Professor receives prestigious sports fellowship

Posted on 30th January 2018

A Professor at the University of Chester has been awarded a fellowship from the UK’s professional body for sport and exercise sciences. 

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) promotes excellence in sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

Professor Craig Twist
Professor Craig Twist

Craig Twist, who is Professor of Applied Exercise Physiology at the University, has received the fellowship, in recognition of his esteemed professional achievement, skills, knowledge and service to the association, and to the sport and exercise science community.

Professor Twist said: “During nearly 20 years as a professional member of BASES, I have been involved with the Association in numerous ways. For example, since 2003 I have held individual accreditation with BASES and have been actively involved in the support and teaching of probationary sport scientists. I have also regularly supported students attending the annual BASES Student Conference and in 2011 was the conference organiser for the event that hosted over 300 delegates during a two-day programme here at the University of Chester.

“To qualify as a Fellow, I was also asked to outline my research and teaching credentials and how these have contributed more broadly to the sport and exercise sciences community. I am extremely pleased and proud that my commitment to the Association, and a willingness to engage in several of its core activities, has been recognised with this Fellowship.”

As well as being recognised by BASES as a Fellow, Professor Twist has also received an award from the association – the Sportesse Sport and Exercise Science Free Communication Presentation Award. The accolade was for research conducted by former student Joshua Lee, as his Master’s research project. The study was entitled: Exercise-induced muscle damage and changes in resting metabolic rate after intermittent running with and without physical contact. Joshua was supervised by Professor Twist and his colleague in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Chester, Dr Jamie Highton. The research is part of Professor Twist’s research group’s broader interests in the responses to training and match activities in rugby players.

Professor Twist said: “We were interested in how athletes respond to intermittent running with and without the addition of physical contact, a key element of rugby. In particular, we wanted to understand how an athlete’s resting metabolic rate was altered the day after the different training conditions with a view to informing the recovery practices of these athletes. What we found is that the training content (both with and without contact) resulted in similar increases (approximately 8%) in resting metabolic rate at 24 hours after exercise. It’s likely that this reflects the repair of damaged muscle, but is unlikely to have any detrimental impact on energy balance.”

He added: “The involvement of our undergraduate and postgraduate students has been a really fruitful initiative for us in the last few years to generate several conference presentations, some of which have developed into published peer-reviewed papers. The students gain a great deal from the process of being involved in a project, both in terms of research training and experience that makes them stand out when applying for jobs or postgraduate studentships.” 

Professor Ken Green, Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Chester, added: “Craig is one of a kind. As well as being intensely research-active, he has been the catalyst for the development of a talented group of applied sports scientists here at Chester through his commitment to teaching and supervision. Very many former students who have gone on to have successful careers in the applied field owe Craig an immense debt of gratitude. We are lucky to have him here."