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Dr Kirsty Hicks

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

After completing a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, I stayed on to complete an MSc in Exercise and Sport Science Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University.  I then completed a full time PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University, whilst simultaneously working full time as the Head Sport Scientist at Liverpool Ladies football club for three years. I began my current post at Northumbria University in February 2016. 

Kirsty Hicks

Exercise Induced Muscle Damage

The Female Athlete

Sex Differences

Optimising Adaptation and Recovery

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Physiological mechanisms associated with the use of a passive heat intervention: positive implications for soccer substitutes, Cowper, G., Goodall, S., Hicks, K., Burnie, L., Fox, K., Keenan, A., De Martino, E., Briggs, M. 1 May 2024, In: European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • The Symptoms Experienced by Naturally Menstruating Women and Oral Contraceptive Pill Users and Their Perceived Effects on Exercise Performance and Recovery Time Posttraining, McNulty, K., Ansdell, P., Goodall, S., Thomas, K., Elliott-Sale, K., Howatson, G., Hicks, K. 1 Jan 2024, In: Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
  • B-Mode Ultrasonography Is a Reliable and Valid Alternative to Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Measuring Patellar Tendon Cross-Sectional Area, Marshall, S., Hicks, K., Howatson, G., Cox, L., Thomas, K. 1 Feb 2023, In: Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology
  • 'If lecturers are at home, they can’t tell their kids to shut up’: University student engagement with blended learning during Covid-19: A mixed methods study, Thornton, C., Peart, D., Hicks, K., McCullogh, N., Allen, G. 21 Apr 2023, In: Journal of Further and Higher Education
  • Presentation of self, impression management and the period: A qualitative investigation of physically active women’s experiences in sport and exercise, Kolić, P., Thomas, L., Morse, C., Hicks, K. 3 Jul 2023, In: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
  • The effect of lower inter-limb asymmetries on athletic performance: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Fox, K., Pearson, L., Hicks, K. 8 Jun 2023, In: PLoS One
  • The Effect of Menstrual-Cycle Phase on Immune Responses to a 5-km Cycling Time Trial: An Exploratory Study, Hicks, K., Orange, S., Dulson, D., Ansdell, P., Todryk, S., Gilbert, S., Saxton, J. 1 Apr 2023, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Acute aerobic exercise‐conditioned serum reduces colon cancer cell proliferation in vitro through interleukin‐6‐induced regulation of DNA damage, Orange, S., Jordan, A., Odell, A., Kavanagh, O., Hicks, K., Eaglen, T., Todryk, S., Saxton, J. 15 Jul 2022, In: International Journal of Cancer
  • Reply to “Comments on: Acute aerobic exercise‐conditioned serum reduces colon cancer cell proliferation in vitro through interleukin‐6‐induced regulation of DNA damage”, Orange, S., Jordan, A., Odell, A., Kavanagh, O., Hicks, K., Todryk, S., Saxton, J. 1 Nov 2022, In: International Journal of Cancer
  • The Acute and Delayed Effects of Foam Rolling Duration on Male Athlete’s Flexibility and Vertical Jump Performance, Blades, C., Jones, T., Brownstein, C., Hicks, K. 25 Feb 2022, In: International Journal of Strength and Conditioning

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Examination: Physiological and Fitness Profile of Female Lacrosse Athletes. 2021
  • Examination: SEX DIFFERENCES IN FATIGABILITY DURING RUNNING AND CONSEQUENCES ON SHOE DESIGN 2021
  • Examination: Eating behaviours and Training Practices on Health in Female Physique Athletes: A Multi-Method Exploration 2021
  • Examination: Sheffield Hallam External Examiner 2019
  • Hosting an academic visitor: Kirsty Elliott-Sale 2018
  • Visiting an external academic institution: Nottingham Trent University 2018
  • Oral presentation: The effect of the menstrual cycle on Health and Performance 2018

  • Amanda Gordon Considerations for Assessing Deceleration and Acceleration in Women’s Soccer Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Casey Greenwalt Understanding the Effects of Menstrual Cycle Symptoms on Health and Performance in Female Footballers Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Owen Munro Characterizing Sleep and its Implications on Elite Female Athlete Health and Performance Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Kelly McNulty ‘The effects of menstrual cycle phase, oral contraceptive use and the associated symptoms on performance and recovery in females’. Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 24/02/2023

  • Physiology PhD February 01 2016
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Member British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2016


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