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Liam is a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, an Academic Associate on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Liam joined the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in September 2016 and became Senior Lecturer in October 2017. He is Deputy Lead-Coordinator for Unit of Assessment 24 (Sport and Exercise Sciences) for REF 2021 and Course Leader for MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Research and the application of science in team sports, particularly soccer
  • The investigation of ergogenic aids to improve exercise performance
  • The effectiveness of recovery modalities following exercise
  • Sports nutrition
  • Recreational team sport activities to improve health and wellbeing (e.g., walking football and netball)

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2014 2019

A season long investigation into the effects of injury, match selection and training load on mental wellbeing in professional under 23 soccer players: a team case study

Abbott, W., Brownlee, T., Harper, L., Naughton, R., Richardson, A. & Clifford, T., 21 Oct 2019, In : European Journal of Sport Science. 19, 9, p. 1250-1256 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wounds and Injuries
Mental Health
flavodic acid

Biomechanical and physiological responses to 120 minutes of soccer-specific exercise

Field, A., Corr, L., Haines, M., Lui, S., Naughton, R., Page, R. & Harper, L., 24 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lactic Acid
3 Citations (Scopus)

Perspectives of applied collaborative sport science research within professional team sports

Malone, J., Harper, L., Jones, B., Perry, J., Barnes, C. & Towlson, C., 7 Feb 2019, In : European Journal of Sport Science. 19, 2, p. 147-155 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quality Control

Practitioner perceptions of evidence-based practice in elite sport in the United States of America

Fullagar, H., Harper, L., Govus, A., McCunn, R., Eisenmann, J. & McCall, A., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 33, 11, p. 2897-2904 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Evidence-Based Practice

Recovery monitoring tool use and perceived usefulness in professional soccer

Harper, L., Field, A., Fowler, P., Chrismas, B., Paul, D., McCall, A. & Taylor, L., 3 Sep 2019, Sport Performance & Science Reports. (Sport Performance and Science Reports)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
tool use
holistic approach
decision making

Activities 2015 2019

  • 6 Invited talk
  • 4 Membership of a Society or Institute
  • 2 Masters by Research Examination

The extra-time period of soccer: challenges to performance and physiology

Liam Harper (Speaker)
1 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Use of survey research in Sport and Exercise Science

Liam Harper (Speaker)
21 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (External organisation)

Liam Harper (Member)
Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute

The extra-time period of football: implications for physiology and performance

Liam Harper (Speaker)
7 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Practical Usefulness of the 6-min Yo-Yo Intermittent Endurance Test, Level 2, in Youth Soccer Players

Liam Harper (Examiner)
8 Jan 2018

Activity: Examination typesMasters by Research Examination

Press / Media

Are soccer players going the extra mile in extra-time?

Liam Harper


4 items of Media coverage, 2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment