Professor Paul Comfort

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Contact Details

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Current positions

Professor of Strength and Conditioning


Dr Paul Comfort is a Professor of 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 in Western Australia. 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 ~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.

Professor Comfort 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. He 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

Strength and Conditioning, Assessment of Athletic Performance, Sports Biomechanics


  • Strength and Conditioning

Research Interests

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Assessment of Athletic Performance
  • Sports Biomechanics

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 


  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, recertified with distinction (CSCS*D)
  • Founder Member and Accredited Member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCC)
  • Professional Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport