Steve Atkins

Dr. Steve Atkins

Division Leader for Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences / Chartered Scientist with the Science Council, 2013 onwards

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Darwin Building, DW202

+44 (0) 1772 89 3523

Steve recently organised the annual conference for the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Steve is responsible for the academic management of the Division of Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, encompassing the Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (CASES). He is also course leader for the Bsc (Hons) Personal Fitness Training. As a BASES accredited sports scientist, he also serves on the accreditation committee for that learned body. His research focuses on sport and exercise performance, in particular strength and conditioning and paediatric work physiology.

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Chartered Scientist with the Science Council, 2013 onwards

PG Cert Research Student Supervision, UCLan, 2005

Ph.D. Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University, 1998

BA (Hons) Sport and Human Movement Studies, Cardiff Institute, 1993

BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist, 2006 onwards.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2001 onwards.

NSCA CSCS, 2005 onwards.


Jonathan Sinclair, Stephen Atkins, Hayley Vincent: The effects of various running inclines on three-segment foot mechanics and plantar fascia strain. Human Movement. 12/2014;

David J Barron, Steve Atkins, Chris Edmundson, Dave Fewtrell: Accelerometer derived load according to playing position in competitive youth soccer. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport 12/2014; 14(3).

Jonathan Sinclair, P J Taylor, S Atkins: Influence of running shoes and cross-trainers on Achilles tendon forces during running compared with military boots.. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps 11/2014;

Jonathan Sinclair, David Fewtrell, Paul John Taylor, Stephen Atkins, Lindsay Bottoms, Sarah Jane Hobbs: Three-dimensional kinematic differences between the preferred and non-preferred limbs during maximal instep soccer kicking.. Journal of Sports Sciences 10/2014;

Jonathan Sinclair, Derek McCarthy, Ian Bentley, Howard Hurst, Stephen Atkins: Influence of different footwear on 3-D kinematics and muscle activation during the barbell back squat.. European Journal of Sport Science 10/2014;

Howard Hurst, Stephen Atkins, Christopher Kirk: Reliability of a Portable Accelerometer for Measuring Workload During Mixed Martial Arts.. Journal of Athletic Enhancement. 07/2014;

Jonathan Sinclair, David Fewtrell, Paul John Taylor, Lindsay Bottoms, Stephen Atkins, Sarah Jane Hobbs: Three-dimensional kinematic correlates of ball velocity during maximal instep soccer kicking in males.. European journal of sport science. 04/2014;

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Supervisor for several Ph.D. and MRes candidates.
Current interests are related to elite sports performance, health-related fitness and physical activity in schools and the workplace. I currently investigating the following areas:

1. Ergogenicity of supplementary calcium to assist endurance performance
2. Physiology of ultra endurance mountain biking/repeated marathon running
3. The influence of growth and development on the performance characteristics of elite rugby league players
4. Game dynamics and notational analysis in soccer
5. The use of biomarkers to determine oxidative stress
6. Next generation gaming and changing the physical activity of children.

Research links with Liverpool John Moores University into the area of children's physical activity.
Ongoing research collaboration with Wigan Warriors RLFC.


Module leader for the following:

XS2500 Essentials of Sports Training and Conditioning

XS3200 Exercise Referral

XS4001 Ethical Guidelines and Procedures for Sport and Exercise Science Investigations

XS4300 Advanced Methodologies in Sport and Exercise Science

XS4201 Contemporary Issues in Physiological Measurement

XS4203 Advances In Ergogenic Aids for Sport and Exercise

XS4900 Research Project for Sport and Exercise Sciences


lead bidder and coordinator for the 2013 annual conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, to be held at UCLan.

serve's on the accreditation committee for BASES.