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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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  • 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. 14 Jul 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. 26 Jun 2019, In: Experimental Brain Research
  • Determining the sites of neural adaptations to resistance training, Siddique, U., Rahman, S., Frazer, A., Howatson, G., Kidgell, D. 23 Jun 2019, In: Sports Medicine
  • Descriptive analysis of Olympic class windsurfing competition during the 2017-2018 regatta season, Anastasiou, A., Jones, T., Mullan, P., Ross, E., Howatson, G. 19 Jun 2019, In: International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
  • Quantification of aerobic determinants of performance in post-pubertal adolescent middle-distance runners, Blagrove, R., Howatson, G., Pedlar, C., Hayes, P. 17 Jun 2019, In: European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • 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. 6 Jun 2019, In: Frontiers in 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
  • 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. 1 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • 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. 1 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
  • Optimization of Exercise Countermeasures for Human Space Flight: Operational Considerations for Concurrent Strength and Aerobic Training, Jones, T., Petersen, N., Howatson, G. 16 May 2019, In: Frontiers in Physiology

PGR Supervision

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