Howard Hurst

Dr. Howard Hurst

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Darwin Building, DB223

+44 (0) 1772 89 3911

Subject Areas: Sport and Sport Related Courses

Howard is research active within the area of sport and exercise science and is a member of the Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Full Profile

Howard is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology and is the course leader for the BSc Sport and Exercise Physiology (Top Up) degree. In addition he is also actively involved with providing sports science support to a range of elite athletes’ from professional football and rugby teams to cyclists, swimmers and distance runners.


  • PhD Sport and Exercise Science, University of Central Lancashire, 2010.
  • PGCert in Teaching & Learning in HE, University of Central Lancashire, 2007.
  • MPhil Sport and Exercise Science, University of Central Lancashire, 2006.
  • BSc Combined (Hons) Sports, Recreation and PE and Information Technology, Liverpool Hope University College, 2000.

Howard co-authored an article on The Conversation in July 2018 about concussion in cycling entitled ‘Tour de France: does pro-cycling have a concussion problem?’.


Hurst, Howard Thomas (2013) Validity and Reliability of 5 Hz GPS for Measurement of Non-Linear Cycling Distance and Velocity. International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering, - (-). ---. ISSN 1750-9823 (In Press)

Sinclair, Jonathan Kenneth, Bottoms, Lindsay, Flynn, Ciaran, Bradley, Eoin, Alexandr, Gareth, McCullagh, Thomas Finn and Hurst, Howard Thomas (2013) The effect of different durations of carbohydrate mouth rinse on cycling performance. European Journal of Sports Science, - (-). ISSN 1746-1391

Sinclair, Jonathan Kenneth, Theobald, G, Atkins, Stephen, Weeks, Sian Parry and Hurst, Howard Thomas (2013) Biomechanical assessment of a professional road cyclist following recovery from severe injury: A case report. Journal of Science and Cycling, 2 (1). ISSN 2254-7053

Hurst, Howard Thomas (2013) GPS-Based Evaluation of Activity Profiles in Elite Downhill Mountain Biking and the Influence of Course Type. Journal of Science and Cycling (JSC), 2 (1). pp. 25-32. ISSN 2254-7053

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Research Activities

Howard's research interests are in environmental physiology, in particular altitude training, and cycling performance, in particular mountain biking. His PhD investigated the acute responses to very short duration intermittent hypoxic exposures and its role in improving repeated sprint performance and its effects on cellular damage.

Research Interests

In addition, he is also involved in researching physiological and biomechanical influences during mountain biking and is currently collaborating with the Swedish Olympic Committee and National Cycling Federations to investigate performance characteristics of Elite Downhill and Cross-Country cyclists.

Teaching Responsibilities

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Physiology (Top Up) Degree - Course Leader.

XS1200 - Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology.
XS2200 - Physiology of Human Performance (Module Leader).
XS2201 - Physiological and Biomechanical Techniques in Performance Assessment (Module Leader).
XS2601 - Sports Nutrition (Module Leader).
XS3203 - Current Topics in Population, Health and Exercise.
XS3204 - Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment and Conditioning (Module Leader).
XS3930 - Sports Physiology Dissertations.
XS4000 - Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
XS4001 - Advanced Methods in Sport and Exercise Physiology (Module Leader).