Professor Adrian Midgley

Professor of Sports Science

Research Group and Institute

  • Movement Behaviours, Health & Wellbeing Research Group


Adrian has been a member of the sport and exercise science programme team within the Department of Sport and Physical Activity since October 2012. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Hull at which he completed his PhD in exercise physiology. He currently leads BSc Sport and Exercise Science modules in exercise and health and in clinical exercise physiology. In addition to his academic qualifications in sport and exercise science, Adrian holds a number of vocational qualifications in health and fitness. He is the Designated Individual for human tissue compliance within the University, and sits on the central university ethics committee.


Adrian’s is probably best known for his research into the measurement and development of cardiorespiratory fitness. He also has a strong interest in factors that explain exercise tolerance during maximal exercise. His current research focuses on exercise testing and prescription in clinical populations, such as those with head and neck cancer, cardiac disease, and pulmonary disease. Adrian is currently collaborating with Prof Simon Rogers at Aintree University Hospital and Dr Bashir Matata at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital on this research. Adrian also has a long-term research collaboration with Dr Felipe da Cunha at the Rio de Janeiro State University investigating post-exercise hypotension and the application of the American College of Sports Medicine metabolic equations.

External Engagement

Adrian’s external engagement activities include:

  • Honorary exercise physiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (2013-)
  • Honorary Exercise Physiologist, Academic Cardiology, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull (2011-2012)
  • External Examiner at University of Salford MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology (2018-)
  • External Examiner at Anglia Ruskin University BSc & MSc Sports Science (2015-)
  • External Examiner at University of Central Lancashire MSc Strength and Conditioning (2015-)
  • Editorial Boards of Peer reviewed journals;  Sport & Exercise Medicine (2014-2016), Journal of Sports Medicine (2012-2016), ISRNPhysiology (2012-2016)
  • Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation (2019-)
  • Member of British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (2019-)
  • Member of British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation (2019-)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Sport & Physical Activity (2019-)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012-)
  • Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (2004-)
  • Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (2012-2019)
  • Member of the Liverpool Medical Institute (2013-2015)

Selected Publications

  • Levy, A.R., Matata, B., Pilsworth, S., McGonigle, A., Wigelsworth, L., Jones, L., Pott, N., Bettany, M., Midgley, A.W. (2018). An intervention for pulmonary rehabilitators to develop a social identity for patients attending exercise rehabilitation: a feasibility and pilot randomised control trial protocol, Pilot & Feasibility Studies, 4, 40.
  • Midgley, A.W., Lowe, D., Levy, A.R., Mepani, V., Rogers, S.N. (2018). Exercise program design considerations for head and neck cancer survivors, European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, 275(1), 169-179.
  • Fonseca, G.F., Farinatti, T.V., Midgley, A.W., Ferreira, A., Paulo, T., Monteiro, W.D., Cunha, F.A. (2018). Continuous and accumulated bouts of cycling matched by intensity and energy expenditure elicit similar acute blood pressure reductions in prehypertensive men, International Journal of Sports Medicine, 32(3), 857-866.
  • Midgley, A.W., Marchant, D., Levy, A. (2017). A call to action towards an evidence-based approach to using verbal encouragement during maximal exercise testing, Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, doi: 10.1111/cpf.12454.
  • Chrismas, B.C., Taylor, L., Siegler, J.C., Midgley, A.W. (2017). A reduction in maximal incremental exercise test duration 48 h post downhill run is associated with muscle damage derived exercise induced pain, Frontiers in Physiology, 8, 135. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00135
  • Montenegro, R.A., Midgley, A.W., Bernardes, W., Massaferri, R., Okano, A., Farinatti, P. (2016). Bihemispheric motor cortex transcranial direct current stimulation improves force steadiness in post-stroke hemiparetic patients: a randomized crossover controlled trial, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 426. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00426