Stewart Bruce-Low

Dr Stewart Bruce-Low

Acting Head of Department - Sports

Department of Sport , School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

Dr Bruce-Low teaches across all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate in the Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences subject area. As a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist he has previously and continues to support athletes across a number of different sports including Formula 1, Premier League teams in England and Poland, England Ladies football and rugby squads, GB rugby league, GB orienteering and GB wheelchair rugby and Country Cricket. He continues to undertake research across both exercise and sport areas ensuring impact from the outcomes of the research.

Areas Of Interest

I am always looking for PhD students to continue research opportunities. If you are seriously considering undertaking a PhD and feel you have what it takes to complete one, please get in touch.    Areas to consider but not limited to are:

  • Elite football
  • Exercise to improve wellness 
  • Developing High Performance Teams
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I joined University of East London in 2020 from Southampton Football Club where I was Head of Research and Innovation and prior to that worked in universities in Chester and Southampton. I bring a wealth of both academic and practitioner experience with me to deliver employment ready support and experiences for students and research endeavours.

I have led several sport science laboratory installations that involved designing, project managing and delivering on these multi-million pound projects, ensured they achieved BASES accreditation (professional body for sport science) whilst providing delivery of the highest quality service to students and external clients across a variety of professional sports. I am also personally accredited by BASES and am a Chartered Scientist and a professional member of the Physiological Society.

My research is impact driven and is always trying to answer the questions and needs of those I work with. I have and continue to research across the sport and exercise continuum into areas such as elite football, investigating exercise as a tool for making communities more physically healthy across the lifecycle and using high performance models to develop sporting success in African refugees. I supervise PhD students (I have 5 completions) and am currently working with Southampton FC and St Mary's University investigating the effects of cryotherapy on elite premier league players.  I am also an expert reviewer for the Journal of Experimental Physiology, Applied Ergonomics, Industrial Health, Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, European Journal of Applied Physiology and Applied Ergonomics.

I continue to also develop myself in the area of leadership having undertaken the University of London’s Outstanding Leadership Programme.


Most Recent Research

  • Cryotherapy in elite professional soccer players. Project working with Southampton FC

Previous Research

  • Hamstring injury approaches in sports medicine and science teams working in elite professional soccer.

As an applied 'pracademic' who is currently research active I am always looking for PhD students/Prof Docs to continue research opportunities. If you are seriously considering undertaking your PhD and feel you have what it takes to complete one, please get in touch.    

Areas to consider but not limited to are:

  • Elite football
  • Exercise to improve wellness 
  • Developing High Performance Teams / Leadership in High Performance


Most recent publication

  • Buckthorpe M, Wright S, Bruce-Low S, Nanni G, Sturdy T, Gross AS, Bowen L, Styles B, Della Villa S, Davison M, Gimpel M (2019) Recommendations for hamstring injury prevention in elite football: Translating research into practice. Br J Sports Med. 53 (7); 449-456. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099616

Previous publications

  • Bowen, L., Gross, A.S., Gimpel, M., Bruce-Low., S., & Li, F-X. (2019). Spikes in acute:chronic workload ratio (ACWR) associated with a 5-7 times greater injury rate in English Premier League football players: a comprehensive 3-year study. Br J Sports Med. 0: 1-9. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099422
  • Light N., Gimpel M, Sparks S, Bowen B, Bruce-Low S & Hughes-Jones Z (2018) Associations between Adductor Strength; Flexibility and Self-Reported Symptoms in Elite Professional Footballers: A case series. Science and Medicine in Football. 3 (2); 89-94. DOI: 10.1080/24733938.2018.1501159
  • Wright J, Bruce-Low S, Jobson SA (2018). The 3-minute all-out cycling test is sensitive to changes in cadence using the Lode Excalibur Sport Ergometer. Journal of Sports Sciences. 37 (2); 156-162. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1487115.


  • Grants and Enterprise (Internal) - £144,000 awarded
  • Grants and Revenue Streams (External) - £352,913 awarded (E.g., Wellcome Trust, Biomedical Research Centre, Southampton Public Health, Backcare)


BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Study the role of physiology, psychology and nutrition in human performance; receive the education of a multi-disciplinary sports scientist.

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MSc Applied Sport And Exercise Physiology

Train to work as an applied sport and exercise physiologist; learn the theoretical knowledge as well as the key practical skills.

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  • Exercise Physiology / Inter and multidisciplinary approaches to working
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation
  • Leadership in elite environments