Professor Craig Twist

Applied Exercise Physiology


BA (Hons), MSc, Ph, CSi, Professor in Applied Sports Physiology


Craig joined the Department in September 2004 and is currently Leader of the Applied Sports Sciences Research Group and Strand Leader on the MSc Sports Sciences Strength and Conditioning pathway. Craig is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) with whom he is also an Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist. He has supervised six PhD and seven MPhil/MRes students to completion and is currently supervising eight PhD students and one MRes student. Craig also maintains an active involvement in applied sport science, working in professional rugby league and with the England Touch Association.

External Roles

Craig has externally examined 13 PhDs, six MPhil/MRes and held/holds external examiner posts at the University of Wales (2007-2011) and University of Central Lancashire (2009-2014), Hartpury College (2014-date) and York St John University (2014-date). Craig has also been invited as a subject specialist on validation and re-validation panels for several undergraduate Sport and Exercise Sciences (or related) programmes.

Craig is invited regularly to review scientific papers for the Journal of Sport Sciences, International Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports, Scandinavian Journal of Science, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and European Journal of Sports Science. 

Craig is currently co-editor of the Physiology and Conditioning section for the IRB Rugby Science Network (



phone: 01244 513441


Craig teaches exercise physiology modules and supervises dissertations at Level 6 and Level M. Craig is also responsible for experiential learning placements for students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Current teaching includes:

  • Measurement and Evaluation Issues in Sport and Exercise Physiology (Level 5)
  • Experiential Learning in Applied Sport Science (Level 5 and Level M)
  • Issues in Elite Sport Training and Performance (Level 6)
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Sports Performance (Level M)
  • Contemporary Issues in Strength and Conditioning (Level M)
  • Optimising Sports Performance (Level M)
  • Physiology of Training (Level M)


  • The applied physiology of rugby.
  • Exercise-induced muscle damage and its effect on human performance.

Published work

Selected Publications

Burt, D., Lamb, K., Nicholas, C., & Twist, C. (2015). Lower volume muscle-damaging exercise confers protection against high volume muscle-damaging exercise and the detrimental effects on endurance performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115, 1523-1532.

Twist, C. & Worsfold, P. (Eds) (2014). Science of rugby. London: Routledge.

Waldron, M., Highton, J., Daniels, M., & Twist, C. (2013).  Preliminary evidence of transient fatigue and pacing during interchanges in rugby league. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8, 157-64.

Twist, C., & Highton, M. (2013). Monitoring fatigue and recovery in rugby league players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8, 467-474.

Waldron, M., Highton, J., & Twist, C. (2013).  The reliability of a rugby league movement simulation protocol (RLMSP-i) designed to replicate the performance of interchanged players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8, 483-489.


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