Paul Hough

Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Paul Hough


Paul is a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist who has extensive experience providing physiological testing and training programme support to world class athletes in several sports such as, athletics, tennis, football, cycling, and motor sport. Paul teaches on the BSc sport science programme and is the author of the popular textbook Advanced Personal Training: Science to Practice.

Areas of expertise

  • Exercise physiology
  • Optimising body composition 


Paul Hough

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Exercise physiology
  • Applied Practice
  • Lab techniques
  • Physiology of human movement


Paul teaches on the BSc Sport and Exercise Science programme and supervises BSc and MSc dissertation students. Paul also mentors post-graduate and BASES supervised-experience students working in the human performance laboratory. This applied work experience has facilitated students in acquiring employment within applied sport and exercise science roles.


Paul has led and assisted with research projects across a range of subjects, such as high-intensity interval training and wearable fitness technology. Paul has published research within academic journals, authored two textbooks and presented his research at various conferences.  

Paul's current (PhD) research is focussed on how sleep affects physical performance and fatigue management techniques. The objective of this research is to devise strategies to mitigate performance decrements following periods of sleep disruption and circadian rhythm misalignment. Paul is currently working with a specialist military group to deliver research and insights on methods to measure sleep and detect sleep related fatigue. 



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) 
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 


Paul provides sport/exercise science support to professional and amateur athletes, members of the public, and external organisations. He  advises the media on a range of subjects relating to sport and exercise science and frequently contributes to programmes on national TV.

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