Dr Matt Higgins

Position: Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Nutrition

Subject area: Sport and Exercise

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About

I am a research active sport and exercise scientist (physiology/nutrition). I have authored a number of peer-reviewed papers and am consistently aiming to be part of good quality research outputs both within and outside of my area of expertise.

I am currently working on a number of projects related to ergogenic aids and would welcome any enquiries with regards to potential collaborations.

In addition, I am interested in product design/development, specifically within sport and exercise. I have designed/developed a number of ideas, one of which received development funding, and will be looking to develop these more in my academic career.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching focusses on the following areas:

  • Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport & Exercise
  • Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport & Exercise
  • Biomedical Implications of Exercise, Activity and Health
  • Applied Sports Science
  • Research Methods
  • Independent Study for Sport and Exercise (Final Year UG Supervision)
  • Masters in Research (MRes) supervision

Research interests

My primary research interests are:

  • Sport & Exercise Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Nutritional and Non-Nutritional Ergogenic Aids
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Muscle Physiology
  • Psychophysiology

I am an invited reviewer for the following journals:

  • Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
  • European Journal of Sports Science
  • The International SportMed Journal
  • Biology of Sport

Qualifications

  • PGCHE (FHEA) - University of Derby (2015)
  • PhD - Sport & Exercise Nutrition/Physiology - Coventry University (2010-2013; Funded Scholarship)
  • 1st Class BSc (Hons) - Sport & Exercise Science (Physiology) - Liverpool John Moores University (2005-2008) including Paula Gorman Prize for Academic Excellence
  • 2:1 Class BBA (Hons) - Business Management - Lancaster University (1994-1998; included 1 year work placement)

Recent publications

  • Hill, M.W, Higgins, M.F., & Price, M.J. (2016). The effect of high-intensity cycling training on postural sway during standing under rested and fatigued conditions in healthy young adults. European Journal of Applied Physiology. doi: 10.1007/s00421-016-3448-1
  • Higgins, M.F., Wilson, S., Hill, C., Price, M.J., Duncan, M., & Tallis, J. (2016). Evaluating the effects of caffeine and sodium bicarbonate, ingested individually or in combination, and a taste matched placebo on high-intensity cycling capacity in healthy males. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2015-0371
  • Higgins, M.F. & Shabir, A. (2016). Expectancy of ergogenicity from sodium bicarbonate ingestion increases high-intensity cycling capacity. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2015-0523
  • Tallis, J, Higgins M.F., Cox, V., Duncan, M.J., James, R.S. (2014). Does a physiological concentration of taurine increase acute muscle power output, time to fatigue, and recovery in mouse soleus (slow) muscle with or without the presence of caffeine? Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 92(1), 42-49. doi: 10.1139/cjpp-2013-0195
  • Higgins, M.F., James, R.S., Price, M.J. (2014). Familiarisation to and reproducibility of cycling at 110% peak power output. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 54(2), 139-46.
  • Higgins, M.F., James, R.S., Price, M.J. (2013). The effects of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) ingestion on high intensity cycling capacity. Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(9), 972-81. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2012.758868
  • Higgins, M.F., Tallis, J., Price, M.J., James, R.S.‚Äč (2013). The effects of elevated levels of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) on the acute power output and time to fatigue of maximally stimulated mouse soleus and EDL muscles. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113(5), 1331-41. doi: 10.1007/s00421-012-2557-8

Recent conferences

  • Goodman, J. & Higgins, M.F. (2016). The effects of carbohydrate mouth rinse on 1 hour cycling time trial performance in a fed and fasted state. Accepted to the ‘British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference’ 2016, Oral presentation.
  • Hill, M., Higgins, M.F., & Price, M. (2015).The effects of high-intensity cycling training on postural sway in healthy young adults. Accepted to the ‘British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference’ 2015, Poster presentation.
  • Rimmer, S., & Higgins, M.F. (2015). The effects of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) on exercise induced acid-base recovery kinetics on subsequent boxing and endurance performance. Accepted to the ‘British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference’ 2015, Oral presentation.
  • Gough, L., Rimmer, S., & Osler, C., & Higgins, M.F. (2015). Investigating the effects of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) on exercise induced changes in acid-base kinetics and subsequent exercise performance. Accepted to the ‘British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference’ 2015, Poster presentation.
  • Higgins, M.F., & Price, M.J. (2013). The effects of 6 weeks high-intensity training on the efficacy of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) as an ergogenic aid. Accepted to ‘British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference’ 2013, Oral Presentation.
  • Higgins, M.F., James, R.S., & Price, M.J. (2011). The effects of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) ingestion on high intensity cycling capacity. Accepted to ‘British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference’ 2011, Oral Presentation.
  • Higgins, M.F., & MacLaren, D.P.M. (2011). Evaluation of the carbohydrate supplements varying in molecular weight on repeated sprint performance after short term recovery from intermittent exercise”. Accepted to ‘European College of Sports Science (ECSS) Annual Conference’ 2011, Oral/Poster Presentation.
  • Higgins, M.F., James, R.S., & Price, M.J. (2011). Familiarisation to and reproducibility of cycling at 110% peak power output. Accepted to ‘British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference’ 2011, Poster Presentation.

Experience in industry

I am currently the primary supervisor on a £155k KTP project in collaboration with Surescreen Diagnostics, looking at a novel method of increasing the bioavailability of Vitamin C.

International experience

In addition to my work in the UK, I am currently collaborating with external partners in both Europe (Germany/Italy) and Asia (Taiwan) on a number of nutritional and physiology orientated projects.

In the media

In addition to my academic publications I have also written the following blog articles:

(1) Challenging beliefs in sports nutrition: let's not replace one myth with another http://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2013/09/30/5340/ - British Journal of Sports Medicine Blog

(2) Potion of poison: does nutrigenomics hold the answer? http://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2013/12/11/poison-or-potion-does-nutrigenomics-hold-the-answer/ - British Journal of Sports Medicine Blog 

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