MAJOR PERFORMANCE AND EDUCATION BOOST FOR ENGLISH MMA

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Newly appointed Head of Development calls in team of experts

Birmingham, UK. April 14th 2021: The English Mixed Martial Arts Association (EMMAA) is delighted to announce an exciting development that will ensure our athletes will benefit from the best possible performance coaching and preparation.

Combat sports performance coach Paul Reed has been appointed to the new position of EMMAA Head of Performance and Development, whilst, at the same time, a new Advisory Board for Performance and Education has been created, featuring experts in the areas of strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports injury and rehabilitation, psychology and breath work.

Reed is well known for his delivery of sports specific strength and conditioning and expertise in performance nutrition and safe weight cutting practice with his company, Vortex CSP, alongside Dr Carl Evans. He works with a large number of the amateur athletes as well as professional fighters like Molly McCann (UFC), Paddy Pimblett (UFC), Coner Hignett (Cage Warriors) and pro boxer Nathan Gorman, to name just a few.

Reed also previously operated successful promotions Shinobi and Cage Warriors North West. His first priority was the creation of the Advisory Board, which brings together a range of leading combat sport performance academics, coaches and practitioners.

“I am delighted to be working with the English Mixed Martial Arts Association in this exciting new role. I look forward to supporting our talented English athletes as they prepare to compete on the international stage,” says Reed, who joined the EMMAA Board in 2020.

“Athlete performance, development and all-round health is something we will take incredibly seriously at EMMAA. Safety, health and performance are paramount in combat sport. By putting together a world-class Performance Advisory Board to develop fundamental education, structured seminars and CPD courses across so many fields, we can demonstrate that we are completely committed to the health and development of our athletes and coaches.

Reed added: “The Advisory Board brings together leading specialists in their respective fields. Each will help us share cutting-edge knowledge and key principles of nutrition and sports nutrition, weight management, weight cutting, sports specific athletic development, sports injury and therapy, psychology and even breathwork.

“Our aim will be to work closely with affiliated gyms to deliver these programmes in a structured fashion with free monthly educational content and regular seminars, CPD opportunities and regular Q & A sessions.

“I’ve worked closely with a number of people on the advisory board and they are some of the very best Academics, coaches and Practitioners you will find in any sport, even at professional level. We are in a good place now to deliver tangible evidence-based education that is relatable for both young novice amateurs and experienced competitors. Look out for our first content very soon.”

EMMAA President Marc Goddard said: “I am very pleased that Paul Reed has brought together this group of high-quality coaches and experts to benefit athletes representing England and to support and strengthen coach education.

“Each of them is a well-respected expert in their respective field. Through Paul and his fellow advisory board members, we are able to support our athletes’ performance and preparation and share invaluable advice and cutting-edge knowledge with both athletes and coaches. We believe this clearly demonstrates our commitment to strengthen and grow the sport of MMA in England.”

New EMMAA Advisory Board for Performance and Education:

  • Paul Reed – Head of Performance and Development
  • Dr Carl Evans – BA (Hons) PhD in combat sport weight cutting
  • Jamie Carruthers – SENR registered dietician and lecturer at Wakefield University
  • Ollie Richardson – Sports Science BSc, professional rugby and MMA strength and conditioning coach
  • Emmy Campbell – SENR registered performance nutritionist and Lead Nutritionist at YouthNutrition.co.uk
  • Ben Holmes – Clinical psychologist (previous work with Paralympians)
  • Russ Alchin – XPT human breathing coach and movement specialist
  • Callum James – BSc Sports Medicine, sports injury specialist and performance rehabilitation coach

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