Dr Gavin Lawrence

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science, Additional Duties

Contact info

Room 207, School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences, George Building

Email: g.p.lawrence@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248388283

Bio:

I am a senior lecturer conducting research into Expertise Development, Skill Acquisition, and Motor Control and Learning. I am particularly interested in investigating how we can accelerate the journey to expertise via effective coaching practice and better understanding of the underlying mechanisms within the motor control system.  Throughout this research, I work with high profile Sports Organisations e.g., UK Sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Weightlifting Wales, England Athletics and UK Deaf Sport. 

Research

My Main interests of research centre on Motor Control and Learning.  The primary aspects of the Motor Control line of research is to better understand the mechanisms responsible for movement integration in multiple target directed aiming tasks.  The primary aspect of my Motor Learning line of research is to better understand expertise performance and ways to accelerate individuals towards expert performance.   

Within the Motor Control context I have, and continue to, research the effects of movement perturbation, pre-cueing, affect, size and target location, number of effectors involved, limb asymmetries, and movement direction on the nature of multiple segment integration, together with investigating mediating factors (such as the role that vision plays) within these integration processes. 

Within Motor Learning, my interests reside in ascertaining how practice influences and interacts with the above together with furthering our understanding of effective skill acquisition techniques and paradigms. For example; what are the discriminating factors between those who obtain and those who don’t obtain expertise and super elite status; influence virtual reality use and transfer to real life; focus of attention during novice and expert performance; the stress-performance relationship and how anxiety related choking can be prevented together with how the training environment can be structured to optimally achieve this; the use of novel visual occlusion or visual training aids in enhancing skill development; and optimal ways to structure practice to accelerate learning.

Within both of my research domains, I also work with special populations in order to further our understanding of the motor control and learning challenges faced by individuals with Down syndrome.  

Contact Info

Room 207, School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences, George Building

Email: g.p.lawrence@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248388283

Bio:

I am a senior lecturer conducting research into Expertise Development, Skill Acquisition, and Motor Control and Learning. I am particularly interested in investigating how we can accelerate the journey to expertise via effective coaching practice and better understanding of the underlying mechanisms within the motor control system.  Throughout this research, I work with high profile Sports Organisations e.g., UK Sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Weightlifting Wales, England Athletics and UK Deaf Sport. 

Grant Awards and Projects

Dates

Award Holder (s)

Funding Body

Title

Value

April 2019

Lawrence G.P., (PI) Gottwald, V.M, & Anderson D.N

ESRC

Identifying Talent in the Field; The development of an online talent pathway management app

£9566

April 2019

Lawrence G.P (PI), and Jones, B.

ESRC

Identification of game changers in cricketers; evidenced based insights to enhance the development of the next generation

£9727

April 2019

Lawrence G.P (PI)

ESRC

40 years of Sport Science at Bangor; a showcase event.

£8500

Oct 2018

Gottwald V.M, Lawrence G.P., & Khan, M.A

ESRC DTP – UK Deaf Sport and England Athletics

Enhancing equality in sport: informing the development of a standardised starting system for deaf athletes

£32,215.00

Oct 2017

Lawrence G.P., (PI) & Hardy, L

UK Sport

This is a PhD studentship award that forms three-quarters of a larger research project titled:

A prospective study of the developmental biographies of Great British Pathway athletes.

 

£202,785.00

Aug 2017

Lawrence G.P., (PI) & Hardy, L.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

Investigation of the development pathways of England’s elite Spin Bowlers

£5155.00

Apr 2017

Hardy, L & Lawrence, G.P (C-PI)

ESRC (DTP) – UK Sport

A prospective study of the developmental biographies of Great British Pathway athletes.

 

£64,430.00

Apr 2016

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Gottwald, V.M.

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship II (KESS II); Welsh Weightlifting

PhD research programme designed to investigate the Talent Identification of Weightlifting.

£48,537.00

 

Sep 2015

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Oliver, S.O.

 

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship II (KESS II): Surf Snowdonia

MRes research programme designed to investigate effective skill acquisition interventions within inland surfing facilities.

£15,233.00

 

Apr 2014

Lawrence, G.P (PI), & Roberts, R.

 

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): SurfLines

4 separate research project ATMs to Investigate the effects of contextual interference in the learning of outdoor activity skills

£63,325.00

 

Mar 2014

Hardy, L., & Lawrence, G.P. (C-PI)

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

 

4 year PhD research programme designed to investigate the practice and training histories of elite and super elite cricketers

£79,199.00

 

Jun 2013

Lawrence, G.P. (PI)

 

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): MENCAP

3 separate ATMs to investigate the effects of contextual interference in the Down syndrome population

£47,120.00

 

Jun 2012

Lawrence, G.P. (PI) & Hardy, J.T.

