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School of Health and Society

Dr Stephen Pearson

Senior Lecturer in Human & Applied Physiology


BSc Hons Sports Science Sunderland University 1st Class-  1996

PhD Human Physiology University College London  - 2003



Research Methods and Study Design (L5)

Exercise Physiology (L5)

Dissertation (L6)

Exercise across the lifespan (L6)

Exercise prescription for Special Populations (L6)


Science of sports performance (Masters)

Research Interests

Adaptations to muscle & tendon with training and ageing - physiological, molecular and structural

Interventions/strategies to ameliorate muscle loss with ageing (sarcopenia) - nutritional and exercise

Qualifications and Memberships

Higher Education Academy Fellow

Member of the Physiological Society


5 Most recent publications

Pearson S. J and  McMahon J. (2012). Lower limb mechanical properties: determining factors and implications for performance. Sports Med. 2012 Nov 1;42(11):929-40. doi: 10.2165/11635110-000000000-00000.


Pearson S. J, Ritchings T and Mohammad, A (2012). The use of normalized cross correlation analysis for automatic tendon excursion measurement in dynamic ultrasound imaging. J Appl Biomech. May 8. [Epub ahead of print]


Pearson S .J and Whittaker A. F (2012).  Footwear in Classical Ballet: A Study of Pressure Distribution and Related Foot Injury in the Adolescent Dancer. J Dance Med Sci. 16(2):51-6.


Pearson SJ, Onambélé GL ( 2012). Computation methods affect the reported values of in vivo human tendon stiffness. J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. Jan;5(1):291-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2011.08.008. Epub 2011 Aug 24.


Onambele-Pearson GL, Pearson SJ. (2012). The magnitude and character of resistance-training-induced increase in tendon stiffness at old age is gender specific.. Age (Dordr). Apr;34(2):427-38.