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Profile: Simon Rea

Simon Rea

About me

Simon has worked full time as an academic contributing to the development of modules in the BSc (Hons) degree since June 2007. He has also been involved authoring/co-authoring 14 text books related to sports science and am currently authoring a book about careers in sports science which is related to my main research area.

Simon has been involved in teaching in Higher and Further education since 1993 and most recently spent time working for a private company training personal trainers. He has also worked as a performance coach in first class cricket advising players on nutrition, psychology and physical conditioning.

His specialist areas are strength and conditioning and nutrition for sports performance.

His research area is around work-based skills, which work based skills are most important and how they can be developed.

Research interests

Simon's research interests lie within applied sport science with a particular focus on employablity in sport science related occupations.

Some of the article's Simon has written for OpenLearn can be found here:


Rea, Simon (2015). Sports Science - A Complete Introduction. London, John Murray Learning.

Book Chapter
Rea, Simon and Oakley, Ben (2009). Using reflective practice - an Open University perspective. In: Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds. Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based Practice. Routledge/ The Open University.
Rea, Simon (2009).  Thinking about motivation in the workplace. In: Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds. Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based Practice. Routledge/The Open University.
Rea, Simon (2009). Self-employment: programmng to manage time and energy. In: Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds. Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based Practice. Routledge/The Open University.

He is currently researching for a book titled 'Careers in Sports Science'. He has interviewed 20 people who work in a range of sports science related occupations and will present these as case studies. The book will also look at routes into sports science, skills needed in sports science related occupations and how to prepare for interviews and working in sports science.

He also keeps current on the development of training methods for strength and conditioning as well as developments in sports nutrition.


Teaching interests

His main teaching interests are in sport psychology, sport nutrition, strength and conditioning and work-based learning.

I have been involved in the development of all modules in the sport and fitness award. Some of the key teaching roles he has held are summarised below.

E119 - Working with people in sport and fitness

Author: Study Topic 4 - Leadership in sport and fitness

E117 - Introduction to sport and fitness

Co-author: Study Topic 4 - Contemporary debates in sport and fitness - Options 1 (Sport and safety: do sport and fitness activities create more damage than benefits) and 2 (Is cheating a way to make sport fairer?)

E314 - Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise

Author : Study Topic 2 - Nutrition for health and performance.

E313 - Exploring psychological Aspects of Athletic Development

Author: Study Topic 6 -  Options 2 and 3 - The impact of others on performance / Moral behaviour and aggression.

 E233 - Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Case Study Approach

Author: Study Topic 2 - Psychological issues affecting performers in sport and exercise.
Author: Study Topic 3 - Adherence and group dynamics.

E112 - Introduction to Sport, Fitness & Management

Author: Study Topic 6 - Eating to win.

E113 - Working & Learning in Sport & Fitness 

2009 - present: Module team chair (production and presentation).
Author: Study Topic 1 - Preparing for workbased learning.
Author: Study Topic 2 - Encouraging and maintaining motivation.

E217 - Sport and Conditioning Science into Practice

2012 - 2014: Module team chair (production and presentation).
Co-author: Study Topic 3 - Making sense of movement.


Simon Rea's research

Caroline Ann Heaney, Ben Oakley and Simon James Raphael Rea (editors) (2009-07-17) Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based Practice, Routledge/The Open University

Browse Simon Rea's latest research on Open Research Online