Dr. John McMahon

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Contact Details

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Current positions

Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Strength & Conditioning


Dr John McMahon is a lecturer in biomechanics and strength and conditioning at the University of Salford. He received is PhD in biomechanics from the University of Salford in 2015 following his research into dynamic muscle-tendon stiffness and stretch-shortening cycle function. John has been an accredited strength and conditioning coach with both the National and United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Associations since 2010 and has worked as a strength and conditioning coach across several team sports. He has also co-authored >65 peer-reviewed journal articles relating to athletic performance assessment and is currently researching alternative methods of analysing vertical jump force-time characteristics to help better inform athletes' training priorities. John co-edited a book titled ‘Performance Assessment in Strength and Conditioning’ which was published by Routledge in October 2018 and he is currently co-editing a book titled 'Laboratory Manual for Strength and Conditioning' which is due to be published by Routledge in 2022.


John leads the strength and conditioning pathway which forms part of the BSc (Hons) Sports Science degree and the postgraduate certificate in strength and conditioning which can be completed in isolation or as part of the MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

Research Interests

  • Force plate analyses
  • Athletic performance monitoring
  • Jump biomechanics

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD in Biomechanics
  • PgCert in Academic Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association