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Marc Briggs

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Dr Marc Briggs is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. His primary responsibilities include Programme Leader for Sport Coaching BSc (Hons), with further teaching interests lying mainly within sports physiology, sports nutrition and the application of sports science to coaching. Marc contributes to teaching at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels delivering lectures, seminars, practicals and laboratory workshops across a wide range of modules.

Marc is a former graduate of Northumbria University, gaining a first class degree in Applied Sport Science and Coaching (BSc Hons). Additionally, Marc is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since successfully completing a Post Graduate Certification if Higher Education Practice (PGCHEP). Most recently, Marc has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sport and Exercise Science. Marc’s thesis investigated the Dietary Habits of Adolescent Academy Soccer Players. Working with Sunderland AFC Academy, Marc was able to design innovative methods to assess energy balance identifying evidence of sub-optimal energy consumption; subsequently incorporating intervention strategies identified to improve nutritional intake amongst this elite population. 

Marc also endeavours to be an applied practitioner, currently providing consultancy support to Sunderland AFC in his role as Sport Nutritionist to Academy footballers. Additionally, Marc also works closely with other professional football clubs including Newcastle United and Middlesbrough, in a range of roles including performance analysis, talent ID, training load monitoring and match-play demands. Marc has also travelled to Zambia and delivered specific sessions on nutrition and plyometrics to the head Olympic team coaches at the Youth Olympic Development Centre in Lusaka.

Marc Briggs

Campus Address

Northumberland Building, NB247
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

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  • The effects of an increased calorie breakfast consumed prior to simulated match-play in Academy soccer players, Briggs, M., Harper, L., McNamee, G., Cockburn, E., Rumbold, P., Stevenson, E., Russell, M. Aug 2017, In: European Journal of Sport Science
  • Physiological and performance effects of carbohydrate gels consumed prior to the extra-time period of prolonged simulated soccer match-play, Harper, L., Briggs, M., McNamee, G., West, D., Kilduff, L., Stevenson, E., Russell, M. Jun 2016, In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport / Sports Medicine Australia
  • The Effects of 120 Minutes of Simulated Match Play on Indices of Acid-Base Balance in Professional Academy Soccer Players, Harper, L., Clifford, T., Briggs, M., McNamee, G., West, D., Stevenson, E., Russell, M. Jun 2016, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Agreement between Two Methods of Dietary Data Collection in Male Adolescent Academy-Level Soccer Players, Briggs, M., Rumbold, P., Cockburn, E., Russell, M., Stevenson, E. Jul 2015, In: Nutrients
  • A passive heat maintenance strategy implemented during a simulated half-time improves lower body power output and repeated sprint ability in professional Rugby Union players, Russell, M., West, D., Briggs, M., Bracken, R., Cook, C., Giroud, T., Gill, N., Kilduff, L. 18 Mar 2015, In: PLoS One
  • Assessment of energy intake and energy expenditure of male adolescent academy-level soccer players during a competitive week, Briggs, M., Cockburn, E., Rumbold, P., Rae, G., Stevenson, E., Russell, M. 2 Oct 2015, In: Nutrients
  • Estimates of energy intake and expenditure in professional Rugby League players, Tooley, E., Bitcon, M., Briggs, M., West, D., Russell, M. 2 Jul 2015, In: International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
  • Nutritional Knowledge of UK Coaches, Cockburn, E., Fortune, A., Briggs, M., Rumbold, P. 10 Apr 2014, In: Nutrients

PGR Supervision

Gavin Cowper The Application of Passive Heating Devices to Improve Football Performance. Start Date: 18/01/2021


  • Sports Science PhD March 23 2017
  • Sports Science BSc (Hons) July 31 2008
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013

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