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Dr Rob Erskine

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Faculty of Science

Dr Rob Erskine is a Reader in Neuromuscular Physiology and has ongoing research projects in the following areas:
(i) Applied neuromuscular and tendon physiology;
(ii) The effect of maturation on performance and injury risk in youth athletes;
(iii) The impact of genetic variation on human physical performance and injury risk.

Languages

Norwegian
German

Degrees

2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert FHEA
2009, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, PhD
2004, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway, Candidatus Scientiarum (Norwegian MSc; Distinction)
1999, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Human Biology & German

Academic appointments

Honorary Associate Professor, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, University College London, 2022 - 2025
Reader in Neuromuscular Physiology, School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Programme Leader MSc Strength and Conditioning, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017 - 2021
Honorary Senior Research Associate, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, University College London, 2016 - 2022
Honorary Research Associate, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, University College London, 2013 - 2016
Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - 2018
Research Associate, Department of Exercise & Sport Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2011 - 2012
Research Associate, School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, 2010 - 2011

Highlighted publications

Murtagh CF, Hall ECR, Brownlee TE, Drust B, Williams AG, Erskine RM. 2023. The Genetic Association with Athlete Status, Physical Performance, and Injury Risk in Soccer. Int J Sports Med, 44 :941-960 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lee J, Tang JCY, Dutton J, Dunn R, Fraser WD, Enright K, Clark DR, Stewart CE, Erskine RM. 2023. The Collagen Synthesis Response to an Acute Bout of Resistance Exercise Is Greater when Ingesting 30 g Hydrolyzed Collagen Compared with 15 g and 0 g in Resistance-Trained Young Men. J Nutr, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lee J, Bridge JE, Clark DR, Stewart CE, Erskine RM. 2023. Collagen supplementation augments changes in patellar tendon properties in female soccer players. Front Physiol, 14 :1089971 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Baumert P, Cocks M, Strauss JA, Shepherd SO, Drust B, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Erskine RM. 2022. Polygenic mechanisms underpinning the response to exercise-induced muscle damage in humans: In vivo and in vitro evidence. J Cell Physiol, 237 :2862-2876 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hall ECR, Larruskain J, Gil SM, Lekue JA, Baumert P, Rienzi E, Moreno S, Tannure M, Murtagh CF, Ade JD, Squires P, Orme P, Anderson L, Whitworth-Turner CM, Morton JP, Drust B, Williams AG, Erskine RM. 2022. Injury risk is greater in physically mature versus biologically younger male soccer players from academies in different countries. Phys Ther Sport, 55 :111-118 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hall ECR, Baumert P, Larruskain J, Gil SM, Lekue JA, Rienzi E, Moreno S, Tannure M, Murtagh CF, Ade JD, Squires P, Orme P, Anderson L, Brownlee TE, Whitworth-Turner CM, Morton JP, Drust B, Williams AG, Erskine RM. 2022. The genetic association with injury risk in male academy soccer players depends on maturity status. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 32 :338-350 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Baumert P, Temple S, Stanley JM, Cocks M, Strauss JA, Shepherd SO, Drust B, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Erskine RM. 2021. Neuromuscular fatigue and recovery after strenuous exercise depends on skeletal muscle size and stem cell characteristics. Sci Rep, 11 :7733 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Murtagh CF, Brownlee TE, Rienzi E, Roquero S, Moreno S, Huertas G, Lugioratto G, Baumert P, Turner DC, Lee D, Dickinson P, Lyon KA, Sheikhsaraf B, Biyik B, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Massey A, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2020. The genetic profile of elite youth soccer players and its association with power and speed depends on maturity status. PLoS One, 15 :e0234458 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Baumert P, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2016. Genetic variation and exercise-induced muscle damage: implications for athletic performance, injury and ageing. Eur J Appl Physiol, 116 :1595-1625 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Bontemps B, Gruet M, Louis J, Owens DJ, Miríc S, Vercruyssen F, Erskine RM. 2024. Patellar Tendon Adaptations to Downhill Running Training and Their Relationships With Changes in Mechanical Stress and Loading History. J Strength Cond Res, 38 :21-29 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Murtagh CF, Hall ECR, Brownlee TE, Drust B, Williams AG, Erskine RM. 2023. The Genetic Association with Athlete Status, Physical Performance, and Injury Risk in Soccer. Int J Sports Med, 44 :941-960 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lee J, Tang JCY, Dutton J, Dunn R, Fraser WD, Enright K, Clark DR, Stewart CE, Erskine RM. 2023. The Collagen Synthesis Response to an Acute Bout of Resistance Exercise Is Greater when Ingesting 30 g Hydrolyzed Collagen Compared with 15 g and 0 g in Resistance-Trained Young Men. J Nutr, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Antrobus MR, Brazier J, Callus P, Herbert AJ, Stebbings GK, Day SH, Kilduff LP, Bennett MA, Erskine RM, Raleigh SM, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Heffernan SM, Williams AG. 2023. Concussion-Associated Gene Variant COMT rs4680 Is Associated With Elite Rugby Athlete Status. Clin J Sport Med, 33 :e145-e151 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brazier J, Antrobus MR, Herbert AJ, Callus PC, Khanal P, Stebbings GK, Day SH, Heffernan SM, Kilduff LP, Bennett MA, Erskine RM, Raleigh SM, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2023. Gene variants previously associated with reduced soft-tissue injury risk: Part 2 - Polygenic associations with elite status in Rugby. Eur J Sport Sci, 23 :1779-1788 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hart AS, Erskine RM, Clark DR. 2023. The Use of Physical Characteristics to Explain Variation in Ball-Carrying Capability in Elite Rugby Union: A Narrative Review. J Strength Cond Res, 37 :1718-1727 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hart AS, Erskine RM, Mclaughlin TJ, Clark DR. 2023. Physical Characteristics Explain Ball-Carrying Capability in Sub-Elite Rugby Union Players Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise, 5 :244-253 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

