Staff Profile


Dr Damian Coleman

Section Director - Sports Sciences Tourism, Hospitality and Events

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922639

Profile summary

Dr Damian Coleman is the Director of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and has responsibility for the programmes, research and the knowledge exchange activity that takes place in this field.   

Research and knowledge exchange

Dr Coleman has supervised thirteen Ph.D. students to completion and is also an experienced examiner for taught and non-taught post graduate provision.  Dr Coleman’s work is primarily in the areas of cycling efficiency, dehydration and running performance, training/nutritional/weight loss strategy and performance, although he also supervises work in the areas of isometric exercise and health, and load carriage during exercise.  Dr Coleman also has a keen interest in data analysis in the sport and exercise sciences.

Teaching and subject expertise

Dr Coleman contributes to the undergraduate and post graduate programmes in the areas of Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Research Methods, and he also supervises dissertation studies in his field.  Dr Coleman thoroughly enjoys the challenge of teaching in these areas and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

External activities

Dr Coleman is an experienced external examiner and has examined for the award of Ph.D.

In the past Dr Coleman was a very keen cyclist and enjoyed racing at local and national events and can list national medals, a top ten finish in the British Best All-rounder competition, and a divisional silver medal on the road. The exceptional off road trails around Canterbury now provide the terrain where Dr Coleman rides his mountain bike to maintain fitness and commute on a daily basis.

Publications and research outputs

Publications and research outputs

A broad overview of research themes (for Dr Coleman’s full research profile please click here).

  1. Accepted for Publication:  Book Chapter ‘Ensuring Quality Data’ in Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health (Bird and Hawley).
  2. Accepted for Publication: Cardiac autonomic and left ventricular mechanics following high intensity interval training: A randomised cross-over controlled study.  Journal of Applied Physiology.
  3. Accepted for Publication: The safety of isometric exercise: rethinking the exercise prescription paradigm for those with stage 1 hypertension.  Medicine.
  4. Accepted for publication: Partial swing golf shots: Scaled from full swing or independent technique?  Sports Biomechanics
  5. Beedie, C., Whyte, G., Coleman, D. A., Hurst, P., Cohen, E., Lane, A., Raglin, J. and Foad, A. (2017) Caution, this treatment is a placebo. It might work, but it might not”: why emerging mechanistic evidence for placebo effects does not legitimise complementary and alternative medicines in sport. British Journal of Sports Medicine. ISSN 0306-3674.
  6. Cole, M., Hopker, J., Wiles, J. and Coleman, D. A. (2017) The effects of acute carbohydrate and caffeine feeding strategies on cycling efficiency. Journal of Sports Sciences. pp. 1-7. ISSN 0264-0414.
  7. Hurst, P., Foad, A., Coleman, D. A. and Beedie, C. (2017) Athletes intending to use sports supplements are more likely to respond to a placebo. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (MSSE). ISSN 0195-9131.
  8. O'Driscoll, J., Taylor, K., Wiles, J., Coleman, D. A. and Sharma, R. (2017) Acute cardiac functional and mechanical responses to isometric exercise in pre-hypertensive males. Physiological Reports. ISSN 2051-817X.
  9. Taylor, K., Wiles, J., Coleman, D. A., Sharma, R. and O'Driscoll, J. (2017) Continuous cardiac autonomic and haemodynamic responses to isometric exercise in pre-hypertensive males. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (MSSE). ISSN 0195-9131

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