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Dr Chris Byrne

Dr Chris Byrne

Senior Lecturer

 Richards Building 18


Richard's Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


I am a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Programme Director for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine. I am a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Physiotherapist. My research is focused on musculoskeletal rehabilitation and physiological function in environmental heat. I have previously held  post-doctoral research positions in rehabilitation at the University of Oxford and military physiology with Singapore’s Defence Medical and Environmental Research Institute, along with academic positions in exercise physiology and physiotherapy.


PhD Exercise Physiology, University of Wales, Bangor.

MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration), King’s College London.

Health and Care professions Council Registered Physiotherapist (PH103231).

Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PR138588).

BA (Hons) Sports Science, University of Wales, Bangor.


2020-Present: Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Public Health and Sport Sciences, University of Exeter Medical School, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Exeter.

2016-2020: Lecturer in Physiotherapy, School of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth.

2014-2016: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Rehabilitation, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford.

2006-2010: Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Physiology, Sport & Health Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter.

2004-2006: Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Physiology, School of Life Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

2001-2004: Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in Military Physiology, Defence Medical & Environmental Research Institute, DSO National Laboratories, Republic of Singapore.



Journal articles

Byrne C, Cosnefroy A, Eston R, Lee J, Noakes T (In Press). Continuous Thermoregulatory Responses to a Mass Participation 89 km Ultramarathon Road Race. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Byrne C (In Press). Small changes in thermal conditions hinder marathon running performance in the tropics. Temperature (Austin, Tex.)
Adams ST, Bedwani NH, Massey LH, Bhargava A, Byrne C, Jensen KK, Smart NJ, Walsh CJ (2022). Physical activity recommendations pre and post abdominal wall reconstruction: a scoping review of the evidence. Hernia, 26(3), 701-714. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tan XR, Low ICC, Byrne C, Wang R, Lee JKW (2021). Assessment of dehydration using body mass changes of elite marathoners in the tropics. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 24(8), 806-810. Abstract.
Harrison P, Didembourg M, Wood A, Devi A, Dinsdale R, Hazeldine J, Alsousou J, Keene DJ, Hulley P, Wagland S, et al (2021). Characteristics of L-PRP preparations for treating Achilles tendon rupture within the PATH-2 study. Platelets, 32(2), 273-279. Abstract.  Author URL.
Candy E, Bunn L, Virgo P, Byrne C, Bannigan K (2021). Evaluating participants’ perceptions of a functional physical fitness assessment for those aged 60 years and over conducted in the community by student physiotherapists. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 28(3). Abstract.
Candy E, Bunn L, Byrne C, Hornsby C, Virgo P, Bannigan K (2019). Evaluating the benefit of physical fitness MOTs for people aged over 60 with Devon AgeUK and Age Concern. Physiotherapy, 105, e128-e129.
Alsousou J, Keene DJ, Harrison P, Hulley P, Wagland S, Thompson JY, Parsons SR, Byrne C, Schlüssel MM, O’Connor HM, et al (2019). Platelet-rich plasma injection for adults with acute Achilles tendon rupture: the PATH-2 RCT. Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation, 6(12), 1-98. Abstract.
Byrne C, Lee JKW (2019). The Physiological Strain Index Modified for Trained Heat-Acclimatized Individuals in Outdoor Heat. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 14(6), 805-813. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lamb SE, Sheehan B, Atherton N, Nichols V, Collins H, Mistry D, Dosanjh S, Slowther AM, Khan I, Petrou S, et al (2018). Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) trial of moderate to high intensity exercise training for people with dementia: randomised controlled trial. BMJ, 361 Abstract.  Author URL.
Schlussel MM, Keene DJ, Collins GS, Bostock J, Byrne C, Goodacre S, Gwilym S, Hagan DA, Haywood K, Thompson J, et al (2018). Development and prospective external validation of a tool to predict poor recovery at 9 months after acute ankle sprain in UK emergency departments: the SPRAINED prognostic model. BMJ Open, 8(11). Abstract.  Author URL.
Schlüssel MM, Keene DJ, Wagland S, Alsousou J, Lamb SE, Willett K, Dutton SJ, PATH-2 Trial Study Group (2018). Platelet-rich plasma in Achilles tendon healing 2 (PATH-2) trial: statistical analysis plan for a multicentre, double-blinded, parallel-group, placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial. Trials, 19(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Keene DJ, Schlüssel MM, Thompson J, Hagan DA, Williams MA, Byrne C, Goodacre S, Cooke M, Gwilym S, Hormbrey P, et al (2018). Prognostic models for identifying risk of poor outcome in people with acute ankle sprains: the SPRAINED development and external validation study. Health Technol Assess, 22(64), 1-112. Abstract.  Author URL.
Keene DJ, Schlüssel MM, Hagan D, Thompson J, Williams MA, Byrne C, Gwilym SE, Goodacre S, Cooke MW, Hormbrey P, et al (2017). Development and external validation of a prognostic model for predicting poor outcome in patients with acute ankle sprains. Physiotherapy, 103, e32-e33.
Byrne C, Keene DJ, Lamb SE, Willett K (2017). Intrarater reliability and agreement of linear encoder derived heel-rise endurance test outcome measures in healthy adults. J Electromyogr Kinesiol, 36, 34-39. Abstract.  Author URL.
Alsousou J, Keene DJ, Hulley PA, Harrison P, Wagland S, Byrne C, Schlüssel MM, Dutton SJ, Lamb SE, Willett K, et al (2017). Platelet rich Plasma in Achilles Tendon Healing 2 (PATH-2) trial: protocol for a multicentre, participant and assessor-blinded, parallel-group randomised clinical trial comparing platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection versus placebo injection for Achilles tendon rupture. BMJ Open, 7(11). Abstract.  Author URL.
Thompson J, Byrne C, Williams M, Keene D, Schlussel M, Lamb S, Group SS (2017). Prognostic factors for outcome following acute lateral ankle ligament sprain: a systematic review. Physiotherapy, 103, e44-e45.
Thompson JY, Byrne C, Williams MA, Keene DJ, Schlussel MM, Lamb SE (2017). Prognostic factors for recovery following acute lateral ankle ligament sprain: a systematic review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 18(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Byrne C, Faure C, Keene DJ, Lamb SE (2016). Ageing, Muscle Power and Physical Function: a Systematic Review and Implications for Pragmatic Training Interventions. Sports Med, 46(9), 1311-1332. Abstract.  Author URL.
Keene DJ, Williams MA, Segar AH, Byrne C, Lamb SE (2016). Immobilisation versus early ankle movement for treating acute lateral ankle ligament injuries in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(2). Abstract.
Lee JKW, Yeo ZW, Nio AQX, Koh ACH, Teo YS, Goh LF, Tan PMS, Byrne C (2013). Cold drink attenuates heat strain during work-rest cycles. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 34(12), 1037-1042. Abstract.
Yeo ZW, Fan PWP, Nio AQX, Byrne C, Lee JKW (2012). Ice slurry on outdoor running performance in heat. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 33(11), 859-866. Abstract.
Byrne C, Owen C, Cosnefroy A, Lee JKW (2011). Self-paced exercise performance in the heat after pre-exercise cold-fluid ingestion. Journal of Athletic Training, 46(6), 592-599. Abstract.
Jakeman J, Byrne C, Eston RG (2010). Efficacy of Lower Limb Compression and Combined Treatment of Manual Massage and Lower Limb Compression on Symptoms of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage in Women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24, 3157-3165. Abstract.
Jakeman JR, Byrne C, Eston RG (2010). Lower limb compression garment improves recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage in young, active females. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 109(6), 1137-1144. Abstract.
Al-Rahamneh HQ, Faulkner JA, Byrne C, Eston RG (2010). Prediction of peak oxygen uptake from ratings of perceived exertion during arm exercise in able-bodied and persons with poliomyelitis. Spinal Cord