McQuilliam SJ, Clark DR, Erskine RM, Brownlee TE. 2023. Effect of High-Intensity vs. Moderate-Intensity Resistance Training on Strength, Power, and Muscle Soreness in Male Academy Soccer Players. J Strength Cond Res, 37 :1250-1258 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brazier J, Antrobus MR, Herbert AJ, Callus PC, Stebbings GK, Day SH, Heffernan SM, Kilduff LP, Bennett MA, Erskine RM, Raleigh SM, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2023. Gene variants previously associated with reduced soft tissue injury risk: Part 1 - independent associations with elite status in rugby. Eur J Sport Sci, 23 :726-735 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Dines HR, Nixon J, Lockey SJ, Herbert AJ, Kipps C, Pedlar CR, Day SH, Heffernan SM, Antrobus MR, Brazier J, Erskine RM, Stebbings GK, Hall ECR, Williams AG. 2023. Collagen Gene Polymorphisms Previously Associated with Resistance to Soft-Tissue Injury Are More Common in Competitive Runners Than Nonathletes. J Strength Cond Res, 37 :799-805 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McQuilliam S, Clark DR, Erskine R, Brownlee T. 2023. Physical testing and strength and conditioning practices differ between coaches working in academy and first team soccer International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Boidin M, Dawson EA, Thijssen DHJ, Erskine RM. 2023. VEGFA rs2010963 GG genotype is associated with superior adaptations to resistance versus endurance training in the same group of healthy, young men. Mol Genet Genomics, 298 :119-129 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hall ECR, Lockey SJ, Heffernan SM, Herbert AJ, Stebbings GK, Day SH, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Erskine RM, Williams AG. 2023. The PPARGC1A Gly482Ser polymorphism is associated with elite long-distance running performance. J Sports Sci, 41 :56-62 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Lee J, Bridge JE, Clark DR, Stewart CE, Erskine RM. 2023. Collagen supplementation augments changes in patellar tendon properties in female soccer players. Front Physiol, 14 :1089971 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McQuilliam SJ, Clark DR, Erskine RM, Brownlee TE. 2022. Mind the gap! A survey comparing current strength training methods used in men's versus women's first team and academy soccer. Sci Med Footb, 6 :597-604 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McQuilliam S, Clark D, Erskine R, Brownlee T. 2022. Global Differences in Current Strength and Conditioning Practice within Soccer International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Baumert P, Cocks M, Strauss JA, Shepherd SO, Drust B, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Erskine RM. 2022. Polygenic mechanisms underpinning the response to exercise-induced muscle damage in humans: In vivo and in vitro evidence. J Cell Physiol, 237 :2862-2876 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hall ECR, Larruskain J, Gil SM, Lekue JA, Baumert P, Rienzi E, Moreno S, Tannure M, Murtagh CF, Ade JD, Squires P, Orme P, Anderson L, Whitworth-Turner CM, Morton JP, Drust B, Williams AG, Erskine RM. 2022. Playing Position and the Injury Incidence Rate in Male Academy Soccer Players. J Athl Train, 57 :696-703 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Antrobus MR, Brazier J, Callus PC, Herbert AJ, Stebbings GK, Khanal P, Day SH, Kilduff LP, Bennett MA, Erskine RM, Raleigh SM, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Heffernan SM, Williams AG. 2022. Concussion-Associated Polygenic Profiles of Elite Male Rugby Athletes. Genes (Basel), 13 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hall ECR, Larruskain J, Gil SM, Lekue JA, Baumert P, Rienzi E, Moreno S, Tannure M, Murtagh CF, Ade JD, Squires P, Orme P, Anderson L, Whitworth-Turner CM, Morton JP, Drust B, Williams AG, Erskine RM. 2022. Injury risk is greater in physically mature versus biologically younger male soccer players from academies in different countries. Phys Ther Sport, 55 :111-118 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Page J, Erskine RM, Hopkins ND. 2022. Skeletal muscle properties and vascular function do not differ between healthy, young vegan and omnivorous men. Eur J Sport Sci, 22 :559-568 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bontemps B, Gruet M, Louis J, Owens DJ, Miríc S, Erskine RM, Vercruyssen F. 2022. The time course of different neuromuscular adaptations to short-term downhill running training and their specific relationships with strength gains. Eur J Appl Physiol, 122 :1071-1084 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hall ECR, Baumert P, Larruskain J, Gil SM, Lekue JA, Rienzi E, Moreno S, Tannure M, Murtagh CF, Ade JD, Squires P, Orme P, Anderson L, Brownlee TE, Whitworth-Turner CM, Morton JP, Drust B, Williams AG, Erskine RM. 2022. The genetic association with injury risk in male academy soccer players depends on maturity status. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 32 :338-350 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Herbert AJ, Williams AG, Lockey SJ, Erskine RM, Sale C, Hennis PJ, Day SH, Stebbings GK. 2022. Bone mineral density in high-level endurance runners: Part B-genotype-dependent characteristics. Eur J Appl Physiol, 122 :71-80 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Arntz F, Mkaouer B, Markov A, Schoenfeld BJ, Moran J, Ramirez-Campillo R, Behrens M, Baumert P, Erskine RM, Hauser L, Chaabene H. 2022. Effect of Plyometric Jump Training on Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy in Healthy Individuals: A Systematic Review With Multilevel Meta-Analysis. Front Physiol, 13 :888464 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Herbert AJ, Williams AG, Lockey SJ, Erskine RM, Sale C, Hennis PJ, Day SH, Stebbings GK. 2021. Bone mineral density in high-level endurance runners: part A-site-specific characteristics. Eur J Appl Physiol, 121 :3437-3445 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hall ECR, Almeida SS, Heffernan SM, Lockey SJ, Herbert AJ, Callus P, Day SH, Pedlar CR, Kipps C, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Bennett MA, Kilduff LP, Stebbings GK, Erskine RM, Williams AG. 2021. Genetic Polymorphisms Related to VO2max Adaptation Are Associated With Elite Rugby Union Status and Competitive Marathon Performance. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 16 :1858-1864 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Dawson EA, Sheikhsaraf B, Boidin M, Erskine RM, Thijssen DHJ. 2021. Intra-individual differences in the effect of endurance versus resistance training on vascular function: A cross-over study. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 31 :1683-1692 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Boidin M, Erskine RM, Thijssen DHJ, Dawson EA. 2021. Exercise modality, but not exercise training, alters the acute effect of exercise on endothelial function in healthy men. J Appl Physiol (1985), 130 :1716-1723 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Pappachan JM, Sanderson-Gillard E, Onambélé-Pearson GL. 2021. The combined effects of obesity and ageing on skeletal muscle function and tendon properties in vivo in men. Endocrine, 72 :411-422 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Baumert P, Temple S, Stanley JM, Cocks M, Strauss JA, Shepherd SO, Drust B, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Erskine RM. 2021. Neuromuscular fatigue and recovery after strenuous exercise depends on skeletal muscle size and stem cell characteristics. Sci Rep, 11 :7733 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Buffey AJ, Onambélé-Pearson GL, Erskine RM, Tomlinson DJ. 2021. The validity and reliability of the Achilles tendon moment arm assessed with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, relative to MRI and ultrasound assessments. J Biomech, 116 :110204 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Antrobus MR, Brazier J, Stebbings GK, Day SH, Heffernan SM, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Williams AG. 2021. Genetic Factors That Could Affect Concussion Risk in Elite Rugby. Sports (Basel), 9 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Turner DC, Gorski PP, Maasar MF, Seaborne RA, Baumert P, Brown AD, Kitchen MO, Erskine RM, Dos-Remedios I, Voisin S, Eynon N, Sultanov RI, Borisov OV, Larin AK, Semenova EA, Popov DV, Generozov EV, Stewart CE, Drust B, Owens DJ, Ahmetov II, Sharples AP. 2020. DNA methylation across the genome in aged human skeletal muscle tissue and muscle-derived cells: the role of HOX genes and physical activity. Sci Rep, 10 :15360 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Morehen JC, Clarke J, Batsford J, Highton J, Erskine RM, Morton JP, Close GL. 2020. Development of anthropometric characteristics in professional Rugby League players: Is there too much emphasis on the pre-season period? Eur J Sport Sci, 20 :1013-1022 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McQuilliam SJ, Clark DR, Erskine RM, Brownlee TE. 2020. Free-Weight Resistance Training in Youth Athletes: A Narrative Review. Sports Med, 50 :1567-1580 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ab Malik Z, Bowden Davies KA, Hall ECR, Barrett J, Pullinger SA, Erskine RM, Shepherd SO, Iqbal Z, Edwards BJ, Burniston JG. 2020. Diurnal Differences in Human Muscle Isometric Force In Vivo Are Associated with Differential Phosphorylation of Sarcomeric M-Band Proteins. Proteomes, 8 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Routledge HE, Graham S, Di Michele R, Burgess D, Erskine RM, Close GL, Morton JP. 2020. Training Load and Carbohydrate Periodization Practices of Elite Male Australian Football Players: Evidence of Fueling for the Work Required. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab, 30 :280-286 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hall ECR, Larruskain J, Gil SM, Lekue JA, Baumert P, Rienzi E, Moreno S, Tannure M, Murtagh CF, Ade JD, Squires P, Orme P, Anderson L, Whitworth-Turner CM, Morton JP, Drust B, Williams AG, Erskine RM. 2020. An injury audit in high-level male youth soccer players from English, Spanish, Uruguayan and Brazilian academies. Phys Ther Sport, 44 :53-60 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brazier J, Antrobus M, Stebbings GK, Day SH, Callus P, Erskine RM, Bennett MA, Kilduff LP, Williams AG. 2020. Anthropometric and Physiological Characteristics of Elite Male Rugby Athletes. J Strength Cond Res, 34 :1790-1801 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Murtagh CF, Brownlee TE, Rienzi E, Roquero S, Moreno S, Huertas G, Lugioratto G, Baumert P, Turner DC, Lee D, Dickinson P, Lyon KA, Sheikhsaraf B, Biyik B, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Massey A, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2020. The genetic profile of elite youth soccer players and its association with power and speed depends on maturity status. PLoS One, 15 :e0234458 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Routledge HE, Bradley WJ, Shepherd SO, Cocks M, Erskine RM, Close GL, Morton JP. 2019. Ultrasound Does Not Detect Acute Changes in Glycogen in Vastus Lateralis of Man. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 51 :2286-2293 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Grishina EE, Zmijewski P, Semenova EA, Cięszczyk P, Humińska-Lisowska K, Michałowska-Sawczyn M, Maculewicz E, Crewther B, Orysiak J, Kostryukova ES, Kulemin NA, Borisov OV, Khabibova SA, Larin AK, Pavlenko AV, Lyubaeva EV, Popov DV, Lysenko EA, Vepkhvadze TF, Lednev EM, Bondareva EA, Erskine RM, Generozov EV, Ahmetov II. 2019. Three DNA Polymorphisms Previously Identified as Markers for Handgrip Strength Are Associated With Strength in Weightlifters and Muscle Fiber Hypertrophy. J Strength Cond Res, 33 :2602-2607 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Murtagh CF, Naughton RJ, McRobert AP, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2019. A Coding System to Quantify Powerful Actions in Soccer Match Play: A Pilot Study. Res Q Exerc Sport, 90 :234-243 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Onambélé GL. 2019. Body Fat Percentage, Body Mass Index, Fat Mass Index and the Ageing Bone: Their Singular and Combined Roles Linked to Physical Activity and Diet. Nutrients, 11 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Routledge HE, Leckey JJ, Lee MJ, Garnham A, Graham S, Burgess D, Burke LM, Erskine RM, Close GL, Morton JP. 2019. Muscle Glycogen Utilization During an Australian Rules Football Game. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 14 :122-124 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Herbert AJ, Williams AG, Hennis PJ, Erskine RM, Sale C, Day SH, Stebbings GK. 2019. The interactions of physical activity, exercise and genetics and their associations with bone mineral density: implications for injury risk in elite athletes. Eur J Appl Physiol, 119 :29-47 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Onambélé GL. 2018. Impact of Above-Average Proanabolic Nutrients Is Overridden by High Protein and Energy Intake in the Muscle-Tendon Unit Characteristics of Middle- to Older-Aged Adults. J Nutr, 148 :1776-1785 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Baumert P, G-REX Consortium , Stewart CE, Lake MJ, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2018. Variations of collagen-encoding genes are associated with exercise-induced muscle damage. Physiol Genomics, 50 :691-693 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Murtagh CF, Stubbs M, Vanrenterghem J, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2018. Patellar tendon properties distinguish elite from non-elite soccer players and are related to peak horizontal but not vertical power. Eur J Appl Physiol, 118 :1737-1749 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Murtagh CF, Nulty C, Vanrenterghem J, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2018. The Neuromuscular Determinants of Unilateral Jump Performance in Soccer Players Are Direction-Specific. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 13 :604-611 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Baumert P, G-REX Consortium , Lake MJ, Drust B, Stewart CE, Erskine RM. 2018. TRIM63 (MuRF-1) gene polymorphism is associated with biomarkers of exercise-induced muscle damage. Physiol Genomics, 50 :142-143 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brownlee T, Murtagh C, Naughton R, Whitworth-Turner C, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Morton JP, Erskine RM, Drust B. 2018. Isometric maximal voluntary force evaluated using an isometric mid-thigh pull differentiates English Premier League youth soccer players from a maturity-matched control group Science and Medicine in Football, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Murtagh CF, Brownlee TE, OʼBoyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2018. Importance of Speed and Power in Elite Youth Soccer Depends on Maturation Status. J Strength Cond Res, 32 :297-303 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Stebbings GK, Williams AG, Herbert AJ, Lockey SJ, Heffernan SM, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Day SH. 2018. TTN genotype is associated with fascicle length and marathon running performance. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 28 :400-406 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brownlee T, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Morton JP, Erskine RM, Drust B. 2018. Training duration may not be a predisposing factor in potential maladaptations in talent development programmes that promote early specialisation in elite youth soccer International journal of Sports Science and Coaching, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Papadimitriou ID, Lockey SJ, Voisin S, Herbert AJ, Garton F, Houweling PJ, Cieszczyk P, Maciejewska-Skrendo A, Sawczuk M, Massidda M, Calò CM, Astratenkova IV, Kouvatsi A, Druzhevskaya AM, Jacques M, Ahmetov II, Stebbings GK, Heffernan S, Day SH, Erskine R, Pedlar C, Kipps C, North KN, Williams AG, Eynon N. 2018. No association between ACTN3 R577X and ACE I/D polymorphisms and endurance running times in 698 Caucasian athletes. BMC Genomics, 19 :13 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Heffernan SM, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Day SH, Stebbings GK, Cook CJ, Raleigh SM, Bennett MA, Wang G, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2017. COL5A1 gene variants previously associated with reduced soft tissue injury risk are associated with elite athlete status in rugby. BMC Genomics, 18 :820 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Murtagh CF, Vanrenterghem J, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2017. Unilateral jumps in different directions: a novel assessment of soccer-associated power? J Sci Med Sport, 20 :1018-1023 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Heffernan SM, Stebbings GK, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Day SH, Morse CI, McPhee JS, Cook CJ, Vance B, Ribbans WJ, Raleigh SM, Roberts C, Bennett MA, Wang G, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2017. Fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene influences skeletal muscle phenotypes in non-resistance trained males and elite rugby playing position. BMC Genet, 18 :4 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Erskine RM, Tomlinson DJ, Morse CI, Winwood K, Hampson P, Lord JM, Onambélé GL. 2017. The individual and combined effects of obesity- and ageing-induced systemic inflammation on human skeletal muscle properties. Int J Obes (Lond), 41 :102-111 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Baumert P, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2016. Genetic variation and exercise-induced muscle damage: implications for athletic performance, injury and ageing. Eur J Appl Physiol, 116 :1595-1625 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Winwood K, Onambélé-Pearson G. 2016. The impact of obesity on skeletal muscle strength and structure through adolescence to old age. Biogerontology, 17 :467-483 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Pitsiladis YP, Tanaka M, Eynon N, Bouchard C, North KN, Williams AG, Collins M, Moran CN, Britton SL, Fuku N, Ashley EA, Klissouras V, Lucia A, Ahmetov II, de Geus E, Alsayrafi M, Athlome Project Consortium . 2016. Athlome Project Consortium: a concerted effort to discover genomic and other "omic" markers of athletic performance. Physiol Genomics, 48 :183-190 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Heffernan SM, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Day SH, McPhee JS, McMahon GE, Stebbings GK, Neale JPH, Lockey SJ, Ribbans WJ, Cook CJ, Vance B, Raleigh SM, Roberts C, Bennett MA, Wang G, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2016. Association of ACTN3 R577X but not ACE I/D gene variants with elite rugby union player status and playing position. Physiol Genomics, 48 :196-201 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Buckthorpe M, Erskine RM, Fletcher G, Folland JP. 2015. Task-specific neural adaptations to isoinertial resistance training. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 25 :640-649 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Winwood K, Morse CI, Onambélé GL. 2014. The impact of obesity on skeletal muscle architecture in untrained young vs. old women. Journal of anatomy, 225 :675-684 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Erskine RM, Williams AG, Jones DA, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2014. The individual and combined influence of ACE and ACTN3 genotypes on muscle phenotypes before and after strength training. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 24 :642-648 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Williams AG, Day SH, Lockey SJ, Heffernan SM, Erskine RM. 2014. Genomics as a practical tool in sport - have we reached the starting line? Cellular and Molecular Exercise Physiology, 3 Publisher Url Public Url

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Winwood K, Morse CI, Onambélé GL. 2014. Obesity decreases both whole muscle and fascicle strength in young females but only exacerbates the aging-related whole muscle level asthenia. Physiol Rep, 2 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Erskine RM, Fletcher G, Folland JP. 2014. The contribution of muscle hypertrophy to strength changes following resistance training. Eur J Appl Physiol, 114 :1239-1249 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Winwood K, Onambélé-Pearson GL. 2014. Combined effects of body composition and ageing on joint torque, muscle activation and co-contraction in sedentary women. Age (Dordr), 36 :9652 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Erskine RM, Morse CI, Day SH, Williams AG, Onambele-Pearson GL. 2014. The human patellar tendon moment arm assessed in vivo using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. J Biomech, 47 :1294-1298 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Li R, Narici MV, Erskine RM, Seynnes OR, Rittweger J, Pišot R, Šimunič B, Flück M. 2013. Costamere remodeling with muscle loading and unloading in healthy young men. J Anat, 223 :525-536 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Erskine RM, Fletcher G, Hanson B, Folland JP. 2012. Whey protein does not enhance the adaptations to elbow flexor resistance training. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 44 :1791-1800 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Erskine RM, Williams AG, Jones DA, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2012. Do PTK2 gene polymorphisms contribute to the interindividual variability in muscle strength and the response to resistance training? A preliminary report. J Appl Physiol (1985), 112 :1329-1334 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Erskine RM, Jones DA, Maffulli N, Williams AG, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2011. What causes in vivo muscle specific tension to increase following resistance training? Exp Physiol, 96 :145-155 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Erskine RM, Jones DA, Williams AG, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2010. Inter-individual variability in the adaptation of human muscle specific tension to progressive resistance training. Eur J Appl Physiol, 110 :1117-1125 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Erskine RM, Jones DA, Williams AG, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2010. Resistance training increases in vivo quadriceps femoris muscle specific tension in young men. Acta Physiol (Oxf), 199 :83-89 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Seynnes OR, Erskine RM, Maganaris CN, Longo S, Simoneau EM, Grosset JF, Narici MV. 2009. Training-induced changes in structural and mechanical properties of the patellar tendon are related to muscle hypertrophy but not to strength gains. J Appl Physiol (1985), 107 :523-530 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Erskine RM, Jones DA, Maganaris CN, Degens H. 2009. In vivo specific tension of the human quadriceps femoris muscle. Eur J Appl Physiol, 106 :827-838 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Degens H, Erskine RM, Morse CI. 2009. Disproportionate changes in skeletal muscle strength and size with resistance training and ageing. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact, 9 :123-129 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McMahon G, Best N, Coulter T, Erskine R. Increased neuromuscular activity, force output and resistance exercise volume when using 5-minute compared to 2-minute rest intervals between sets Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Public Url

Internet publication

Erskine R. 2023. Collagen supplements may help improve the health of your tendons and bones Publisher Url

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

Erskine R, McMahon G. 2022. ‘Training to failure’: debunking claims this popular weightlifting technique is the most effective for building muscle and strength 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

McQuilliam S, Clark D, Erskine R, Brownlee T. 2022. Effect of Six Weeks’ In-season High vs. Moderate-Intensity Resistance Training on Strength, Power and Muscle Soreness in Male Academy Soccer Players European College of Sport Sciences

Lee J, Tang J, Dutton J, Dunn R, Fraser W, Enright K, Clark D, Stewart C, Erskine R. The collagen synthesis response to high-intensity back squat exercise in resistance-trained young men is greater when ingesting 30 g versus 15 g hydrolysed collagen European College of Sport Sciences

Nulty C, Tang J, Dutton J, Dunn R, Fraser W, Enright K, Stewart C, Erskine R. The collagen synthesis response to leg press exercise in resistance-trained middle-aged men is augmented with 15-30 g hydrolysed collagen supplementation European College of Sport Science

Other

Herbert AJ, Williams AG, Lockey SJ, Erskine RM, Sale C, Hennis PJ, Day SH, Stebbings GK. 2022. Correction to: Bone mineral density in high-level endurance runners: part A-site-specific characteristics. Eur J Appl Physiol, 122 :269-271 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Editorial/letter to the editor

Coratella G, Longo S, Ce E, Esposito F. 2019. Commentaries on Viewpoint: Distinct modalities of eccentric exercise: different recipes, not the same dish JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 127 :884-884 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Baumert P, Erskine RM. 2019. THE STRETCH-SHORTENING CYCLE: AN INDEPENDENT ECCENTRIC EXERCISE MODALITY FOR INVESTIGATING THE RESPONSE TO EXERCISE-INDUCED MUSCLE DAMAGE JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 127 :890-890 DOI Author Url

Baumert P, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2016. Inter-individual variability in the response to maximal eccentric exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol, 116 :2055-2056 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Chapters

Erskine R, Degens H. 2019. Muscle Growth, Repair and Preservation: A Mechanistic Approach Bagchi D, Nair S, Sen CK. NUTRITION AND ENHANCED SPORTS PERFORMANCE: MUSCLE BUILDING, ENDURANCE, AND STRENGTH :291-308 Elsevier. London 978-0-12-813922-6 Author Url

Baumert P, Hall EC, Erskine RM. 2019. The genetic association with exercise-induced muscle damage and muscle injury risk Sports, Exercise, and Nutritional Genomics :375-407 Elsevier DOI Publisher Url

Erskine RM, Degens H. 2014. Muscle Growth, Repair and Preservation: A Mechanistic Approach Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance: Muscle Building, Endurance, and Strength :247-263 9780123964540 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Highlighted activities

Research Grants Awarded:

International Olympic Committee, Empowering Female Athletes by Uncovering New Injury Risk Factors and Educating Key Stakeholders to Reduce Injuries, Co-applicants: Dr Philipp Baumert (LJMU); Dr Stephen McQuilliam (LJMU); Prof Susana Gil (University of the Basque Country); Prof Charlie Pedlar (St Mary's University Twickenham); Dr Georgie Bruinvels (St Mary's University Twickenham)., Grant value (£): 65,000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2023

European Commission Erasmus Plus 1951368, Identifying novel injury risk factors in women’s soccer and educating grassroots soccer clubs on how to effectively manage them., Co-applicants: Dr Philipp Baumert (Technical University of Munich); Dr Susana Gil (University of the Basque Country), Dr Charlie Pedlar (St Mary's University, Twickenham), Grant value (£): 52,000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2020

Wellcome Trust, Biomedical Vacation Scholarship: The genetic association with human myoblast migration in vitro, Grant value (£): 2000, Duration of research project: 2 months. 2017

LJMU Fully-funded PhD Studentship, The genetic association with injuries in elite youth soccer players, Co-applicants: Barry Drust (LJMU), James Morton (LJMU) and Alun Williams (MMU), Grant value (£): 61,500, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2016

Liverpool John Moores University, Early Career Research Fellow, Grant value (£): 3,485, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2015

LJMU Fully-funded PhD Studentship, The physiological and genetic factors underpinning the response to muscle damaging exercise, Co-applicants: Prof Claire Stewart, Dr Mark Lake, Prof Barry Drust, Grant value (£): £61,500, Duration of research project: 4 years. 2015

MuscleSound LLC, The validation of a novel ultrasound method of measuring skeletal muscle glycogen content, Co-applicant: Dr James Morton, Grant value (£): £21,095, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2014

Liverpool John Moores University, Early Career Researcher Fellowship Scheme, None, Grant value (£): £1,925, Duration of research project: 7 months. 2013

Fellowships:

Honorary Associate Professor, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London. 2022

Professional activities

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Effects of resistance training with hydrolysed collagen supplementation on changes in muscle-tendon properties in young male and female athletes. 2023

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Global Insights into the Role of Strength Training in Soccer, with Particular Reference to Academy Players. 2022

Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD, The genetic association with maximum strength and power in elite rugby players. 2021

Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD, The genetic association with concussion in rugby. 2021

Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD, The genetic association with soft tissue injuries in rugby. 2021

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Gastrocnemius medialis muscle-tendon properties and their relationship with power and reactive strength in elite youth soccer players. 2021

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Maturation, playing position and genetic variation: injury risk factors in high-level youth soccer. 2019

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Nutritional and training interventions to improve performance in elite rugby league players. 2019

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, The physiological and genetic factors underpinning the response to exercise-induced muscle damage. 2019

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Validation of a novel method to determine muscle glycogen content in vivo. 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD, The genetic association with bone injuries in endurance runners. 2019

Liverpool John Moores Univeristy, MPhil, Is Playerload related to fatigue following different types of repeated maximal sprint exercises in recreationally active young men?. 2017

Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD, The genetic association with elite endurance athlete status. 2017

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, The genetic and physiological underpinnings of soccer-specific power. 2016

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, An analysis of the resistance training practices in elite youth soccer. 2016

Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD, The impact of obesity on skeletal muscle properties. 2014

Manchester Metropolitan University, MSc by Research, Genetic aspects of soccer players in the English Football League. 2013

Research Grants Awarded:

International Olympic Committee, Empowering Female Athletes by Uncovering New Injury Risk Factors and Educating Key Stakeholders to Reduce Injuries, Co-applicants: Dr Philipp Baumert (LJMU); Dr Stephen McQuilliam (LJMU); Prof Susana Gil (University of the Basque Country); Prof Charlie Pedlar (St Mary's University Twickenham); Dr Georgie Bruinvels (St Mary's University Twickenham)., Grant value (£): 65,000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2023

European Commission Erasmus Plus 1951368, Identifying novel injury risk factors in women’s soccer and educating grassroots soccer clubs on how to effectively manage them., Co-applicants: Dr Philipp Baumert (Technical University of Munich); Dr Susana Gil (University of the Basque Country), Dr Charlie Pedlar (St Mary's University, Twickenham), Grant value (£): 52,000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2020

Wellcome Trust, Biomedical Vacation Scholarship: The genetic association with human myoblast migration in vitro, Grant value (£): 2000, Duration of research project: 2 months. 2017

LJMU Fully-funded PhD Studentship, The genetic association with injuries in elite youth soccer players, Co-applicants: Barry Drust (LJMU), James Morton (LJMU) and Alun Williams (MMU), Grant value (£): 61,500, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2016

Liverpool John Moores University, Early Career Research Fellow, Grant value (£): 3,485, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2015

LJMU Fully-funded PhD Studentship, The physiological and genetic factors underpinning the response to muscle damaging exercise, Co-applicants: Prof Claire Stewart, Dr Mark Lake, Prof Barry Drust, Grant value (£): £61,500, Duration of research project: 4 years. 2015

MuscleSound LLC, The validation of a novel ultrasound method of measuring skeletal muscle glycogen content, Co-applicant: Dr James Morton, Grant value (£): £21,095, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2014

Liverpool John Moores University, Early Career Researcher Fellowship Scheme, None, Grant value (£): £1,925, Duration of research project: 7 months. 2013

External PGR examinations performed:

Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD, Fit for surgery? Validating a suite of physical function assessments for patients undergoing elective surgery. 2023

University of the Basque Country, Spain, PhD, Injuries in Athletic Club players: growth and maturation as potential risk factors. 2022

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, PhD, Physiological Studies Investigating the Acute Effects of Strength Training, Priming TDCS and Aerobic Exercise on Corticospinal Plasticity. 2022

Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD, The role of the microcirculation in skeletal muscle function and plasticity. 2020

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Impact of Leucine and HMB on Acute Muscle Damage: Focus on Repair and Regeneration in vivo and in vitro.. 2019

Northumbria University, PhD, Physiological Determinants of Peak Power Output in Sprint Cycling. 2019

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, Biomechanical loads in running-based sports: estimating ground reaction forces from segmental accelerations.. 2019

University of Birmingham, MPhil, A preliminary case-control study to investigate muscular activity and muscular stiffness of the lumbar muscles in chronic non-specific low back pain subjects compared with healthy controls. 2018

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD, An examination of the resistance training practices within an elite senior English Premier League professional football club.. 2018

St. Mary's University, Twickenham (University of Surrey), PhD, The Efficacy of Compression Garments on Recovery from Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. 2015

Membership of professional bodies:

Full member, European College of Sport Sciences. 2022

BASES Molecular Exercise Physiology Special Interest Group: Steering Committee Member, BASES. 2020

Fellowships:

Honorary Associate Professor, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London. 2022

Honorary Senior Research Associate, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, University College London, http://iseh.co.uk/. 2016

Honorary Research Associate, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London. 2013

Other invited event:

Plenary session: Genetic testing in football: are we ready for kick-off or still warming up? Invited Plenary Session., Frankfurt am Mein, Germany, Invited speaker for the opening plenary talk: 'Genetic testing in football: are we ready for kick-off or still warming up?'. German Football Association Annual Conference: Advanced education in football medicine (Frankfurt am Mein, Germany).. 2022

Teaching qualification:

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 2015

PGCert. 2015

Conference organisation:

BASES Workshop. Skeletal muscle structure & function: from the whole muscle to the gene, Workshop organiser. 2015

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