Dr Jacky Forsyth

Job Title and Responsibilities

Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology

As senior lecturer, I have module leadership responsibility for the exercise physiology delivery at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am the course leader for the BSc Sport and Exercise Science degree. I am also a personal tutor, dissertation tutor and PhD supervisor. My main priority and drive, in both research and teaching, is to promote, raise awareness and cultivate research and study on women in sport and exercise.

About Me

I obtained my first degree at the University of Warwick, my MPhil from St Andrew’s University and my PhD from Liverpool John Moores University. I have worked at various higher education institutes in the UK, where I have been involved in research, sports science support for athletes, quality assurance in teaching and learning, and external examining work. I have also worked in the private sector in the area of sport, fitness and health. I started my current post as a senior lecturer at Staffordshire University in 2006.


PhD, Liverpool John Moores University, 2005
Title: The isolated and combined effects of circadian and circamensal rhythms on blood lactate concentration

MPhil, St Andrews University, 1995
Title: Development of procedures for assessing the effect of stroke rate on physiological variables during ergometer rowing

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), University of Warwick, 1989

BA (Hons) Physical Education and Geography, 2:1, University of Warwick, 1989

Professional Memberships and Activities

Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow.
Vice Chair of the Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network (WISEAN), the aim of which is “To grow, strengthen and promote research on women in sport and exercise, with the ultimate goal of optimising women’s athletic success and their participation"

Women in sport and exercise conference organiser: http://www.staffs.ac.uk/womeninsport/


I have expertise on women’s exercise physiology and health, specifically bone health, osteoporosis, ovarian hormones, and exercise.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

I am creator of Peak Condition, a student-led sports science support service.

Funded projects have included: UK Football Study Programme (The Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) and China School Sports Federation (CSSF), £355,200); The effect of menstrual cycle and time of day on wellbeing and exercise performance in women (North Wales Research Committee and North East Wales NHS Trust); exercise as an adjunct therapy for postnatal depression (Primary Care Trust, Stoke-on-Trent NHS; opportunities and barriers that females face for study and employment in sport; benefits & limitations of in-house/ internal vs. external work placements for enhancing the student experience; validity of the Dmax method for predicting 5-km treadmill running performance in veteran athletes; web technologies for the physiological monitoring of athletes, as a learning, teaching and assessment tool. I also undertake sports science support and consultancy for various athletes at local, regional and national levels.

Research Interests

My main priority and drive in research is to promote, raise awareness and cultivate research and study on women in sport and exercise. Specifically, I carry out research on osteoporosis, how diet and exercise can be used to improve bone health for women, and how women’s hormones might affect the interaction between bone health and exercise.

Selected Publications


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), 219-225.

Owen, A. L., Forsyth, J. J., Wong, Del P. Dellal, A. Connelly, S., Chamari, K. (2015). Heart rate based training intensity and its impact on injury incidence amongst elite level professional soccer players. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 29(6), 1705-1712. http://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000000810.

Babatunde, O., & Forsyth, J. (2014). Effects of lifestyle exercise on premenopausal bone health: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism, November  [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1007/s00774-013-0527-9

Babatunde, O., & Forsyth, J. J. (2013). Association between depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), physical activity and bone health. Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism. [Epub ahead of print]

Babatunde, O., Forsyth, J. J., & Gidlow, C. (2012). A meta-analysis of brief high-impact exercises for enhancing bone health in premenopausal women. Osteoporosis International, 23(1), 109-119. DOI 10.1007/s00198-011-1801-0.

Forsyth J., & Reilly T (2005). The combined effect of time of day and menstrual cycle effects on blood lactate concentration during incremental rowing exercise. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 37, 2046-2053.

Forsyth, J., & Reilly, T. (2004). Circadian rhythms in blood lactate concentration during incremental ergometer rowing. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 92, 69-74. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-004-1059

Book chapter:

Forsyth, J. J., & Roberts, C.-M. (Eds). The exercising female: Science and its application. London: Routledge. In press

Forsyth, J. J., & Davey, R. (2008). Physical activity and bone health. In: J. P. Buckley (Ed.). Exercise physiology in special populations. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.

Invited talks

  • Women performing in sport: How female reproductive hormones affect performance - R2 – The Rowers Conference, Dorney Lake, January 2018.

  • Exercise as a treatment for postpartum depression, Perinatal Mental Health: making it better for parents and babies. - The Marcé society, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK, June 2014.

  • The female athlete in sport and exercise - symposium, BASES annual student conference, 2011, University of Chester

  • Performing on you menstrual cycle. Loughborough University, 2010

  • Performing on your menstrual cycle. Wrexham International Science Festival, 2004.

 Media work, e.g.,
BBC One documentary, ‘The Truth about Fat’, (https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/09BB4267?bcast=115371025).

Current Teaching

Level 4. Fundamentals of nutrition and metabolism
Level 4: Fundamentals of exercise physiology and biomechanics
Level 4: Academic skills and employability in S&E
Level 5: Research and graduate employability
Level 6. Sport and exercise physiology for Health and Fitness
Level 6. Business, enterprise and entrepreneurship in health, fitness and sports science
Level 6. Fitness instruction and personal training
Level 6: Personal and professional development in sport
Level 7. Physiological support of athletes


Dr Jacky Forsyth
Sport and Exercise
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
Brindley Building
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294057
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e: j.j.forsyth@staffs.ac.uk
blog: http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/drjackyforsyth