Staff Profile

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Dr Damian Coleman

Director of Sport and Exercise Sciences

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922639

Profile summary

Dr Damian Coleman is the Director of Sport and Exercise 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 ten 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 exxternal examiner and has examined for the award of Ph.D.

Dr Coleman is still an active sports person and he regularly runs for a local club.  In the past Dr Coleman was a very keen cyclist and can list national medals, a top ten finish in the British Best All-rounder competition, and racing with Sir Bradley Wiggins as highlights of his competitive cycling career.

Publications and research outputs

Publications and research outputs

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


Hurst, P., Foad, A., Coleman, D. A. and Beedie, C. (2016) Development and validation of the Sports Supplements Beliefs Scale. Performance Enhancement & Health. ISSN 2211-2669. (In Press)

Rossato, C., Uphill, M. A., Swain, J. and Coleman, D. A. (2016) The development and preliminary validation of the Challenge and Threat in Sport (CAT-Sport) Scale. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. ISSN 1612-197X. 

Coleman, D. A., Hopker, J. and Passfield, L. (2014) Age differences in efficiency of locomotion and maximal power output in well‑trained triathletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology. ISSN 1439-6327.

Cole, M., Coleman, D. A., Hopker, J. and Wiles, J. (2014) Improved gross efficiency during long duration submaximal cycling following a short-term high carbohydrate diet. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 35 (3). pp. 265-269. ISSN 0172-4622.

Hopker, J., Coleman, D. A. and Passfield , L. (2013) Pitfalls of efficiency determination in cycling ergometry: reply to Boning and Pries. Journal of Applied Physiology, 115 (12). p. 1863. ISSN 8750-7587.

Goldring, N. G., Wiles, J. and Coleman, D. A. (2013) The effects of isometric wall squat exercise on heart rate and blood pressure in a normotensive population. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 0264-0414.

Hopker, J., Coleman, D. A., Gregson, H., Jobson, S., Von der Haar, T., Wiles, J. and Passfield, L. (2013) The influence of training status, age, and muscle fibre type on cycling efficiency and endurance performance. Journal of Applied Physiology. ISSN 8750-7587.

Hopker, J., Coleman, D. A., Jobson, S. and Passfield, L. (2012) Inverse relationship between VO2max and gross efficiency. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 33 (10). pp. 789-794. ISSN 0172-4622.

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