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Athalie Redwood-Brown

Athalie Redwood-Brown

Senior Lecturer

Sport Science

Staff Group(s)


Athalie Redwood-Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Performance Analysis of Sport. She is Module Leader for Observational Analysis for Sport, MRes Performance Analysis, and IPAS Advanced Topics in Performance Analysis. Athalie leads on Professional Fitness and Health Qualifications

Athalie works part-time at Nottingham Trent University and part-time in the football industry.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU in September 2009 I was a Senior Lecturer in Sports Science and Coaching at Oxford Brookes University having started my academic career as a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Reading University.

My career in high performance sport sparked my interested in elite sports performance and led to a Doctoral degree at Nottingham Trent University in collaboration with the Premier League exploring the impact of significant events on the performance of professional soccer players.

After many years in elite sport my research interests moved to exercise and health, namely the use of exercise as a means of treatment for those with chronic disease. This research spans across multiple exercise specialisms and allows me to investigate the relationship between exercise and quality of life for those with barriers to exercise due to long term health conditions. I am particularly interested in exercise as a form of treatment for those effective by cancer.

Research areas

Current research focuses on the impact of functional exercise (CrossFit) on individuals with chronic disease. Specifically, in conjunction with Young Lives v Cancer research has investigated the barriers to exercise for young cancer survivors and the impact of the XX programme.

During COVID-19 I was heavily involved in research investigating the impact of COVID-19 on habitual exercisers. This has involved establishing the perceived susceptibility, severity, and prevalence lance of COVID-19 in this population as well as the impact of lockdown on exercise habits and of habitual exercises.

Commercial based work with FiiT for Life has led to research with local authorities on the delivery of exercise referral programmes. Many of these areas of work are continuing with some in collaboration with Derby University, Derby City Council, FiiT for Life Programme (Charity), CrossFit HQ. A number of these collaborations have resulted in publication of peer reviewed academic journal papers.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

For the past six years Athalie has worked within the football industry, most recently as Pro Market Manager for an automated tracking company. Her role was to manage the design and development of products relating to the professional football market using automated tracking technology. Having been involved in football as a sports scientist / performance analyst for the past six years, Athalie is able to bring together academic research and cutting-edge technology to the applied field. With over 20 years' experience as a high performance athlete and ten years as an applied practitioner, Athalie's aim is to bridge the gap between academia, technology, and the market place.

Athalie has provided various local and international clubs with workshops and seminars on the practical application of sports psychology and mental preparation, namely:

  • Reading Football Club
  • Chelsea Academy Football Club
  • Burton Albion Football Club
  • Goring Tennis Club
  • Bracknell Bees Ice Hockey Team
  • Hampton Road Hockey Club, Virginia, USA
  • Members of Great British Rowing and Swimming teams
  • Members of the U21 English Football Team
  • Various English Premier League Football Clubs.

Athalie was also invited to speak at the London Triathlon Expedition on mental preparation in conjunction with the Swimming Teachers Association.

She is a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Psychologists at the highest level. She is also a certified level 1 CrossFit Coach and REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer.

Athalie is a Trustee of FiiT for Life Programme – Fighting Chronic Disease with CrossFit and Director of FiiT for Life Education.

ORCHID ID 0000-0002-9198-0088

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent work is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:


'The effect of score-line on work rate in English FA Premier League soccer'. Redwood-Brown A, O'Donoghue P, Robinson G and Neilson P, International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 2012, 12 (2), 25-271

'The impact of different standards of opponents on observed player performance in the English Premier League'. Redwood-Brown A, Bussell C, Bharaj HS, Journal of Human Movement Science, 2012, 7 (2) 341-355

'Validation of a real-time analysis system for soccer'. Redwood-Brown A, Cranton W and Sunderland C, International Journal of Sports Medicine, 2012, 33 (8), 1-16

'Passing patterns before and after goal scoring in FA Premier League Soccer'. Redwood-Brown A, International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 2008, 8 (3), 172-182

See all of Athalie Redwood-Brown's publications...

Press expertise

Athalie is able to comment on the following:

  • sport psychology
  • player behaviour
  • critical incidents on the pitch
  • score line effects
  • performance analysis
  • player statistics
  • player work-rate
  • player tracking
  • automated tracking
  • football
  • swimming
  • rowing.