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Reilly, Thomas 1941-

Reilly, Thomas 1941-

(Thomas Patrick Reilly, Tom Reilly)


Born December 16, 1941, in Lehinch, Hollymount, County Mayo, Ireland; son of Patrick (a farmer) and Josephine (a homemaker) Reilly; married Jillian Cockerill (self-employed), February 26, 1977; children: Anna, Siobhán. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin, B.A., 1967; University of London, postgraduate certificate in education, 1968, M.Sc., 1971; Liverpool John Moores University, Ph.D., 1975, D.Sc., 1997; Institute of Biology, London, M.I.Biol., 1977, C.Biol. and F.I.Biol., 1999. Politics: Labour. Religion: Roman Catholic.


Home—Wirral, Merseyside, England. Office—Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Henry Cotton Campus, 15-21 Webster St., Liverpool L3 2ET, England. E-mail—[email protected]


Primary schoolteacher in County Mayo, Ireland, 1960; Dublin Corp., Dublin, Ireland, clerical officer, 1960-65; St. Joseph's College, Sasse, Buea, Cameroon, housemaster, games master, and head of English department, 1968-70; Southall College of Technology, Middlesex, England, lecturer in physical education and football coach, 1971-72; Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England, research assistant, 1972-74, senior lecturer, 1974-79, principal lecturer, 1979-88, reader, 1986-88, professor of sports science, 1988—, head of Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, 1988-91, director of School of Human Sciences, 1992-95, and Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, 1997—, coach of Gaelic Football Team, 1989-95. Visiting lecturer or professor at Central School of Art and Design, Ahmadu Bello University, Tsukuba University, Fukui University, University of California, Berkeley and Davis, University of Louvain, Technical University of Lisbon, University of Hong Kong, University of Belgrade, and other institutions; organizer of conferences and symposia. International Working Group on Science and Football, chair, 1986—; World Commission of Sports Biomechanics, member of council, 1986-2000; European College of Sport Science, founding member, 1996, member of board of directors, 1996-2003, chair of scientific committee, 2003-07; World Commission of Science and Sports, president, 2000—; consultant to British Olympic Association and Irish Sports Council. National Institute of Medical Research, technician in Human Physiology Division, summer, 1971; British Amateur Athletic Board, qualified as coach, 1971; accredited physiologist, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, 1992—; registered physiologist, British Olympic Association, 1997; coach of Cameroon National Athletics Team, 1968-70, Cameroon Orienteering Association, 1969-70, and Liverpool Polytechnic Harriers Athletic Club, 1971-92; Penang International Marathon, member of medical base, 1988; also coach for Olympic competitions and other individual events; participant in football, handball, soccer, cross-country and marathon track and field events, and in orienteering.


International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (founding member; vice president, 2000-04), European Association of Football Team Physicians, Ergonomics Society (fellow), British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (fellow; founding member; ex-officio member of executive committee, 1983-93; chair, 1994-96), British Association of Sport and Medicine, Institute of Biology, Society for Back Pain Research (member of executive committee, 1986-89), Football Association (honorary member of Coaching Association).


Honorary doctorate, Free University of Brussels, 2001; grants from Health Promotion Research Trust, Health and Safety Executive, Gaelic Athletic Association, Royal Mail, Sports Council, European Union, British Council, Mars PLC, International Olympic Committee, GlaxoSmithKline, NSMI Lottery Allocation, Franco-British Alliance, Islamic Olympic Committee, Merseyside Fire Service, and other grant agencies.


(Editor and contributor) Sports Fitness and Sports Injuries, Faber & Faber (London, England), 1981.

(Editor, with J. Watkins and J. Borms, and contributor) Kinanthropometry III, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1986.

(Editor, with J. Watkins and L. Burwitz, and contributor) Sports Science, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1986.

(Editor, with D. MacLeod and others, and contributor) Exercise: Benefits, Limits, and Adaptations, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1987.

(Editor, with A. Lees, K. Davids, and W.J. Murphy, and contributor) Science and Football, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1988.

(Editor, with N.H. Secher, P. Snell, and C. Williams, and contributor) Physiology of Sports, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1990.

(Editor, with D. MacLaren and A. Lees, and contributor) Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming: Swimming Science VI, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1992.

