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Prof Glyn Howatson


Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Following a six year stint in the British Army and working in the security industry, Glyn moved to Higher Education by completing undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Sports Science and Exercise Physiology, respectively. Glyn lectured and 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. 

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 Boards for the Journal of Sport Sciences and the European Journal of Sport Sciences and Chair for the BASES Laboratory Directors' and Laboratory Accreditation groups.  Glyn collaborates extensively with colleagues across the UK and the globe in academia, elite sport, national governing bodies and industry. He has been a consultant physiologist to professional rugby Premier leagues football, UK Athletics, GB Canoeing.  His work as an applied physiologist and researcher has contributed to the 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 across a number of areas to enhance performance such as exercise recovery and optimising neuromuscular adaptation.

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Twitter: @GlynHowatson & @NUSportEx


Glyn Howatson

Campus Address

Northumberland Building


  • Sports Science PhD June 30 2005
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci) Science Council 2013
  • Ordinary Member Physiological Society 2012
  • Fellow British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2011
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2006

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Reliability of Traditional and Task Specific Reference tasks to assess Peak Muscle Activation during two different Sprint Cycling Tests, Kordi, M., Folland, J., Goodall, S., Barratt, P., Howatson, G. 10 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
  • Menstrual cycle associated modulations in neuromuscular function and fatigability of the knee extensors in eumenorrheic females, Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Škarabot, J., Hicks, K., Simoes, D., Thomas, K., Howatson, G., Hunter, S., Goodall, S. 7 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Repeatability and Specificity of Eccentric Force Output and the Implications for Eccentric Training Load Prescription, Harden, M., Wolf, A., Haff, G., Hicks, K., Howatson, G. 1 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Exploring the Efficacy of a Safe Cryotherapy Alternative, Kwiecien, S., McHugh, M., Goodall, S., Hicks, K., Hunter, A., Howatson, G. 27 Feb 2019, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Cold Water Immersion Improves Recovery of Sprint Speed Following a Simulated Tournament, Leeder, J., Howatson, G. 12 Feb 2019, In: European Journal of Sport Science
  • Reduced corticospinal responses in older compared to younger adults during submaximal isometric, shortening and lengthening contractions, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Hicks, K., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 7 Feb 2019, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Priming the Motor Cortex With Anodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Affects the Acute Inhibitory Corticospinal Responses to Strength Training, Frazer, A., Howatson, G., Ahtiainen, J., Avela, J., Rantalainen, T., Kidgell, D. 1 Feb 2019, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Efficacy of depth jumps to elicit a post-activation performance enhancement in junior endurance runners, Blagrove, R., Holding, K., Patterson, S., Howatson, G., Hayes, P. Feb 2019, In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  • Countermovement Jump Recovery in Professional Soccer Players Using an Inertial Sensor, McHugh, M., Clifford, T., Abbott, W., Kwiecien, S., Kremenic, I., DeVita, J., Howatson, G. Jan 2019, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Exercise-induced muscle damage: what is it, what causes it and what are the nutritional solutions?, Owens, D., Twist, C., Cobley, J., Howatson, G., Close, G. 2019, In: European Journal of Sport Science


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