Professor Neil Armstrong
Professor of Paediatric Physiology

External responsibilities

Awards/Honorary fellowships

Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in Medicine and Health for ‘world class work which is of outstanding quality and importance to the nation’

The Ling Prize for ‘a lifetime distinguished contribution to the physical education profession’

Honorary degrees:

Doctor of Sciences (ScD), University of Coimbra (Portugal)
Doctor of Laws (LLD), Brock University, Canada.

Chartered Awards:

Chartered Scientist (CSci)
Chartered Biologist (CBiol)

Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in Medicine and Health for ‘world class work which is of outstanding quality and importance to the nation’

The Ling Prize for ‘a lifetime distinguished contribution to the physical education profession’

Honorary degrees:

Doctor of Sciences (ScD), University of Coimbra, Portugal for an oustanding contribution to the international development of sport science and physical education
Doctor of Laws (LLD), Brock University, Canada for an outstanding international contribution to the promotion of children's health and well-being

Chartered Awards:

Chartered Scientist (CSci)
Chartered Biologist (CBiol)

Fellowships:

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (Honorary Fellow)

American College of Sport Medicine

European College of Sport Science (Inaugural Fellow)

American Academy of Kinesiology (International Fellow)

Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Arts (Life Fellow)

Royal Society of Health

Physical Education Association of the UK

Higher Education Academy

Committee/panel activities

Chair of the Board of European Pediatric Physiology (PWP)

Member of IOC Expert Committees on Children’s Sport and Health

Chair of the Board of European Pediatric Physiology (PWP)

President of the Regional United Nations Association

Member of IOC Expert Committees on Children’s Sport and Health

Chair of the Board of European Pediatric Physiology (PWP)

President of the Regional United Nations Association

Member of IOC Expert Committees on Children’s Sport and Health

Editorial responsibilities

Neil edited the European Journal of Physical Education for 5 years and he is currently Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport and Health Sciences. He has served on the Editorial Boards of 10 journals, acted as an expert reviewer for over 60 journals and edited 6 Special Issues of Journals. He edited the Book Series ‘New Directions in Physical Education’.

Neil edited the European Journal of Physical Education for 5 years and he is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Sport and Health Sciences. He has served on the Editorial Boards of 10 journals, acted as an expert reviewer for over 60 journals and edited 6 Special Issues of Journals. He edited the Book Series ‘New Directions in Physical Education’.

Neil edited the European Journal of Physical Education for 5 years and he is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Sport and Health Sciences. He has served on the Editorial Boards of 10 journals, acted as an expert reviewer for over 60 journals and edited 6 Special Issues of Journals. He edited the Book Series ‘New Directions in Physical Education’.

Invited lectures

Over 600 lectures in 44 countries including:

2014

Armstrong, N. The Journey from Playground to Podium: Maximising Opportunity and Minimising Risk. Keynote presentation to the 3rd Wingate Congress of  Exercise and Sport Sciences, Netanya, Israel, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Are Children Fit and Active? Keynote presentation to the 2nd Cyprus International Conference on Children, Let the Children Play, Farmagusta, Cyprus, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Are Children Fit and Active Enough to Promote Their Health and Well Being. Do We Know?  Keynote presentation to the International Conference on Youth, Sport and Health- A Global Perspective. Doha, Qatar, 2014

Armstrong, N. Elite Young Athletes: Are we Creating Super-Humans or Premature Health Risks? Keynote presentation to the 2nd Cyprus International Conference on Children, Let the Children Play, Farmagusta, Cyprus, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Development and Training of Aerobic and Anaerobic Capacity in Children. Keynote presentation to the International Conference on Metabolism, Hormonal Function and Fatigue in Healthy and Obese Children. Thessaloniki, Greece, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Benefits of Exercise for Children. Invited presentation to the Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Medicine, Edinburgh, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Development of the Talented Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the 5th International Sports Medicine and Sports Science Conference. Newcastle, 2014.

Armstrong. N. Youth Athletic Development. Invited presentation to the International Olympic Committee Consensus Conference on Youth Athlete Development. Lausanne, Switzerland, 2014.

2013

Armstrong, N. Challenges in Elite Youth Sport. Invited presentation to Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine 2013. London, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Assessing the Elite Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the Sport and European Citizenship. Conference, Coimbra, Portugal, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Cardiovascular Issues of Sport in Children, Invited presentation to the Annual Congress of the European Federation of Sport Medicine Associations, Strasbourg, France, September, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Children Are Fit – Fact or Fiction? Keynote presentation to the Jornados Nacionales de Actividad Fisica y Deportiva en el Nino y el Adolescente, Sociedad Argentina de Pediatria,  Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.

