Dr Julian Owen

Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science

Contact info

Position: Lecturer.

Email: j.owen@bangor.ac.uk

Telephone: (01248) 38 2197

Twitter: @julianowenPhD

Location: Office 007.8, Padarn Building, Normal Site

BIO: I am a Lecturer in Sport Physiology and employability lead for the school. Before arriving in Bangor, I spent 8 years working as a strength & conditioning coach and sport scientist within various performance pathways and professional sports. My teaching and research reflects this interest in applied sport science and physical preparation of athletes. I have ongoing research in athlete monitoring and assessment during the training process, injury risk factors in sport and athlete development in performance pathways. 

Contact Info

Position: Lecturer.

Email: j.owen@bangor.ac.uk

Telephone: (01248) 38 2197

Twitter: @julianowenPhD

Location: Office 007.8, Padarn Building, Normal Site

BIO: I am a Lecturer in Sport Physiology and employability lead for the school. Before arriving in Bangor, I spent 8 years working as a strength & conditioning coach and sport scientist within various performance pathways and professional sports. My teaching and research reflects this interest in applied sport science and physical preparation of athletes. I have ongoing research in athlete monitoring and assessment during the training process, injury risk factors in sport and athlete development in performance pathways. 

Overview

Following an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (BSc, JMU) and 3-years working within academic (University of Liverpool) and pharmaceutical research (Astra Zeneca), Julian returned to Liverpool John Moores University to study for an MSc in Sport Physiology. An 8-year period followed working as a physiologist and strength & conditioning coach within professional soccer, rugby union and international hockey before starting a PhD at Bangor University in 2010. In 2013-2014 Julian was a Postdoctoral Fellow within the School before being appointed as a Lecturer in 2014. Within this role, Julian teaches on modules focused on applied sport science and performance physiology and also continues his applied work acting as a Performance Director (Board) for Squash Wales and a performance consultant with the North Wales Rugby Development Region.

Research

Current research includes:

  • Physiological assessment and monitoring of athletes
  • Injury risk in sport
  • Muscle architecture, performance and injury
  • Athlete development within player performance pathways

In addition I also continue research in the following areas:

  • Dehydration assessment methods
  • Pathphysiology of obstructive sleep apnoea

Teaching and Supervision

  • Principles of Strength & Conditioning (Level 4 BSc)
  • Human Physiology (Level 4 BSc)
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology (Level 5 BSc)
  • Research Project (Level 6 BSc & Level 7 MSc)
  • Supervised Experience (Level 7 MSc)
  • Performance Physiology (Level 7 MSc)

Research Supervision

Jessica Hughes (Masters by Research, 2019 to present) - Psychophysiological determinants of regional age-grade rugby players in North Wales.

Gokhan Yagiz (PhD, 2019 to present) - Muscle architecture of vastus lateralis and bicep femoris long head: implications on injury risk.

Ersagun Kepir (PhD, 2019 to present) - Muscle architecture: implications on performance in rugby union players.

Seren Evans (PhD, 2018 to present) - Predicting injury, illness and underperformance in professional rugby union players.

Davide Mondin (Master by Research, 2018 to present) - Markers of fatigue and athlete readiness in Rugby Union.

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. 

Grant Awards and Projects

Grants

Owen, J.A. and Jones, E.S. Psychophysiological determinants of regional age-grade rugby players in North Wales.ESF Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme (KESS II) Masters by Research Grant£16,435. November 2019.

Owen, J.A., Hardy, J.T., Mellalieu, S. Predicting injury, illness and underperformance in professional rugby union players. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol PhD Studentship£54,677. July 2018.

Owen, J.A., Jones, E.S. and Hardy, J.T. Athlete monitoring in rugby union. ESF Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme (KESS II) Masters by Research Grant. £16,435. April 2018.

Blanchfield, A.W., Owen, J.A., and Griffiths, G. Development of a mindful-exercise training framework. ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. £19,165. 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. £3,880. February 2016

Owen, J.A., Moore, J.P., and Kubis, H.P.Pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnoea. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol PhD studentship. £53,577. April 2015.

Owen, J.A. Conference and travel grant. European Hydration Institute. £1000. 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. £5,000. January 2012.

Projects

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.

Research areas and keywords

Keywords

  • QP Physiology - Athlete monitoring, Training load, Injury risk, Obstructive sleep apnoea, Dehydration

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - PhD , Exercise Physiology , Bangor University
  • 2008 - MSc , Sport Physiology
  • 2006 - Professional , PGCE
  • 2006 - Professional , FA Fitness Trainers Award (2004 - 2006)
  • 1997 - Other , Diploma in Science & Football
  • 1995 - BSc , Applied Biochemistry
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