Dr. John Metcalfe

Dr. John Metcalfe

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building, GR135

+44 (0) 1772 89 5896


Subject Areas: Health, Performance, Sport

John is a senior lecturer in the School of Sport and Health Sciences. He is the course leader for BA (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management.

His research interests are in health, fitness, human movement, strength and conditioning, human evolution and successful ageing. John is also a qualified personal trainer, yoga teacher, strength and conditioning coach, and mountain bike coach.

Brief Introduction

John is a research active member of staff with responsibilities for both teaching and research within the field of sport, human movement, health, fitness, strength and conditioning, and exercise science.

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

  • Advanced Certificate Research Students Supervision, University of Central Lancashire, 2012.
  • 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.
  • MSc. Exercise and Nutrition Science, University of Chester, 2002.
  • BA (Hons.) Sports Studies, Chichester University, 1995.
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Hurst, H., Atkins, S., Metcalfe, J., Sinclair, J., Rylands, L. (2016) ‘Influence of wheel size on muscle activity and tri-axial accelerations during Cross-Country mountain biking.’ Journal of Sport Sciences, 35 (14) 1342-48.

Bentley, I., Atkins, A., Edmundson, C., Metcalfe, J,. Sinclair, J. (2016) ‘Impact of harness attachment point on kinetics and kinematics during sled towing.’ J Strength Cond Res, 30 (3) 768-776.

Metcalfe, J. and Kelly, J. (2012) ‘The Effects of Front and Rear Suspension on Energy Expenditure and Muscle Soreness During a Cross-Country Mountain Bike Time Trial Performance’ The Journal of Cycle Coaching,4,16-20.

Metcalfe, J. and Kelly, J. (2012) ‘Land-based conditioning for UK-based surfers’ Professional Strength and Conditioning, 25, 23-28.

More publications

Membership of professional and learned bodies

Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild member,

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 Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning (2017 – present)

External Reviewer for International Journal of Sports Medicine (2014 - present)

External Reviewer for Journal of Sports Sciences (2012 - present)

External Examiner, FD Adventure Education, University of Chichester (2009 - 2012)

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 recycling.co.uk 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).


Kelly, J., Metcalfe, J. (2017) Measures of resilience, short term reliability and agreement.  University of Chichester annual research conference.

Kelly, J., Metcalfe, J., Heaney, C., Warke, R. (2017) Change in Subjective Measures of Resilience Following Outdoor and Adventurous Activities.  University of Chichester annual research conference

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 contributed and lead several research projects. He is currently supervising research on: sled training and acceleration; and anthropometric and physiological responses to athletic training in youth athletes.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

John is the course leader for BA (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management. He is module leader for the following modules:

  • Advances in Personal Training
  • Lifestyle and Human Movement
  • Developing Human Movement and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Applied Healthy Living and Human Movement
  • Human Movement and Sports Conditioning
  • Undergraduate and post-graduate dissertation supervisor