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Qualifications

BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

About

Morgan is a BASES accredited Exercise and Sport Scientist and a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS). He is a member of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Hamstring Injury Group lead by Dr Anthony Shield (QUT) in collaboration with Dr David Opar (Australian Catholic University, Melbourne campus). He is actively externally involved in development and trialling of the Nordbord Hamstring and Groinbar Strength Testing Device (http://valdperformance.com/). Morgan has maintained links through his research with various team sports and gained practical experience including: a six month secondment at the Australian Institute of Sport, Research Centre Analytics Department (data analysis; player tracking project using radio frequency); four years at the Victorian Institute of Sport Men’s and Women’s Soccer programs as a strength and conditioning coach consultant; and a strength coach consultant to Melbourne Vicotry Football Club.

Responsibilities

Reasearch Fellow (0.5)
Teaching:
SR2S126 Testing, Monitoring and Evaluation in Team Sport
SR4S008 Movement Analysis

Publications

1. Bourne, M. N., Williams, M. D., Opar, D. A., Al Najjar, A., Kerr, G. K., & Shield, A. J. (2017). Impact of exercise selection on hamstring muscle activation. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(13), 1021-1028.
2. Duhig, S. J., Williams, M. D., Minett, G. M., Opar, D., & Shield, A. J. (2017). Drop punt kicking induces eccentric knee flexor weakness associated with reductions in hamstring electromyographic activity. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20(6), 595-599.
3. Evans, K. L., Hughes, J., & Williams, M. D. (2017). Reduced severity of lumbo-pelvic-hip injuries in professional Rugby Union players following tailored preventative programmes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
4. Timmins, R. G., Bourne, M. N., Hickey, J. T., Maniar, N., Tofari, P. J., Williams, M. D., & Opar, D. A. (2017). Effect of Prior Injury on Changes to Biceps Femoris Architecture Across an Afl Season. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 49(10), 2101-2109.
5. Hickey, J.T., Timmins, R.G., Maniar, N., Williams, M.D. and Opar, D.A., (2016). Criteria for progressing rehabilitation and determining return-to-play clearance following hamstring strain injury: a systematic review. Sports Medicine, pp.1-13.
6. Ruddy, J.D., Pollard, C.W., Timmins, R.G., Williams, M.D., Shield, A.J. and Opar, D.A., (2016). Running exposure is associated with the risk of hamstring strain injury in elite Australian footballers. British Journal of Sports Medicine, pp.bjsports-2016.
7. Bourne, M.N., Duhig, S.J., Timmins, R.G., Williams, M.D., Opar, D.A., Al Najjar, A., Kerr, G.K. and Shield, A.J., (in Press). Impact of the Nordic hamstring and hip extension exercises on hamstring architecture and morphology: implications for injury prevention. British Journal of Sports Medicine, pp.bjsports-2016.
8. Duhig, S., Shield, A. J., Opar, D., Gabbett, T. J., Ferguson, C., & Williams, M. (2016). Effect of high-speed running on hamstring strain injury risk. British Journal of Sports Medicine,50(24), 1536 – 1540.
9. Maniar, N., Shield, A. J., Williams, M. D., Timmins, R. G., & Opar, D. A. (2016). Hamstring strength and flexibility after hamstring strain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50(23)1467 – 1472..
10. Timmins, R. G., Bourne, M. N., Shield, A. J., Williams, M. D., Lorenzen, C., & Opar, D. A. (2016). Biceps Femoris Architecture and Strength in Athletes with a Previous Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(3), 337-345.
11. Timmins, R. G., Shield, A. J., Williams, M. D., Lorenzen, C., & Opar, D. A. (2016). Architectural adaptations of muscle to training and injury: a narrative review outlining the contributions by fascicle length, pennation angle and muscle thickness. British Journal of Sports Medicine, bjsports-2015-094881.
12. Timmins, R. G., Shield, A. J., Williams, M. D., & Opar, D. A. (2016). Is there evidence to support the use of the angle of peak torque as a marker of hamstring injury and re-injury risk? Sports Medicine, 46(1), 7-13.
13. Timmins, R., Ruddy, J., Presland, J., Maniar, N., Shield, A., Williams, M., & Opar, D. (2016). Architectural Changes of the Biceps Femoris Long Head after Concentric or Eccentric Training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(3), 499-508. doi: 10.1249/mss.0000000000000795
