Laura Barrett has a BSc in Physical Education, Sports Science and Chemistry (Loughborough) and a PhD in Exercise Physiology (Loughborough).

Laura's doctoral research was on the effect of exercise on cardiovascular risk factors in children and the effect of intermittent games activity on postprandial lipaemia in adolescents and young adults. Laura completed her PhD in November 2004 and following this took up a Research Associate post in the Institute of Youth Sport at Loughborough University.

In September 2005 she joined the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre at Exeter University where she worked as a Research Fellow. Laura returned to Loughborough in September 2007 to take up the post of Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. Laura was promoted to Senior Lecturer in January 2024.

Laura's research interests lie within the area of exercise physiology and focus on the effect of exercise on postprandial metabolism and the health of adolescents, and the development of the physical and performance characteristics of youth athletes.

Current projects include:

  • The effects of exercise on postprandial metabolism in adolescents.
  • Elite youth hockey player development during the transition into university.
  • The development of a multi-wavelength photoplethysmography sensor for the continuous monitoring of vital signs including heart rate, respiration rate, temperature and oxygen saturation.

Invited reviewer for Annals of Human Biology, British Journal of Sports Medicine, European Journal of Applied Physiology, International Journal of Sports Medicine, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Sports Sciences, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Pediatric Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine – Open, Sport Sciences for Health, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

Featured publications

  • Ashby, J, Lewis, M, Sanchis-Sanchis, R, Sunderland, C, Barrett, LA, Morris, JG (2021) Customised pressure profiles of made-to-measure sports compression garments, Sports Engineering, 24(1), 1-9.
  • Lam, E.P., Sunderland, C.D, Morris, J.G., Furlong, L.A.M. Mason, B.S, Barrett, L.A. (2021) Effect of changing match format from halves to quarters on the performance characteristics of male university field hockey players. Sensors 21 (16), 5490.
  • Chia, J.S. Chow, J.Y., Barrett, L.A., & Burns, S.F. (2019) Reliability of a novel badminton intermittent exercise protocol. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 90 (4), 487-496.
  • Alzahrani, A., Hu, S., Azorin-Peris, V., Barrett, L., Esliger, D., Hayes, M., Kuoch, S. (2015). A multi-channel opto-electronic sensor to accurately monitor heart rate against motion artefact during exercise. Sensors, 15(10), 25681-25702
  • Sedgwick, M. J., Morris, J. G., Nevill, M. E., & Barrett, L. A. (2015). Effect of repeated sprints on postprandial endothelial function and triacylglycerol concentrations in adolescent boys. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33(8), 806-816.
  • Sedgwick, M. J., Morris, J. G., Nevill, M. E., & Barrett, L. A. (2014). The accumulation of exercise and postprandial endothelial function in boys. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 24(1), e11-e19.
  • Barrett, L. A., Morris, J. G., Stensel, D. J., & Nevill, M. E. (2007). Exercise and postprandial plasma triacylglycerol concentrations in healthy adolescent boys. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(1), 116-122.
  • Armstrong, N., Barrett, L. A., & Welsman, J. R. (2007). Cardiorespiratory training during childhood and adolescence. Journal of Exercise Science and Physiotherapy, 3, 17-25.