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 Demonstrator at the University of Chester. I commenced my current role as a Technical Skills Specialist in Exercise Physiology at Staffordshire University in January 2013.

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Member of British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

Academic qualifications

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

Expertise

As a Technical Skills 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.

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 centres on the effects of exercise-induced muscle damage on endurance 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 health and injury prevention benefits of eccentric resistance exercise.

Enterprise and commercial interests

I co-ordinate 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 Stoke City Football Club, Rapha Condor-JLT Cycling Team, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and club level triathletes, cyclists and runners.

Publications

Papers

Burt, D., & 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.

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., 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.

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. (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. (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.

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, DOI: 10.1139/apnm-2016-0568

Forsyth, 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.

Invited Lectures

Burt, D. (2012). Effects of repeated bouts of muscle-damaging exercise on sub-maximal endurance running performance. Research Symposium on Nutrition, Health and Exercise, Liverpool Hope University, UK, May.

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020