14. Morgans, R., Adams, D., Mullen, R., Sacramento, J., McLellan, C., Williams, M., . . . MacRae, H. (2015). A Comparison of Physical and Technical Match Performance of a Team Competing in the English Championship League and Then the English Premier League Following Promotion. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 10(2-3), 543-550. doi: 10.1260/1747-9541.10.2-3.543
15. Timmins, R., Shield, A., Williams, M., Lorenzen, C., & Opar, D. (2015). Biceps Femoris Long Head Architecture: A Reliability and Retrospective Injury Study. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 47(5), 905-913. doi:10.1249/mss.0000000000000507
16. Timmins, R. G., Bourne, M. N., Shield, A. J., Williams, M. D., Lorenzen, C., & Opar, D. A. (2015). Short biceps femoris fascicles and eccentric knee flexor weakness increase the risk of hamstring injury in elite football (soccer): a prospective cohort study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, bjsports-2015-095362.
17. Bourne, M. N., Opar, D. A.., Williams, M. D., Al Najjar, A., Shield. A. J., Muscle activation patterns in the Nordic hamstring exercise: Impact of prior strain injury. (accepted minor ammendments). Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.
18. Opar D., Drezner J., Shield A., Williams M., Webner D., Sennett S., Kapur R., Cohen M., Ulager J., Cafengiu A., Cronholm P.F., (accepted for publication). Acute injuries in track and field athletes: a 3-year observational study at the Penn Relay Carnival with epidemiology and medical coverage implications. American Journal of Sports Medicine.
19. Timmins, R G, Shield, A J, Williams, M D, Lorenzen, C, & Opar, D A. (in press). Biceps Femoris long head architecture: a reliability and retrospective injury study. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise.
20. Opar, D. A., Williams M. D., Hickey J., & Shield A., J.(in press) The impact of previous hamstring strain injury on the change in eccentric hamstring strength during pre-season training in elite Australian footballers. American Journal of Sports Medicine
21. Opar, D., Williams, M. D., Timmins, R. G., Hickey, J., Duhig, S. J., & Shield, A. J., (in press) Eccentric hamstring strength and hamstring injury risk in Australian footballers. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise.
22. Gallo, T., Cormack, S., Gabbett, T., Williams, M. & Lorenzen C. (in press) Characteristics Impacting on Session Rating of Perceived Exertion Training Load in Australian Footballers. Journal of Sports Sciences.
23. Morgans, R., Adams D., Mullen, R. and Williams, M. (2014). Changes in physical performance variables in an English Championship League team across the competitive season: the effect of possession. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 14(2), 493-503
24. Morgans, R., Adams D., Mullen, R. McLellan C., and Williams M., (in press) An English Championship League soccer team did not experience impaired physical match performance in a second match after 75 hours recovery. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
25. Morgans R., Adams D., Mullen R., Sacramento J., McLellan C., and Williams M., (in press). A comparison of physical and technical match performance of a team competing in the English Championship and then the English Premier League following promotion. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.
26. Timmins R.G., Opar D., Williams M.D., Schache A.G., Dear N.M., Shield A.J. (in press). Reduced Biceps Femoris myoelectrical activity influences eccentric knee flexor weakness after repeat sprint running. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.
27. Opar D., Drezner J., Shield A., Williams M., Webner D., Sennett S., Kapur R., Cohen M., Ulager J., Cafengiu A., Cronholm P.F., (in press). Acute hamstring strain injury in track and field athletes: a 3-year observational study at the Penn Relay Carnival. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.
28. Morgans R., Adams D., Mullen R., McLellan C. and Williams M. (in press).Technical and physical performance over an English Championship League season. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.
29. Hickey J, Shield A, Williams M. & Opar D (2014). The financial cost of hamstring strain injuries in the Australian Football League. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(8),729-730.
30. Parsonage J., Williams R., Rainer P., McKeown I. & Williams M. (2014). Assessment of conditioning specific movement tasks and physical fitness measures in Talent Identified Under 16 year-old Rugby Union Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 28(6), 1497–1506.
