Dr Carl Langan-Evans

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Carl Langan-Evans is currently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and the former Head of Sport Science Support Services/ Strength & Conditioning at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). As a former elite athlete in the sport of Taekwondo, Carl was originally involved with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences via the LJMU Sport Scholarship programme from 2004 until 2008. During this time, Carl received a number of support services in the areas of strength & conditioning, physiology, psychology and nutrition to aid his competitive goals and this ultimately led to him becoming interested in working within the discipline. Continuing his affiliation with the School, Carl completed his PhD in applied sport physiology and nutrition with a mixed method approach undertaking five qualitative and quantitative, laboratory and field based investigations jointly examining and intervening in making weight strategies for combat sport athletes. Carl’s current post doctoral research is funded by the sport nutrition company Science in Sport (SiS) and is specifically focused on examining the formulation and modulation of ergogenic nutritional aids for combat sport performance. Additionally, Carl is an accredited strength & conditioning coach with the UKSCA, qualified sports therapist and completed a master of research (MRes) in sport physiology also at LJMU. Carl further supports the School in teaching on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, inclusive of those in strength & conditioning, sports nutrition and applied physiology. Alongside his university role, Carl consults with a number of professional and Olympic combat sports athletes inclusive of those in the UFC, Bellator, Cage Warriors mixed martial arts promotions, boxing and taekwondo.


2018, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), Applied Sport Physiology and Nutrition
2011, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Master of Research (MRes) Exercise Physiology
2008, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Business Studies

Postgraduate training

Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Great Britain, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present

Journal article

Langan-Evans C, Germaine M, Artukovic M, Oxborough DL, Areta JL, Close GL, Morton JP. 2020. The Psychological and Physiological Consequences of Low Energy Availability in a Male Combat Sport Athlete. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, DOI Author Url Public Url

Kirk C, Clark DR, Langan-Evans C, Morton JP. 2020. The physical demands of mixed martial arts: A narrative review using the ARMSS model to provide a hierarchy of evidence JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, DOI Author Url Public Url

Kirk C, Langan-Evans C, Morton J. 2020. Worth the weight?: Post weigh-in rapid weight gain is not related to winning or losing in professional mixed martial arts International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, DOI Author Url Public Url

Pugh JN, Sparks AS, Doran DA, Fleming SC, Langan-Evans C, Kirk B, Fearn R, Morton JP, Close GL. 2019. Four weeks of probiotic supplementation reduces GI symptoms during a marathon race European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119 :1491-1501 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brotherton EJ, Moseley SE, Langan-Evans C, Pullinger SA, Robertson CM, Burniston JG, Edwards BJ. 2019. Effects of two nights partial sleep deprivation on an evening submaximal weightlifting performance; are 1 h powernaps useful on the day of competition? Chronobiology International: the journal of biological and medical rhythm research, 36 :407-426 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kasper AM, Crighton B, Langan-Evans C, Riley P, Sharma A, Close GL, Morton JP. 2018. Case Study: Extreme Weight Making Causes Relative Energy Deficiency, Dehydration and Acute Kidney Injury in a Male Mixed Martial Arts Athlete. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, :1-20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Impey SG, Hammond KM, Naughton R, Langan-Evans C, Shepherd SO, Sharples AP, Cegielski J, Smith K, Jeromson S, Hamilton DL, Close GL, Morton JP. 2018. Whey Protein Augments Leucinemia and Post-Exercise p70S6K1 Activity Compared to a Hydrolysed Collagen Blend When in Recovery From Training With Low Carbohydrate Availability International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 0 :1-26 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kasper AM, Cocking S, Cockayne M, Barnard M, Tench J, Parker L, McAndrew J, Langan-Evans C, Close GL, Morton JP. 2016. Carbohydrate mouth rinse and caffeine improves high-intensity interval running capacity when carbohydrate restricted EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE, 16 :560-568 DOI Author Url

Wilson G, Pritchard PP, Papageorgiou C, Phillips S, Kumar P, Langan-Evans C, Routledge H, Owens DJ, Morton JP, Close GL. 2015. Fasted Exercise and Increased Dietary Protein Reduces Body Fat and Improves Strength in Jockeys INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 36 :1008-1014 DOI Author Url

Langan-Evans C, Close GL, Morton JP. 2011. Making Weight in Combat Sports STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING JOURNAL, 33 :25-39 DOI Author Url

Internet publication

Clark DR, Langan-Evans C, Erskine R. 2020. Resistance training: here’s why it’s so effective for weight loss Author Url

Conference publication

Alowaish OR, Langan-Evans C, Shepherd S, Morton J. 2020. BOX-HIT IS PERCEIVED MORE ENJOYABLE AND AS PHYSIOLOGICALLY DEMANDING AS RUN-CONT AND HIT-RUN MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, American-College-of-Sports-Medicine (ACSM) Virtual Conference 52 :283-283 Author Url

White A, Sargeant A, Parry S, Morgan C, Molphy J, Langan-Evans C, Impey S, Flower D, Crighton B, Cable NT, Hulton A. 2011. Metabolic and thermal responses to combined hypoxic and thermal challenge European College of Sport Science

Crighton B, Flower D, Impey S, Langan-Evans C, Molphy J, Morgan C, Parry S, Sargeant A, White A, Cable NT, Hulton A. 2011. Cardiorespiratory and thermal responses to combined hypoxic and thermal challenge


Langan-Evans C, Close G, Morton J. 2018. Body Composition Performance Assessment in Strength and Conditioning :240-274 Routledge 9781351839044




Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy. 2015

Industrial connections:

English Institute of Sport, Strength & Conditioning Coach. 2013

Membership of professional bodies:

Level 4 Diploma Sports Therpies (IIST), International Institute of Sports Therapy. 2012

Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC), United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA). 2010

Media Coverage:

http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/NewsUpdate/viewarticle/1102/, CBBC Turbo Boost.

http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/NewsUpdate/viewarticle/1122/, LJMU Internal (S&C Internship).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b049xvwq, BBC 5 Live - Commonwealth Games Victoria Pendleton Challenge.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/40911897, BBC Sport - How Mo Can You Go 11.3 million views 40,000+ interactions.

https://www.facebook.com/BBCSport/videos/bold-move-trying-to-match/1609762772444083/, BBC Sport - Anthony Joshua Challenge 2.1 million views 3,600+ interactions.