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Tony Kay first studied Sport & Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University.  After graduating in 1998 he went on lecture in Further Education colleges in Essex and Surrey for 5 years whilst gaining an MSc in Sport Science and a PGCE in post-compulsory education.

He joined the University of Northampton in 2003 where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate level anatomy, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning.  During this time he pursued his PhD in Musculotendinous Biomechanics and graduated in 2010 from Edith Cowan University, Australia. 

He was appointed as an Associate Professor in 2012, continuing his post-doctoral research, supervising doctoral students, gaining external funding and presenting research at international conferences and publishing in top-ranked, high-impact international journals.  After 20 years in academia he was apponted as full Professor in 2017 and currently leads a Research Centre at the University of Northampton.

Research Interests

Tony’s main area of research interest is the acute and chronic impact of various forms of stretching and muscular contractions on joint range of motion, muscular strength and mass in healthy adult, clinical, and older populations.  He is currently researching the effects of eccentric exercise on neuromusculoskeletal characteristics in older people.

Tony has several doctoral completions and continues to supervise doctoral students in related fields including dose-response effects of eccentric exercise in older people, effects of cryotherapy on exercise-induced muscle damage, and the impact of variable resistance training on muscle force in athletes and on balance performance in older adults.

Tony is also interested in physical therapies addressing neuromuscular and musculoskeletal functional decline associated with fall risk in older and clinical populations, and would accept doctoral students in any of these areas.


Brett Baxter; Sport & Exercise

The chronic effects of eccentric exercise on neuromusculoskeletal characteristics in older people.


Saul Cuttell; Sport & Exercise

Effects of different forms of eccentric exercise and cryotherapy on exercise-induced muscle damage and the repeat bout effect.


Dominic Langdon; Sport & Exercise

Bloodflow Restriction Training in the Ageing Population: Potential Benefits to Increase Physical Activity and General Wellbeing.


Alex Van Enis; University of Derby

Biomechanical and neurophysiological effects of elastic band variable resistance during a back squat exercise on subsequent countermovement jump and sprint performance.


Nichola Davis; University of Derby

Implementation of Elastic Band Resistance Balance Training on Stability, Physical function and Psychosocial factors in Older Adults.


Adnan Haq; Moulton College

An Evaluation of the Effects of Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) Treatment for Sports Recovery.

Teaching Interests

BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science. Teaching on the following modules:

  • Biomechanical Basis of Sport & Exercise
  • Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

MSc Strength & Conditioning. Teaching on the following modules:

  • Musculoskeletal Training & Adaptation
  • Applied Training Methods

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD in Musculotendinous Biomechanics , Edith Cowan University

Award Date: 1 Apr 2010

Master, MSc in Sport Science, Brunel University London

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

Bachelor, Sport & Exercise Science , Canterbury Christ Church University

Award Date: 1 Jul 1998


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