31. Adams D., Morgans R., J., Sacramento, Morgan S., Williams M. D., (2013) Successful short passing frequency of defenders differentiates between top and bottom four English Premier League teams. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport.13(3), 653-668.
32. Opar D. A., Piatkowski T., Williams M. D., & Shield A. J. (2013). A novel device using the Nordic hamstring exercise to assess eccentric knee flexors strength: a reliability and retrospective injury study. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 43(9),636-640
33. Ho K.W., Lorenzen C., Wilson C. J., Saunders J. E., & Williams M. D. 2014). Reviewing current knowledge in snatch performance and technique: the need for future directions in future research. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 28(2), 574–586.
34. Bremner, S., Robinson, G. & Williams, M. D. (2013). A retrospective evaluation of team performance indicators In Rugby Union. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 13(2), 461-473.
35. Cicioni-Kolsky, D., Lorenzen, C., Williams, M.D., & Kemp, J.G. (2013) Endurance and sprint benefits of high-intensity and supramaximal interval training. European Journal of Sport Science. 13(3), 304-311.
36. Morgan S., Williams M.D. & Barnes C. (2013). Applying decision tree induction for identification of important attributes in one-versus-one player interactions: a hockey exemplar. Journal of Sports Sciences. 31(10), 1031-37.
37. Fyfe. J., Opar. D., Williams. M. & Shield. A. (2013).The role of neuromuscular inhibition in hamstring strain injury recurrence. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 23(3), 523-30.
38. Williams, M. D., Saunders, J. E., Maschette, W. E., & Wilson, C. J. (2013). Outcome and Process in Motor Performance: A Comparison of Jumping by Typically Developing Children and Those with Low Motor Proficiency. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 17(2), 135-149.
39. Opar. D., Timmins. R., Dear. N., Williams. M. & Shield. A. (2013).Knee flexor strength and bicep femoris electromyographical activity is lower in previously strained hamstrings. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.23 (3), 696-703.
40. Opar, D. A., Williams, M. D., Timmins, R. G., Dear, N. M., & Shield, A. J. (2013). Rate of torque and electromyographic development during anticipated eccentric contraction is lower in previously strained hamstrings. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 41(1), 116-125.
41. Opar, D.A., Williams, M.D., & Shield, A.J., (2012) Hamstring Strain Injuries. Factors that lead to injury and re-injury. Sports Medicine; 42 (3), 209-226.
42. Loader, J., Montgomery, P., Williams, M.D., Lorenzen, C., & Kemp, J.G. (2012). Classifying training drills based on movement demands in Australian Football. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 7(1), 57-67.
43. Cicioni-Kolsky, D., Lorenzen, C., Williams, M.D., & Kemp, J.G. (2013). Endurance and sprint benefits of high-intensity and supramaximal interval training. European Journal of Sport Science, 13(3), 304-311.
44. Ho, K.W., Williams, M.D., Wilson. C.J., Lorenzen., C., Meehan, D.L.,(2011). Using 3-D kinematics to identify feedback for the snatch: a Case study. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 25(10): 2773–2780.
45. Lorenzen C, Naughton G.A, Cameron M, Williams M.D, Greene D. Whole body vibration for preventing and treating osteoporosis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD008417
46. Furness, T. P., Maschette W. E., Lorenzen, C., Naughton, G. A., & Williams, M. D.(2010). Efficacy of a Whole-Body Vibration Intervention on Functional Performance of Community-Dwelling Older Adults. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 16(7), 1–3.
47. Williams M.D., and Morgan S. (2009). Horizontal positioning error derived from stationary GPS units: A function of time and proximity to building infrastructure. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sports 9(2), 275-280.
48. Lorenzen, H. D., Williams, M. D., Turk, P. S., Meehan D. L., Cicioni Kolsky, D. J. (2009). Relationship between velocity reached at VO2max and time-trial performances in elite Australian Rules footballers. Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.4, 408-411.
49. Williams, M. D., Wiltshire, H. D., Lorenzen, H. D., Wilson C. J., Meehan D. L., Cicioni Kolsky, D. J. (2009). Reliability of the Ekblom soccer-specific endurance test. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 23(5),1378-82.
50. Williams, M. D., Bradshaw, E. J. & Maschette, W. E. (2007). Measurement agreement (repeatability) for a countermovement jump protocol using a force plate. Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 2(4), 443-446.

Memberships

Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Physiology Research) British Association of Sport and Exercise Science 2013- present
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) 2001 – present

Accredited Applied Sports Scientist, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) 2006 – 2011

Consultancy

Research

Completed postgraduate supervision

David Opar (2013), QUT, Australia (External Supervisor: PhD): Neuromuscular hamstring function in response to intermittent running and previous injury.

Dr Matthew Giles (2015), University of South Wales, UK (JPR Williams MPhil Fellowship Co-Supervisor): Can a portable force plate be used to screen for Patella Tendinopathy in under 20 Rugby Union Academy players

Ryan Timmins (2016), Australian Catholic University, Australia (External Supervisor: PhD): Biceps femoris long head architecture: the association with hamstring injury and response to training.

Matthew Bourne (2016), Queensland University of Technology, Australia (External Supervisor: PhD): The role of strength and voluntary activation.

Stuart Jarvis (2016), University of South Wales, UK (Co-Supervisor:PhD): Physical Literacy in South East Wales Primary School Children: The Role of Fundamental Movement Skills.

Steven Duhig (2017), Queensland University of Technology, Australia (External Supervisor: PhD): A field test for predicting hamstring injury.

Current postgraduate supervision

James Silver, University of South Wales. Director of study: PhD ESF-funded KESS Studentship 20423 – An Interdisciplinary Examination of Injury Occurrence in Youth Soccer Players

Sania Almousa University of South Wales. Director of study: PhD. Examining the high incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female football players.

Rhys Carr, University of South Wales: PhD. Director of Studies. Transfer of training to match performance in an English Championship football team.

Cononr Blacklock University of South Wales: MRes. Director of Studies.Association between match activity and hip and groin strength measures: Implications for athlete monitoring.

Joshua Ruddy Australian Catholic University, Australia (External Supervisor: PhD): Title to be decided.

Daniel Messer Queensland University of Technology, Australia (External Supervisor: MPhil) ACL injury and measures of strength

Robert Buhmann Queensland University of Technology, Australia (External Supervisor: PhD): Neural impairments in hamstring activation and motor control after hamstring strain injury.

Nivar Maniar Australian Catholic University, Australia (External Supervisor: PhD): The influence of hamstring function on anterior cruciate ligament loading.

Jack Hickey Australian Catholic University, Australia (External Supervisor: PhD): Relationship between eccentric hamstring strength and injury risk.

Kate Evans, (External Advisor), University of Wales Trinity St Davids. (Professional Doctorate). Reducing lumbo-hip-groin injuries in Professional Rugby Players.

Areas of Expertise

Strength training
Measurement
Hamstring strain injuries
Groin injuries
Football (soccer)
Team sports
Weightlifting

Twitter

@Drmorgs

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