Katherine Burgess
Title: Dr
First Name: Katherine
Surname: Burgess
Position: Academic Team Leader - Sport and Exercise Science/Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263279

Katherine graduated from Salford University with a 1st class degree in Applied Sports Science in 2005. She then embarked on a PhD investigating tendon mechanical and structural properties in vivo and their adaptability, which she completed in 2009. During this time Katherine taught on the Applied Sports Science, Sports Rehabilitation and Exercise, Physical activity and health degrees at Salford University, specializing in the areas of Biomechanics, Physiology and Strength and Conditioning. She also worked with elite level athletes through University partnerships with Salford City Reds Rugby League Club and Lancashire County Cricket club, as well as helping provide biomechanical support to UK athletics jump squads.

She moved to RGU Aberdeen in September 2009. At RGU Katherine is the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science degree and teaches across a range of modules associated with human physiology and biomechanics.  Along with the rest of the sports science team Katherine has been involved in ensuring the Applied Sport and Exercise Science degree is up to date and fit for purpose. Katherine is also a supervisor of postgraduate research students (PhD and Mres) involving projects covering a broad spectrum of topics such as:  The Efficacy of High-Intensity Interval Training and/or Selenium Supplementation to Modify Cardiovascular Disease Risk; The demands of wind turbine ladder climbing; An investigation into the coach recruitment practices within professional football.

She is also interested in research into different training protocols and relationships with performance with particular reference to rates of force development and influences of gender. Her two main current areas of research exploration are autoregulation of training and exergaming.  In addition to undertaking research Katherine also acts as a reviewer for the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Journal of Biomechanics and the Welcome trust. Katherine is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Science and an affiliate member of the Physiological Society.

Poster Presentations

Leighton, D., Goua, M., Dolan, E., Burgess, K.E. and Bermano, G.  (2015).  Can selenium supplementation modify oxidative stress in-vitro?  A role for selenium supplementation in the prevention of cardiovascular disease?  Journal of Inflammation, 12(Suppl 1):P7.

Leighton, D., Burgess, K.E., Dolan, E., Goua, M. and Bermano, G.  (2015).  A comparison of the acute oxidative stress response of three different modified high intensity interval training (m-HIIT) protocols on sedentary overweight/obese young males.  Scottish Cardiovascular Forum.

Burgess, K.E., Holt, T., Munro, S. and Swinton, P.  (2013)  Reliability and validity of the running anaerobic sprint test (RAST) in soccer players.  BASES Annual Conference.

Swinton, P., Carver, P., Burgess, K.E. (2012)  Effectiveness of skill-based conditioning games in team sport athletes with different fitness levels.  International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) PSU32.13.

K.E. Burgess, L. Breen, C.E. Stewart & G.L. Onambélé, (2011). Influence of exercise intensity on the tendon mechanical properties of older individuals. BASES Annual Conference. PC53.

K.E. Burgess, Y. Bazazi, N. Thomson & P. Swinton (2011). Do Fit Flops™ increase muscle activity in the lower extremity whilst walking? BASES Annual Conference. PC85.

Burgess, K.E., Graham-Smith, P. and Pearson, S.J. (2007). Effect of acute tensile loading on gender specific tendon mechanical properties. Proc Life Sciences PC72.

Pearson, S.J., Breen, L., Burgess, K.E., Stewart, C.E. and Onambélé-Pearson, G. (2007). Association of Omega-3 therapy with changes in tendon structural properties in healthy older adults. Proc Life Sciences PC570.

Connick M., Burgess, K.E., Graham-Smith, P. and Pearson, S.J. (2005).Training, rate of force development and tendon stiffness. Joint International Meeting of The Physiological Society and FEPS. PC217

Oral Presentations

Keane, K., Dolan, E., Burgess, K.E., Howatson, G. and Bermano, G.  (2014).  Impact of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and/or selenium (Se) supplementation on oxidative stress and antioxidant status in active females.  ECSS Annual Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2nd - 5th July 2014.

Stewart, A., Burgess, K.E. and Dolan, E.  (2014).  Error quantification in skinfolds and Ultrasound of the 8 ISAK sites:  Pilot study.  Extended meeting of the IOC Medical Commission ad-hoc working group on body composition, 10th tri-annual conference of the International Society for Body Composition Research, Cascais, Portugal, 11th-14th June, 2014.

