practice and their impact on the pedagogic setting of HE.

Dr. Mark McCormack (Durham University)

I am a sociologist interested in understanding the effects of changing norms of gender and sexuality in Western cultures, particularly related to improving attitudes toward sexual minorities. Empirically documenting the erosion of homophobia in educational and sporting settings, as well as in the wider culture, my research explores how this has resulted in an expansion of gendered behaviours for male youth and documents the improvement in life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth. My next book is about the changing experiences of bisexual men, to be published with Springer Press and co-authored with Eric Anderson. In 2014, I undertook a Visiting Professorship at Cornell University, researching ‘mostly gay’ and ‘mostly straight’ men with Professor Ritch Savin-Williams.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Durham University and Co-Director of the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, in the School of Applied Social Sciences. I moved to Durham after spending two years as a Lecturer at Brunel University, having completed my Ph.D at the University of Bath in 2010 under the supervision of Professor Eric Anderson. I have undertaken research for Durex examining issues related to dating and safe sex. My research has garnered considerable media attention, and I have appeared on shows including The Surgery on BBC Radio 1, Woman’s Hour and Thinking Allowed on BBC Radio 4, Nightwaves on BBC Radio 3, The World Service, and Q with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Radio 1. My research  has been covered in newspapers including The Observer, The Sunday Times and The Daily Mail, as well as in multiple print and on-line magazines, including The Economist, New Internationalist, Playboy and The Huffington Post. I have also appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss the changing nature of homosexually themed language.

Graham Kirkwood (Queen Mary's University)

I am a former NHS nurse who then studied epidemiology at Imperial College, London and has since worked in several research posts. I have worked on systematic reviews of complementary and alternative therapies in mental health, links between anti—psychotic drug use and hip fracture, use of routine NHS data to predict outcomes and inequalities in access to health care.

My current role is as a Research Fellow, Public & Policy, Trauma Sciences which continues an interest in injury research and injury data collection and in the use of such data to inform and evaluate injury prevention strategies in the community.

My  research interests include injury surveillance and epidemiology and the use of routine data to assess and analyse health policy changes with respect to health inequalities and inequities. My role within the Public and Policy Research Core aligns closely with Dianna Smith's research at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health.

Dr. Jamie Cleland (University of Loughborough) 

I joined the department in January 2013 having previously held positions at Staffordshire University and Liverpool Hope University. I completed my PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2008. Most of my research is communicated through the lens of sport and includes a focus on social deviance, racism, sexuality and homophobia, the media, communication and violence. My examination of racism and homophobia in football, for example, has highlighted the potential implications of anti-discrimination research on future social policy. I have also examined locally-based interventions tasked with reducing crime and improving social engagement. These large-scale projects have provided experience of different methods to collect and analyse data, with online methods a particular feature of my research.

Dr. Rory Magrath (Southampton Solent University) 

Rory graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2010 with a degree in BA (Hons) Football Studies. Following this, he successfully completed his MSc in sociology of sport from Loughborough University, before returning to Southampton Solent University as an associate lecturer in September 2011. He was appointed as a lecturer in sport in July 2014.

His PhD, completed in 2015, focused on masculinity construction among young, Premier League academy footballers. He was supervised by professor Eric Anderson, Dr. Jason Tuck and Dr. Stewart Cotterill from the University of Winchester.

His research has been received media attention from The Guardian newspaper, BBC Radio 5 Live, London Evening Standard and Daily Echo (Southampton).

John Batten (University of Winchester)

John has been a lecturer in the Department of Sport and Exercise at The University of Winchester since January 2008. He is Programme Leader for the BSc/MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science.

John completed a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and MSc in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, followed by a Certificate in Counselling Skills at the University of Chichester. He then later completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Research Skills at The University of Winchester.

John is currently in the process of further study towards his PhD and is an active education, exercise and sport consultant. In particular, he has experience in working with academy football and development squads and works closely with both the NHS and Portsmouth City Council. John also holds a Certificate in Tagging Analysis and a Certificate in Video Analysis from the Dartfish Academy, as well as an FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football.

