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Dr Christian Edwards

Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details

email: c.edwards@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 542217

Christian Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science.  His teaching principally addresses the scientific aspects that may underpin the coaching process.  His research interests focus primarily on athlete’s body image perceptions and how these perceptions may impact on daily living.  He is a member of the Institute's Socio-cultural studies of Sport, Exercise & the Body research interest group. In addition to his academic role, he is a cycling coach.

Qualifications:

  • PhD by Published Work, University of Worcester
  • MSc Sports Coaching Science, University of Worcester
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Worcester
  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Aberystwyth University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:  

Christian teaches on both Undergraduate and Higher National Diploma modules. His teaching has been strongly influenced by his interest in the scientific principles that may support/underpin the coaching process and his research background.         

Research Interests:

Christian’s research primarily focuses on male body image and his published papers can be viewed at: http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/view/author/Edwards=3AChristian=3A=3A.html  

Supervision: Christian supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects focussed on the following areas:

(a)  Sports Coaching; 

(b)  Body image; 

(c)  Sport and Exercise Psychology.       

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Publications

Publications

Refereed Journal Papers:

Edwards, C., Molnar, G. & Tod, D. (in Press). Searching for Masculine Capital: Experiences Leading to High Drive for Muscularity in Men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. doi:10.1037/men0000072

Tod, D., Edwards, C., & Cranswick, I. (2016). Muscle Dysmophia: Current insights. Psychology Research and Behaviour Management, 9, 1-10. doi: 10.2147/PRBM.S97404

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. & Markland, D. (2016). Predicting muscularity-related behavior, emotions, and cognitions in men: The role of psychological need thwarting, drive for muscularity, and mesomorphic internalization. Body Image, 18, 108-112. doi: 10.1016/bodyIm.2016.06.005

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. & Markland, D. (2016). Perceived social pressures and the internalization of the mesomorphic ideal: The role of drive for muscularity and autonomy in physically active men. Body Image, 16, 63-69. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.11.003

Tod, D., Edwards, C., McGuigan, M., & Lovell, G. (2015). A Systematic Review of the Effect of Cognitive Strategies on Strength Performance. Sports Medicine, 45, 1589-1602.

Tod, D. & Edwards, C. (2015). A meta-analysis of the drive for muscularity’s relationships with exercise, disordered eating, and supplement consumption. International review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/1750984X.2015.1052089

Thomas, A., Tod, D., Edwards, C. & McGuigan, M.R. (2014) Drive for muscularity and social physique anxiety mediate the perceived ideal physique muscle dysmorphia relationship. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. ISSN Print: 1064-8011 Online1533-4287 (In Press)

Tod, D & Edwards, C. (2014) Relationship among muscle dysmorphia characteristics, body image quality of life, and coping in males. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. ISSN 1440-2440) (In Press)

Edwards, C., Tod, D. & Molnar, G. (2014) A systematic review of the drive for muscularity research area. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 7 (1), 18-41.  

Tod, D. & Edwards, C. (2013) Predicting drive for muscularity behavioural engagement from body image attitudes and emotions. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 1, 10, 135-138.

Tod, D., Hall, G., & Edwards, C. (2013) Drive for Leanness and Health-Related Behaviour within a Social/Cultural Perspective. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 10, 640-642.

Tod, D., Hall, G., & Edwards, C. (2012). Gender invariance and correlates of the Drive for Leanness Scale. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 9, 555-558.

Tod, D., Morrison, T. G. & Edwards, C. (2012) Evaluating validity and test–retest reliability in four drive for muscularity questionnaires. Body Image, 9, 425-428.

Tod, D., Morrison, T. G. & Edwards, C. (2012) Psychometric properties of Yelland and Tiggemann's Drive for Muscularity Scale. Body Image, 9, 421-424.

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Morrison, T., & Molnar, G. (2012). Drive For muscularity. In D. Tod & D. Lavallee (Eds.). Psychology of strength and conditioning: Current perspectives. (pp. 148-172). London, Routledge. 

