Richard Blagrove

Dr Richard Blagrove


  • Lecturer in Physiology

Richard completed his undergraduate degree in Sport Science with Management, and his master's in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University. In 2008, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University, where he also held the position of Programme Director of the BSc Strength and Conditioning Science for six years. Richard then went on to work at Birmingham City University for two years as Course Leader for the BSc Sport and Exercise Science and in 2018 was awarded Senior Fellowship status with the Higher Education Authority.

Richard's extensive coaching and consultancy work with distance runners provided the inspiration for his doctoral research at Northumbria University, which investigated the utility of strength-based exercise in middle- and long-distance runners. Richard returned to Loughborough in April 2019 to take up a role as Lecturer in Physiology.

Richard's research interests lie in the use of strength-based exercise as a tool to improve the metabolic cost of running. More recently, Richard has begun to investigate the consequences of low energy availability on physical performance and health biomarkers in endurance athletes. He is also involved with the co-supervision of Doctoral research investigating the influence of the menstrual cycle on strength status and motor control.

  • Richard is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and previously a Director of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). He is also a tutor and assessor for the UKSCA and is a member of the research and community grants panel.
  • He has provided strength and conditioning coaching support to numerous athletes over the last 12 years including several Olympic finalists and Paralympic athletes. In 2015 he published a book with The Crowood Press entitled 'Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Runners’ and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and symposia on this topic.
  • During his time at St Mary’s University, Richard managed the sport science support to The Royal Ballet Company in London and was Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for Sport and Health Services. Richard has been invited to appear on several podcasts and regularly provides expert commentary for national newspapers and magazines on a range of strength and conditioning related topics.
  • Richard has held external examining positions at Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of Worcester and the University of East Anglia.

Featured publications

  • Moran, J., Blagrove, R.C., Drury, B., Fernandes, J.F.T., Paxton, K., Chaabene, H., & Ramirez-Campillo, R. (2019) Effects of small-sided games vs. conventional endurance training on endurance performance in male youth soccer players: a meta-analytical comparison. Sports Medicine, Published ahead of print. Doi: 10.1007/s40279-019-01086-w.
  • Blagrove, R.C., Holding, K.M., Patterson, S.D., Howatson, G., & Hayes, P.R. (2019) Efficacy of depth jumps to elicit a post-activation performance enhancement in junior endurance runners. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport22(2): 239-244.
  • Bishop, C., Berney, J., Lake, J., Loturco, I., Blagrove, R.C., Turner, A.N., & Read, P. (2019). The bilateral deficit during jumping tasks: relationship with speed and change of direction speed performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Published ahead of print. Doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003075.
  • Blagrove, R.C., Howe, L.P., Howatson, G., & Hayes, P.R. (2018) Strength and conditioning for adolescent distance runners. Strength and Conditioning Journal. Published ahead of print. Doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000425.
  • Barnes, K.R., Kilding, A.E., Blagrove R.C. et al (2018) Commentaries on viewpoint: Use aerobic energy expenditure instead of oxygen uptake to quantify exercise intensity and predict endurance performance. Journal of Applied Physiology125: 676-682.
  • Blagrove, R.C.,Howe, L.P., Cushion, E.J., Spence, A., Howatson, G., Pedlar, C.R., & Hayes, P.R. (2018) Effect of strength training on physiological variables in adolescent distance runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 50(6):1224-1232.
  • Blagrove, R.C., Howatson, G., & Hayes, P.R. (2018) Effects of strength training on the physiological determinants of middle- and long-distance running performance: a systematic review. Sports Medicine, 48(5), 1117-1149.
  • Blagrove, R.C., Howatson, G., & Hayes, P.R. (2018) Use of loaded conditioning activities to potentiate middle- and long-distance performance: a narrative review and practical applications. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Published ahead of print.Doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002456
  • Misseldine, N., Blagrove, R.C., & Goodwin, J.E. (2018) Speed demands of women’s rugby sevens match play. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Published ahead of print. Doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002638.
  • Nevin, J., Smith, P., Waldron, M., Patterson, S., Price, M., Hunt, A., & Blagrove R. (2018). Efficacy of an 8-Week concurrent strength and endurance training program on hand cycling performance.Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(7):1861-1868.
  • Blagrove, R.C., Brown, N. Howatson, G., & Hayes, P.R. (2017) Strength and conditioning habits of competitive distance runners. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Published ahead of print. Doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002261
  • Blagrove, R.C., Howatson, G., & Hayes, P.R. (2017) Test-retest reliability of physiological parameters in elite junior distance runners following allometric scaling. European Journal of Sport Science17(10), 1231-1240.
  • Blagrove, R.C., Bruinvels, G., & Read, P. (2017) Early sport-specialization and intensive training in adolescent female athletes: risks and recommendations. Strength and Conditioning Journal39(5), 14-23.
  • Read, P., Hughes, J.D., Blagrove, R., Jeffreys, I., Edwards, M., & Turner, A.N. (2017) Characteristics and experiences of interns in strength and conditioning. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(3), 269-276.