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 and Exercise 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 sport injury, athlete monitoring and assessment and long-term athlete development. 

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 and Exercise 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 sport injury, athlete monitoring and assessment and long-term athlete development. 

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 as a performance consultant with the North Wales Rugby Development Region.

Research

Current research includes:

  • Sport injury risk and injury prevention strategies
  • Athlete monitoring and assessment 
  • Talent and long-term athlete development

In addition I also continue research in the following areas:

  • Effect of hydration status on exercise performance and hydration 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)

Current Research Supervision

Dr Tom Chandy (Masters by Research, 2021 to present) - The role of puberty in the relationship between relative age effects and sports injury. Funding: British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine (BASEM).

George Lowe (Masters by Research, 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.

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

Ersagun Kepir (PhD, 2019 to present) - Effect of fatigue on muscle architecture and performance. Turkish Education Ministry.

Seren Evans (PhD, 2018 to present) - Injury Risk in Pre-Professional and Semi-Professional Regional Rugby Union. Funding: Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlathol and Bangor University.

Previous research students

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.

Grant Awards and Projects

Grants

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. £17,249. 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). £4900. April 2021

Owen, J.A. and Jones, E.S. Psychological and physiological determinants of regional age-grade rugby playersESF Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme (KESS II) Masters by Research Grant£16,435. 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£54,677. 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. £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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