Occupational Performance Interest Group

Mission Statement

The BASES OPSIG aims to promote evidence-based practice amongst those undertaking research and/or scientific support with occupational groups in physically demanding job roles. This includes but is not limited to military, security, fire, rescue and first responders. It draws on a number of specialist areas including: physiology, strength and conditioning, physical training, psychology, biomechanics, injury and rehabilitation. The OPSIG will achieve its objectives by facilitating the distribution of knowledge and continued professional development of scientists working with these populations. In addition to benefiting the scientific community, the OPSIG will seek opportunities to support exploiters of this capability (e.g. end users). It will explore interventions for performance optimisation and enhancement, will inform policy decisions and research strategies and enable occupational groups to benefit from cutting edge science and technology as soon as it emerges. 


  • To cohere the community working with occupational groups. 
  • To promote evidence-based practice. ? 
  • To facilitate international collaborations to enhance research excellence and the exchange of best practice. ? 
  • To provide opportunities for mentorship, training and development of those at all stages of their career as well as opportunities for scientists who are new to the field to engage with leaders in the field. 
  • To ensure that those working with occupational groups can realise the benefits of BASES. ? 
  • To ensure that those working with occupational groups are able to achieve and maintain accreditation with BASES. ? 
  • To explore interventions for performance optimisation and enhancement in occupational groups. ? 
  • To provide an evidence base to inform policy and future research directions. 
  • To promote the work being conducted to support physically demanding occupations across the BASES network.

Steering Committee

Nicky Armstrong (Chair)

Mitch Lomax

Alun Williams

Sam Blacker

Mac Mckie

Peter Ladlow

Matthew Maley

Josh Osofa


Much of the work undertaken by scientists working in the sports and exercise field is already translated from athletic populations to occupational groups. The skills and competencies required of scientists working in these areas are very similar, as are many of the interventions applied to these groups to optimise performance. However, there are some common challenges faced by scientists working with occupational groups that differ from other sport and exercise settings.

The current focus of BASES SIGs is on athletic or clinical populations, however, many BASES members are also required to support occupational groups. Introducing a SIG for this population will ensure that those working with occupational groups have professional development activities that are well aligned to their work and provide training opportunities and mentorship for those scientists with a desire to work with occupational groups. The OPSIG will also enable best practice and more efficient and effective research through improved collaboration. An interdisciplinary approach is essential when working with occupational groups. THE OPSIG will facilitate collaborative partnerships across traditional scientific boundaries. The OPSIG will also provide opportunities for those on the SE pathway who have an interest in this field but have a supervisor who specialises in clinical or athletic populations.

How to get involved

BASES members can opt in to communications from this Special Interest Group via their Member Profile (in the Members' Area) to receive updates and information on how to get more involved. Or alternatively email officemanager@bases.org.uk to be added to the group.


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