Kirsty Elliott-Sale

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Elliott-Sale is responsible for teaching on the Sport Science degree and masters programmes. In addition, Dr Elliott-Sale is Module Leader for the Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health and Health Principles to Practice modules. Dr Elliott-Sale teaches mainly in the areas of Exercise Physiology and particularly in Female Physiology and Health.

Career overview

Dr Elliott-Sale completed her undergraduate degree in Coaching Science and PhD in Exercise Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University. She worked as a Lecturer at Brunel University and the University of Brighton before undertaking a four year post-doctoral research fellowship at Kings College London on a Research into Ageing funded project.

Dr Elliott-Sale joined NTU in September 2009 as a Senior Lecturer on a part-time basis. During the period between May 2013 and May 2014 Dr Elliott-Sale was awarded a research sabbatical to conduct a project entitled “The effect of exercise on health and weight loss during pregnancy and childbirth”

Research areas

Dr Elliott-Sale is a member of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement research group and the Biomedical, Life and Health Sciences Research Centre

Current Research Students:

  • Daniel Martin
  • Maria Papageorgiou
  • Rebecca Townsend

Over the last 13 years, since the completion of her PhD, Dr Elliott Sale's research has focussed on the effects of female reproductive hormones on various aspects of health and athletic performance. She has the following main areas of interest:

  • Maternal Obesity: exercise interventions for weight management during and following pregnancy.
  • Bone and Muscle Health and Metabolism: the bone metabolic responses to strenuous exercise and feeding.

Research is currently being conducted with the funding and/or support of the NHS National Institute for Health Research.

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

External activity

Dr Elliott-Sale collaborates with Public Health Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals and the MAGIC (managing weight in pregnancy) cohort.

Sponsors and collaborators

Internal Collaborators:

  • Dr Craig Sale, Reader in Applied Physiology
  • Dr Cleveland Barnett, Lecturer in Biomechanics
  • Dr Simon Cooper, Lecturer in Sports Nutrition

External Collaborators:

  • Dr Julie Greeves, Senior Scientific Officer, Army Recruiting and Training Division
  • Mr Richard Parkinson, Consultant Urologist, Nottingham Urology Centre
  • Professor William Fraser, Professor of Medicine, Norwich Medical School
  • Lynne McNiven, Public Health Nottingham City
  • Dr Sarah McMullen, National Childbirth Trust
  • Mrs Lucy Kean, Consultant, Fetal and Maternal Medicine Nottingham University Hospitals

Recent projects whilst at Nottingham Trent University include:

  • Elliott-Sale KJ, Barnett CT and Sale C. The effect of exercise on health and weight loss during pregnancy and childbirth. NHS Nottingham City – NIHR Feeder Grant (£33,000), March 2013-2014.


The relationship between oestrogen and muscle strength: a current perspective. Elliott-Sale KJ, Brazilian Journal of Physical Education and Sport (Rev Bras Educ Fís Esporte, [São Paulo]), 2014, 28 (2), Invited Review

The use of different models of female reproductive status in human performance research; with a specific focus on muscle strength. Elliott-Sale KJ and Martin D, Andrology and Gynecology: Current Research, 2013, 1 (4)

Examining the role of oral contraceptive users as an experimental and/or control group in athletic performance studies. Elliott-Sale KJ, Smith S, Bacon J, Clayton D, Mcphilimey M, Goutianos G, Hampson J and Sale C, Contraception, 2013, 88 (3), 408-12

Effect of sodium bicarbonate supplementation on 2000m rowing performance. Sale C, Harris RC, Martin D, Smith P, Macklin B, Elliott-Sale KJ and Hobson RM, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2013, 45 (5), S469

Effects of supra-physiological changes in ovarian hormone levels on force production. Elliott KJ, Cable NT, Reilly T, Sefton V, Kingsland C and Diver M, Experimental Physiology, 2005, 90, 215-223

Does oral contraceptive use affect maximum force production in females? Elliott KJ, Cable NT and Reilly T, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2005, 39, 15-19

The influence of reproductive hormones on muscle strength. Cable NT and Elliott, KJ (Review), Biological Rhythm Research, 2004, 35, 235-244

Effect of menstrual cycle phase on the concentration of bioavailable oestradiol and testosterone and maximum force production in females. Elliott, KJ, Cable NT, Reilly T and Diver MJ, Clinical Science, 2003, 105, (6) 663-669

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Press expertise

  • The elderly
  • Falls risk
  • Muscle strength
  • Osteoporosis
  • Physiology or exercise physiology
  • Pregnancy
  • IVF
  • Female athletes or female physiology