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Dr John Hough

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

John Hough

I graduated from the University of Stirling with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Following this I completed an MSc in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University and remained at Loughborough to complete a part-time PhD while also working as an Exercise Physiology technician.

My PhD examined the endocrine responses to endurance training specifically focusing on the use of salivary hormones as biomarkers of training stress.

I joined the University of Bedfordshire as a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology in February 2013 and moved to a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology role in September 2015.

Currently, I am Course Coordinator for our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course and unit leader for the Exercise Physiology and Environmental Physiology units in our BSc Sport and Exercise Science, BSc Sport Science and Personal Training, BSc Sport Science and Coaching and BSc Strength and Conditioning courses.

My research at the University of Bedfordshire continues to focus on the endocrine responses to endurance exercise and training and their alterations during recovery.

Other References


  • PhD Exercise Physiology – Loughborough University
  • MSc Exercise Physiology – Loughborough University
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Stirling

Professional Memberships

  • Higher Educational Academy (HEA) (Fellow)
  • European College of Sport Science (ECSS)
  • The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI)
  • Society of Endocrinology
  • Physiological Society

Teaching Expertise

  • Endocrinology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Environmental Physiology

Research Interests

  • Endocrine responses to physiological stressors
  • Biomarkers of overreaching and the overtraining syndrome
  • The examination of appetite regulating hormones in response to acute and chronic exercise

Research Projects

  • The development of an exercise tool to highlight the incidence of non-functional overreaching
  • An examination of the influence of the timing of fluid intake on salivary cortisol and testosterone concentrations
  • The effect of a 7-day intensified exercise training period on the measurement of energy intake and post-prandial gut hormone responses in free living healthy humans


  • Beaumont A, Grace F, Richards J, Hough J, Oxborough D, Sculthorpe N (2016) Left Ventricular Speckle Tracking-Derived Cardiac Strain and Cardiac Twist Mechanics in Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled Studies. Sports Med doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0644-4 Epub ahead of print.
  • Beaumont A, Hough J, Sculthorpe N, Richards J (2016) Left ventricular twist mechanics during incremental cycling and knee extension exercise in healthy men. Eur J Appl Physiol, doi:  10.1007/s00421-016-3506-8 Epub ahead of print.
  • Bailey DP, Broom DR, Chrismas BCR, Taylor L, Flynn E, Hough J (2015) Breaking up prolonged sitting time with walking does not affect appetite or gut hormone concentrations but does induce an energy deficit and suppresses postprandial glycaemia in sedentary adults. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 41(3):324-331.
  • Hough, J, Robertson, C, Gleeson, M (2015) A 10-day training camp blunts exercise-induced salivary testosterone in elite level triathletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, Oct; 10(7): 935-938.
  • Hough JP, Corney R, Kouris A, Gleeson M (2013) Salivary cortisol and testosterone responses to high-intensity cycling before and after an 11-day intensified training period. Journal of Sports Sciences. 31(14): 1614-23.\
  • Hough JP, Papacosta E, Wraith E, Gleeson M (2011) Plasma and salivary steroid hormone responses of men to high-intensity cycling and resistance exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(1): 23-31.
  • Allgrove JE, Gomes E, Hough J, Gleeson M (2008) Effects of exercise intensity on salivary antimicrobial proteins and markers of stress in active men. Journal of Sports Science, 26(6): 653-661.

External Roles

  • External Examiner at City College Norwich

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