Dr Josh Secomb

Dr Josh Secomb

Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Josh is a Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science (Strength and Conditioning) at the University of Newcastle, and Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Newcastle Northstars. Prior to this he was a Casual Academic at the University of Newcastle in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, and at Edith Cowan University in the Masters of Sport Science (Strength and Conditioning). He has held positions as Lead Physical Preparation Coach at Surfing Australia, and as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at  Queensland Academy of Sport, Hunter Valley Grammar School, Brisbane Lions, and the NSW Police. In addition, Josh has worked with athletes in the NRL and the Hockeyroos. His formal qualifications include a PhD in Sport Science (Strength and Conditioning) at Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. He is an accredited Level 3 Strength and Conditioning Coach through the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, and recognised as an Elite Level Coach through the Professional Coaching Scheme. Additionally, he published 24 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at International Strength and Conditioning Conferences in the United States, Australia and Japan.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University

Keywords

  • Applied Sport Science
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Surfing

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2016 - 17/7/2017 Lead Physical Preparation Coach Surfing Australia
Australia
3/2/2013 - 31/12/2015 Strength and Conditioning Scholar Surfing Australia
Australia
17/1/2018 - 22/1/2019 Strength and Conditioning Coach Surfing Australia
Australia
25/1/2019 - 1/10/2019 Strength and Conditioning Coach Hunter Valley Grammar School
Australia
1/8/2017 - 26/4/2018 Strength and Conditioning Coach Queensland Academy of Sport
Australia
5/4/2018 - 23/1/2019 Senior Regional Strength and Conditioning Coach NSW Police Force
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
14/2/2018 - 15/11/2018 Casual Academic Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
Medical and Health Sciences
Australia

Invitations

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2020 National Strength and Conditioning Association - Coaches Conference
2018 2018 Strength and Conditioning Conference
2017 International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EXSS2050 Exercise Testing and Prescription
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/1/2020 - 1/1/0001
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Ferrier B, Sheppard J, Farley ORL, Secomb JL, Parsonage J, Newton RU, Nimphius S, 'Scoring analysis of the men's 2014, 2015 and 2016 world championship tour of surfing: the importance of aerial manoeuvres in competitive surfing', JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 36 2189-2195 (2018)
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2018.1443747
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2018 Farley ORL, Secomb JL, Raymond ER, Lundgren LE, Ferrier BK, Abbiss CR, Sheppard JM, 'WORKLOADS OF COMPETITIVE SURFING: WORK-TO-RELIEF RATIOS, SURF-BREAK DEMANDS, AND UPDATED ANALYSIS', JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 32 2939-2948 (2018)
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002659
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2017 Coyne JOC, Tran TT, Secomb JL, Lundgren LE, Farley ORL, Newton RU, Sheppard JM, 'MAXIMAL STRENGTH TRAINING IMPROVES SURFBOARD SPRINT AND ENDURANCE PADDLING PERFORMANCE IN COMPETITIVE AND RECREATIONAL SURFERS', JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 31 244-253 (2017)
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001483
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2017 Parsonage JR, Secomb JL, Tran TT, Farley ORL, Nimphius S, Lundgren L, Sheppard JM, 'GENDER DIFFERENCES IN PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF ELITE SURFERS', JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 31 2417-2422 (2017)
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001428
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2017 Secomb JL, Farley OR, Nimphius S, Lundgren L, Tran TT, Sheppard JM, 'The training-specific adaptations resulting from resistance training, gymnastics and plyometric training, and non-training in adolescent athletes', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCE & COACHING, 12 762-773 (2017)
DOI 10.1177/1747954117727810
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2017 Tran TT, Lundgren L, Secomb J, Farley ORL, Haff GG, Nimphius S, et al., 'Effect of four weeks detraining on strength, power, and sensorimotor ability of adolescent surfers', Open Sports Sciences Journal, 10 71-80 (2017)

© 2017 Tran et al. Background: Surfing is a high skill sport that requires a considerable amount of time in a variety of ocean conditions to help develop the fundamental technique... [more]

