Dr Benjamin Jones

School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Benjamin Jones
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872414

  • Location

    ESA.3.23, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    PhD Supervision: Rob Southall Edwards



Ben Jones obtained a BSc degree in sport and exercise science (DeMontfort University, UK, 2005) and an MS degree in sport health sciences (Life, USA, 2011). Ben completed his PhD in sport and exercise science at the University of Essex in 2015, he has published papers on oxygen transport and muscle damage and recovery. His current research projects include: developing noninvasive optical tools to measure oxygen utilization and blood flow in sports science; and using resistance training in special populations. Ben is currently supervising MSc and PhD students in the following areas: Muscle damage, exercise and recovery Resistance training in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Training programs to enhance muscle oxygen delivery and utilisation Nutritional supplementation use in hypertension Ben is also carrying out research in the areas of: Resistance training for mental health Bio-banding and competitive engineering in youth sport


  • PhD Sport and Exercise Science University of Essex,

  • MS Sport Health Sciences Life University,

  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science DeMontfort University Bedford,


University of Essex

  • Course Leader Sports Performance and Coaching, Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Science, University of Essex (1/10/2018 - present)

  • Course Leader Coaching Science, Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Science, University of Essex (5/10/2020 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional Skills and Development 1 (SE101)

  • Introduction to Coaching (SE107)

  • Professional Skills 2 (SE201)

  • Strength and Conditioning: Application and Theory (SE210)

  • Strength and Conditioning (SE307)

  • Research Project (SE309)

  • Applied Physiology (SE735)

  • Research Project (SE740)

  • Skill Acquisition in Coaching (SE762)

  • Coaching Practice Placement (SE765)

  • Masterclasses in Coaching (SE766)

  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (SE230)

  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (IA177)

Previous supervision

Joshua Lewis Butson
Joshua Lewis Butson
Thesis title: The Use of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (Nirs) in the Physiological Assessment of Sprint Triathlon.
Degree subject: Sport and Exercise Science
Degree type: Master of Science (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 8/4/2021
Michael Stewart Porter
Michael Stewart Porter
Thesis title: The Ergogenic Effects of Oxygen Supplementation on Cycling Performance
Degree subject: Sport and Exercise Science
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/9/2020


Journal articles (12)

Jones, B., Hope, E., Hammond, A., Moran, J., Leeder, T., Mills, J. and Sandercock, G., (2021). Play more, enjoy more, keep playing; rugby is a simple game. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 174795412199144-174795412199144

Barlow, R., Jones, B., Rogerson, M., Bannister, H., Stuart, R., Jawadh, I., Andrews, L. and Easton, I., (2020). An Evaluation of Service Provision and Novel Strength Assessment on Patient Outcomes in a UK based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Setting. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 17 (3), 280-288

Moran, J., Paxton, K., Jones, B., Granacher, U., Sandercock, G., Hope, E. and Ramirez-Campillo, R., (2020). Variable long-term developmental trajectories of short sprint speed and jumping height in English Premier League academy soccer players: an applied case study. Journal of Sports Sciences. 38 (22), 2525-2531

Porter, MS., Reed, K. and Jones, B., (2020). The use of acute oxygen supplementation upon muscle tissue saturation during repeat sprint cycling. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 17 (1), 1-12

Sandercock, G. and Jones, B., (2019). Is it time to give population health surveillance a late fitness test?. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 53 (8), 463-464

Jones, B., Parry, D. and Cooper, CE., (2018). Underwater near infrared spectroscopy (uNIRS) can measure training adaptations in adolescent swimmers. PeerJ. 6 (4), e4393-e4393

Jones, B. and Cooper, CE., (2016). Underwater Near-Infrared Spectroscopy: Muscle Oxygen Changes in the Upper and Lower Extremities in Club Level Swimmers and Triathletes. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 876, 35-40

Jones, B., Hamilton, DK. and Cooper, CE., (2015). Muscle Oxygen Changes following Sprint Interval Cycling Training in Elite Field Hockey Players. PLOS ONE. 10 (3), e0120338-e0120338

Jones, B. and Cooper, CE., (2014). Use of NIRS to Assess Effect of Training on Peripheral Muscle Oxygenation Changes in Elite Rugby Players Performing Repeated Supramaximal Cycling Tests. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 812, 333-339

Jones, B., Dat, M. and Cooper, CE., (2014). Underwater near-infrared spectroscopy measurements of muscle oxygenation: laboratory validation and preliminary observations in swimmers and triathletes. Journal of Biomedical Optics. 19 (12), 127002-127002

Jones, B., Hesford, CM. and Cooper, CE., (2013). The Use of Portable NIRS to Measure Muscle Oxygenation and Haemodynamics During a Repeated Sprint Running Test. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 789, 185-191

Jones, B., Lander, J. and Brubaker, D., (2013). The effects of different recovery interventions following a repeated rugby union (sevens) game simulated protocol. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. 21 (4), 5-13

Book chapters (1)

Jones, B. and Cooper, CE., (2018). Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) observation of vastus lateralis (muscle) and prefrontal cortex (brain) tissue oxygenation during synchronised swimming routines in elite athletes. In: Oxygen Transport to Tissue XL. Editors: Thews, O., LaManna, J. and Harrison, D., . Springer. 111- 117. 978-3-319-91285-1

Conferences (1)

Jones, B., Hesford, CM. and Cooper, CE., (2013). The use of portable NIRS to measure muscle oxygenation and haemodynamics during a repeated sprint running test

Grants and funding


Literature review for Good Relations for their client Football foundation on the benefits of football facilities

Good Relations Limited


Under the radar: Examining Sub-National-level athlete�s attitudes towards prohibited forms of performance enhancement

British Academy

Age Grade Rugby: Half Game Voluntary Role Out

Rugby Football Union


Age Grade Rugby �Half Game� Pilot Study

Rugby Football Development Ltd

+44 (0) 1206 872414


ESA.3.23, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

PhD Supervision: Rob Southall Edwards