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Mike Duncan is a BASES-accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with research interests in the field of children, physical activity, exercise and obesity. As of July 2013 he has published over 70 peer reviewed journal papers, 20 books or chapters in edited books and over 110 peer reviewer conference presentations. He is a member of the European College of Sports Science, American College of Sports Medicine, United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association and a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and exercise Sciences. He has experience in wokring with elite athletes in prescribing exercise programmes and evaluating performance and also has worked extensively with community groups on topics such as physical activity interventions in children and adolescents and the effects of nutritional manipulation on cognitive and functional performance in older adults.

Research Interests

Obesity; Ergogenic Aids; Kinanthropometry; Physical Activity; Active Videogaming; Exercise Physiology; Strength and Conditioning

Vision Statement

My research is inspired from trying to understand the ways in which exercise can influence human performance and health. In my research I aim to understand the impact of exercise on a range of variables including health and cognitive performance in diverse groups including children, older adults, those with overweight and obesity and elite athletes.

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Research Output

Age-related degeneration of the lumbar paravertebral muscles: Systematic review and three-level meta-regression

Dallaway, A. D. F., Kite, C., Griffen, C., Duncan, M., Tallis, J., Renshaw, D. & Hattersley, J., 30 Jan 2020, In : Experimental Gerontology. 133, 110856.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Cross validation of Actigraph derived accelerometer cut-points for assessment of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children aged 8-11 years

    Duncan, M., Eyre, E., Cox, V., Roscoe, C., Faghy, M., Tallis, J. & Dobell, A., 27 Jan 2020, In : Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Individual vs. Group-based Strategies for Weight Loss and Management in Adults: Pen Profile Perceptions

    Clark, C., Chambers, A., Fernandes, J. F. T., Musalek, M., Podstawski, R., Eyre, E. & Duncan, M., 16 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Obesity Medicine.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Profiling movement behaviours in pre-school children: A self-organised map approach

    Clark, C., Duncan, M., Eyre, E., Stratton, G., García-Massó, X. & Estevan, I., 17 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Sports Sciences. 38, 2, p. 150-158 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Effectiveness of a Primary School Based Badminton Intervention on Children’s Fundamental Movement Skills

    Duncan, M., Noon, M., Lawson, C., Hurst, J. & Eyre, E., 21 Jan 2020, In : Sports. 8, 2, 15 p., 11.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    • 21 Participation in conference
    • 21 Editorial activity
    • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    3rd Symposio Treino Da Forca E da Condicao Fisica Em Crancas E Jovens

    Michael Duncan (Keynote Speaker)
    3 Dec 20154 Dec 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    8th Annual World Health Organisation, Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) Europe group meeting

    Michael Duncan (Speaker)
    26 Sep 201227 Sep 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    1st Strength, Conditioning and Sports Therapy Research Symposium

    Michael Duncan (Speaker)
    28 Jun 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference

    Michael Duncan (Speaker)
    29 Jun 20122 Jul 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity Annual Conference

    Michael Duncan (Speaker)
    22 Nov 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference