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Dr Kirsty Hicks

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

After completing a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, I stayed on to complete an MSc in Exercise and Sport Science Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University.  I then completed a full time PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University, whilst simultaneously working full time as the Head Sport Scientist at Liverpool Ladies football club for three years. I began my current post at Northumbria University in February 2016. 

Kirsty Hicks

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Exercise Induced Muscle Damage

The Female Athlete

Sex Differences

Optimising Adaptation and Recovery

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Effectiveness of diet and physical activity interventions amongst adults attending colorectal and breast cancer screening: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Orange, S., Hicks, K., Saxton, J. 1 Jan 2021, In: Cancer Causes and Control
  • Prolonging the duration of cooling does not enhance recovery following a marathon, Kwiecien, S., Mchugh, M., Hicks, K., Keane, K., Howatson, G. 1 Jan 2021, In: Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports
  • The influence of resistance training on neuromuscular function in middle-aged and older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials, James, E., Nichols, S., Goodall, S., Hicks, K., O'Doherty, A. 1 Jul 2021, In: Experimental Gerontology
  • The reliability of potential fatigue monitoring measures in elite youth soccer players, Fitzpatrick, J., Hicks, K., Russell, M., Hayes, P. 1 Dec 2021, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Variation in physiological function within and between menstrual cycles: uncovering the contributing factors, McNulty, K., Hicks, K., Ansdell, P. 1 Jul 2021, In: Experimental Physiology
  • Exploring the Practical Knowledge of Eccentric Resistance Training in High- Performance Strength and Conditioning Practitioners, Harden, M., Bruce-Martin, C., Wolf, A., Hicks, K., Howatson, G. 1 Feb 2020, In: International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
  • Four weeks of augmented eccentric loading using a novel leg press device improved leg strength in well-trained athletes and professional sprint track cyclists, Harden, M., Wolf, A., Evans, M., Hicks, K., Thomas, K., Howatson, G. 29 Jul 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Physiological sex differences affect the integrative response to exercise: Acute and chronic implications, Ansdell, P., Thomas, K., Hicks, K., Hunter, S., Howatson, G., Goodall, S. 1 Dec 2020, In: Experimental Physiology
  • Reply to: Comment on: “The Effects of Menstrual Cycle Phase on Exercise Performance in Eumenorrheic Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” and “The Effects of Oral Contraceptives on Exercise Performance in Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”, Elliott-Sale, K., McNulty, K., Goodall, S., Ansdell, P., Thomas, K., Swinton, P., Dolan, E., Hicks, K. 17 Dec 2020, In: Sports Medicine
  • Sex differences in fatigability following exercise normalised to the power‐duration relationship, Ansdell, P., Škarabot, J., Atkinson, E., Corden, S., Tygart, A., Hicks, K., Thomas, K., Hunter, S., Howatson, G., Goodall, S. 15 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Physiology

Professional Activity

PGR Supervision

Kelly McNulty ‘The effect of the menstrual cycle on athletic performance, adaptation and recovery’. Start Date: 01/10/2018


  • Physiology PhD February 01 2016
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Member British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2016

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