© 2017 Tran et al. Background: Surfing is a high skill sport that requires a considerable amount of time in a variety of ocean conditions to help develop the fundamental techniques. Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of four weeks of detraining on strength, power, and sensorimotor ability in adolescent surfers. Methods: Nineteen adolescent surfers (13.8 A 1.7 y, 53.6 A 10.8 kg and 165.1 A 8.9 cm) participated in four weeks of detraining (surfing participation maintained but resistance training ceased) following seven weeks of periodized resistance training. Maximal isometric strength, power, and sensorimotor ability pre-test results were determined from the conclusion (post-test) of the first seven-week training block while post-test results were measured at the start (pre-test) of a second seven-week training block. Results: Four weeks of detraining significantly decreased the following variables: Vertical jump height by -5.26%, (p=0.037, d= 0.40), vertical jump peak velocity by -3.73% (p=0.001, d= 0.51), isometric strength by -5.5%, (p=0.012, d= 0.22), and relative isometric strength by -7.27% (p=0.003, d= 0.47). Furthermore, sensorimotor ability worsened, with a significant increase of 61.36% (p=0.004, d= 1.01), indicating that athletes took longer to stabilize from a dynamic landing task. Conclusions: This demonstrates that surfing, in the absence of resistance training, is not a sufficient training stimulus to maintain physical characteristics. Adolescent surfers with a relatively low training age should avoid cessation of resistance training and strive to maintain consistent resistance training in conjunction with surf training in order to avoid negative decrements in physical characteristics that are associated with surfing performance.

DOI 10.2174/1875399X01710010071
2017 Parsonage J, Secomb JL, Sheppard JM, Ferrier BK, Dowse RA, Nimphius S, 'Upper-Body Strength Measures and Pop-Up Performance of Stronger and Weaker Surfers.', J Strength Cond Res, (2017)
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002377
2016 Lundgren LE, Tran TT, Nimphius S, Raymond E, Secomb JL, Farley ORL, et al., 'Comparison of impact forces, accelerations and ankle range of motion in surfing-related landing tasks', JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 34 1051-1057 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2015.1088164
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9
2016 Farley ORL, Secomb JL, Parsonage JR, Lundgren LE, Abbiss CR, Sheppard JM, 'Five Weeks of Sprint and High-Intensity Interval Training Improves Paddling Performance in Adolescent Surfers', JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 30 2446-2452 (2016)
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001364
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2016 Secomb JL, Nimphius S, Farley ORL, Lundgren L, Tran TT, Sheppard JM, 'Lower-Body Muscle Structure and Jump Performance of Stronger and Weaker Surfing Athletes', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS PHYSIOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE, 11 652-657 (2016)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0481
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 10
2016 Coyne JOC, Tran TT, Secomb JL, Lundgren L, Farley ORL, Newton RU, Sheppard JM, 'Association between anthropometry, upper extremity strength, and sprint and endurance paddling performance in competitive and recreational surfers', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCE & COACHING, 11 728-735 (2016)
DOI 10.1177/1747954116667111
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Secomb JL, Lundgren LE, Farley ORL, Tran TT, Nimphius S, Sheppard JM, 'RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LOWER-BODY MUSCLE STRUCTURE AND LOWER-BODY STRENGTH, POWER, AND MUSCLE-TENDON COMPLEX STIFFNESS', JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 29 2221-2228 (2015)
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000858
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 27
2015 Secomb JL, Nimphius S, Farley ORL, Lundgren LE, Tran TT, Sheppard JM, 'Relationships between Lower-Body Muscle Structure and, Lower-Body Strength, Explosiveness and Eccentric Leg Stiffness in Adolescent Athletes', JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, 14 691-697 (2015)
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 17
2015 Tran TT, Lundgren L, Secomb J, Farley ORL, Haff GG, Seitz LB, et al., 'Comparison of Physical Capacities Between Nonselected and Selected Elite Male Competitive Surfers for the National Junior Team', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS PHYSIOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE, 10 178-182 (2015)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0222
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
2015 Tran TT, Lundgren L, Secomb J, Farley ORL, Haff GG, Newton RU, et al., 'Development and Evaluation of a Drop-and-Stick Method to Assess Landing Skills in Various Levels of Competitive Surfers', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS PHYSIOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE, 10 396-400 (2015)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0375
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2015 Lundgren LE, Tran TT, Nimphius S, Raymond E, Secomb JL, Farley ORL, et al., 'Development and Evaluation of a Simple, Multifactorial Model Based on Landing Performance to Indicate Injury Risk in Surfing Athletes', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS PHYSIOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE, 10 1029-1035 (2015)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0591
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2015 Tran TT, Nimphius S, Lundgren L, Secomb J, Farley ORL, Haff GG, et al., 'Effects of Unstable and Stable Resistance Training on Strength, Power, and Sensorimotor Abilities in Adolescent Surfers', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCE & COACHING, 10 899-910 (2015)
DOI 10.1260/1747-9541.10.5.899
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2015 Secomb JL, Farley ORL, Lundgren L, Tran TT, King A, Nimphius S, Sheppard JM, 'Associations Between the Performance of Scoring Manoeuvres and Lower-Body Strength and Power in Elite Surfers', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCE & COACHING, 10 911-918 (2015)
DOI 10.1260/1747-9541.10.5.911
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14
2015 Farley ORL, Raymond E, Secomb JL, Ferrier B, Lundgren L, Tran TT, et al., 'Scoring analysis of the men's 2013 world championship tour of surfing', International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 9 38-48 (2015)

