Dr James Johnstone

Acting Head of the Department of Life Sciences

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Sport and Exercise Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sport & Exercise Sciences

James has over 15 years' experience of lecturing in sport and exercise science. He is an active researcher and regularly presents and publishes his research in the UK and abroad.

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Background

James is an applied interdisciplinary exercise scientist with a strong research background in using new technology in the field-based environment to monitor players’ performance. His teaching specialisms include sports coaching, exercise physiology, physiological testing, strength and conditioning, and the use of e-learning for teaching.

Noted for good, innovative practice nationally with the use of e-learning (ie wiki assessment platforms), James seeks to enhance our students' experience on modules through the development and use of online learning and media tools. He has acted as an external examiner for courses and also the revalidation events in the area of sports science.

Research interests

  • Investigating the use of new physiological monitoring technology (in performance-level cricket) in assisting the coach and athletes to predict performance
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Talent identification and development of excellence
  • Use of mobile monitoring technology and physiological measurement
  • Coaches' use of technology
  • Officiating in sport

Areas of research supervision

  • Physiological monitoring of sporting performance using new mobile technology
  • Exercise physiology, strength and conditioning

Current PhD supervisions:

  • Officiating decision making effectiveness in hockey umpires
  • The effect of a low sugar diet on symptoms of gut distress in recreational endurance athletes

Teaching

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BSc (Hons) Sport Science, BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education, MSc Sport and Exercise Science

Qualifications

  • PhD Exercise Science, University of Hertfordshire
  • MSc Sports Science, University of East London
  • PG Certificate Research Methods, University of East London
  • PG Certificate Education (Physical Education), De Montfort University Bedford
  • BA (Hons) Sport Studies, University of Chichester

Memberships, editorial boards

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Accredited Sport Scientist
  • UK Strength and Conditioning Association Accredited Coach (ASCC)
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci)
  • Associate Member, European College of Sport Science

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

James has worked with various performers and professional teams in the area of sport science support, including professional football, cricket and rugby union. Extended periods of support for performers include:

  • MCCU Cambridge Centre of Cricket Excellence; Director of Sport Science Support, 2013-present
  • Essex County Cricket Club; strength and conditioning/sports science support, 2006-2012
  • GB Adaptive Rowing; exercise testing and analysis, 2005-2007

Selected recent publications

Mukandi, I., Turner, A., Scott, P. and Johnstone, J.A., 2014. Strength and Conditioning for Fast Bowling. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 36(6), pp.96-106.

Johnstone, J.A., Hughes, G., Ford, P.A., Watson, T., Mitchell, A.C.S. and Garrett, A.T., 2014. The athletic profile of fast bowling in cricket: a review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(5), pp.1465-1473.

Johnstone, J.A., Hughes, G., Ford, P.A., Watson, T. and Garrett, A.T., 2012. Part 1: Validity of the BioharnessTM monitoring system. Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, 11(3), pp.400-408.

Johnstone, J. A., Hughes, G., Ford, P. A., Watson, T. and Garrett, A. T. (2012). Part 2: Reliability of the BioharnessTM monitoring system. Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, 11, 3, 409-417.

Johnstone, J.A., Hughes, G., Ford, P.A., Watson, T., Mitchell, A C.S. and Garrett, A.T., 2012. Field based reliability and validity of the BioharnessTM multivariable monitoring device. Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, 11(4), pp.643-652.

Butterworth, A.D., Turner, D.J., Johnstone, J.A., 2012. Coaches' perceptions of the potential use of performance analysis in badminton. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 12(2), pp.452-467.

Moore, A., Turner, D.J. and Johnstone, J.A., 2012. A preliminary analysis of team performance in English first-class Twenty/20 cricket competition. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 12, pp.188 - 207.

Moore, Y., Johnstone, J.A., Hughes, G. and Mitchell, A.C.S., 2011. The effect of foot structure on centre of pressure excursions during dynamic activities in netball. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(11), s68-69.

Farrow, K., Mitchell, A.C.S., Johnstone, J.A. and Hughes, G., 2011. The effects of different backpack models on the biomechanics of walking. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(11), s67-68.

