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.
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.
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).