Dr Carl Langan-Evans

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Carl Langan-Evans is the Programme Leader for the MSc in Strength & Conditioning 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 former post doctoral research was funded by the sport nutrition company Science in Sport (SiS) and was specifically focused on examining the formulation and modulation of ergogenic nutritional aids for elite sport performance. Additionally, Carl is an accredited strength & conditioning coach with the UKSCA, a practitioner recognised by the Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), qualified sports therapist and completed a master of research (MRes) in sport physiology also at LJMU. Previously, Carl also worked as a strength & conditioning coach for the English Institute of Sport (EIS). Carl 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.

Degrees

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

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Strength & Conditioning Coaching, Sport & Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present

Postgraduate training

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

Journal article

McHaffie SJ, Langan-Evans C, Morehen JC, Strauss JA, Areta JL, Rosimus C, Evans M, Elliott-Sale KJ, Cronin CJ, Morton JP. 2022. Normalising the conversation: A qualitative analysis of player and stakeholder perceptions of menstrual health support within elite female soccer. Science & medicine in football, DOI Author Url

Armstrong R, Baltzopoulos V, Langan-Evans C, Clark DR, Jarvis JC, Stewart CE, O'Brien TD. 2022. An investigation of movement dynamics and muscle activity during traditional and accentuated-eccentric squatting. PLoS One, 17 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Langan-Evans C, Hearris MA, Gallagher C, Long S, Thomas C, Moss AD, Cheung W, Howatson G, Morton JP. 2022. Nutritional Modulation of Sleep Latency, Duration, and Efficiency: A Randomised, Repeated-Measures, Double-Blind Deception Study. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, DOI Author Url

Taylor HL, Garabello G, Pugh JN, Morton JP, Langan-Evans C, Louis J, Borgersen R, Areta JL. 2022. Patterns of energy availability of free-living athletes display day-to-day variability that is not reflected in laboratory-based protocols: Insights from elite male road cyclists Journal of Sports Sciences, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McHaffie SJ, Langan-Evans C, Morehen JC, Strauss JA, Areta JL, Rosimus C, Evans M, Elliott-Sale KJ, Cronin CJ, Morton JP. 2022. Carbohydrate fear, skinfold targets and body image issues: A qualitative analysis of player and stakeholder perceptions of the nutrition culture within elite female soccer. Science and Medicine in Football, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hearris MA, Pugh JN, Langan-Evans C, Mann SJ, Burke L, Stellingwerff T, Gonzalez JT, Morton JP. 2022. 13C-glucose-fructose labelling reveals comparable exogenous CHO oxidation during exercise when consuming 120 g/h in fluid, gel, jelly chew or co-ingestion Journal of applied physiology, 132 :1394-1406 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Foo WL, Harrison JD, Mhizha FT, Langan-Evans C, Morton JP, Pugh JN, Areta JL. 2022. A short-term low fibre diet reduces body mass in healthy young men: implications for weight sensitive sports International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, :1-9 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kasper AM, O'Donnell A, Langan-Evans C, Jones A, Lindsay A, Murray A, Close GL. 2022. Assessment of activity energy expenditure during competitive golf: The effects of bag carrying, electric or manual trolleys European Journal of Sport Science, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Armstrong R, Baltzopoulos V, Langan-Evans C, Clark DR, Jarvis JC, Stewart CE, O'Brien TD. 2022. Determining concentric and eccentric force-velocity profiles during squatting European Journal of Applied Physiology, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Smith KA, Naughton RJ, Langan-Evans C, Lewis K. 2022. “Horrible—But Worth It”: Exploring Weight Cutting Practices, Eating Behaviors, and Experiences of Competitive Female Taekwon-Do Athletes. A Mixed Methods Study Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, :1-15 DOI Publisher Url

Langan-Evans C, Cronin C, Hearris MA, Elliott-Sale KJ, Morton JP. 2022. Perceptions of Current Issues in Female Sport Nutrition From Elite Athletes, Practitioners, and Researchers Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 30 :133-143 DOI Publisher Url

Morehen JC, Langan-Evans C, Hall ECR, Close GL, Morton JP. 2021. A 5-Year Analysis of Weight Cycling Practices in a Male World Champion Professional Boxer: Potential Implications for Obesity and Cardiometabolic Disease International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Robinson N, McQuilliam S, Donovan TF, Langan-Evans C, Whitehead AE. 2021. The Current Landscape of Youth Multi-Sport Training; Athlete and Parent Insight Data. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Langan-Evans C, Reale R, Sullivan J, Martin D. 2021. Nutritional Considerations for Female Athletes in Weight Category Sports European Journal of Sport Science, 22 :720-732 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kirk C, Langan-Evans C, Clark DR, Morton JP. 2021. Quantification of training load distribution in mixed martial arts athletes: A lack of periodisation and load management. PLoS One, 16 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Burke LM, Slater GJ, Matthews JJ, Langan-Evans C, Horswill CA. 2021. ACSM Expert Consensus Statement on Weight Loss in Weight-Category Sports Current Sports Medicine Reports, 20 :199-217 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kasper AM, Langan-Evans C, Hudson JF, Brownlee TE, Harper LD, Naughton RJ, Morton JP, Close GL. 2021. Come Back Skinfolds, All Is Forgiven: A Narrative Review of the Efficacy of Common Body Composition Methods in Applied Sports Practice Nutrients, 13 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kirk C, Langan-Evans C, Morton JP. 2021. Worth the weight? Post weigh-in rapid weight gain is not related to winning or losing in professional mixed martial arts (vol 30, pg 357, 2020) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORT NUTRITION AND EXERCISE METABOLISM, 31 :206-206 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

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 & Science in Sports & Exercise, DOI Author Url Publisher 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 Publisher Url Public Url

Kirk C, Langan-Evans C, Morton JP. 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, 30 :357-361 DOI Author Url Publisher 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 D, Langan-Evans C, Erskine R. 2022. Here’s why you don’t need to feel sore after a workout to know it’s worked Publisher Url

Clark D, Langan-Evans C, Erskine R. 2020. Supersets save time in the gym – which may help you reach fitness goals faster Publisher Url

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

Chapters

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

Thesis/Dissertation

Langan-Evans C. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF MAKING WEIGHT IN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL TAEKWONDO ATHLETES Morton J, Close G. Public Url

Membership of professional bodies:

Practitioner Registrant, Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), https://www.bda.uk.com/senr-sport-and-exercise-nutrition-register/registrant-directory.html. 2021

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

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

Fellowships:

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

Industrial connections:

English Institute of Sport, Strength & Conditioning Coach. 2013

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.

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