Armstrong, N. The Elite Young Athlete – The Journey from School Playground to Olympic Podium. Keynote presentation to the Jornados Nacionales de Actividad Fisica y Deportiva en el Nino y el Adolescente, Sociedad Argentina de Pediatria, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Children Are Physically Active – Fact or Fiction?  Keynote presentation to the Jornados Nacionales de Actividad Fisica y Deportiva en el Nino y el Adolescente, Sociedad Argentina de Pediatria, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Challenges in Elite Youth Sport. Invited presentation to the Wingate Symposium ‘Sport Excellence and Top Performance among Young Talented Athletes’. at the 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Barcelona, Spain, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Superhuman Child Athletes. Invited presentation to the Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, FA Centre, Burton –on-Trent, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Training and Testing the Elite Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the XXVIIIth International Symposium on Children and Exercise (PWP 28). Coimbra, Portugal, October, 2013.

2012

Armstrong, N. Developmental Physiology of the Elite Young Athlete. Invited presentation to the BASES Symposium at the International Conference on Science, Education, Medicine and Sport (Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress), Glasgow, 2012.

Armstrong, N. Are Children Fit and Active? Invited presentation to the IOC Symposium at the International Conference on Science, Education, Medicine and Sport (Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress), Glasgow, 2012

Armstrong, N. Training and Performance in Adolescence. Keynote presentation to the 7th National Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Conference, London, 2012.

Armstrong, N. The Elite Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the 9th International Sports Science Conference, Kota Bharu, Malaysia, 2012.

Armstrong, N. From Playground to Podium. Keynote presentation to the 5th South-West Sports Medicine Conference, Plymouth, 2012.

Armstrong, N. Age and Maturity are Important in Youth Sport – Fact or Fiction? Invited presentation to the Lawn Tennis Association International Sports Medicine and Science Conference, Wimbledon, 2012.

Armstrong, N. From Playground to Podium. Invited presentation to the Annual Conference of British Universities and Colleges Sport, Exeter, 2012.

Armstrong, N. The Elite Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the 11th Annual Conference of  the Society of Chinese Scholars on Exercise Physiology and Fitness and the 5th Shanghai International Forum on Exercise and Health. Shanghai, China, November, 2012.

Armstrong, N. The Development of Sport Science in the United Kingdom. Keynote presentation to the International University Presidents Forum to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China, 2012.

2011

Armstrong, N. From Playground to Podium. The Rutenfranz Lecture, XXVIth International Symposium on European Pediatric Work Physiology, Cornwall, 2011.
468.

Armstrong N. Aerobic Fitness and its Relationship to Sport, Exercise Training and Habitual Physical Activity during Childhood and Adolescence.  Keynote presentation  to the International Olympic Committee Consensus Meeting on Fitness and Health of Children through Sport., Lausanne, Switzerland, 2011.

Armstrong N. and Barker, A.R. The Future of Muscle Imaging. Keynote presentation to the International Hengstberger Symposium, Heidleberg, Germany, 2011.

Armstrong, N. The Effects of Intensive Training on the Growth and Development of  Athletes. Invited contribution to Federation Internationale de Gymnastique/International Olympic Committee Colloquium of Scientific Experts. Lausanne, Switzerland.,2011.

Armstrong N. Physiology of the Elite Young Athlete.  Keynote presentation to the 4th  International Baltic Sport Science Conference. Tartu, Estonia, 2011.

Armstrong, N. How Hard Can We Train Children? Invited presentation to the United Kingdom Sport and Exercise Medicine Conference, London, 2011.

Armstrong, N. Puberty and Exercise. Invited presentation to the Royal Society of Medicine Conference on Women’s Football and Sport. London, 2011.

Armstrong, N. Sport and Exercise Physiology in Childhood. Invited lecture to the Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrars, London, 2011.

2010

Armstrong N. From Playground to Podium.  Keynote lecture  presented to   2010 ICPESS : Youth Olympic Congress, Singapore, 2010.

Armstrong, N. Physiology of the Elite Young Athlete. Keynote lecture presented to the International Congress on the Growing Child in High Performance Sport, Birmingham, 2010.

Armstrong, N. Children Are Fit and Active – Fact or Fiction ? Keynote lecture to be presented to the12th International Mediterranean Sport Science Conference, Antalya, Turkey, 2010.

Armstrong, N. The Interplay between Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism during Exercise in Youth. Keynote lecture to be presented to the 12th International Mediterranean Sport Science Conference, Antalya, Turkey, 2010.

Armstrong, N. From Playground to Podium. Keynote lecture presented to the Youth Endurance- The Growing Athlete Conference, Birmingham, 2010.

