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Mark  Russell

Dr Mark Russell


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Education / Academic qualification

  • Bachelor of Science, Swansea University

    Sports Science

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Swansea University

    Exercise Physiology

  • PGCE, University of Northampton

  • PGCE, University of Northumbria

Professional Qualifications

  • Academic Associate; Sport Exercise Nutrition Register, SENr

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; National Strength and Conditioning Association,

  • Fellow; Higher Education Academy,

  • Association for Nutrition; Registered nutritionist (Sports & Exercise), RNUTr



Dr Mark Russell is a Reader in Performance Nutrition and Applied Exercise Physiology.  Mark’s areas of teaching expertise focus around applied exercise physiology, sports nutrition and related ergogenic aids, and strength and conditioning. Mark's current research interests focus primarily on the physiology of intermittent exercise and interventions to promote improvements in performance in team-sports athletes. As a result of this research, Mark has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, presented at international conferences and led multiple industry-funded contract research projects from inception to completion. Mark also works with a range of professional rugby and football teams and has consulted to: Newcastle United Football Club, Sunderland Association Football Club, Welsh National Rugby Union Squad, Wigan Warriors Rugby League Football Club, Swansea City Association Football Club.  Mark was also the National Lead for Applied Exercise Physiology with UK Deaf Sport between 2010 and 2017 and was responsible for the co-ordination of the sports science support services for DeaflympicsGB at the 2013 Summer Deaflympics held in Sofia, Bulgaria. 


Research interests

• Match-day strategies to enhance the performance of team sports athletes

• Physiological and performance responses to intermittent exercise

• The use of nutritional ergogenic aids on performance in team sports athletes


Notable research and consultancy awards

  • Contract Research Grant: £107,983 – M. Russell (Principal investigator) and E. Stevenson (Co-investigator). Self-paced performance responses to sports drink ingestion in soccer players (2015): PepsiCo International, USA.

  • Consultancy: £1,020 – M. Russell (Principal investigator) and P. Rumbold (Co-investigator). Academy nutrition audit (2015): Newcastle United Football Club, UK.

  • Collaborative PhD Studentship: £37,500 - P. Hayes (Principal investigator) and M. Russell (Co-Investigator). Monitoring intensity in training and match-play activities of professional Academy football players (2014). Newcastle United Football Club, UK.

  • Contract Research Grant: £101,884 - E. Stevenson (Principal investigator) and M. Russell (Co-investigator). Physiological and performance responses to carbohydrate ingestion in soccer players (2013). BENEO Group, Germany.
  • Contract Research Grant: £18,000 - M. Russell (Principal Investigator). Interventions to attenuate the negative effects of high intensity exercise on the performance of soccer skills (2011). Janet Strang Memorial Trust, Northampton, England.