(Editor, with J. Clarys and A. Stibbe, and contributor) Science and Football II, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1993.

(Editor, with G. Atkinson, and contributor) Sport, Leisure, and Ergonomics, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1995.

(Editor, with M. Hughes and A. Lees, and contributor) Science and Racket Sports, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1995.

(With R. Eston) Kinanthropometry and Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual: Tests, Procedures, and Data, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1996, 2nd edition, Volume 1: Anthropometry, Volume 2: Exercise Physiology, Routledge (London, England), 2001.

(Under name Tom Reilly; editor and contributor) Science and Soccer, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1996, 2nd edition, Taylor & Francis (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.

(Editor, with M. Orme, and contributor) The Clinical Pharmacology of Sport and Exercise, Elsevier (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1997.

(Editor, with J. Bangsbo and M. Hughes, and contributor) Science and Football III, E. and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1997.

(Editor, with M. Orme, and contributor) Pharmacology and Exercise, Elsevier (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1997.

(With G. Atkinson and J. Waterhouse) Biological Rhythms and Exercise, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 1997.

(With M. Williams and others) Umbro Conditioning for Football, Ebury Press (London, England), 1997.

(Editor, with A. Lees, I. Maynard, and M. Hughes, and contributor) Science and Racket Sports II, E and F.N. Spon (London, England), 1998.

(Editor and contributor) Musculoskeletal Disorders in Health Related Occupations, IOS Press (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2002.

(Editor, with J. Greeves, and contributor) Advances in Sport, Leisure, and Ergonomics, Taylor & Francis (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

(With J. Waterhouse and others) Keeping Time with Your Body Clock, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 2002.

(Editor, with M. Marfell-Jones, and contributor) Kinanthropometry VIII, Routledge (London, England), 2003.

(With C. Carling and A.M. Williams) Handbook of Soccer Match Analysis: A Systematic Approach to Improving Performance, Routledge (London, England), 2005.

(Editor, with J. Cabri and D. Araújo, and contributor) Science and Football V, Routledge (London, England), 2005.

(With J. Waterhouse) Sport, Exercise, and Environmental Physiology, Elsevier (Edinburgh, Scotland), 2005.

(With G. Stratton, A.M. Williams, and D.A. Richardson) Youth Soccer: From Science to Performance, Routledge (London, England), 2005.

Contributor to books. Contributor of hundreds of articles to professional journals, including Journal of Pineal Research, Chronobiology International, Experimental Physiology, British Journal of Sports Medicine, and Sports Medicine. Journal of Sports Sciences, editor, 1983-88, general editor, 1989-96, guest editor, 2004, 2005; editor, Bulletin of the Society of Sport Sciences, 1979-82; guest editor, Applied Ergonomics, 1984, 1985, 1991, and Ergonomics, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2005. Member of editorial board, Indian Journal of Sports Science, 1988-92, Science and Football, 1989-96, Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 1990—, Biology and Sport, 1991—, Coaching and Applied Sport Science, 1993—, Sports Exercise and Injury, 1994-99, European Journal of Physical Education, 1995—, Ergonomics, 1996—, Insight: Football Association's Coaching Association Journal, 1997—, International Journal of Applied Sports Science, 1999—, and European Journal of Sports Science, 1999—.


Thomas Reilly told CA: "I derive a lot of satisfaction from putting my thoughts, ideas, and understanding into written form. Besides, I have a professional commitment to passing on my knowledge and experience to others, particularly students and practitioners of the scientific aspects of sport.

"My enjoyment of the process of writing and communicating ideas stems from reading the works of the great Irish literary artists, notably W.B. Yeats and J.M. Synge. They worked at their craft and chiseled out their material until it shone. Similarly, reading the works of Samuel Beckett was an encouragement to strip the text to render its meaning clear. These skills are transferable to scientific writing.

"My personal style is to determine first the overall structure of a piece and produce a broad outline of its content. I then write freely, later returning to fine-tune the text with references and evidence. Illustrations are chosen as I go along. The first full draft is only marginally changed when the text is committed to word processing. Only rarely do I cut and paste.

"While I have occasionally contributed to local historical pieces, my main writing is in the sports sciences."

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