Grant Abt

Dr Grant Abt

Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Head of Department for Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

Summary

Dr Abt is a Reader (Associate Professor) in sport and exercise physiology and the current Head of Department for Sport, Health and Exercise Science. Originally from Queensland, Australia, Dr Abt moved to the UK in 2000. From 2000 to 2007 he lectured in sport and exercise physiology at Cumbria University before moving to his current post at Hull.

Over the 20 years of his academic career, he has established an international research profile examining the performance and physiological responses to intermittent exercise, including methods of individualising player monitoring and match analysis, and elite football referees. Dr Abt's research with elite football referees has led to changes in referee fitness assessment protocols within FIFA.

More recent research is focussed on the use of consumer wearable technology for measuring physical activity.

Journal Article

The mechanical loading and muscle activation of four common exercises used in osteoporosis prevention for early postmenopausal women

Montgomery, G., Abt, G., Dobson, C., Smith, T., Evans, W., & Ditroilo, M. (2019). The mechanical loading and muscle activation of four common exercises used in osteoporosis prevention for early postmenopausal women. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 44, 124-131. doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2018.12.004

Walking cadence required to elicit criterion moderate-intensity physical activity is moderated by fitness status

Abt, G., Bray, J., Myers, T., & Benson, A. C. (2019). Walking cadence required to elicit criterion moderate-intensity physical activity is moderated by fitness status. Journal of sports sciences, 37(17), 1989-1995. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1612505

Pilot study assessing the influence of skin type on the heart rate measurements obtained by photoplethysmography with the Apple Watch

Sañudo, B., De Hoyo, M., Mun~oz-Lo´pez, A., Perry, J., & Abt, G. (2019). Pilot study assessing the influence of skin type on the heart rate measurements obtained by photoplethysmography with the Apple Watch. Journal of Medical Systems, 43, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10916-019-1325-2

The validity and inter-device variability of the Apple Watch™ for measuring maximal heart rate

Abt, G., Bray, J., & Benson, A. C. (2018). The validity and inter-device variability of the Apple Watch™ for measuring maximal heart rate. Journal of sports sciences, 36(13), 1447-1452. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2017.1397282

Mixed-methods pre-match cooling improves simulated soccer performance in the heat

Aldous, J. W. F., Chrismas, B. C. R., Akubat, I., Stringer, C. A., Abt, G., & Taylor, L. (2019). Mixed-methods pre-match cooling improves simulated soccer performance in the heat. European journal of sport science : the official journal of the European College of Sport Science, 19(2), 156-165. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2018.1498542

Research interests

Dr Abt has a number of research interests:

1. The physiology of team sports. Current projects include a number of PhD and MSc studentships in collaboration with Hull City FC.

2. The use of consumer wearable technology for measuring physical activity. Current projects include the validity of the Apple Watch for measuring moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and the relationship between walking cadence (intensity) and MVPA. Dr Abt leads the Personal Technologies research group at the University of Hull (https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/research/groups/personal-technologies.aspx).

3. Occupational physiology. Current projects include those on offshore wind turbine technician health and the physiology of firefighting.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Abt welcomes PhD/MSc applications in the areas of:

1. Sports physiology - monitoring of training load and performance in team sport players.

2. Wearable technology - using consumer wearable technology (such as the Apple Watch) to monitor physical activity and health.

Completed PhDs

1. Ibrahim Akubat (PhD, 2013)

2. Will Evans (PhD, 2017)

3. Dan Weaving (PhD, 2017)

4. James Bray (PhD, 2018)

5. Gallin Montgomery (PhD, 2018)

Current PhD supervisions

1. Ashley Warner - The effect of heart rate and cadence-guided walking on measures of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness.

2. Aimee Evans - Examining player recovery kinetics in professional football.

3. Ben Greenhough - The efficacy of virtual reality training in professional football.

4. Alaa Khushhal - The use of wearable technology in cardiac rehabilitation.

5. Nikki Bolton - Exercise-induced mitochondrial DNA modification and dietary interventions: Implications for muscle health.

6. Richard Taylor - Monitoring training load in rugby union: The dose-response relationship with fitness and fatigue (Newman University, UK).