Grant Abt

Dr Grant Abt

Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology/ Subject Group Head SHES

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Life Sciences

01482 463397

Passionate about sport and exercise physiology, Dr Abt's main area of expertise is the physiological and biochemical responses and adaptations to intermittent exercise.

Over the past several years, 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.


Research Interests

  • Sport and exercise physiology

  • Technology for measuring physical activity

Research groups

Exercise for Health and Human Performance research group within the Sport, Health and Exercise Science subject group.


Winter E, Abt G, Carl-Brookes F B, Challis J H, Fowler N E, Knudson D V, Knuttgen H G, Kraemer W J, Lane A M, van Mechelen W, Hugh-Morton R, Newton R U, Williams C, and Yeadon M R (2016), 'Misuse of "Power" and Other Mechanical Terms in Sport and Exercise Science Research', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(1): 292-300.

Weaving D, Marshall P, Earle K, Nevill A and Abt G (2014), 'Combining Internal and External Training Load Measures in Professional Rugby League', International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(6): 905-912.

Abt G and Lovell R (2009), 'The Use of Individualised Speed and Intensity Thresholds for Determining the Distance Run at High Intensity in Professional Football', Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(9): 893-898.

Rampinini E, Impellizzeri F M, Castagna C, Abt G, Chamari K, Sassi A and Marcora S M (2007), 'Factors Influencing Physiological Responses to Small-sided Soccer Games', Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(6): 659-666.

Castagna C, AbT G and D'Ottavio S (2007), 'Physiological Aspects of Soccer Refereeing Performance and Training', Sports Medicine, 37(7): 1-22.

For a complete list of Dr Abt's publications, follow this link.


Modules list

  • Sports Physiology

  • Exercise Testing

  • Prescription for Health

Research PhDs

Dr Abt welcomes PhD/MSc applications in the areas of

  • sports physiology - monitoring of training load and performance

  • exercise technology - using technology to monitor physical activity and health

Completed PhDs 

  • Ibrahim Akubat (PhD, 2013)

  • Will Evans (PhD, 2017)

  • Dan Weaving (PhD, 2017)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Gallin Montgomery, The Effects of Intermittent and Continuous Exercise on the Mechanical Properties of Bones

  • James Bray, Monitoring Training and Match Load in Cricket Bowlers

  • Nikki Bolton, Exercise-Induced Mitochondrial DNA Modification and Dietary Interventions: Implications for Muscle Health

  • Alaa Khushhal, The Use of Wearable Technology in Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Richard Taylor, Monitoring Training Load in Rugby Union: the Dose-Response Relationship with Fitness and Fatigue (Newman University, UK)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BHSc (Human Movement Science)

  • BHMSc (Hons)

  • PhD

External roles

  • External examiner, Glasgow University

  • Executive Editor, Journal of Sports Sciences

  • Social Media Editor, Journal of Sports Science