Home Your Specialists Prof. Dave Collins

Prof. Dave Collins


A leader at the cutting edge of elite challenge and international research focused on performance enhancement.

Prof. Collins, specialises in developing individuals, and building and leading teams, to perform under pressure. Prof. Collins works on a model of “shared expertise”, resulting in strong yet flexible individuals, and coherent groups characterised by open challenge and mutual respect. His past successes have typically involved major strategic and cultural change in complex, multifactorial settings. Solutions are usually team driven and evidence-based, with a strong and demonstrable rationale, drawing on his experience as a performer, researcher, scientist and leader.

Prof. Collins has over 350 peer review publications and 60 books/chapters. Research interests include performer/coach development, expertise, and peak performance. Prof. Collins holds certifications from the BPS, BASES and HCPC, plus professional qualifications in Teaching and Strength and Conditioning.

As a psychologist, he has worked with over 70 World or Olympic medallists plus professional teams and performers. Previously, as PD of UK Athletics, Prof. Collins directed the programme which progressed the team from 24th to 5th (World then Olympic) 21st to 3rd (World Indoors) and 12th to 1st (European Team). The established medal haul of 8 at the Beijing Olympics makes Prof. Collins one of the most successful PD of recent times.

Current applied assignments include football, rugby, ski and snowboard and motorsport, plus work with non-sports organisations. Past attendance at 11 Olympics plus numerous World and European Championships and professional sports have provided useful experiences!

Prof. Collins has coached to national level in three sports, is a 5th Dan Karate, Director of the Rugby Coaches Association and iZone Performance, Fellow of the Society of Martial Arts, ZSL and BASES, Associate Fellow of the BPS, and experienced PE teacher/teacher educator and an ex Royal Marine.


MBBS, MSc, PgDip

Registered Osteopath

Lead Physiotherapist