Dr Grant Abt

Dr Grant Abt

Reader (Associate Professor) of Sport and Exercise Physiology, Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Faculty and Department

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

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

Dr Abt is a Reader (Associate Professor) of sport and exercise physiology in the Department of 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.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

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

The effects of the iPlayClean education programme on doping attitudes and susceptibility to use banned substances among high-level adolescent athletes from the UK: A cluster-randomised controlled trial

Nicholls, A. R., Morley, D., Thompson, M. A., Huang, C., Abt, G., Rothwell, M., …Ntoumanis, N. (2020). The effects of the iPlayClean education programme on doping attitudes and susceptibility to use banned substances among high-level adolescent athletes from the UK: A cluster-randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Drug Policy, 82, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102820

The Effects of the iPlayClean Education Programme on Doping Attitudes and Susceptibility to use Banned Substances among High-Level Adolescent Athletes from the UK: A Cluster-Randomised Control Trial

Nicholls, A., Morley, D., Thompson, M. A., Huang, C., Abt, G., Rothwell, M., …Ntoumanis, N. (in press). The Effects of the iPlayClean Education Programme on Doping Attitudes and Susceptibility to use Banned Substances among High-Level Adolescent Athletes from the UK: A Cluster-Randomised Control Trial. International Journal of Drug Policy,

Research interests

Dr Abt has 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.

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

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

Dr Abt welcomes 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 monitoring of training load and virtual reality.

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 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. 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

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2021

Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

2017