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Craig joined the department in 2003 shortly after obtaining his undergraduate BSc (Hons) in Sports Science. He then went on to complete his PhD at Edge Hill University in 2012 with a project entitled ‘The Physiological Demands of Competitive Taekwondo’. This was completed alongside his combined roles of lecturer and physiologist practitioner for the Olympic Great Britain Taekwondo national team (2006-2010; 2012), which included preparations for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and consultancy for London 2012. Craig’s specialist area is Sport and Exercise Physiology and he currently leads the applied sports science modules and the sport and exercise physiology undergraduate modules offered within the department. Craig also acts as a member of the editorial and review board for the ‘Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts‘ (2011-present).

Research interests

Research Focus:

  • Physiological and stress hormonal responses in combat sports
  • Nutritional and pharmacological performance ergogenic aids
  • Pacing in endurance sports

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

The Physiological Demands of Competitive Taekwondo, PhD, Edge Hill University

… → 2012

Sports Science, BSc

… → 2003

Research Groups

  • Sports Performance, Exercise and Nutrition Research Group


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