© 2015 Human Kinetics, Inc. The study compared scores obtained by the 10 highest and lowest ranked athletes on the men's 2013 World Championship Tour (WCT) of surfing. Signif... [more]

© 2015 Human Kinetics, Inc. The study compared scores obtained by the 10 highest and lowest ranked athletes on the men's 2013 World Championship Tour (WCT) of surfing. Significant differences (p <.001) were identified between the two groups' average wave scores, average total scores, and total heats competed. In addition, the average standard deviation (± SD) of each surfer's wave score was significantly different (p =.020) between the two groups. Significant moderate correlations were identified between athletes' average placing and the SD of their wave scores (r =.596, p =.006), and total heat scores (r =.474, p =.035). Repeated-measures ANOVA also revealed significant differences between heat scores obtained during the final and all previous rounds (p <.001-.041). In conclusion, higher ranked surfers achieved higher wave scores and heat totals, and were more consistent in scoring. On average, a 1.04 point increase per wave score would allow a bottom 10 ranked surfer to reach the top 10, a small but impactful gain.

DOI 10.1123/ijare.2014-0072
Citations Scopus - 2
2015 Secomb JL, Sheppard JM, Dascombe BJ, 'Reductions in Sprint Paddling Ability and Countermovement Jump Performance after Surfing Training', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29 1937-1942 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association. The present study aimed to determine whether any meaningful change in a surfer&apos;s sprint paddling ability and countermov... [more]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association. The present study aimed to determine whether any meaningful change in a surfer's sprint paddling ability and countermovement jump (CMJ) performance developed after a 2-hour surfing training session and also whether any physical demands of the surfing session were related to the resultant changes in the capacities. Fifteen competitive male surfing athletes (age, 22.1 ± 3.9 years; height, 175.4 ± 6.4 cm; body mass, 72.5 ± 7.7 kg) performed a 2-hour surfing training session, with 15-m sprint paddle and CMJ trials performed both before and after the surfing session. Pre- to posttesting measures were analyzed using magnitude-based inferences. Likely declines were observed in the velocity achieved at the 5-, 10-, and 15-m splits of the 15-m sprint paddle, as well as peak velocity. Similarly, likely declines were calculated for CMJ peak force, relative peak force, and jump height. Furthermore, large correlations were calculated between presurfing session peak velocity and the change in 5, 10, 15 m, and peak velocity of the 15-m sprint paddle and total distance covered, wave riding bouts, and success rate. Surfing athletes and coaches may need to consider implementing shorter duration training sessions to reduce the decline in sprint paddling ability and CMJ performance. Furthermore, surfing athletes should possess highly developed sprint paddling ability because this may allow them to undertake a greater workload and catch more waves, which will increase the opportunity for technical refinement of maneuvers and skill acquisition.

DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000843
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Ben Dascombe
2015 Secomb JL, Sheppard JM, Dascombe BJ, 'Time-motion analysis of a 2-hour surfing training session.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 10 17-22 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0002
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Ben Dascombe
2014 Secomb JL, Tran TT, Lundgren L, Farley ORL, Sheppard JM, 'Single-Leg Squat Progressions', STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING JOURNAL, 36 68-71 (2014)
DOI 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000090
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Furness J, Schram B, Cottman-Fields T, Solia B, Secomb J, 'Profiling Shoulder Strength in Competitive Surfers', Sports, 6 52-52
DOI 10.3390/sports6020052
Parsonage J, Secomb J, Dowse R, Ferrier B, Sheppard J, Nimphius S, 'The Assessment of Isometric, Dynamic, and Sports-Specific Upper-Body Strength in Male and Female Competitive Surfers', Sports, 6 53-53
DOI 10.3390/sports6020053
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Ankle Proprioception and Performance in Competitive Surfing Human Movement, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Gender Differences in Physical Performance Characteristics of Competitive Surfers Human Movement, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

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Country Count of Publications
Australia 21
Canada 4
United Kingdom 3
New Zealand 3
Sweden 2
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Dr Josh Secomb

Position

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email josh.secomb@newcastle.edu.au
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