Dr Tom Brownlee PhD, CSci, ASCC, FHEA

Dr Tom Brownlee

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Assistant Professor in Applied Sport Sciences

Contact details

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tom’s expertise lies in sports performance. This stems from working for nearly a decade in professional sport including with Liverpool Football Club where he conducted his PhD research. Tom’s area of research interest is applied physiology and particularly strength and conditioning.


  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • MSc Exercise Physiology
  • PhD Applied Exercise Physiology


Tom completed his undergraduate degree at Coventry University, which included a sandwich year at the University of Bath working as a physiologist with elite athletes. This sparked a passion for the applied world and led him to work for three years at Coventry City FC as a sports scientist while finishing his degree and undertaking his MSc in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University. Following that Tom worked at Liverpool FC as a sports scientist while investigating youth strength and conditioning practices in the club as part of his PhD. Tom then spent five years as an academic member of staff at Liverpool John Moores University where he supervised others in professional sports settings.


Teaching includes Introduction to Sports Science and Athletic Training and Conditioning.

Postgraduate supervision

Tom has been involved in the successful completion of three and examination of two doctoral students as well as a number of Masters students. Tom also has a number of current supervisions and has particular experience in supervising individuals who are embedded in high performance sport as well as more conventional PhD candidates. Typically, Tom’s PhD vacancies are advertised via his Twitter account.


Tom’s current research focuses on high-performance sport with specific interest in strength training, periodisation, nutrition and communication of information with coaches.

Other activities

Tom leads the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association’s (UKSCA) football special interest group and works as a consultant for the English Premier League. He also regularly reviews for a number of journals related to exercise physiology and performance sport (e.g. Journal of Sport Science, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, European Journal of Sports Sciences).


Recent publications


Samarein, MR, Samanipour, MH, Asjodi, F, Shokati, P, Fallahi, Z, Brownlee, TE, Brito, JP, Bragazzi, NL & Oliveira, R 2023, 'Comparisons and associations among anthropometric indices of first and second division and assistant soccer referees', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 14, 1149779. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1149779

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', Journal of Strength Conditioning Research. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000004387

McQuilliam, SJ, Clark, DR, Erskine, RM & Brownlee, TE 2023, 'Physical testing and strength and conditioning practices differ between coaches working in academy and first team soccer', International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541231155108

Franceschi, A, Robinson, MA, Owens, D, Brownlee, T, Ferrari Bravo, D & Enright, K 2023, 'Reliability and sensitivity to change of post-match physical performance measures in elite youth soccer players', Frontiers in sports and active living, vol. 5, 1173621. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2023.1173621

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', International Journal of Sports Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1055/a-2103-0165

Nosek, P, Andrew, M, Sormaz, M, Drust, B & Brownlee, TE 2023, 'The use of principal component analysis for reduction of training load data in professional soccer', Kinesiology, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 202-212. https://doi.org/10.26582/k.55.2.5

McQuilliam, SJ, Clark, DR, Erskine, RM & Brownlee, TE 2022, 'Global differences in current strength and conditioning practice within soccer', International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541221136048

McQuilliam, SJ, Clark, DR, Erskine, RM & Brownlee, T 2022, 'Mind the gap! A survey comparing current strength training methods used in men’s versus women’s first team and academy soccer', Science and Medicine in Football, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 597-604. https://doi.org/10.1080/24733938.2022.2070267

de Keijzer, KL, McErlain-Naylor, SA, Brownlee, T & Raya-González, J 2022, 'Perception and application of flywheel training by professional soccer practitioners', Biology of Sport, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 809–817. https://doi.org/10.5114/biolsport.2022.109457

Rice, J, Brownlee, TE, Mcrobert, AP, Ade, J, Drust, B & Malone, JJ 2022, 'The association between training load and physical development in professional male youth soccer players: a systematic review', International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541221097388

Hall, ECR, Baumert, P, Larruskain, J, Gil, SM, Lekue, JA, Rienzi, E, Moreno, S, Tannure, M, Murtagh, C, Ade, JD, Squires, P, Orme, P, Anderson, L, Brownlee, TE, Whitworth‐Turner, CM, Morton, J, Drust, B, Williams, AG & Erskine, RM 2022, 'The genetic association with injury risk in male academy soccer players depends on maturity status', Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 338-350. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.14077

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, vol. 13, no. 4, 1075. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13041075

Nosek, P, Brownlee, TE, Drust, B & Andrew, M 2021, 'Feedback of GPS training data within professional English soccer: a comparison of decision making and perceptions between coaches, players and performance staff', Science and Medicine in Football, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 35-47. https://doi.org/10.1080/24733938.2020.1770320

Field, A, David Corr, L, James Thompson, C, Gonzalez Lucena, JC, Sarmento, H, Joseph Naughton, R, Edward Brownlee, T, Haines, M, Michael Page, R & David Harper, L 2021, 'Recovery following the extra-time period of soccer: practitioner perspectives and applied practices', Biology of Sport, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 171–179. https://doi.org/10.5114/biolsport.2022.104066

Review article

Beato, M, Datson, N, Anderson, L, Brownlee, T, Coates, A & Hulton, A 2023, 'Rationale and Practical Recommendations for Testing Protocols in Female Soccer: A Narrative Review', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 37, no. 9, pp. 1912-1922. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000004509

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Football, sport science, fitness, strength, nutrition

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