2009

Armstrong N.  The Elite Young Athlete. Keynote lecture presented to the 7th Groningen Sports Medicine Symposium, Groningen, the Netherlands, 2009.

Armstrong, N. Exercise Training: Dose – Response Issues in Children. Invited presentation to the Annual Conference of the European College of Sport Science, Oslo, Norway, 2009.

2008

Armstrong, N. Paediatric Exercise Physiology – Back to the Future.  Keynote presentation to the Annual  Conference of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine, Colorado Springs, USA, 2008.

2014

Armstrong, N. The Journey from Playground to Podium: Maximising Opportunity and Minimising Risk. Keynote presentation to the 3rd Wingate Congress of  Exercise and Sport Sciences, Netanya, Israel, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Are Children Fit and Active? Keynote presentation to the 2nd Cyprus International Conference on Children, Let the Children Play, Farmagusta, Cyprus, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Are Children Fit and Active Enough to Promote Their Health and Well Being. Do We Know?  Keynote presentation to the International Conference on Youth, Sport and Health- A Global Perspective. Doha, Qatar, 2014

Armstrong, N. Elite Young Athletes: Are we Creating Super-Humans or Premature Health Risks? Keynote presentation to the 2nd Cyprus International Conference on Children, Let the Children Play, Farmagusta, Cyprus, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Development and Training of Aerobic and Anaerobic Capacity in Children. Keynote presentation to the International Conference on Metabolism, Hormonal Function and Fatigue in Healthy and Obese Children. Thessaloniki, Greece, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Benefits of Exercise for Children. Invited presentation to the Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Medicine, Edinburgh, 2014.

Armstrong, N. Development of the Talented Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the 5th International Sports Medicine and Sports Science Conference. Newcastle, 2014.

Armstrong. N. Youth Athletic Development. Invited presentation to the International Olympic Committee Consensus Conference on Youth Athlete Development. Lausanne, Switzerland, 2014.

2013

Armstrong, N. Challenges in Elite Youth Sport. Invited presentation to Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine 2013. London, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Assessing the Elite Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the Sport and European Citizenship. Conference, Coimbra, Portugal, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Cardiovascular Issues of Sport in Children, Invited presentation to the Annual Congress of the European Federation of Sport Medicine Associations, Strasbourg, France, September, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Children Are Fit – Fact or Fiction? Keynote presentation to the Jornados Nacionales de Actividad Fisica y Deportiva en el Nino y el Adolescente, Sociedad Argentina de Pediatria,  Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.

Armstrong, N. The Elite Young Athlete – The Journey from School Playground to Olympic Podium. Keynote presentation to the Jornados Nacionales de Actividad Fisica y Deportiva en el Nino y el Adolescente, Sociedad Argentina de Pediatria, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Children Are Physically Active – Fact or Fiction?  Keynote presentation to the Jornados Nacionales de Actividad Fisica y Deportiva en el Nino y el Adolescente, Sociedad Argentina de Pediatria, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Challenges in Elite Youth Sport. Invited presentation to the Wingate Symposium ‘Sport Excellence and Top Performance among Young Talented Athletes’. at the 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Barcelona, Spain, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Superhuman Child Athletes. Invited presentation to the Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, FA Centre, Burton –on-Trent, 2013.

Armstrong, N. Training and Testing the Elite Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the XXVIIIth International Symposium on Children and Exercise (PWP 28). Coimbra, Portugal, October, 2013.

2012

Armstrong, N. Developmental Physiology of the Elite Young Athlete. Invited presentation to the BASES Symposium at the International Conference on Science, Education, Medicine and Sport (Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress), Glasgow, 2012.

Armstrong, N. Are Children Fit and Active? Invited presentation to the IOC Symposium at the International Conference on Science, Education, Medicine and Sport (Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress), Glasgow, 2012

Armstrong, N. Training and Performance in Adolescence. Keynote presentation to the 7th National Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Conference, London, 2012.

Armstrong, N. The Elite Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the 9th International Sports Science Conference, Kota Bharu, Malaysia, 2012.

Armstrong, N. From Playground to Podium. Keynote presentation to the 5th South-West Sports Medicine Conference, Plymouth, 2012.

Armstrong, N. Age and Maturity are Important in Youth Sport – Fact or Fiction? Invited presentation to the Lawn Tennis Association International Sports Medicine and Science Conference, Wimbledon, 2012.

Armstrong, N. From Playground to Podium. Invited presentation to the Annual Conference of British Universities and Colleges Sport, Exeter, 2012.

Armstrong, N. The Elite Young Athlete. Keynote presentation to the 11th Annual Conference of  the Society of Chinese Scholars on Exercise Physiology and Fitness and the 5th Shanghai International Forum on Exercise and Health. Shanghai, China, November, 2012.