Edwards, C. & Evans, G. (2010). The Challenges of Change. In Kidman, L. & Lombardi, V. Athlete Centered Coaching, Innovative Print Publications. 

Tod, D., Edwards, C., Drury, B., Akehurst, S., & Lavallee, D. (2008). Relationships among muscle dysmorphia and body image-related quality of life and coping strategies. Paper presented at the annual conference of the British Association of Sports Sciences, London. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26 (Suppl. 2). 139-140.

Edwards, C, Tod, D. and McGuigan, M. (2008). Self-talk influences vertical jump performance and kinematics in male rugby union players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26, 1459-1465.

Conference Proceedings:

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. & Markland, D. (July 2016). Predicting muscularity-related behavior, emotions, and cognitions in men: The role of psychological need thwarting, drive for muscularity, and mesomorphic internalization. Paper presented at Appearance Matters 7 Conference, London, UK.

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. (July 2016). In search of Masculine capital: Men’s experiences leading to high drive for muscularity. Paper presented at Appearance Matters 7 Conference, London, UK.

Tod, D. & Edwards, C. (2015, July). A meta-analysis of the drive for muscularity’s relationships with exercise, disordered eating, and supplement consumption. Paper presented at the European Congress of Sport Psychology, Bern, Switzerland.

Tod, D., Edwards, C., McGuigan, M., & Lovell, G.  (2015, July). Cognitive strategies’ effects on muscular force production: A systematic review. Paper presented at the European Congress of Sport Psychology, Bern, Switzerland.

Edwards, C., Tod, D. & Molnar, G. (2015, July). ‘I just wanted to be Big Dan’: An exploration into the development of high levels of drive for muscularity in men. Paper presented at the European Congress of Sport Psychology, Bern, Switzerland.

Edwards, C., Tod, D., Molnar, G. & Markland, D. (2014, July). Perceived social pressure and the internalization of the mesomorphic ideal: The role of drive for muscularity and autonomy. Paper presented at Appearance Matters 6 Conference, Bristol, UK.

Edwards, C., Tod, D. & Hall, G. (2013, April) Drive for leanness and Health-related behavior within a social/cultural perspective. Paper presented at the Annual British Psychological Society conference, Harrogate, UK.

Edwards, C., Tod. D., Molnar, G. (2013, April) Drive for muscularity: A systematic review. Paper presented at the Federation of Sport and Exercise Psychology conference, Paris, France.

Edwards, C. Tod, D. & Molnar, G. A systematic review of the drive for muscularity research. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Royal Connaught Rooms, London, 2012.

Tod, D., Hall, G., & Edwards, C. (2012, April). Gender invariance and correlates of the Drive for Leanness Scale. Paper presented at the Annual British Psychological Society conference, London, UK.

Tod, D. & Edwards, C. (2010, December). Relationships muscle dysmorphia has with indices of sexual self-esteem. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Biannual Conference, London, UK.

Tod, D., Edwards, C., Drury, B., Akehurst, S., & Lavallee, D. (2009, July). Muscle dysmorphia relationships with body image-related quality of life and coping. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Wales Institute for Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Aberystwyth, Wales. 

Tod, D., Edwards, C., & Hardy, J. (2009). Relationships muscle dysmorphia has with appearance schema processing, body image disturbance and frequency of body image dysphoria. Paper presented at the annual conference of the British Association of Sports Sciences, Leeds, England 2009.

Peters, D.M., Molnar, G., Adamson, G., Rhoden, C., Edwards, C. & Breeze, N. (2009). An evaluation of student and staff perceptions of the use of audio files for feedback on student assessments. University of Worcester Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, 2009.

Edwards, C., & Tod, D. (2008, April). The effect of motivational and instructional self-talk on performance and kinetics during the vertical jump in university rugby union players. Poster presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society, Dublin, Ireland.

Edwards, C., Tod, D. and McGuigan, M. (2007, July). The effect of Motivational and instructional self-talk on power production during the vertical jump in University rugby union players. Presented at British Psychological Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

 Christian is a peer reviewer for the following journals:

  • Body Image
  • Psychology of Men and Masculinity
  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology Review
  • The Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise & Physical Education Research