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John Morris

John Morris

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Morris is Module Leader for Child and Adolescent Growth, Health and Performance and Sports Research Methods at undergraduate and MRes levels respectively, and contributes to the Aetiology and Management of Disease module at undergraduate level.

His research interests are in the performance and health of children and adolescents.

Career overview

Prior to his appointment at NTU, Dr Morris spent 12 years as a Research Associate and then as a Fellow at the Institute of Youth Sport, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University.

Research areas

Dr Morris is interested in the performance and health of children and adolescents. Recent work has included:

Assessing the effect of growth and development on the performance of young elite footballers and how this may influence their progression.

External collaborators:

  • Dr Mark Hulse (Manchester United Football Club)
  • Dr Heita Goto (Loughborough University)

Internal collaborators:

  • Professor Mary E. Nevill
  • Chris Saward

Work examining the post-prandial and endothelial function responses of adolescents to exercise.

External collaborators:

  • Dr Matt Sedgwick (Leeds Trinity University)
  • Dr Laura A. Barrett (Loughborough University)

Internal collaborators:

  • Professor Mary E. Nevill

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate study towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Morris has worked on a variety of externally funded research projects. The funding bodies have included the companies Coca-cola Company, Glaxo-SmithKline and NOVA International Limited, England and Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and the charity Youth Sport Trust.

Examples of projects include:

  • Young people's perceptions of KS3 Physical Education, Dr JG Morris, and Dr ME Nevill, TOP Foundation, (2012), £2,500
  • Examining the Impact of Toys on Children's Physical Activity,  Dr JG Morris, Dr ME Nevill, Dr R Duncombe, Dr T Gorely and Dr R Sandford, The British Toy and Hobby Association, (2012), £14,128
  • Talent Recognition in sport: a literature review, Dr ME Nevill, Dr JG Morris, The Youth Sport Trust, (2010), £10,000
  • Evaluation of the Great Activity Programme (A major public health intervention), Dr ME Nevill, Dr T Gorely, Dr JG Morris and Prof SJH Biddle, The Coca-Cola Company, (2008), £247,904
  • ‘Sportnation': Enhancing opportunities for high-level sporting performance: influence of relative age, Dr JG Morris, Dr ME Nevill, Blue Rubicon and GlaxoSmithKline, (2006), £12,000
  • ECB Age Group Project, Dr JG Morris, Dr ME Nevill, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), £6,500

Internal collaborators:

  • Professor Mary E. Nevill
  • Dr Caroline Sunderland
  • Mr Chris Saward

External collaborators:

  • Dr Mark Hulse, Manchester United Football Club
  • Dr Laura A. Barrett, Loughborough University
  • Dr Matt Sedgwick, Leeds Trinity University
  • Dr Keith Tolfrey, Loughborough University
  • Professor Stephen Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • The accumulation of exercise and postprandial endothelial function in boys. Sedgwick MJ, Morris JG, Nevill ME and Barrett LA, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 2014, 24 (1), e11-9
  • Match analysis of U9 and U10 English premier league academy soccer players using a global positioning system: relevance for talent Identification and development. Goto H, Morris JG and Nevill ME, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2013 (epub ahead of print)
  • Effect of the great activity program on healthy lifestyle behaviors in 7-11 year olds. Morris JG, Gorely TG, Sedgwick MJ, Nevill AM and Nevill ME, Journal of Sport Sciences, 2013, 31, (12), 1280-1293
  • Effect of exercise on postprandial endothelial function in adolescent boys. Sedgwick MJ, Morris JG, Nevill ME, Tolfrey K, Nevill A and Barrett LA, British Journal of Nutrition, 2013, 110, (2), 301-309
  • A field-test battery for elite, young soccer players. Hulse MA, Morris JG, Hawkins RD, Hodson A, Nevill AM and Nevill ME, International Journal of Sports Medicine, 2013, 34 (4), 302-311
  • Breakfast glycaemic index and cognitive function in adolescent school children. Cooper SB, Bandelow S, Nute MN, Morris JG and Nevill Me, British Journal of Nutrition, 2012, 107, 1823-1832
  • Effect of a school-based intervention to promote healthy lifestyles in 7-11 year old children. Gorely T, Nevill ME, Morris JG, Stensel DJ and Nevill AM, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2009, 6, 5
  • The validity of a non-differential global positioning system for measuring player movement patterns in field hockey. MacLeod H, Morris JG, Nevill A and Sunderland C, Journal of Sports Sciences, 2009, 27, 121-12

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