Dr. John Metcalfe

Dr. John Metcalfe

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank Building, GR135

+44 (0) 1772 89 5896

Subject Areas: Sport

John is a senior lecturer and course leader for BA (Hons) Sports (Studies) and BA (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management. His sporting and research interests are in surfing, ultraendurance exercise and strength and conditioning. He is also a qualified mountain bike coach, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning coach.

Brief Introduction

John is a research-active member of staff with responsibilities for both teaching and research within the field of sport, fitness and exercise science.

John is actively engaged in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and also undertakes undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision, including at doctoral level. Within his role, John acts as a personal tutor to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is an internal verifier for modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Ph.D.Sport and Exercise Science, University of Central Lancashire, 2011.
Advanced Certificate Postgraduate Research Student Supervision, University of Central Lancashire, 2012.
PGCE University of Central Lancashire, 2004.
M.Sc. Exercise and Nutrition Science, University of Chester, 2002.
B.Sc. (Hons.) Sports Studies, Chichester University, 1995.


Metcalfe, J. (2011) Land-based conditioning for UK-based surfers (under review)

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Membership of professional and learned bodies

British Cycling (BC):Coach Assessor

British Cycling (BC):Coach Educator

Mountain bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS): Level 4 Instructor

British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES): member

Higher Education Authority (HEA): Fellow status

British Cycling (BC): Level 2 Coach and member

United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA): Full accreditation and member

Register of Exercise Professionals L3 instructor and member

External affiliations and roles

External Reviewer for Journal of Sports Sciences (2012 - present)
External Examiner, FD Adventure Education, University of Chichester (2009)
External reviewer for Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies (2009)
External Advisor, FD Adventure Education, University of Chichester (2008)

Development of British Cycling Level 3 Mountain Bike Coaching qualification (2011)
Development of British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Coaching qualification (2009)
Physiological assessment for the Rapha Condor Professional cycling team (2007)
Professional Football Association (PFA) research investigating the energetics of 7, 9 and 11-side football (2007)
Physiological support to Bolton Wanderers Football Club (2007)
Physiological support to Preston North End Football Club (2007)


Giles, D., Kelly, J., Metcalfe, J. Effect of acute exposure to hypoxic hypoxia on autonomic cardiovascular control . BASES Conference (2013)

Kelly, J., Metcalfe, J., Baker, S. The effect of habitual cigarette smoking on heart rate recovery dynamics at simulated altitude. University of Chichester Conference (2012)

Kelly, J., Metcalfe, J., Birch, M. The effect of cold water habituation on breath hold time and manual dexterity. University of Chichester Conference (2012)

Metcalfe, J., Atkins, S., Kelly, J. ‘Energy balance during a 24-h team mountain bike race.’ BASES Conference (2010)

Kelly, J., Metcalfe, J., Cobley, R. ‘Short-term reliability of heart rate recovery in patients with metabolic syndrome.’ BASES Conference (2010)

Metcalfe, J., Atkins, S., Kelly, J. ‘Performance dynamics during a 24-h team mountain bike race’. BASES Conference (2009)


Activities and projects

John has conducted, written and published quantitative and qualitative research projects on topics including: surfing performance, strength and conditioning, mountian biking, energy expenditure, ergogenic aids and responses to altitude.

His work has been published in peer reviewed journals, including: Journal of Sports Sciences, Professional Strength and Conditioning and Exercise Physiology. His work has also been published in sports coaching journals and magazines, and he has written and contributed to several book chapters.

John has also contributed and lead several research projects. He is currently supervising research on sled training and acceleration, and trisodium phosphate on performance.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

John is a course leader for BA (Hons) Sports (Studies) and BA (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management. He is module leader for Personal Training and Health and Fitness.

He is contributor to: Physiology of Human Performance and Advanced Methods in Performance Enhancement and Conditioning.

John is also undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervisor.