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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 the Director of Research and Innovation.

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 understanind 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, facilitiate 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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  • Determining the Sites of Neural Adaptations to Resistance Training: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, Siddique, U., Rahman, S., Frazer, A., Pearce, A., Howatson, G., Kidgell, D. 28 Jan 2020, In: Sports Medicine
  • Dietary intake of anthocyanins and risk of cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies, Kimble, R., Keane, K., Lodge, J., Howatson, G. 2 Jan 2020, In: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
  • Tracking the corticospinal responses to strength training, Mason, J., Frazer, A., Avela, J., Pearce, A., Howatson, G., Kidgell, D. 1 Feb 2020, In: European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Cardiac structure and function characterized across age groups and between sexes in healthy wild-born captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) living in sanctuaries, Drane, A., Atencia, R., Cooper, S., Rodriguez, P., Sanchez, C., Simcox, S., Feltrer, Y., Peck, B., Eng, J., Moittie, S., Unwin, S., Howatson, G., Oxborough, D., Stembridge, M., Shave, R. 1 Jun 2019, In: American Journal of Veterinary Research
  • 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. 21 Oct 2019, In: European Journal of Sport Science
  • Compound Maximal Motor Unit Response is modulated by contraction intensity, but not contraction type in Tibialis Anterior, Tallent, J., Goodall, S., Kidgell, D., Durbaba, R., Howatson, G. Sep 2019, In: Physiological Reports
  • Corticospinal excitability of tibialis anterior and soleus differs during passive ankle movement, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Hicks, K., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 1 Sep 2019, In: Experimental Brain Research
  • Corticospinal responses during passive shortening and lengthening of tibialis anterior and soleus in older compared to younger adults, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 18 Dec 2019, In: Experimental Physiology
  • 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
  • Custom fitted compression garments enhance recovery from muscle damage in rugby players, Brown, F., Jeffries, O., Gissane, C., Howatson, G., van Someren, K., Pedlar, C., Meyers, T., Hill, J. 4 Sep 2019, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

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 Start: 01/07/2017
  • Susan Kwiecien Prolonged Cooling for Exercise Recovery: A Novel Use for Phase Change Material Start: 01/02/2016
  • Rachel Kimble . 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


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