Moore, A., Mitchell, A.C.S., Hughes, G. and Johnstone, J.A., 2011. Twenty/20 performance indicators in English professional cricket. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(11), s84-85.

Johnstone, J.A., Hughes, G., Ford, P.A., Watson, T. and Garrett, A.T., 2011. Reliability and validity of the Bioharness monitoring system. Technical Report for Zephyr Technology (MD, USA).

Johnstone, J.A. and Ford, P.A., 2010. Physiological profile of professional cricketers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24(11), pp.2900-2907.

Ford, P.A., Cousins, S. and Johnstone, J.A., 2009. Effects of sodium bicarbonate supplementation on performance related to association football. In: Drust, B., Reilly, T. and Williams, A.M. (eds), International research in science and soccer. The proceedings of the first world conference on science and soccer (pp.147-156). London: Routledge.

Johnstone, J.A., Ford, P.A. and Cousins, S., 2008. In-match heart rate responses of bowlers in elite cricket. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26(2), s94-95.

Johnstone, J.A, Doyle, G., Hastings, K. and Cousins. S., 2007. Comparison of VO2peak, heart rate, and blood lactate during arm-cranking and upper-body rowing. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25, S2, s59.

Johnstone, J.A. and Doyle, G., 2007. Season of birth distribution in young talented athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25, S2, s14-15.

Recent presentations and conferences

Johnstone, J.A., Ford, P.A., Hughes, G., Watson, T., Mitchell, A.C., Rennie, K., Kozarki, K., Sharp, A. and Garrett, A.T., 2015. Using mobile monitoring technology to develop an in-match physiological profile of professional fast-medium bowlers. The 5th World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket, Sydney, Australia, 23-27 March. 

Johnstone, J.A., Ford, P.A., Hughes, G., Watson, T., Mitchell, A.C., Rennie, K., Kozarki, K., Gordon, D. and Garrett, A.T., 2015. No association between bowling performance and physiological responses of professional fast-medium bowlers. The 5th World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket, Sydney, Australia, 23-27 March.

Edwards, L., Johnstone, J.A., Baker, J., Scruton, A. and Williams, P., 2015. Performance indicators of a winning team in domestic English first-class Twenty-twenty (T20) cricket. The 5th World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket, Sydney, Australia, 23-27 March.

Gordon, D., Baker, J., Johnstone, J.A, Barnes, R., Scruton, A. and Merzbach, V., 2014. Manifestation of a plateau response in VO2 at maximal oxygen uptake is a function of the anaerobic work capacity. 19th European College of Sports Sciences Annual Conference, Amsterdam, 2-6 July.

Johnstone, J.A, Ford, P., Watson, T, Mitchell, A.C.S., Hughes, G, Gordon, D, Baker, J. and Garrett, A.T., 2014. Physiological profile of professional fast-medium bowlers during competitive cricket matches. 19th European College of Sports Sciences Annual Conference, Amsterdam, 2-6 July.

Baker, J., Rathbone, A., Johnstone, J.A, Barnes, R., Scruton, A., and Gordon, D., 2014. The effect of vVO2max protocol on predicting 3000m running performance. 19th European College of Sports Sciences Annual Conference, Amsterdam, 2-6 July.

Johnstone, J.A., Hughes, G., Ford, P.A., Watson, T. and Garrett, A.T., 2011. Reliability of the Bioharness monitoring system. 16th European College of Sports Sciences Annual Conference, Liverpool, 6-9 July.

Johnstone, J.A., Hughes, G., Ford, P.A., Watson, T. and Garrett, A.T., 2011. Validity of the Bioharness monitoring system. 16th European College of Sports Sciences Annual Conference, Liverpool, 6-9 July.

Cousins, S., Johnstone, J.A., Ford, P.A., Goldstein, M. and Gregg, M., 2008. The effects of different warm-up stretching protocols on the 20 meter sprint performance of university football players. 13th European College of Sports Sciences Conference, Portugal, 9-11 July.