Dr. Paul Comfort

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building C701

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Current positions

Reader in Strength and Conditioning


Dr Paul Comfort is a Reader in Strength and Conditioning and programme leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford. He is also an adjunct professor at Edith Cowan University. Paul has applied experience across a range of sports and consults with numerous professional and semi-professional sports teams, which he has undertaken throughout his academic career.

Paul is a founder member and accredited member with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association, has been a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for nearly 20 years and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach in which he has recertified with Distinction (CSCS*D). Paul was also voted on to the Board of Directors for the NSCA in July 2020. He is a senior associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, an associate editor for the European Journal of Sport Science and Sports Biomechanics. Paul has co-authored >150 peer reviewed journal articles along with numerous book chapters and is co-editor of the textbooks, ‘Advanced Strength and Conditioning: an evidence-based approach’ and ‘Performance Assessment for strength and Conditioning.’

Areas of research

Performance Assessment, Strength and Power Development, Strength and Conditioning


MSc Strength and Conditioning, with input into undergraduate Strength and Conditioning modules

Research Interests

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Performance Assessment
  • Strength and Power Development

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science: University of Gloucestershire
  • MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science: University College Chester
  • PhD in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning: University of Salford 
  • PGCAP: Southampton University
  • ASCC
  • CSCS*D 


  • UKSCA (Accredited and Founder Member)
  • NSCA (Professional Member)
  • BASES (Professional Member)