Portrait of Dr Liam Harper Dr Liam Harper

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l.harper@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471157


Liam joined the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in September 2016 and became Senior Lecturer in October 2017. He obtained his doctorate from Northumbria University, Newcastle with a thesis entitled ‘The performance and physiological responses to the extra-time period of soccer’ in October 2016. Liam is a graduate of both Liverpool John Moores University (MSc Sports Physiology, class of 2013) and Heriot-Watt University (BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, class of 2012). Liam is an Academic Associate on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

Research and Scholarship

Liam’s primary research interest focuses on team sports, and in particular the investigation of ergogenic aids to improve exercise performance and the efficacy of recovery modalities following exercise. Liam’s doctoral studies investigated the performance, physiological and metabolic responses to the extra-time period of soccer (association football), and the influence of a nutritional intervention during this additional 30 minute period of play. Liam has established a Women’s soccer research group in September 2017 to further scientific study in this area. Furthermore, Liam has an interest in the influence of exercise and nutrition on age-related declines in muscle function and also non-traditional modes of exercise to improve physical capacity such as walking football.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Abbot, W., Brownlee, T., Harper, L., Naughton, R. and Clifford, T. (2018) ‘The independent effects of match location, match result and the quality of opposition on subjective wellbeing in under 23 soccer players: A case studyResearch in Sports Medicine . ISSN 1543-8627


McCunn, R., Gibson, N., Fullagar, H. and Harper, L. (2017) ‘Professional youth football academy injury data: collection procedures, perceived value, and useScience and Medicine in Football . ISSN 2473-4446

Sarmento, H., Peralta, M., Harper, L. and Marques, A. (2017) ‘Achievement goals and self-determination in adult football players: a cluster analysisKinesiology . ISSN 1331-1441

Stevenson, E., Watson, A., Theis, S., Holz, A., Harper, L. and Russell, M. (2017) ‘A comparison of isomaltulose versus maltodextrin ingestion during soccer-specific exerciseEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology . ISSN 1439-6319

Harper, L. and McCunn, R. (2017) ‘‘Hand in Glove’: using qualitative methods to connect research and practiceInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance , 12 (7), pp. 990-993. ISSN 1555-0273

Harper, L., Stevenson, E., Rollo, I. and Russell, M. (2017) ‘The influence of a 12 per cent carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage on selfpaced soccer-specific exercise performanceJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport . ISSN 1440-2440

Briggs, M., Harper, L., McNamee, G., Cockburn, E., Rumbold, P., Stevenson, E. and Russell, M. (2017) ‘The effects of an increased calorie breakfast consumed prior to simulated match-play in Academy soccer playersEuropean Journal of Sport Science . ISSN 1746-1391

Goodall, S., Thomas, K., Harper, L., Hunter, R., Parker, P., Stevenson, E., West, D., Russell, M. and Howatson, G. (2017) ‘The assessment of neuromuscular fatigue during 120 min of simulated soccer exerciseEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology . ISSN 1439-6327


Clifford, T., Allerton, D., Brown, M., Harper, L., Horsburgh, S., Keane, K., Stevenson, E. and Howatson, G. (2016) ‘Minimal muscle damage after a marathon and no influence of beetroot juice on inflammation and recoveryApplied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism . ISSN 1715-5312

Harper, L., Hunter, R., Parker, P., Goodall, S., Thomas, K., Howatson, G., West, D., Stevenson, E. and Russell, M. (2016) ‘Test-retest reliability of physiological and performance responses to 120 minutes of simulated soccer match-playJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research , 30 (11), pp. 3178-3186. ISSN 1064-8011

Harper, L., West, D., Fothergill, M., Stevenson, E. and Russell, M. (2016) ‘Practitioners' Perceptions of the Soccer Extra-Time Period: Implications for Future ResearchPLoS ONE , 11 (7), p. e0157687. ISSN 1932-6203

Harper, L., Briggs, M., McNamee, G., West, D., Kilduff, L., Stevenson, E. and Russell, M. (2016) ‘Physiological and performance effects of carbohydrate gels consumed prior to the extra-time period of prolonged simulated soccer match-playJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport , 19 (6), pp. 509-514. ISSN 14402440

Harper, L., Clifford, T., Briggs, M., McNamee, G., West, D., Stevenson, E. and Russell, M. (2016) ‘The Effects of 120 Minutes of Simulated Match Play on Indices of Acid-Base Balance in Professional Academy Soccer PlayersJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research , 30 (6), pp. 1517-1524. ISSN 1064-8011


Russell, M., West, D., Harper, L., Cook, C. and Kilduff, L. (2015) ‘Half-Time Strategies to Enhance Second-Half Performance in Team-Sports Players: A Review and RecommendationsSports Medicine , 45 (3), pp. 353-364. ISSN 0112-1642


Harper, L., West, D., Stevenson, E. and Russell, M. (2014) ‘Technical Performance Reduces during the Extra-Time Period of Professional Soccer Match-PlayPLoS ONE , 9 (10), p. e110995. ISSN 1932-6203

Research Degree Supervision

Teaching and Professional Activities

Liam contributes across the spectrum of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Science related degrees available (BSc Sport Science, BSc Exercise Science, BSc Sport, Exercise and Nutrition) and to all year groups. Liam is also course leader for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition that is due to start in September 2018. Liam will be module leader for the following modules during the 2017/18 academic year:

  • Sport and Fitness Conditioning
  • Applied Sport Science
  • Exercise and Nutrition for Ageing Populations
  • Active Ageing