Shaw, D.J., Burgess, K.E. and McCann, B.  (2013).  Enriching the Student Experience:  Embedding employability into the heart of Applied Sport and Exercise Science Provision.  BASES Annual Conference.

Burgess, K.E.  (2012) Student engagement and perceived ability in study skills and research methods; a new independent learning module.  International convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) FC63.3.



Deb, S., Swinton, P., Burgess, K.E. and Dolan, E.  (2017). Physiological responses to prolonged saturation diving:  a field based pilot study.  Undersea and Hyberbaric Medicine.  In Press.

Swinton, P., Munro, H., Burgess, K.E. and Dolan, E.  (2016).  Effects of self-monitoring of heart rate and additional sprint running on exercise intensity and technical performance during small-sided games in soccer.  Journal of Trainology.  5, 53-60.

Barron, P.J., Burgess, K.E. and Stewart, A.D. (2016).  The physiological effect of a 'climb assist' device on vertical ladder climbing, Ergonomics, doi:  10.1080/00140139.2016.1244290.

Burgess, K.E., Holt, T., Munro, S. and Swinton, P.  (2016) Reliability and validity of the running anaerobic sprint test (RAST) in soccer players.  Journal of Trainology.  5 (2), 24-29.

Swinton, P., Shitanshi, D., Dolan, E., Burgess, K., Singh, B. and Aspe, R.  (2016)  Kinetic and Kinematic Changes during a 30-Repetition Bout of the Barbell Clean.  Journal of Athletic Enhancement.  5 (1) doi:  10.4172/2324-9080.1000220.

Grosset, J.F., Breen, L., Stewart, C.E., Burgess, K.E., Onambélé, G.L.  (2014) Influence of exercise intensity on training-induced tendon mechanical properties changes in older individuals.  Age.  36(3), 1433-1442.

Burgess, K.E. and Swinton, P.  (2012)  Do Fitflops TM increase lower limb muscle activity?  Clinical Biomechanics.  27(10):  1078-1082.

Pearson, S.J., Burgess, K.E. and Onambélé, G.L. (2011). Serum relaxin levels affect the in vivo properties of some but not all tendons in normally menstruating young women. Experimental Physiology. 96(7): 681-8.

Burgess, K.E., Pearson, S.J. and Onambélé, G.L. (2010). Patellar tendon properties with fluctuating menstrual-cycle hormones. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 24(8): 2088-95.

Burgess, K.E., Pearson, S.J. and Onambélé, G.L. (2009). Menstrual cycle variations in oestradiol and progesterone have no impact on in vivo medial gastrocnemius tendon mechanical properties. Clinical Biomechanics. 24(6): 504-509

Burgess, K.E., Pearson, S.J., Breen, L. and Onambélé, G.N.L. (2009). Tendon structural and mechanical properties do not differ between genders in a healthy community-dwelling elderly population. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 27(6):820-5.

Burgess, K. E, Graham-Smith, P and Pearson, S. J. (2009). Effect of acute tensile loading on gender-specific tendon structural and mechanical properties. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 27 (4): 510-516.

Burgess, K. E, Connick, M.J. Graham-Smith, P and Pearson, S. J. (2007). Plyometric vs. isometric training influences on tendon properties and muscle output. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 21(3), 986-9.

Onambélé, G.N.L., Burgess, K.E. and Pearson, S.J. (2007). Gender specific In vivo measurement of the mechanical properties of the human patellar tendon. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 25(12), 1635-42.

Pearson, S. J., Burgess, K.E. and Onambélé, G.L. (2007). Creep and the in vivo assessment of human patellar tendon mechanical Properties. Clinical Biomechanics. 22(6), 712-7.

Book Chapters

Graham-Smith, P., Burgess, K. and Ridler, A. (2007). 'The relationship between strength, power, flexibility, anthropometry and technique, and 2000m and 5000m rowing ergometer performance' , in: Kinanthropometry X: Proceedings of the 10th International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry Conference, held in conjunction with the 13th Commonwealth International Sports Conference , Routledge Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK, pp. 135-150.