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Prof Glyn Howatson


Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Following a six years service in the British Army followed by work in the security industry, Glyn moved to Higher Education by completing undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Sports Science and Exercise Physiology, respectively. Glyn lectured at Kingston University and St. Mary's University College, London before arriving at Northumbria in 2009, where he is now Professor in Human and Applied Physiology and leads the Research Excellence Framework for Unit of Assessment 24.

Glyn is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), he is on the Editorial Board for the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and the European Journal of Sport Sciences. His research interests predominantly lie in the optimisation of human performance where he focusses efforts on understanding the stress-recovery-adaptation continuum using training and nutritional interventions to manipulate human physiology.

Glyn collaborates extensively with colleagues across the globe in academia, elite sport, national governing bodies and industry. He has been a consultant physiologist to the FA, English Institute of Sport, professional rugby and football, UK Athletics, GB Canoeing and GSK.  His work as an applied physiologist and researcher has contributed to support of numerous international athletes that include, European, World and Olympic medallists. He continues to work closely with colleagues in the English Institute of Sport and Olympic sport across a number of areas of research and innovation to enhance performance, facilitate exercise recovery and optimising neuromuscular adaptation.

Glyn Howatson

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Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Mirror training augments the cross-education of strength and affects inhibitory paths, Zult, T., Goodall, S., Thomas, K., Solnik, S., Hortobágyi, T., Howatson, G. 1 Jun 2016, In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Mirror illusion reduces motor cortical inhibition in the ipsilateral primary motor cortex during forceful unilateral muscle contractions, Zult, T., Goodall, S., Thomas, K., Hortobágyi, T., Howatson, G. Apr 2015, In: Journal of Neurophysiology
  • Sex differences in fatigability and recovery relative to the intensity-duration relationship, Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Škarabot, J., Hicks, K., Howatson, G., Thomas, K., Hunter, S., Goodall, S. 1 Dec 2019, In: The Journal of Physiology
  • Neuromuscular changes and the rapid adaptation following a bout of damaging eccentric exercise, Goodall, S., Thomas, K., Barwood, M., Keane, K., Gonzalez, J., St Clair Gibson, A., Howatson, G. 16 Dec 2016, In: Acta Physiologica
  • Neuromuscular Fatigue and Recovery after Heavy Resistance, Jump, and Sprint Training, Thomas, K., Brownstein, C., Dent, J., Parker, P., Goodall, S., Howatson, G. 1 Dec 2018, In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Mechanical and Morphological Determinants of Peak Power Output in Elite Cyclists., Kordi, M., Folland, J., Goodall, S., Haralabidis, N., Maden-Wilkinson, T., Patel, T., Leeder, J., Barratt, P., Howatson, G. 1 Feb 2020, In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
  • Effects of Montmorency tart cherry (Prunus Cerasus L.) consumption on vascular function in males with early hypertension, Keane, K., George, T., Constantinou, C., Brown, M., Clifford, T., Howatson, G. 1 Jun 2016, In: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: My Sport Science - Cherry juice educational material (web) 2016
  • Invited talk: Elevate 2016 - recovery and cherries 2016
  • Other: Cherry juice article - Nutraingredients 2015
  • Invited talk: ACSM 2015 - Tart Cherries in Health and Exercise Recovery 2015
  • Invited talk: EIS - practitioner CPD day. In competition recovery - nutrition. 2015
  • Other: Tart cherries, the bitter-sweet evidence in exercise recovery! Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN's) Pulse Magazine - 2015 2015
  • Invited talk: ISSSMC 2014- recovery talk 2014
  • Other: Cherry and recovery - trade magazine 2013

PGR Supervision

  • Emma Squires Getting to the Stone: A Further Exploration into Tart Cherry Supplementation as an Aid in Recovery. Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Mehdi Kordi Physiological Determinants of Peak Power Output in Sprint Cycling Start Date: 01/10/2013 End Date: 24/10/2019
  • Alexander Anastasiou Understanding how to create physical performance change within elite Olympic windsurfers Start Date: 01/07/2017 End Date: 29/06/2021
  • Meghan Brown Energy Balance, Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage, and the Efficacy of Nutritional Interventions on Recovery in Female Dancers Start Date: 16/12/2015 End Date: 15/06/2017
  • Rachel Kimble Dietary anthocyanins and cardiovascular risk factors: the influence of tart Montmorency cherries on health indices in middle-aged adults Start Date: 01/09/2017 End Date: 21/01/2021
  • Lee Eddens Physiological and molecular responses to concurrent training in endurance-trained athletes Start Date: 01/09/2014 End Date: 14/06/2019
  • Mellissa Harden The Application of Novel High-Intensity Eccentric Exercise: Evolving High-Performance Strength and Conditioning Practice Start Date: 21/12/2015 End Date: 24/10/2019
  • Karen Keane Polyphenol Pharmacokinetics and Cardiovascular, Cognitive and Exercise Pharmacodynamics following Montmorency Tart Cherry Intake in Humans Start Date: 01/10/2013 End Date: 24/05/2017
  • Phillip Bell The Bioavailability of a Polyphenol-rich Fruit and the Impact on Inflammation, Oxidative Stress and Muscle Recovery Following Strenuous Physical Activity in Humans Start Date: 26/10/2010 End Date: 12/11/2015
  • Jonathan Leeder The Efficacy of Cold Water Immersion on Recovery from Strenuous Exercise Start Date: 23/11/2009 End Date: 17/10/2013
  • Jamie Tallent Corticospinal and Spinal Responses and Adaptations from Shortening and Lengthening Resistance training and Subsequent Detraining Start Date: 01/09/2010 End Date: 24/07/2014
  • Tom Clifford The Phytochemical Content and Bioavailability of Beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.) and its Application as a Recovery Intervention Following Strenuous Exercise Start Date: 21/12/2015 End Date: 20/04/2017
  • Ciaran Deely Profiling Fatigue and Recovery in Academy Association Football Start Date: 01/02/2020
  • Susan Kwiecien Prolonged Cooling for Exercise Recovery: A Novel Use for Phase Change Material Start Date: 01/02/2016 End Date: 23/04/2020
  • Natalie Dyas Physiological determinants and demands of trampoline gymnastics Start Date: 01/01/2019


  • Physiology PhD June 30 2005
  • BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist 2005
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci) Science Council 2013
  • Ordinary Member Physiological Society 2012
  • Fellow of British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences FBASES 2011
  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine FACSM 2010
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2006

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