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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 2004 2020

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Training Support
4 Citations (Scopus)
34 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Lactobacillus acidophilus
3 Citations (Scopus)
59 Downloads (Pure)

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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Sodium Bicarbonate
Cross-Over Studies
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Sodium Bicarbonate
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Sodium Chloride



Sodium Bicarbonate as an ergogenic aid in Acute Moderate Hypoxic conditions: The Effect on Severe Intensity Exercise

Author: Deb, S., 18 Oct 2018

Supervisor: MCNAUGHTON, L. (Director of Studies) & SPARKS, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The effectiveness of sodium bicarbonate as an ergogenic aid in normoxia and hypoxia: the importance of ingestion dose and timing

Author: Gough, L., 3 Oct 2018

Supervisor: MCNAUGHTON, L. (Director of Studies) & SPARKS, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Efficacy of Astaxanthin Supplementation on Indices of Exercise Recovery, Metabolism and Performance in Humans

Author: BROWN, D., 11 Dec 2019

Supervisor: MCNAUGHTON, L. (Director of Studies) & Sparks, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Influence of Competitor Presence on Pacing Regulation and Performance during Cycling Time Trials

Author: WILLIAMS, E., 17 Jun 2015

Supervisor: MCNAUGHTON, L. (Director of Studies), MARCHANT, D. (Supervisor), Sparks, A. (Supervisor) & MIDGLEY, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis