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Sport and Exercise Sciences

Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin


Dr Dan Martin (Post-Doctoral Researcher) is a research member of staff after completing his PhD at the university, where his research focused on nutrition and behaviour change in pro/elite sport, and specifically within the school's jockey research group. His research in this area was awarded with the SENr Professor Clyde Williams OBE Award for Research and Innovation in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Dan's research focused on the co-development, implementation, and evaluation of a systemic industry-wide nutrition behaviour change strategy. His post-doctoral work aims to continue this model of research further within the sport.

Alongside his research role, Dan holds applied roles as a Performance Nutrition Consultant. He works with the Professional Jockeys Association where much of his work focuses on working with jockey athletes directly and the various organisations within the sport. Following his research and impact in racing he also works with the British Olympic Equestrian team in their preparations for the Tokyo and Paris games. Away from equine sports he is the nutritionist for an EFL Championship football club and a Formula One race team.


Liverpool John Moores University, U.K., PhD
Leeds Beckett University, UK, MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition
University of Huddersfield, UK, PGCE (Further and Higher Education)
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, BSc(hons) Sport

Academic appointments

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
PhD Researcher, Liverpool John Moores Univeristy, 2015 - 2019
Head of Higher Education (Sport), Univeristy Centre Wakefield, 2014 - 2015
Lecturer of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leeds City College, 2010 - 2014


Journal article

Wilson G, Close G, Morton J, Martin D. 2020. GB Apprentice Jockeys Do Not Have the Body Composition to Make Current Minimum Race Weights: Is It Time to Change the Weights or Change the Jockeys? International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, DOI Author Url Public Url

Wilson G, Martin D, Morton JP, Close GL. 2018. Male Flat Jockeys Do Not Display Deteriorations in Bone Density or Resting Metabolic Rate in Accordance With Race Riding Experience: Implications for RED-S. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab, :1-18 DOI Author Url Public Url

Murphy R, Martin D, Wilson G, Close G, Morton J. 2017. Race-Day Catering in Professional Horseracing: Does Current Provision Facilitate Weight Management and Riding Performance?. EC Nutrition, 12 :3-17 Publisher Url Public Url

Martin D. 2017. A nutritionist and an educator in professional horseracing: using reflection to create ‘My process’ Reflective Practice, 18 :589-599 DOI

Martin D, Wilson G, Morton J, Close G, Murphy R. 2017. The horseracing industry’s perception of nutritional and weight-making practices of professional jockeys Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, :568-582 DOI Public Url



Engagement & Impact

Research Grants Awarded:

The Racing Foundation, An Education and Support Intervention for Racehorse Trainers to Improve Jockey and Stable Staff Welfare and Embed Athletic Lifestyle and Culture, Grant value (£): 185,000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2018

Conference presentation:

The Perception of the Horseracing Industry on Nutritional and Weight-making Practices of Professional Jockeys, European College of Sports Sciences, Essen, Germany, Oral presentation. 2017

Weight-making in Professional Jockeys, World Arabian Horseracing Conference, Rome, Italy, Oral presentation. 2016