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Academic Biography

Dr. Jonathan Taylor is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise at Teesside University and BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist. Jonathan was awarded his PhD (titled ‘Re-examining the role of repeated-sprinting in soccer) from the university in 2018, and also completed his MSc Sport and Exercise and BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise (Applied Sport Science) at Teesside University.

Jonathan has published research in various peer reviewed journals (Including Sports Medicine; International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance; Journal of Sport Sciences; Science and Medicine in football) and presented at national/international conferences (including ECSS, WCSF, BASES and UKSCA conferences), and a variety of regional workshops for large Sports companies (including VALD performance and Statsports). Jonathan also regularly reviews for peer-reviewed journals such as ‘Journal of Sports Sciences’; ‘The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research’.

He has also accumulated a substantial amount of practical experience in providing sport science support, and recently returned to the University following a 3-year period working at Middlesbrough football club as ‘Lead Academy Sport Scientist’. Previously, Jonathan managed the sport science service at Teesside University providing physiological and biomechanical support to athletes from a variety of sports (including endurance athletes, combat sports athletes and team sports players - amongst others). In addition to his status as an Accredited BASES member, Jonathan is BASES supervisor/reviewer for the supervised experience pathway to Accreditation.

In addition to providing sport science support, Jonathan has competed internationally as a middle-distance runner, and represented Great Britain and NI in the World and European Cross Country championships (2012/2013), and the European Athletics Championships (2016). He had the distinction of captaining the Great Britain and NI cross country team in a match with Europe and USA at the ‘Great Edinburgh Cross Country’ in 2015.

Summary of Research Interests

Jonathan's research to date has generally focused on enhancing team-sports performance, specifically through the use of high-intensity interval training and performance profiling/testing. He has also been involved in a number of other projects, most notably a collaborative project working with the North East Ambulance Service Trust to develop a occupational fitness test for ambulance workers.

Jonathan has an interest in other areas such as 'endurance/running performance' and 'the use of recovery strategies to optimize performance'.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Jonathan previously managed the University's Sport Science Service, and during this time worked with external clients from a variety of sports and backgrounds. With the Sport Science Service, Jonathan was able to establish a number of consultancy contracts with local institutions to support student athletes. He continues to provide consultancy to athletes/individuals outside of work.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Teesside University

Feb 2014Aug 2018

Award Date: 6 Aug 2018

Master, Teesside University

Oct 2009Oct 2010

Award Date: 4 Oct 2010

Bachelor, Teesside University

Sep 2006Jul 2009

Award Date: 6 Jul 2009

External positions

Lead Academy Sport Scientist, Middlesbrough Football Club

Jan 2017Nov 2019


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