Portrait of Mr Matthew Haines Mr Matthew Haines

m.haines@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472701


Matt is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing having joined the University in 2009. He is a Chartered Scientist and a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Physiology) in addition to a BASES Certified Exercise Practitioner (Obesity and Diabetes Specialist Instructor). BASES, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK. Matt has worked in Higher Education at undergraduate and postgraduate level for a number of years. Previously he was course leader for a number of programmes, including sport and exercise science and sports coaching, and was a sector development officer for sport. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to this Matt’s background is exercise physiology. He has worked as a personal trainer and exercise referral specialist for clients with long-term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. He currently offers consultancy training fitness professionals for a company offering exercise and health industry qualifications and works in collaboration with NHS and other health professionals on a specialist obesity service. He also offers sport and exercise science support work for a range of individuals and professional sports including football, rugby league and cycling.

Research and Scholarship

Matt is nearing completion of a doctorate looking at exercise in patients with impaired glucose homeostasis (impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance, or pre-diabetes) and type 2 diabetes. In particular he is interested in approaches to exercise that might be more time efficient than traditional government guidelines; for example, high-intensity interval training or HIT. Implementing a modified HIT programme in patients with intermediate hyperglycaemia, as part of an NHS specialist obesity service, is a key part of this. Generic interests encompass both exercise for health and sport. For example in health: diabesity (the co-existence of obesity and diabetes) and exercise guidelines post bariatric surgery. In sport: skeletal muscle response and recovery from eccentric exercise and assessing shoulder function in rugby league players using isokinetic dynamometry.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Haines, M (2016) ‘Water intoxication: are we drowning in advice to drink more fluids?The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Haines, M (2016) ‘Differences in glenohumeral joint rotation and cycle ergometer peak power between Super League and Championship rugby league playersJournal of Sports Sciences , 34 (sup1). ISSN 0264-0414

Haines, M., Rajeswaran, C., Ramasamy, M. and Hastings, D. (2016) ‘Is bariatric surgery a serious solution to the diabesity epidemic?The Sport and Exercise Scientist , Summer (48), pp. 26-27. ISSN 1754-3452

Stelfox, H. and Haines, M.(2016) Fad diets and the new tax on sugary drinks won't solve the nation's weight problem. Huddersfield Examiner .

Haines, M (2016) ‘Cycling is our best hope against obesityCycling Weekly . ISSN 0951-5852

Haines, M (2016) ‘Is there really any science behind the Sirtfood Diet?The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Haines, M (2016) ‘What is the best exercise for losing weight?The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032


Haines, M (2015) ‘Why is it so hard to lose weight?The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Haines, M (2015) ‘Do sweetened drinks really cause heart failure?The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Haines, M (2015) ‘Assessing the feasibility of a reduced exertion, low-volume, high-intensity interval training (HIT) protocol: a pilot studyJournal of Sports Sciences , 33 (sup1), p. s25-s31. ISSN 0264-0414

Haines, M (2015) ‘Cage fighting has become even more dangerous thanks to extreme dietingThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Haines, M (2015) ‘Let’s hear it for carbs – Tour de France cyclists couldn’t do it without themThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032


Haines, M., Gillibrand, W. and Garbutt, G. (2012) ‘High-intensity interval training (HIT): A time-efficient exercise prescription for pre-diabetes?Diabesity in Practice , 1 (4), pp. 133-140.


  • BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Physiology)
  • BASES Certified Practitioner
  • BASES Professional Member
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Registered at level 4 on the Register of Exercise Professionals (Obesity and Diabetes Specialist)

Research Degree Supervision

Matt has a broad interest in sport and exercise physiology, nutrition and strength and conditioning. He is interested in supervising research in sport and exercise science including physical activity and health with a particular focus on exercise and diabetes.

Administrative Responsibilities

Matt is the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sports Science programme and the Human and Health Sciences representative on the School Research Ethics Panel (SREP).

Teaching and Professional Activities

Matt contributes to a range of module and progammes focusing on Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Science. He also contributes to SSPRD (Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development) courses including the MSc in Health Studies (Health Lifestyles Route).

Matt is module leader for:

  • HIR2001 Sport, Exercise and Health Nutrition
  • HIC1000 Research Methods
  • HHR1030 Applied Research Methods
  • HMR1000 Obesity Prevention and Management

He also contributes to the following modules:

  • HIR2000 Sport and Fitness Conditioning
  • HHR2001 Exercise Medicine
  • HIT1011 Clinical Skills II (physiotherapy)