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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 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.  

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. He also Chairs the BASES Laboratory Directors' and Laboratory Accreditation groups.  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 across a number of areas of research and innovation to enhance performance such as exercise recovery and optimising neuromuscular adaptation.

Glyn Howatson

Campus Address

Northumberland Building


  • Physiology PhD June 30 2005
  • BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist 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

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  • The Effect of Phase Change Material on Recovery of Neuromuscular Function Following Competitive Soccer Match-Play, Brownstein, C., Ansdell, P., Škarabot, J., McHugh, M., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Thomas, K. 8 May 2019, In: Frontiers in Physiology
  • The effect of varying degrees of compression from elastic vs plastic wrap on quadriceps intramuscular temperature during wetted ice application, Kwiecien, S., Mathew, S., Howatson, G., Mchugh, M. 24 Apr 2019, In: Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports
  • Reduced corticospinal responses in older compared with younger adults during submaximal isometric, shortening, and lengthening contractions, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Hicks, K., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 15 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Exploring the Efficacy of a Safe Cryotherapy Alternative, Kwiecien, S., McHugh, M., Goodall, S., Hicks, K., Hunter, A., Howatson, G. 8 Apr 2019, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Cold Water Immersion Improves Recovery of Sprint Speed Following a Simulated Tournament, Leeder, J., Godfrey, M., Gibbon, D., Gaze, D., Davison, G., van Someren, K., Howatson, G. 6 Apr 2019, In: European Journal of Sport Science
  • 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. 14 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
  • 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

PGR Supervision

  • Mellissa Harden The Application of Novel Eccentric Exercise for Increasing Maximum Strength and Supporting Long Term Athlete Development Start: 21/12/2015
  • Lee Eddens Physiological and molecular responses to concurrent training in endurance-trained athletes Start: 01/09/2014
  • Karen Keane Polyphenol Pharmacokinetics and Cardiovascular, Cognitive and Exercise Pharmacodynamics following Montmorency Tart Cherry Intake in Humans Start: 01/10/2013
  • Mehdi Kordi Physiological Determinants of Peak Power Output in Sprint Cycling Start: 01/10/2013
  • Rachel Kimble . Start: 01/09/2017
  • Susan Kwiecien . Start: 01/02/2016
  • Alexander Anastasiou Start: 01/07/2017
  • Natalie Dyas Start: 01/01/2019


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