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Liam joined the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in September 2016. 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). He has also previously worked at Hearts of Midlothian Football Club, Edinburgh as a performance analysis intern.
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.
Stevenson, E., Watson, A., Theis, S., Holz, A., Harper, L. and Russell, M. (2017) ‘A comparison of isomaltulose versus maltodextrin ingestion during soccer-specific exercise’ European Journal of Applied Physiology . ISSN 1439-6319
Harper, L. and McCunn, R. (2017) ‘Hand in Glove: using qualitative methods to connect research and practice’ International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance , pp. 1-14. 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 performance’ Journal 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 players’ European 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 exercise’ European 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 recovery’ Applied 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-play’ Journal 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 Research’ PLoS 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-play’ Journal 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 Players’ Journal 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 Recommendations’ Sports 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-Play’ PLoS ONE , 9 (10), p. e110995. ISSN 1932-6203
Liam is interested in supervising students at Master’s and PhD level in sport physiology and nutrition, with focus on translating findings to an applied setting. He is also interested in supervising projects related to exercise and nutrition interventions for healthy ageing.
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 joint 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: