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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

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 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

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

PGR Supervision

  • Ciaran Deely Start: 01/02/2020
  • Mehdi Kordi Physiological Determinants of Peak Power Output in Sprint Cycling Start: 01/10/2013
  • Alexander Anastasiou Understanding how to create physical performance change within elite Olympic windsurfers Start: 01/07/2017
  • Susan Kwiecien Prolonged Cooling for Exercise Recovery: A Novel Use for Phase Change Material Start: 01/02/2016
  • Rachel Kimble Dietary anthocyanins and cardiovascular risk factors: the influence of tart Montmorency cherries on health indices in middle-aged adults Start: 01/09/2017
  • Natalie Dyas Start: 01/01/2019
  • Mellissa Harden The Application of Novel High-Intensity Eccentric Exercise: Evolving High-Performance Strength and Conditioning Practice 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

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

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