Dr Howard Hurst
Senior Lecturer in Sport, Exercise & Nutritional Sciences
School of Sport and Health Sciences
Howard is a Senior Lecturer in Sport, Exercise & Nutritional Sciences and teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and modules. He has worked at the University of Central Lancashire since 2005 and completed his PhD investigating the efficacy of intermittent altitude training on repeated sprint cycling performance at UCLan in 2010. Howard also provides sport science support as part of the Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (SENS) consultancy group.
Howard is currently module leader for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate physiology and sports nutrition based modules. Additionally, he is research active and has published extensively in the areas of sports science and nutrition, with particular focus on cycling performance, physiological profiling of cyclists, validation of cycling related technologies and nutritional ergogenic aids. He has also written and co-authored several books including 'Cycling Science', 'Nutrition for Junior Athletes: A Practical Guide for Parents and Coaches' and contributed to the British Cycling Coaching Manuals. Howard has also written numerous articles for a range of cycling publications and The Conversation.
In addition to his teaching and research roles, Howard is also actively involved with providing sports science support to a wide range of elite athletes' and has worked with numerous high performance teams and organisations, including: British Cycling, Cycling Ireland, Swedish Olympic Cycling Team, Polish Junior Cross-country Ski Team, Wigan Athletic FC Academy, Wigan Warriors RLFC, Para-Swimming GB and Great Britain Rugby League.
- PhD in Sports & Exercise Science, University of Central Lancashire.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire
- M.Phil. in Sports & Exercise Science, University of Central Lancashire
- BSc Combined (Hons) Sports, Recreation, PE and IT (1st Class), Liverpool Hope University College
- Association for Nutrition – Registered Nutritionist
- Higher Education Authority (Fellow)
- International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry.
- Howard's current areas of interest are around knowledge and attitudes to concussion in sport, assessing traumatic brain injury risk in cycling and the physiological assessments of Mountain Biking performance.
- Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
- Association for Nutrition member
- International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry member
- Reviewer for several sports science journals
Current research Topics: Concussion knowledge and attitudes in cycling. Effects of cycling induced head accelerations on cognitive function Gender differences in concussion reporting Risk taking in Downhill Mountain Biking: The Athlete’s Perspective Use of e-Bikes for Stroke rehabilitation Practitioner and athletes perceptions of cold for post-exercise recovery
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- Full list of publications and articles on CLoK
- Acquired Brain Injury Research Group
- Royal Society – Concussion monitoring in professional rugby league
- Cycling and Concussion: A call to catch-up
- Hurst, HT. (2018) Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Risk in Downhill Mountain Biking
- Science and Cycling Conference, (Nantes, France)
- Richardson, C., Atkins, S., Hurst, HT., Quinn, ME. and Sinclair, JK. (2017) Executive function tests as a tool to assist identification of pitch side concussion in elite rugby league
- Academy of Medical Sciences Annual Conference, (London, UK)
- Atkins, S., Bentley, I., Feeney, A., Hurst, HT., Quinn, M., Richardson, C., Lupton, H. and Sinclair, J. (2016) Profiling head accelerations using triaxial accelerometry during opposed training: a preliminary study of the sport of rugby league
- 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, (Berlin, Germany)
- Hurst, HT., Sinclair, J., Atkins, S., Rylands, L. and Metcalfe, J. (2015) The effect of wheel diameter on cross-country mountain bike performance. BASES Annual Conference, St Georges Park, (Tatenhill, UK)
- Hurst, HT., Sinclair, J., Atkins, S., Rylands, L. and Metcalfe, J. (2015) Muscle activity and triaxial accelerations during cross-country mountain biking and the effect of wheel diameter
- BASES Annual Conference, St Georges Park, (Tatenhill, UK)
- Hurst, HT., Cantello, T., Hamilton, A., Iddon, J., Largey, A., Murru, L. and McGovern, C. (2013) Influence of short duration intermittent hypoxic training on VO2max, haematology and 5 km running performance
- British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, (Preston, UK)
- Bottoms, L., Hurst, HT., Sinclair, J. (2013) The influence of caffeine and carbohydrate mouth rinse on cycling time trial performance. BASES Annual Conference, University of Central Lancashire (Preston, UK)
- Hurst, HT., Swarén, M., Hébert-Losier, K., Ericsson, F. and Holmberg, H-C. (2012) Anaerobic power and cadence characteristics of elite cross-country and downhill mountain bikers
- Proceedings of the 17th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, (Bruge, Belgium). Citations 1
- Hurst, HT. and Atkins, S. (2011) Does short duration intermittent hypoxic training improve repeated sprint cycling performance? Proceedings of the 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, (Liverpool, UK)
- Hurst, HT., Sinclair, J., Edmundson, CJ., Brooks, D. and Mellor, PJ. (2011) The effect of suspension forks on upper body muscle activation during a simulated mountain bike drop-off
- Proceedings of the 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, (Liverpool, UK)
- Hurst, HT. and Atkins, S. (2008) Cerebral and skeletal oxygenation changes during rest and exercise in response to acute hypoxic exposure
- American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, (Indianapolis, USA)
- Hurst, HT. and Atkins, S. (2007) Near-infrared spectroscopy analysis of cerebral oxygenation changes in response to acute intermittent altitude exposure
- British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, (Wolverhampton, UK)
- Hurst, HT. and Atkins, S. (2002) The physiological demands of downhill mountain biking as determined by heart rate monitoring
- Proceedings of the 7th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, (Athens, Greece).
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