Rhodri is currently a Professor of Paediatric Strength and Conditioning and Graduate Studies Lead in Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is also the Chair of the Youth Physical Development Centre within the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, which delivers after-school strength and conditioning provision to over 100 young athletes.
Rhodri has previously worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire and, as a qualified physical education teacher, has worked in both primary and secondary education sectors. He is an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, recertified with distinction with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Specifically, his area of expertise is within the practice and research of strength and conditioning for children and adolescents. He has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his contributions to research and education and is a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the NSCA.
Rhodri has served as a Board Director and paediatric lead for the UKSCA from 2011-2015 and continues to serve as a committee member for the NSCA. He has previously served as a member of several other committees, including the Wales Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU). Rhodri has previously consulted on the long-term athletic development pathways of professional sports organisations including British Weightlifting, US Ski and Snowboard, Cleveland Indians and McLaren Applied Technologies to shape their approaches to long-term athletic development and the training of young athletes.
To date, Rhodri has published in excess of 135 peer-reviewed journal articles on the area of youth training and has co-authored or co-edited three textbooks, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Essentials of Youth Fitness. He is the lead author for multiple position statements on training methods for children and adolescents. He is an editorial board member for five internationally-recognised journals and has been invited to many high profile conferences all around the world as a keynote speaker and workshop coordinator.
While early in his expert witness career, Rhodri brings over 15 years’ experience in health and fitness and can assist with personal injury claims involving a range of exercise activities for both paediatric and adult populations alike.
Professor Lloyd's full CV is available on request.