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Research interests

Andy’s research interest is primarily in endurance exercise performance, especially cycling. His work mainly focuses on the acute factors that affect sport and exercise performance, either via nutritional interventions (amino acids, macronutrients, dietary nitrate, sodium bicarbonate and fluid) or by manipulating environmental factors (ambient temperature, altitude, competitor presence, verbal encouragement). Each of these areas of interest have potentially wide reaching impact for large proportions of the population, and it is this rather than elite sport performance which he is using as the basis to increase the reach and impact of his research work. Recently he has been engaging with the popular media in order to translate complex research into easy to understand and usable information. This approach can have meaningful impact on those wanting to enhance exercise performance, adherence and optimising nutritional intake. Andy is publishing regularly in high impact peer-reviewed journals, and currently has over 50 of these publications.


Andy is the Postgraduate Research Contact and leads the Sport and Exercise Nutrition pathway on the Sport and Exercise Science BSc Programme.

Education/Academic qualification

Exercise Physiology, PhD, Liverpool John Moores University

… → 2004

Sport Science, BSc, Liverpool John Moores University

… → 1998

Other positions

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, University of Cumbria


Lecturer and Programme Leader for Sport and Exercise Science, University of Westminster


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Research Output

Nutrition in Soccer: A brief review of the issues and solutions: Nutrition and Soccer

BONNICI, DORIANNE., GREIG, MATTHEW., Akubat, I., Sparks, A., Bentley, D. J. & MCNAUGHTON, LARS., 25 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise. 1, 1

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    Four weeks of probiotic supplementation reduces GI symptoms during a marathon race

    Pugh, J., Sparks, A., Doran, D., Flemming, S., Langan-Evans, C., Kirk, B., Fearn, R., Morton, J. & Close, G., 13 Apr 2019, In : European Journal of Applied Physiology. 119, p. 1491-1501 11 p.

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  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
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    A novel ingestion strategy for sodium bicarbonate supplementation in a delayed-release form: a randomised crossover study in trained males

    Hilton, N. P., Leach, N. K., Sparks, S. A., Gough, L. A., Craig, M. M., Deb, S. K. & McNaughton, L., 24 Jan 2019, In : Sports Medicine Open. 5, 4, p. 1-8

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  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    134 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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