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Martyn Matthews

Senior Lecturer


Over 28 years experience of providing Sports Science and Strength and Conditioning support to elite athletes and top tier/international teams including Premiership Football, Super League Rugby League, Premiership Rugby Union, First Class Cricket, Professional Boxing, Olympic and Commonwealth Swimming, Professional Cycling, GB Mountain Biking, Triathlon, Athletics, Professional Ice Hockey, Olympic Volleyball, Golf.

Particular interest in adopting an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to performance enhancement. 


Module leader:

  • Kinesiology
  • Fundamentals of Exercise and Conditioning
  • Functional Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Human Performance

Research Interests

  • Strength and power development in athletes
  • Injury prevention
  • The effect of coordinative based movement interventions on markers of cognition in healthy individuals, of different ages
  • The effects of exercise modalities on insulin sensitivity 

Academic lead for the University on a joint research project with GMFRS - The development and validation of a remote physiological monitoring device for determining core body temperature. 

Qualifications and Memberships

MSc Nutrition and Physical Activity - St. Bartholemew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London

BSc (Hons) Sports Science - University of Brighton

CSCS*D – certified since 1999


Matthews, M J & Jones, P & Cohen, D & Matthews, H 2015, 'The Assisted Nordic Hamstring Curl', Strength and Conditioning Journal, 37 (1), pp.84-87.

Cohen, D D & Zhao, B & Okwera, B & Matthews, M J & Delextrat, A 2015, 'Angle-Specific Eccentric Hamstring Torque After Simulated Soccer', International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10, pp.325-331.

Matthews, M J & Bramah, B 2015, 'A practical model for managing tennis elbow', Sport Ex Medicine, 63, pp.24-27.

Foden, M & Astley, S & Comfort, P & McMahon, J & Matthews, M & Jones, P, 2015, 'Relationships between speed, change of direction and jump performance with cricket specific speed tests in male academy cricketers.', Journal of Trainology, 4(2), pp.37-42.

Matthews, M J & Cohen, D 2013, 'The Modified Kettlebell Swing', Strength and Conditioning Journal, 35(1), pp.79-81.

Comfort, P & Haigh, A & Matthews, M J 2012, 'Are changes in maximal squat strength during pre-season training reflected in changes in sprint performance in rugby league players?', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(3), pp.772-776.

Graham-Smith, P & Comfort, P & Jones, P & Matthews, M 2012, 'Movement Specificity - What does it mean?', Professional Strength and Conditioning, pp.10-12.

Comfort, P & Graham-Smith, P & Matthews, M J & Bamber, C 2011, 'Strength and power characteristics in English Elite Rugby League.', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Matthews, M J & Comfort, P & Crebin, R 2010, 'Complex Training in Ice Hockey: The effects of a heavy resisted sprint on subsequent ice hockey sprint performance', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24(11), pp.2833-2887.

Matthews, M J & Conchuir, C & Comfort, P 2009, 'The Acute Effects of Heavy and Light Resistances on the Flight Time of a Basketball Push Pass During Upper Body Complex Training', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 23(7), pp.1988-1995.

Comfort, P & Green, C M & Matthews, M J 2009, 'Training considerations for athletics post hamstring strain injury.', Strength and Conditioning Journal, 31(3), pp.68-74.

Matthews, M J & Comfort, P 2008, 'Applying complex training principles to boxing, a practical approach', Strength and Conditioning Journal, 30 (5), pp.12-15.

Plus 4 invited chapters in Comfort and Abrahamson (2010). Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention.