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Dr. Colin Robinson

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Dr. Colin Robertson has been involved in human performance and sport science his entire professional career. He has worked in every aspect of Strength and Conditioning from rugby to wrestling to wheelchair basketball, and countless sports in between; at national and international levels of competition. He has prepared numerous global adventurers to undertake unimaginable challenges, from climbing Everest to rowing the Atlantic, "Dr. Col" has become a go-to specialist.

Best-known today for linking the evidence-base of best scientific practice with the curriculum of exercise activity, Dr. Colin Robertson is a Senior Fellow of Advance Higher Education, and Research Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at the country’s leading Sport’s Rehabilitation department; currently the Director of Studies for ten Ph.D. students (most of whom placed in professional sport or health), and has taught hundreds of MSc students (Strength and Conditioning, Sports Rehabilitation, and Nutrition). Col is an accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (UKSCA), Kinanthropometrist (body composition specialist), and a qualified Nutritionalist, equipping him with an all-round knowledge and understanding of how best to develop people along the road of their health and fitness goals.

Over the past 20-years, Dr. Col has established the high-performance facilities at Liverpool John Moores University, The University of Bolton, and Pembrokeshire College. At the University of Bolton, Colin has overseen the administration and data analysis of the largest injury surveillance program in the world; encompassing all teams within the Rugby Super League since 2013.

From 2000 until 2005, Col worked as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at a large district general hospital in North Wales. During his time he conducted research into exercise rehabilitation for the management of chronic low back pain, as well as working directly in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, palliative care, and Musculoskeletal/Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. The practices he developed during this time continues to be used by some of the UK’s leading hospitals and rehabilitation centres.

In the early days, Dr. Col worked at Gold’s Gym and World Gym USA as a strength coach whilst also specializing in the physical preparation and fitness conditioning of people working in the armed security services. Since 2009 Colin has owned and operated the UTS Gym, on the Wirral, which was one of the very first performance facilities in the UK to open its doors to the general population. As the Executive Director of the UTS Foundation, Col helps people who have had, or who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Their key strategy helps people to overcome the debilitating levels of physical fatigue left in the wake of surgical and medication treatments. Cancer is also a key area of research investigation, and along with funding a Ph.D. study at Liverpool John Moores University, Dr. Col is also a member of the GM Health Innovations research group — primarily focused on the reversibility of Type 2 Diabetes via exercise and nutrition strategies, Cancer rehabilitation and prevention through lifestyle modification, and the impact of changes to diet and physical activity on children’s wellbeing.

Col is well-published amongst the peer-reviewed scientific literature and has authored (and co-authored) leading impact papers on nutrition, chronobiology, athlete preparation, and the changing state of health in Western Industrialised Nations. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Mick Molly, Emergency & Disaster Medicine Specialist, on behalf of the World Health Organisation, with regards to the transmission of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets and how they are impacted during exercise. This includes an assessment of how the range is altered, as well as what impact that has in a stadium environment and sports mass-participation from a crowd point of view. From clinical rehabilitation, right up to elite sports performance, Col has worked with an extremely broad range of athletes and individuals.

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