Emma Nottingham (University of Winchester)

Emma Nottingham is a lecturer in law at the University of Winchester. Previously she was a part-time lecturer at the University of Southampton, where she is currently completing her PhD. Emma's research expertise spans children's rights, consent, capacity, healthcare law, medical law and ethics, bioethics and tort law. Her PhD thesis focuses on the Gillick litigation.

Emma sits on the research committee of the Institute of Medical Ethics. She has also helped to establish the Institute of Medical Ethics Post-graduate student committee and has assisted in the organisation the Annual Institute of Medical Ethics Conference for the last 3 years.

In 2014, Emma convened the 8th Postgraduate Bioethics Conference and successfully applied for grants from the Wellcome Trust, Society of Applied Philosophy and the Analysis Trust.  

Emma was part of the team of research students who established Southampton Student Law Review and later became the Editor-in-Chief for the academic year 2011-2012. Emma has also assisted in many pro bono initiatives, having undertaken roles such as Housing Clinic and Employment Law Clinic Co-ordinator and Innocence Project Team Leader and Case Worker.

Emma edits the blog Paediatric Bioethics

Follow Emma on twitter @EmmaCNottingham @paediatricbioethics

Dr. Tim Gamble (University of Winchester)

Tim Gamble is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Winchester. His main research interest is investigating risk and protective equipment, specifically the unintended consequences of safety equipment provision. He is also interested in studying whether the over-promotion of safety products can put people off otherwise healthy activities.Tim received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Sheffield, and his BA in Human Geography & Artificial Intelligence from the University of Birmingham.

Russell Discombe (University of Winchester)

I am a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist specialising in sport psychology. I have been working in the applied field for the past 6 years and have experience working within amateur and professional sport. Alongside the applied psychology, I work as a part-time lecturer in sport and performance psychology at the University of Winchester. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and I am currently in the process of completing a part time PhD at the University.

Dr. Melanie Lang (Edge Hill University)

Melanie is a sociologist and former international youth swimmer, coach and journalist who now works as a Senior Lecturer in Child Protection in Sport at Edge Hill University. She teaches, researches and publishes on safeguarding, child protection and children's rights in sport, and her work has featured on BBC Radio and in the national press as well as in leading academic journals. She works with various national sports organisations as well as academic colleagues worldwide, delivers training workshops on safeguarding and child protection in sport, and sits on the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit Research Evidence and Advisory Group and the editorial board of the Irish Journal of Sociology.

Rachael Bullingham (University of Worcester)

Rachael is a lecturer in Physical Education at the University of Worcester. She previously taught Physical Education in a secondary school, as well as performing various pastoral roles. In addition to teaching she has been involved in research and has recently published on the topic of homophobia in sport. Rachael is currently studying for a PhD analysing the experiences of openly lesbian athletes participating in team sports. She is a keen sport player and currently plays hockey; previously she has both played and officiated rugby. Rachael also enjoys outdoor sports particularly sailing where she has won national titles, as crew, in the yachting world dayboat class.

Michael Hobson (St Mary's University, Twickenham)

Michael graduated from St Mary’s in 2010 with a BA in Physical and Sport Education, following this up with an MA in Pedagogy and Professional Practise in Physical Education. Michael was appointed as a lecturer on the Physical and Sport Education degree programme in September 2012, having worked as a graduate assistant on the programme from September 2010 to August 2012.

Through his studies and sporting experiences Michael has developed a keen interest in a wide range of content within a physical education and sport context including the philosophy, sociology and pedagogy of PE and sport. This culminated in his masters research in to lecturers' use of high order questioning.

In his work as a coach, Michael has worked with a variety of individuals including primary school pupils, adults training for the marathon, and individuals with learning difficulties. Most notable was his work as former head multi-skills and athletics coach with Special Olympics Richmond, running fully inclusive sessions and activities on a weekly basis, for individuals with all varieties of learning and physical impairments.

Since joining the Physical and Sports education team, Michael has also worked with the Centre for Coaching and the Physical and Sport Education degree programme.