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Dr David Hendry

Assistant Professor

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Dr David T Hendry joined the Sport coaching team in September, 2018 after completing his PhD and MSc in the Motor Skills Laboratory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to his scholarly interests David has extensive practical experience in coaching and has worked with a number of high profile organizations including; Glasgow Rangers F.C., the Scottish Football Association, Major League Soccer and UBC men’s soccer. David completed his undergraduate degree in Sport & Exercise Science from Edinburgh Napier University.

David Hendry

Campus Address

Northumberland Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

My research interests are related to the psychology of expert perforamnce and athlete devlopment in sport. I am interested in exploring the perecptual-motor-cognitive factors associated with expert decision making in sport, as well as investigating how non-congtive factors such as practice, motivation and grit contribute to the development of sports expertise. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Gritting One’s Way to Success – Grit Explains Skill in Elite Youth Soccer Players Beyond (Deliberate) Practice, Larkin, P., Cocic, D., Hendry, D., Williams, A., O’Connor, D., Bilalic, M. 1 Jan 2023, In: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • A scoping review on developmental activities of girls and women's sports, Peters, C., Hendry, D., Hodges, N. 23 Sep 2022, In: Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
  • Developmental activities and perceptions of challenge for National and Varsity women soccer players in Canada, Hendry, D., Williams, A., Ford, P., Hodges, N. 1 Jul 2019, In: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Optimal Development of Youth Athletes Toward Elite Athletic Performance: How to Coach Their Motivation, Plan Exercise Training, and Pace the Race, Menting, S., Hendry, D., Schiphof-Godart, L., Elferink-Gemser, M., Hettinga, F. 20 Aug 2019, In: Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
  • Pathways to Expert Performance in Soccer, Hendry, D., Hodges, N. Mar 2019, In: Journal of Expertise
  • Tracking and comparing self-determined motivation in elite youth soccer: Influence of developmental activities, age, and skill, Hendry, D., Williams, A., Crocker, P., Hodges, N. 5 Mar 2019, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Coach ratings of skills and their relations to practice, play and successful transitions from youth-elite to adult-professional status in soccer, Hendry, D., Williams, A., Hodges, N. 2 Sep 2018, In: Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Early majority engagement pathway best defines transitions from youth to adult elite men's soccer in the UK: A three time-point retrospective and prospective study, Hendry, D., Hodges, N. 1 May 2018, In: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Getting gritty about practice and success: Motivational characteristics of great performers, Hodges, N., Ford, P., Hendry, D., Williams, A. 2017, Sport and the Brain, Elsevier
  • Practice and play as determinants of self-determined motivation in youth soccer players, Hendry, D., Crocker, P., Hodges, N. 3 Jul 2014, In: Journal of Sports Sciences


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