Chris Towlson

Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance and Collaborative Support

Faculty of Health Sciences

+44 (0) 1482 466047

Chris is a BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) accredited sport and exercise scientist.

His research interests span the themes of the long-term athletic development, talent identification and performance analysis of professional team sport athletes.

Chris is a lecturer in sports coaching and performance and the module leader for the Introduction to Performance Analysis (Level 5) and Performance Analysis in Practice (Level 6) modules.

He has completed an applied coaching science-focused PhD, a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice teaching qualification, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Research Interests

  • Soccer player performance
  • Physical development of athletes relative to their biological and somatic maturity
  • Acute pre-match and half-time preparation strategies implemented in elite soccer
  • The use of GPS and accelerometry in team sports

Research groups

For information on Chris's research, please visit his ResearchGate profile.



Towlson, C., S. Cobley, A. W. Midgley, A. Garrett, G. Parkin and R. Lovell (2017). 'Relative Age, Maturation and Physical Biases on Position Allocation in Elite-Youth Soccer'. International Journal of Sports Medicine 38(3): 201-209.

Barrett, S., A. W. Midgley, C. Towlson, A. Garrett, M. Portas and R. Lovell (2016). 'Within-Match Player Load Patterns During a Simulated Soccer Match: Potential Implications for Unit Positioning and Fatigue Management'. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 11(1): 135-140.

Nation, F., M. Birkett, D. Gleadall-Siddall, R. Burke, C. Towlson, J. Bray, G. Abt and A. Garrett (2015). 'Effectiveness of short-term heat acclimation on intermittent exercise in thermoneutral and hot environments'. Extreme Physiology and Medicine 4(Suppl 1): A120.

Hunter, F., J. Bray, C. Towlson, M. Smith, S. Barrett, J. Madden, G. Abt and R. Lovell (2015). 'Individualisation of time-motion analysis: a method comparison and case report series'. International Journal of Sports Medicine 36(1): 41-48.

Lovell, R., C. Towlson, G. Parkin, M. Portas, R. Vaeyens and S. Cobley (2015). 'Soccer Player Characteristics in English Lower-League Development Programmes: The Relationships between Relative Age, Maturation, Anthropometry and Physical Fitness'. PLoS One 10(9): e0137238.

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Introduction to Performance Analysis (Level 5)
  • Performance Analysis in Practice (Level 6)

Research PhDs

Chris welcomes research supervision requests in areas of long-term athletic development, talent identification and performance analysis of professional team sport athletes.


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP)
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Sport Science, University of Hull
  • PGCert Research Training, University of Hull
  • MRes, Nottingham Trent University
  • BSc Hons, Nottingham Trent University

Awards and accolades

  • BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • 2017 - Best Applied Research Case Study at the 13th Annual UK Strength and Conditioning Association Conference, Conference, in Leicestershire, for 'Repeated sprint training improves international rugby league player fitness and performance' (Towlson, C., D. Scott, J. Bray, S. Barrett and M. Weston)