Professor Grant Abt

Professor Grant Abt

Professor of Exercise Physiology

Faculty and Department

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

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

I am a Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. Originally from Queensland, Australia, I moved to the UK in 2000. From 2000 to 2007 I lectured in sport and exercise physiology at Cumbria University before moving to my current post at Hull.

My research is focussed on the use of consumer wearable technology for measuring physical activity, including validity of the Apple Watch for measuring moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and the relationship between walking cadence and relative-intensity as measured by oxygen consumption reserve and heart rate reserve. Our latest studies (https://osf.io/j39fa) examine the efficacy of a novel Apple Watch app for measuring MVPA and for using haptic feedback (vibration and audio) to guide exercise intensity.

Prior to my current focus my research examined the performance and physiological responses to intermittent exercise, including methods of individualising player monitoring and match analysis, and elite football referees.

I am a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Misuse of the term 'load' in sport and exercise science

Staunton, C. A., Abt, G., Weaving, D., & Wundersitz, D. W. (in press). Misuse of the term ‘load’ in sport and exercise science. Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2021.08.013

Quantifying technical actions in professional soccer using foot-mounted inertial measurement units

Marris, J., Barrett, S., Abt, G., & Towlson, C. (2021). Quantifying technical actions in professional soccer using foot-mounted inertial measurement units. Science and Medicine in Football, https://doi.org/10.1080/24733938.2021.1910333

The effect of bio-banding on physical and psychological indicators of talent identification in academy soccer players

Towlson, C., MacMaster, C., Gonçalves, B., Sampaio, J., Toner, J., MacFarlane, N., …Abt, G. (in press). The effect of bio-banding on physical and psychological indicators of talent identification in academy soccer players. Science and Medicine in Football, https://doi.org/10.1080/24733938.2020.1862419

Characterising the application of the "progressive overload" principle of exercise training within cardiac rehabilitation: a United Kingdom-based community programme

Khushhal, A., Nichols, S., Carroll, S., Abt, G., & Ingle, L. (in press). Characterising the application of the “progressive overload” principle of exercise training within cardiac rehabilitation: a United Kingdom-based community programme. PLoS ONE, 15(8), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0237197

Power, precision, and sample size estimation in sport and exercise science research

Abt, G., Boreham, C., Davison, G., Jackson, R., Nevill, A., Wallace, E., & Williams, M. (2020). Power, precision, and sample size estimation in sport and exercise science research. Journal of sports sciences, 38(17), 1933-1935. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1776002

Research interests

I have a number of research interests:

1. 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).

2. The physiology of team sports. Current projects include a number of PhD and MSc studentships in collaboration with Hull City FC and projects related to maturation and the use of bio-banding in soccer.

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

The dose response relationships between measures of training load and changes in fitness in professional youth soccer players

Funder

Hull City Tigers Ltd

Grant

£15,000.00

Started

1 July 2016

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome PhD/MSc applications in the areas of:

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

2. Sport physiology - various aspects of team sport physiology including the measurement of training response and wearable technology.

I also supervise postgraduate students in other fields (such as addiction) where there is a focus on physical activity and exercise.

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)

6. Alaa Khushhal (PhD, 2019)

7. Nikki Simpson (PhD, 2019)

Current PhD supervisions

1. Ashley Warner - The efficacy of heart rate and cadence-guided walking for measuring physical activity.

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

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

4. Buse Apel - The effectiveness of physical activity for alcohol addiction reduction.

5. Lady Akwa - The effectiveness of physical activity for alcohol addiction reduction.

Journal editorial role

Executive Editor - Journal of Sports Sciences

2016

Section Editor - Journal of Sports Sciences

2012 - 2016

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2021

Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

2017