Chris Barnes

Visiting Fellow

Health, Science and Wellbeing

I graduated from Liverpool University in Physical Education in 1985, following which I worked in the Further Education and then Higher Education sectors. In 1998 I took the position of Head of Sports Science with Middlesbrough FC, the first appointment of its kind in the Premier League. Over the following 12 years we successfully grew the Department, and had the most successful period on the pitch in the history of the club. In 2009 I went self-employed as a Sports Science Consultant, and have subsequently worked with several other football clubs, GB Basketball, England Rugby League and many other associations and commercial companies. I am married with 2 daughters, and live in Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire.

Professional memberships and activities

BASES: Member of Accreditation Committee

LMedA: Member of Executive Committee

Academic qualifications

MSc, BSc

BASES High Performance Accredited

Chartered Scientist


Physiology of team sports

Monitoring of training and matchplay in team sports using contemporary technologies

Creation and management of multidisciplinary teams in elite sporting environments

Research interests

Demands of training and matchplay in elite standard soccer

Validation of new technologies within elite level teamsports


Bush M, Barnes C.A, Archer D.T, Hogg R, Bradley P.S. (2016). Longitudinal match performance characteristics of UK and non-UK players in the English Premier League. Journal of Sports Sciences. DOI:10.1080/02640414.2016.1233347

Schuth G, Carr G, Barnes C, Carling C and Bradley P.S. (2016). Positional Interchanges influence the physical and technical match performance variables of elite soccer players. Journal of sports Sciences. 34(6). In Press

Bradley P.S., Archer R.T., Hogg R., Schuth G., Bush M., Carling C., Barnes C.A. (2015). Tier-Specific Evolution of Match Performance Characteristics in the English Premier League: It’s Getting Tougher at the Top. Journal of Sports Sciences. DOI:10.1080/02640414.2015

Boyd C., Eaves, S.J., Morse C., Roach N., Williams A.G. and Barnes C.A. (2015). A time-motion analysis of paralympic football for athletes with cerebral palsy. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 10(6) In Press.

Bush M, Barnes C.A, Archer D.T, Hogg R, Bradley P.S. (2015). Evolution of match performance parameters for various playing positions in the English Premier League. Human Movement Science. 39. 1-11.

Barnes C.A, Archer D.T, Hogg R, Bush M, Bradley P.S. (2014). The Evolution of Physical and Technical Performance Parameters in the English Premier League. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 35(13). 1-6.

Bradley, P.S., Carling, C., Gomez Diaz, A., Hood, P., Barnes, C.A., Ade, J., Boddy, M., Krustrup, P., Mohr, M. (2013). Match performance and physical capacity of players in the top three competitive standards of English professional soccer. Human Movement Science. 32(4), 808-821.

Bradley, P.S.,Mohr, M., Bendiksen, M., Randers, M.B., Flindt, M., Barnes, C.A., Hood, P., Gomez, A., Andersen, Jesper L., Di Mascio, M., Bangsbo, J., and Krustrup, P. (2011). Sub-Maximal and Maximal Yo-Yo Intermittent Endurance Test Level 2: Heart Rate Response, Reproducibility and Application to Elite Soccer. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 111(6), 969-978.

Weston, M., Batterham, A.M., Castagna, C., Portas, M., Barnes, C.A., Harley, J., and Lovell, R. (2011). Reduction in physical match performance at the start of the
second half in elite soccer. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 6(2), 174-182.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021