Dr Sally Waterworth

School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Sally Waterworth



Sally joined the University of Essex in 2019. She graduated as a Sports Therapist in 2001 and has since spent time in academia, sport and clinical practice in the UK and in South Africa. She completed her PhD in Human Movement Science at the University of Pretoria in 2014 and an MSc in Sports Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University in 2019. She is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists, Sport and Exercise Nutrition register and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. Research interests include training and nutrition for endurance sports (with a particular focus on iron-distance triathlon masters athletes) and physical activity and health.


  • PhD Human Movement Science University of Pretoria, (2014)

  • MSc Sports Nutrition Liverpool John Moores University, (2019)

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy University of North London, (2001)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Sports Therapy, University of Essex, University of Essex (2019 - present)

Other academic

  • External Examiner, University of Wales Trinity St David (2020 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional Skills and Development 1 (SE101)

  • Introduction to Exercise Physiology (SE105)

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport (SE111)

  • Evaluation of Sports and Exercise Injuries (SE218)

  • Manual Therapy (SE228)

  • Applied Sports Therapy (SE315)

  • Return to Sport (SE316)

  • Research Project (SE318)

  • Sports Therapy Placement (SE321)

  • Personalising Health and Performance Nutrition (SE769)

  • Sports Therapy Treatments (SE770)

  • Injury Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (SE773)

  • Sports Therapy Placement (SE775)

  • Research Methods and Critical Enquiry (SE776)

  • Research Project (SE777)

Previous supervision

Charlotte Rose Gowers
Charlotte Rose Gowers
Thesis title: An Investigation of Energy Availability and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport in an Athletic Population.
Degree subject: Sport and Exercise Science
Degree type: Master of Science (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 19/1/2023


Journal articles (14)

McManus, C., Butson, J., Rogerson, M., Waterworth, S., Jones, B., Cooper, C. and Sandercock, G., (2024). The influence of full leg-length compression tights during treadmill running at race speed. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 19 (1), 401-409

Rogerson, M., Knight, D., Scherer, R., Jones, B., McManus, C., Waterworth, S., Murray, K. and Hope, E., (2024). Meta-analysis of the effects of VAR on goals scored and home advantage in football. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology

Ross, M., Wilson, M., Reed, K., Waterworth, S. and McManus, C., (2023). Acute Consumption of New Zealand Blackcurrant Extract Has No Effect on Cycling Performance in Normobaric Hypoxia with Trained Cyclists. Journal of Exercise and Nutrition. 6 (1)

Butson, J., McManus, C., Waterworth, S., Cooper, C. and Jones, B., (2023). Application of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in the physiological assessment of sprint triathlon. Asian Exercise and Sport Science Journal. 7 (1), 64-71

Chung, H., Waterworth, S., Shaw, I., McManus, C. and Shaw, B., (2023). Genetics and exercise health in strength training: A brief overview and commentary. Global Research Journal. 2 (2)

Black, C., Mallows, A., Waterworth, S., Freeman, P., Hope, E. and Liew, BXW., (2023). A cross-sectional investigation of back pain beliefs and fear in physiotherapy and sport undergraduate students.. PLoS One. 18 (4), e0284754-e0284754

Jones, B., Waterworth, S., Tallent, J., Rogerson, M., Morton, C., Moran, J., Southall-Edwards, R., Cooper, C. and McManus, C., (2023). Influence of cold-water immersion on lower limb muscle oxygen consumption, as measured by near-infrared spectroscopy.. Journal of Athletic Training. 59 (3), 317-324

Waterworth, S., Kerr, C., McManus, C., Chung, H., Shaw, B., Shaw, I. and Sandercock, G., (2023). Four-year longitudinal associations of physical activity, waist circumference, and blood pressure in UK adolescents.. Pediatric Research. 95 (3), 736-743

Waterworth, S., Kerr, C., McManus, C., Costello, R. and Sandercock, GRH., (2022). Obese individuals do not underreport dietary intake to a greater extent than nonobese individuals when data are allometrically-scaled. American Journal of Human Biology. 34 (7), e23743-

Shaw, BS., Lloyd, R., Da Silva, M., Coetzee, D., Moran, J., Waterworth, SPW., Mathunjwa, ML. and Shaw, I., (2022). German volume training for health promotion: Acute vasopressor, pulmonary and metabolic responses.. Frontiers in Physiology. 13, 1025017-

Waterworth, S., Costello, R., Pryer, B., Lewis, T. and Kerr, C., (2022). Sports Therapists' Perceptions and Experiences of Graduate Employment. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 29 (6), 1-10

Kerr, CJ., Waterworth, SP., Brodie, D., Sandercock, GRH. and Ingle, L., (2021). The associations between physical activity intensity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and non‐alcoholic fatty liver disease. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 36 (12), 3508-3514

Waterworth, S., Spencer, CC., Porter, AL. and Morton, JP., (2020). Perception of carbohydrate availability augments high-intensity intermittent exercise capacity under sleep-low train low conditions. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 30 (2), 105-111

Waterworth, S., (2019). Nutrition for Iron-Distance Triathletes. Professional Strength and Conditioning. 55, 31-42

Grants and funding


A novel treatment for sleep apnoea - taking back control for a better life

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)

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ESA.3.13, Colchester Campus

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