Armstrong, N. The Development of Sport Science in the United Kingdom. Keynote presentation to the International University Presidents Forum to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China, 2012.

2011

Armstrong, N. From Playground to Podium. The Rutenfranz Lecture, XXVIth International Symposium on European Pediatric Work Physiology, Cornwall, 2011.
468.

Armstrong N. Aerobic Fitness and its Relationship to Sport, Exercise Training and Habitual Physical Activity during Childhood and Adolescence.  Keynote presentation  to the International Olympic Committee Consensus Meeting on Fitness and Health of Children through Sport., Lausanne, Switzerland, 2011.

Armstrong N. and Barker, A.R. The Future of Muscle Imaging. Keynote presentation to the International Hengstberger Symposium, Heidleberg, Germany, 2011.

Armstrong, N. The Effects of Intensive Training on the Growth and Development of  Athletes. Invited contribution to Federation Internationale de Gymnastique/International Olympic Committee Colloquium of Scientific Experts. Lausanne, Switzerland.,2011.

Armstrong N. Physiology of the Elite Young Athlete.  Keynote presentation to the 4th  International Baltic Sport Science Conference. Tartu, Estonia, 2011.

Armstrong, N. How Hard Can We Train Children? Invited presentation to the United Kingdom Sport and Exercise Medicine Conference, London, 2011.

Armstrong, N. Puberty and Exercise. Invited presentation to the Royal Society of Medicine Conference on Women’s Football and Sport. London, 2011.

Armstrong, N. Sport and Exercise Physiology in Childhood. Invited lecture to the Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrars, London, 2011.

2010

Armstrong N. From Playground to Podium.  Keynote lecture  presented to   2010 ICPESS : Youth Olympic Congress, Singapore, 2010.

Armstrong, N. Physiology of the Elite Young Athlete. Keynote lecture presented to the International Congress on the Growing Child in High Performance Sport, Birmingham, 2010.

Armstrong, N. Children Are Fit and Active – Fact or Fiction ? Keynote lecture to be presented to the12th International Mediterranean Sport Science Conference, Antalya, Turkey, 2010.

Armstrong, N. The Interplay between Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism during Exercise in Youth. Keynote lecture to be presented to the 12th International Mediterranean Sport Science Conference, Antalya, Turkey, 2010.

Armstrong, N. From Playground to Podium. Keynote lecture presented to the Youth Endurance- The Growing Athlete Conference, Birmingham, 2010.

2009

Armstrong N.  The Elite Young Athlete. Keynote lecture presented to the 7th Groningen Sports Medicine Symposium, Groningen, the Netherlands, 2009.

Armstrong, N. Exercise Training: Dose – Response Issues in Children. Invited presentation to the Annual Conference of the European College of Sport Science, Oslo, Norway, 2009.

2008

Armstrong, N. Paediatric Exercise Physiology – Back to the Future.  Keynote presentation to the Annual  Conference of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine, Colorado Springs, USA, 2008.

Media Coverage

Over a 25 year period Neil’s research has been regularly and prominently featured in the national press and on over 300 national television and radio programmes such as Panorama, BBC and ITN National News, Medicine Now, the Education Programme, PM, Clean Slate, On the Line and TVAM etc. A Dispatches programme, "Sick at Heart", focused on the Coronary Prevention in Children Project which is based in the Centre and has become the most widely internationally distributed and repeated Dispatches programme. Other television programmes have been broadcast world –wide and some have been repeated 15-20 times. This intensive coverage increased public awareness of children's current lifestyle and the need for change.

Over a 25 year period Neil’s research has been regularly and prominently featured in the national press and on over 300 national television and radio programmes such as Panorama, BBC and ITN National News, Medicine Now, the Education Programme, PM, Clean Slate, On the Line and TVAM etc. A Dispatches programme, "Sick at Heart", focused on the Coronary Prevention in Children Project which is based in the Centre and has become the most widely internationally distributed and repeated Dispatches programme. Other television programmes have been broadcast world –wide and some have been repeated 15-20 times. This intensive coverage increased public awareness of children's current lifestyle and the need for change.

Over a 25 year period Neil’s research has been regularly and prominently featured in the national press and on over 300 national television and radio programmes such as Panorama, BBC and ITN National News, Medicine Now, the Education Programme, PM, Clean Slate, On the Line and TVAM etc. A Dispatches programme, "Sick at Heart", focused on the Coronary Prevention in Children Project which is based in the Centre and has become the most widely internationally distributed and repeated Dispatches programme. Other television programmes have been broadcast world –wide and some have been repeated 15-20 times. This intensive coverage increased public awareness of children's current lifestyle and the need for change.

Back | Top of page | Edit Profile | Refresh page