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): MENCAP

4 separate research project ATMs investigate the effects of varying foci of attention in the acquisition and learning of motor skill in the Down syndrome population.

£63,325.00

Nov 2011

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Hayes, A.

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): MENCAP

to investigate the barriers to sports club participation for individuals with learning disabilities; 2) to investigate the effects of performance pressure on the motor control of individuals with Down syndrome.

£21,782.00

 

Aug 2011

Smeeton, N., Ford, P., Lawrence, G.P. (CI), Jackson, R., & Williams, M.A.

BASES and ICSEMIS

 

Successful pre-Olympic symposium. Anticipation in Sport

 

£1,500.00

 

Apr 2011

Laing, S.L., & Lawrence, G.P (C-PI).

 

‘Polar’ Electro Oy Professorintie, 5, 90440 Kempele, Finland

 

Research program focused on whether psychomotor speed tracks increases in training stress similarly to orthostatic heart rate profiles, R-R interval heart rate variability and blood parameters

£21,733.00

 

Nov 2010

John, N., Lawrence, G.P. (CI), & S. Watt

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship: Rugby Innovations

PhD: An Advanced Virtual Environment for Rugby Skills Training

 

£59,469.00

 

Nov 2009

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Khan, M.A.

 

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship: MENCAP

PhD: Enhancing the motor skills of individuals with a learning disability; increasing functional independence. 

£58,963.00

 

Other

Invited presentations/workshops:

1. Sport Wales Skill Acquisition workshop to Perfromance Directors and Practitioners. Welsh Institute of Sport, June 2017

2. Sport Wales Anxiety and Perfromance workshop to coaches. Welsh Institue of Sports, June

3. Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). A series of four separte Skill Acquisition workshops on instruction, practice structure, pressured perfromance, and feedback delivery. Presented to Elite coaching staff at the National Centre of Excellence, October through December 2016. 

4. Training with anxiety; the story so far.  Midcareer Researcher lecture delivered at the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN). Sheffield institute of Sport (EIS) April, 2015.

5. Welsh Yachting Associations annual Big Weekend for elite and squad coaches. ‘Effective coaching; the role of practice structure in obtaining expertise.’ Plas Menai Centre of Excellence for Sailing (February 2014).

6. Discussion panelist at the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network.  ‘Skill Acquisition interventions’ – Biz Price (GB performance director for synchronised swimming). English Institute of Sport (High Performance Centre) Bisham Abbey. April 2013. 

7. Health and Well Being public lecture series part funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (hefcw) and The National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare. Title: ‘Performance pressure is like chocolate: some people can devour as much as they want without any negatives whilst others suffer at the mere mention of the word!’.  Venue Cymru, Llandudno, November 2012.

8. International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS).  Pre Olympic symposium ‘Elite performance: Anticipation skill in Olympic sports: advances in theory and practice’.  Glasgow, July 2012

9. Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN). ‘The positive effects of practicing with anxiety.’  Loughborough, April 2011.

10. Ninewells Hospital and Medical Centre, Dundee. Workshop delivered to health professionals focusing on applying Motor Control and Learning research within the rehabilitation and medical settings. November 2008.

Overview

I am a senior lecturer conducting research into Expertise Development, Skill acquisition, and Motor Control and Learning. I am particularly interested in investigating how we can accelerate the journey to expertise via effective coaching practice and better understanding of the underlying mechanisms within the motor control system.   

I graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Sport Science in 2000 and completed my PhD in Psychomotor Behaviour in 2004.  Specifically, the thesis investigated the utilisation of vision in the planning and control of aiming movements.  The body of research helped develop a novel methodology for effectively measuring these separate processes via the examination of variability within movement trajectories. This method has since been used in a large number of research publications investigating  simple target directed aiming movements right through to complex golf swings. 

After completing my PhD I worked as a Post Doctoral researcher at Leeds University from 2004 to 2006 before securing a fulltime Research and Teaching post at Bangor University.  Since then, I have continued to publish research in the area of Motor Control and Learning and Expertise Development whilst establishing research links and projects with UK Sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Weightlifting Wales, UK Deaf Sport and England Athletics. These research projects have attracted funding from both the ESRC and the partner organisations. 

Teaching and Supervision

JXH1044 BSc 1st year Conducting Successful Research

JXH2041 BSc 2nd year Project Proposal

JXH3001 BSc 3rd year Research Project

JXH3054 BSc 3rd year Dissertation

JXH3050 BSc 3rd year Skill Acquisition

JXH4022 MSc Effective Coaching Practice

JXH4008 MSc Supervised Experience

JXH4009 MSc Research Project Proposal

JXH4900 MSc Research Project

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2012 - Professional , Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2005 - PhD , The planning and execution of target directed movement (psycho-motor control) , Bangor University (2001 - 2004)
  • 2000 - BSc , Sports Science 1st Class , Bangor University (1997 - 2000)
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