Dr Dean Burt

Technical Specialist Sport & Exercise

Technical Services

I graduated from the University of Chester in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) in sport and exercise science, before completing my MSc in sports science (exercise physiology pathway) in 2009. I obtained my PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Chester in 2014. During my PhD, I worked as an Exercise Physiology Laboratory at the University of Chester. I commenced my current role as a technical specialist in sport and exercise at Staffordshire University in January 2013.  I supervise undergraduate dissertation projects, and conduct applied research in sport and exercise physiology.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member of the Physiological Society
  • Member of the British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Exercise Physiology, University of Chester, 2014
  • MSc Sports Science (Exercise Physiology pathway), University of Chester, 2009
  • PG Cert Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University, 2015
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Chester, 2006


As a Technical Specialist, I have extensive experience with open circuit spirometry, online gas analysis, blood analysis, body composition using skinfolds, air displacement plethysmography and hydrodensitometry, muscle function using isokinetic dynamometry, electromyography, electrocardiography, vertical jump analysis and monitoring performance and exercise demands using heart rate and global positioning systems (GPS).

As a sport and exercise physiologist, my expertise is in exercise-induced muscle damage, the physiology of endurance sports, post-exercise recovery and the benefits of eccentric resistance exercise.

Research interests

The focus of my research centers on exercise-induced muscle damage and how it impacts physiological responses to exercise.

My PhD investigated the physiological, metabolic and perceptual responses to sub-maximal and time-trial running whilst experiencing symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage. I am also interested in the efficacy of recovery strategies and the time course of recovery after participation in intermittent team sport match-play.

Enterprise and commercial interests

I coordinate the Peak Condition Clinic, which is a student-led sport and exercise fitness testing clinic. It is my responsibility to train, manage and support students to conduct fitness testing to a range of individuals, including work with professional sports teams, local athletics clubs, and recreational exercise populations.


I teach undergraduate students about many topics associated with Sport and Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition, such as the assessment of blood pressure, heart rate, lung function, body composition, energy expenditure, dietary analysis, aerobic capacity, blood lactate, ventilatory threshold, muscle function, blood lipid profile, maximal-intensity exercise performance, and training load.



Burt, D., Doma, K., & Connor, J. (2023). The effects of exercise-induced muscle damage on endurance performance: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Science & Sports, DOI: 10.1016/j.scispo.2022.04.003

Doma, K., Burt, D., & Connor, J. (2021). The acute effect of a multi-modal plyometric training session on field-specific performance measures. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 61(7), 899 – 906

Terada, K., Kikuchi, N., Burt, D., Voisin, S., & Nakazato, K. (2020). Low-Load Resistance Training to Volitional Failure Induces Muscle Hypertrophy Similar to Volume-Matched, Velocity Fatigue. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003690

Burt, D., Hayman, O., Forsyth, J., Doma, K., & Twist, C. (2020). Monitoring indices of exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery in male field hockey: Is it time to retire creatine kinase? Science & Sports, DOI: 10.1016/j.scispo.2020.02.009

Forsyth, J., & Burt, D. (2019). Sex differences in recovery from sprint interval training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, DOI: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000003460

Doma, K., Leicht, Sinclair, W., Schumann, W., Dams, F., Burt, D., & Woods, C. (2018). Impact of exercise-induced muscle damage on performance test outcomes in elite female basketball players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(6), 1731 – 1738

Doma, K., Schumann, M., Leicht, A.S., Heilbronn, B.E., Damas, F., & Burt, D. (2017). The repeated bout effect of traditional resistance exercises on running performance across 3 bouts. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 42(9), 978 – 985

Waldron, M., Whelan, K., Jefferies, O., Burt, D., Howe, L., & Patterson, S.D. (2017). The effects of acute branched-chain amino acid supplementation on recovery from a single bout of hypertrophy exercise in resistance-trained athletes. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 42(6), 630 – 636

Forsyth, J.J., Burt, D., Ridley, F., & Mann, C. (2017). Using lactate threshold to predict 5-km treadmill running performance in veteran athletes. Biology of Sport, 34(3), 233 – 237

Burt, D., Lamb, K., Nicholas, C., & Twist, C. (2015). Lower-volume muscle-damaging exercise protects against high-volume of muscle-damaging exercise and the detrimental effects on endurance running. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(7), 1523-1532

Burt, D., Lamb, K., Nicholas, C., & Twist. C. (2014). Effects of exercise-induced muscle damage on resting metabolic rate, sub-maximal running, and post-exercise oxygen consumption. European Journal of Sport Science, 14(4), 337-344

Burt, D., Lamb, K., Nicholas, C., & Twist, C. (2013). Effects of repeated bouts of squatting exercise on sub-maximal endurance running performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113(2), 285-293

Burt, D., Lamb, K., Nicholas, C., & Twist, C. (2012). Effects of muscle-damaging exercise on physiological, metabolic, and perceptual responses during two modes of endurance exercise. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness, 10, 70-77

Twist, C., Waldron, M., Highton, J., Burt, D., & Daniels, M. (2012). Neuromuscular, biochemical, and perceptual post-match fatigue in professional rugby league forwards and backs. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30(4), 359-367

Burt, D.G., & Twist, C. (2011). The effects of exercise-induced muscle damage on cycling time-trial performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(8), 2185-2192

External profiles

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