Chris Thompson

Sport Scientist, Saarland University / University of Technology Sydney

Chris graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science in 2013. During his time in SHES he gained valuable experience working as a strength and conditioning coach with several recreational sports clubs across Hull, as well as a placement period with Coventry City FC Academy in his final year.

Since graduation, Chris has gained additional experience working with Leicester Tigers RFC and Coventry City FC as a strength and conditioning coach. Following those two seasons, Chris then earned an MRes in Exercise Physiology at Nottingham Trent University, during which he undertook his Dissertation research at Leicester City FC Academy.

Chris is now at Saarland University in Germany where he is studying for a PhD in mental fatigue in football as part of a dual scholarship with the University of Technology, Sydney. As part of his studies he communicates with numerous football clubs across Europe to gain valuable data for his research. Chris has acted as a course coordinator and lecturer in the MSc module entitled “Science in Football”, specialising in strength and conditioning, environmental physiology, recovery strategies and careers in football.

Chris has come a long way since the early days of learning how to connect breathing tubes and Douglas bags in the SHES labs. Today he performs physical performance testing with Borussia Dortmund, Beijing Guoan, as well as psychological analysis of the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim squad.

In his seminar Chris will be advising on entering employment in sport science, provide an insight of working in the field, and discuss how to network with professionals and overcome setbacks in your career.