Al-Rahamneh H, Faulkner JA, Byrne C, Eston R (2010). The Relationship Between Perceived Exertion and Physiologic Markers During Arm Exercise with Able-Bodied Participants and Participants with Poliomyelitis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91;, 273-277. Abstract.
Lee JKW, Nio AQX, Lim CL, Teo EYN, Byrne C (2010). Thermoregulation, pacing and fluid balance during mass participation distance running in a warm and humid environment. Eur J Appl Physiol, 109(5), 887-898. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lim CL, Byrne C, Lee JK (2008). Human thermoregulation and measurement of body temperature in exercise and clinical settings. Ann Acad Med Singap, 37(4), 347-353. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ng QY, Lee KW, Byrne C, Ho TF, Lim CL (2008). Plasma endotoxin and immune responses during a 21-km road race under a warm and humid environment. Ann Acad Med Singap, 37(4), 307-314. Abstract.  Author URL.
Byrne C (2007). Accuracy of radiopill telemetry during distance running in the heat - Response. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 39(2), 394-394. Author URL.
Byrne C, Lee J (2007). Important insight from the 2003 Singapore half-marathon - Respose. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 39(10), 1884-1884. Author URL.
Byrne C, Lee J (2007). Response [2]. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(10).
Byrne C (2007). Study findings challenge core components of a current model of exercise thermoregulation - Response. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 39(4), 744-744. Author URL.
Byrne C, Lim CL (2007). The ingestible telemetric body core temperature sensor: a review of validity and exercise applications. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 41(3), 126-133.
Byrne C, Chew SAN, Lee KW, Lim CL (2006). Continuous thermoregulatory responses to mass-participation distance running in heat. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 38(5), 803-810.
Byrne C, Chew SAN, Lim CL, Mackinnon LT (2005). Leukocyte subset responses during exercise under heat stress with carbohydrate or water intake. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, 76(8), 726-732.
Byrne C, Lim CL, Chew SAN (2005). Water versus carbohydrate-electrolyte fluid replacement during loaded marching under heat stress. Military Medicine, 170(8), 715-721.
Byrne C, Twist C, Eston R (2004). Neuromuscular function after exercise-induced muscle damage: Theoretical and applied implications. Sports Medicine, 34(1), 49-69.
Zhao B, Moochala SM, Tham S, Lu J, Chia M, Byrne C, Hu Q, Lee LKH (2003). Relationship between angiotensin-converting enzyme ID polymorphism and VO2max of Chinese males. Life Sciences, 73(20), 2625-2630.
Byrne C, Eston R (2002). Maximal-intensity isometric and dynamic exercise performance following eccentric muscle actions. Journal of Sports Sciences, 20(12), 951-959.
Byrne C, Eston R (2002). The effect of exercise-induced muscle damage on isometric and dynamic knee extensor strength and vertical jump performance. J Sports Sci, 20(5), 417-425. Abstract.  Author URL.
Byrne C, Edwards RHT, Eston RG (2001). Characteristics of isometric and dynamic strength loss following eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 11(3), 134-140.
Eston RG, Lemmey AB, McHugh P, Byrne C, Walsh SE (2000). Effect of stride length on symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage during a repeated bout of downhill running. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 10(4), 199-204. Abstract.  Author URL.
Byrne C, Eston RG (1998). Exercise, muscle damage and delayed onset muscle soreness. SPORTS EXERC INJURY, 4(2-3), 69-73. Abstract.


Byrne C, Eston RG, Edwards RHT (2000). Effects of eccentric exercise-induced muscle injury on isometric torque at short and optimal muscle lengths and isokinetic torque.
Byrne C, Eston RG, Edwards RHT (2000). The effects of eccentric exercise-induced muscle injury on isometric knee extensor torque at short and optimal muscle length.
Byrne C, Eston RG (1998). Use of ratings of perceived exertion to regulate exercise intensity: a study using effort estimation and effort production procedures.

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Module Lead for MSc modules:

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Medicine: Evidence Foundation (SHSM035)
  • Preparation, Pitch, Rehabilitation (SHSM036)
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine Placement (SHSM037)



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