Hartpury College

Dr James McCarron - Lecturer in Sports Physiology & Conditioning

Whilst completing an athletic scholarship James studied towards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Kinesiology and Exercise Science at the University of Texas-Brownsville. From there he gained experience working as a strength and conditioning coach and applied sports scientist at the University of Texas-Brownsville, University of Washington and Seattle Sounders FC. In addition, James have experience applying strength and conditioning and sports science support to a number of endurance and racquet-sport athletes. He has recently completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Lincoln entitled “Concurrent endurance exercise and cognitive performance: Implications for athletes”.

Responsibilities include teaching on the BSc Sports Conditioning & Injury Management, BSc Sports Coaching and BSc Sports Performance degrees in modules specialising in Sports Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Strength & Conditioning.

Email: James.mccarron@hartpury.ac.uk

Teaching interests:

James teaches across a range of modules including

  • Principles of Strength & Conditioning,
  • Applied Strength & Conditioning         
  • Recovery and Monitoring Strategies
  • Fundamentals of Strength and Power
  • Strength & Conditioning for Special Populations
  • Fitness, Testing & Training
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Professional Practice in Strength & Conditioning

Research/scholarship interests:

James main research interest surrounds gaining a greater understanding of the adaptations occurring in the Brain as a consequence of strength and conditioning practice in athletes. There is a paucity of longitudinal studies in athletes that assess functional and structural changes occurring within the Brain. The understanding of the neural mechanisms that distinguish elite athletes from others may provide a rational basis for refining future training strategies.

In addition, another research interest is to understand the time course of recovery from training and competition from a central (Brain) and peripheral standpoint. This research will hopefully inform athletes and coaches regarding the dose-response of certain training sessions.  

Recent research/scholarship activity (eg publications, presentations etc):

Conference Presentations

McCarron, J., and Smith, M.F. (2015). Cognitive Activity and cerebral oxygenation during a 20-km cycling time trial. Oral Presentation at the Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science, 25 – 28 June 2015, Malmo, Sweden.

McCarron, J., Hodgson, T., and Smith, M.F. (2013) Brain drain: the impact of increased cognitive load on self-paced running performance. Presented at the International Sport Science and Sport Medicine Conference, 21-23 August 2013, United Kingdom.

McCarron, J., Lemos, E., Flores, E., Wittenburg, D., Sato, Y., Abe, T., Bemben, M.G., and Karabulut, M. (2010). Muscular Function Response to Walking Exercise in Combination with Vascular Restriction. Oral Slide Presentation at the ACSM Annual Convention, 2010, Baltimore, MD.


McCarron, J., Hodgson, T.L., and Smith, M.F., (2013). Brain drain: evaluating the impact of increased cognitive load during self-paced running performance. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47:e4   doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-093073.43

Karabulut, M., McCarron, J., Abe, T., Sato, Y., and Bemben, M. (2011). The effects of different initial restrictive pressures used to reduce blood flow and thigh composition on tissue oxygenation of the quadriceps. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(9):951-8.