Dr Matt Portas is a football biomechanist and has particular interests in improving movement efficiency, reducing injury risk and planning and monitoring of training load. Matt has provided consultancy to professional football for over 15 years and works for the Football Association, tutoring UEFA A licence and Physical Performance Coach courses.
Matt has lectured in higher education for 17 years and is a Principal Lecturer, University Teaching and Senior Fellow of the higher education academy. He has a leadership role in developing and improving effective learning environments and supporting learner transitions.
For over 25 years Matt was a gymnast and then a coach within the sport of gymnastics. The experiences, coaching skills and knowledge developed in these 25 years in the sport have been invaluable in his academic career and in the roles he has fulfilled subsequently in professional football.