Saldiam Barillas

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Saldiam Barillas

Role

I specialise in Strength and Conditioning with adult and young athletic and non-athletic populations. I lecture in multiple modules across the Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport, Coaching and Physical Education undergraduate degree programmes. My research focuses on long-term athletic development, biomechanical responses to verbal cues, periodised training methods, and weightlifting derivatives.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • SPOR4006 Physiology for Human Movement
  • SPOR4012 Fitness and Assessment
  • SPOR5004 Principles of Training for Sport and Exercise
  • SPOR5011 Research Methods
  • SPOR6005 Strength and Conditioning for Sport and Health

Research

My research focuses on long-term athletic development, biomechanical responses to verbal cues, periodised training methods, and weightlifting derivatives. Within long-term athletic development (LTAD), my research is looking to maximise physical performance while minimising injury risk for young athletes of all maturity statuses and competitive levels.

Biomechanical responses to verbal cues aim to inform practitioners how verbal cues used with athletes may influence force, velocity, and power characteristics. Periodised training methods, including undulating, linear, and block models, with an understanding of training variables, may inform practitioners of the appropriate exercise prescription for athletic and non-athletic populations. Weightlifting derivatives of the clean & jerk or snatch have been shown to have implications for the sport of weightlifting and general sports performance, but there may also be implications for health benefits for the general population.

Research groups

  • Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity Research Group (SPEARG)
  • Human Performance Enhancement
  • Physical Activity and Health Promotion