Dr Ross Cloak

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science and Laboratory Director

Email address: r.cloak@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321285 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport & Human Science Areas of expertise: Sport Science Support, Injury Profiling, Applied Research in Sport and Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics


Dr Ross Cloak is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science and Laboratory Director with a particular interest in applied sports science. Having worked with various sports teams in a support capacity he has remained keen in the practical application of sport science to improve performance. He has authored refereed journal articles and presented both poster and oral presentations at numerous conferences.

His primary research interest is exercise physiology, whole body vibration and postural control and performance. His applied work has been conducted with professional football teams including Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Walsall FC (currently in a consultant capacity). As well as working closely with the GB Judo sports science and medicine department, and a number of track and endurance athletes.

Ross is accredited with the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) and in Functional Movement Screen (FMS) assessment. Ross is a member of both the British association of Sports Science (BASES) and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

Ross’s research interests are primarily around injury prevention and performance enhancement and is also involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects around health promotion and physical activity.

Research interests

Injury prevention/rehabilitation

Neuromuscular responses to exercise in elite and amateur athletes

Injury surveillance

Health promotion and evaluation

Membership of professional bodies

International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK)

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sceience (BASES)

United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (First)      


PGcert in Higher Education     


Up to date list:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ross_Cloak

Cloak, R., A. Nevill, J. Smith and M. Wyon. (2014) The acute effects of vibration stimulus following FIFA 11+ on agility and reactive strength in collegiate soccer players. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 3(4), pp. 293-298

Cloak, R., Nevill, A., and Wyon, M. (2014) The acute effects of vibration training on balance and stability amongst soccer players. European Journal of Sport Science,14, pp.1-7.

Wyon, M., Wolman, R., Nevill, A., Cloak, R., Metsios, G., Gould, D., Ingham, A., and Koutedakis, Y. (2015) Acute effects of 1 vitamin D3 supplementation on muscle strength in judoka athletes: a randomised placebo-controlled, double-blind trial. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000264).

Cloak, R., Galloway, S., and Wyon, M. (2010) The effect of ankle bracing on peak mediolateral ground reaction forces in collegiate basketball players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24 (9), pp. 2429-2433.

Cloak, R., Day, S., Nevill, A., and Wyon, M. (2010) Vibration training improves balance in unstable ankles. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 31, pp. 894-900

Cloak, R., Day, S., Nevill, A., and Wyon, M. (2013) Combined vibration and wobble board training improves balance in soccer players with functional ankle instability. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 23 (5), pp. 384-391.

Previous professional experience

Sports development/Multi-Skills coach - Providing coaching sessions for 6-16 year olds in basketball, football and rugby as well as fundamental non-sport specific activities for 6-9 year olds to help development of agility, coordination and fundamental movement skills.

Sport Science Technician-Maintaining and supporting the running of the sports science laboratories so to maximise the learning experience for students. As well as provide the means to which staff can conduct research, teaching and consultancy at the highest possible level with a range of teams and individual athletes.