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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


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • Prolonging the duration of cooling does not enhance recovery following a marathon, Kwiecien, S., Mchugh, M., Hicks, K., Keane, K., Howatson, G. 30 Aug 2020, In: Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports
  • 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. 7 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Physiology
  • Task-specific strength increases after lower-limb compound resistance training occurred in the absence of corticospinal changes in vastus lateralis, Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Škarabot, J., Angius, L., Kidgell, D., Frazer, A., Hicks, K., Durbaba, R., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Thomas, K. 1 Jul 2020, In: Experimental Physiology
  • The Effects of Menstrual Cycle Phase on Exercise Performance in Eumenorrheic Women: A Systematic Review and Meta‑Analysis, McNulty, K., Elliott-Sale, K., Dolan, E., Swinton, P., Ansdell, P., Goodall, S., Thomas, K., Hicks, K. 13 Jul 2020, In: Sports Medicine
  • The Effects of Oral Contraceptives on Exercise Performance in Women: A Systematic Review and Meta‑analysis, Elliott-Sale, K., McNulty, K., Ansdell, P., Goodall, S., Hicks, K., Thomas, K., Swinton, P., Dolan, E. 14 Jul 2020, In: Sports Medicine
  • 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
  • Exploring the Efficacy of a Safe Cryotherapy Alternative, Kwiecien, S., McHugh, M., Goodall, S., Hicks, K., Hunter, A., Howatson, G. 1 Oct 2019, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Menstrual cycle-associated modulations in neuromuscular function and fatigability of the knee extensors in eumenorrheic women, 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

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Kelly McNulty Start: 01/10/2018


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