Julian is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology in the School of Psychology and Sport Science and before arriving in Bangor, spent 8 years working as a physiologist and sport scientist within various performance pathways and professional sports. Julian's teaching and research reflects this interest in applied sport science and he has ongoing research in sport injury epidemiology, long-term athlete development and athlete monitoring and assessment.
Julian's primary research focus is within sport medicine, and more specifically sport injury epidemiology, particularly the prevention of sport injury in different populations.
Current externally funded research projects include:
- Welsh injury surveillance in girls' youth Rugby (WISGYR) - Funded by World Rugby
- Prevention of sport-related brain injury in the school settings - Head Sense project funded by the ALPHAcademy
- Pitch-side detection of concussion in Rugby Union - Tackling Rugby Union's Headache project funded by Research Wales Innovation Fund (RWIF)
- Hamstring injury risk and prevention in team sports - Funded by the Turkish Education Ministry
In addition Julian also contributes to research in the following areas:
Julian is currently Associate Editor for the International Journal of Strength and Conditioning, and an editorial board member of Frontiers in Sport and Active Living within the injury prevention and rehabilitation section. Julian also regularly reviews for journals including International Journal of Sport Medicine, European Journal of Sport Sciences, Journal of Sport Sciences, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and International Journal of Spport Physiology and Performance.
- Principles of Strength & Conditioning (Level 4 BSc)
- Practical Strength & Conditioning (Level 5 BSc)
- Research Project (Level 6 BSc & Level 7 MSc)
- Dissertation (Level 6 BSc & Level 7 MSc)
- The Sport & Exercise Science Practitioner (Level 7 MSc)
Current Research Supervision
Eloise Kirby (PhD, 2023 to present) - Welsh Injury Surveillance in Girls' Youth Rugby (WISGYR Project). Funding: World Rugby.
Steffi Studt (PhD, 2023 to present) - Head Sense: Prevention of sport-related brain trauma in the North Wales education sector. Funding: Academy for Health Equity, Prevention and Wellbeing.
Dr Tom Chandy (Masters by Research, 2021 to present) - Injury surveillance in female youth rugby union: A pilot study in the community sport setting. Funding: British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine (BASEM).
George Lowe (PhD, 2021 to present) - Enhancing talent systems in rugby union. Funding: ESF Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme (KESS II) with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
Jack Bickley (PhD, 2021 to present) - Development of elite performance in rowing. Funding: Bangor University and Welsh Rowing.
Marco Martin (PhD, 2020 to present) - Efficacy of triaxial accelerometry in soccer. Supported by MAPEI Sports Institute.
Ersagun Kepir (PhD 2019 to present) - Muscle arcitecture, activity and strength related to lower leg injury. Funding: Turkish Education Ministry.
Previous research students
Seren Evans (PhD, Completed 2023) - From surveillance to prediction: a multifactorial approach to injury risk in Senior Academy Rugby Union. Funding: Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlathol and Bangor University.
Gokhan Yagiz (PhD, Completed 2023) - Muscle architecture of vastus lateralis and bicep femoris long head: implications for injury. Funding: Turkish Education Ministry.
Jessica Hughes (Masters by Research, Completed 2021) - Psychological and physical determinants of regional age-grade rugby players. Funding: ESF Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme (KESS II) with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
Davide Mondin (Masters by Research, Completed 2021) - Athlete monitoring in rugby union: inter- and intra-week associations of training markers with load during an entire Rugby Union Season. Funding: ESF Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme (KESS II) with the Rygbi Gogledd Cymru (RGC).
Claire Griffith-McGeever (PhD, completed 2020) - Factors In Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: Chemosensitivity and Perception of Effort Before and After Loading of Respiratory and Locomotor Systems. Funding: Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlathol.
Owen, J.A. Stakeholder engagement with female youth rugby in North Wales for WISGYR Project. Bangor University Community Engagement Fund, June 2023
Owen, J.A. Evans, S.L. Gottwald, V. WISGYR – Welsh Injury Surveillance in Girls' Youth Rugby. World Rugby December 2022.
Owen, J.A. Mullins, P.G. Head Sense: Prevention of sport-related brain trauma in the North Wales education sector. Applied Learning for Preventative Health Academy (ALPHAcademy), December 2022.
Owen, J.A. Mullins, P.G. Davis, O-E. Dardis, R. van Zuydam, D. Tackling Rugby Union’s Headache: Validity of a handheld medical device for the rapid assessment and evaluation of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Bangor University Impact and Innovation Award. August 2022.
Gottwald, V. Owen, J.A. Fella, D. Hardy, J. Life’s a beach: Anthropometric and psychological profiles of the World’s best Beach Sprint Rowers to determine future talent identification and selection protocols. Bangor University Impact and Innovation Award. August 2022.
Owen, J.A. Gottwald, V., Jones, E.S. Enhancing talent systems in rugby union. ESF Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme (KESS II) Masters by Research Grant. April 2021.
Martin, R., Gottwald, V., Owen, J.A. The role of puberty in the relationship between relative age effects and sports injury. British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine (BASEM). April 2021
Owen, J.A. and Jones, E.S. Psychological and physiological determinants of regional age-grade rugby players. ESF Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme (KESS II) Masters by Research Grant. November 2019.
Owen, J.A., Hardy, J.T., Mellalieu, S. Injury Risk in in Pre-Professional and Semi-Professional Regional Rugby Union. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol PhD Studentship. July 2018.
Owen, J.A., Jones, E.S. and Hardy, J.T. Markers of athlete readiness in rugby union. ESF Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme (KESS II) Masters by Research Grant. April 2018.
Blanchfield, A.W., Owen, J.A., and Griffiths, G. Development of a mindful-exercise training framework. ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. March 2016.
Earing, C.M.N., McKeon, D., Owen, J.A. and Kubis, H.P. Purchase of a pneumotachometer for research within the field of respiratory physiology in health and obstructive sleep apnoea. BCUHB Small grant scheme. February 2016
Owen, J.A., Moore, J.P., and Kubis, H.P.Pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnoea. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol PhD studentship. April 2015.
Owen, J.A. Conference and travel grant. European Hydration Institute. October 2012.
Owen, J.A., Walsh, N.P., and Oliver, S.J. Hypertonic and isotonic dehydration: effects on hydration marker utility and human performance. European Hydration Institute: Graduate research grant for the study of Human Hydration. January 2012.
North Wales Rugby Research Project. June 2018 to present.
Inspiratory effort perception and interoception to breathlessness in health and obstructive sleep apnoea. October 2015 to May 2020.
Methods of dehydration assessment and effects on subjective discomfort, well-being and exercise performance. October 2010 to September 2015.