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Dr Jessica Hill

Programme Director for Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology MSc

Jess is a senior lecturer, sports physiologist and research scientist based at St Mary's University in Twickenham, London. She teaches physiology within the Sport Science programme specialising in research methods and recovery from exercise and is also a BASES accredited physiologist working with a range of elite athletes.

For over seven years, Jess has focused her research on recovery from muscle damage and completed her PhD investigating the efficacy of compression garments on recovery from strenuous exercise. Her published research articles include; Compression garments and recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage: A meta-analysis (British Journal of Sports Medicine),The influence of compression garments on recovery following marathon running (Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research), and The variation in pressures exerted by commercially available compression garments (Sports Engineering). She is currently supervising a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research studies into exercise recovery and performance.

Jess has presented her research at a number of academic conferences including the International Olympic Committee Conference on Injury Prevention (2014) in Monaco, France and the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference (2015) in San Diego, USA. She has also been interviewed as an expert on recovery from exercise on TV (Sky News), on radio (BBC Radio 4) and in print (Men's Running).

In her spare time, Jess is a keen rower and competes for Walton Rowing Club.


Research

Peer reviewed publications:

  • Dimitriou, L., Hill, J., Jehnali, A., Dunbar, J., Brouner, J., McHugh, M., Howatson, G. (2015). Influence of a montmorency cherry juice blend on indices of exercise-induced stress and upper respiratory tract symptoms following marathon running – a pilot investigation. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
  • Hill, J., Howatson, G., van Someren, K., Davidson, S., & Pedlar, C. (2015). The variation in pressures exerted by commercially available compression garments. Sports Engineering, 18(2), 115-121.
  • Hill, J.,  Howatson, G., van Someren, K., Walshe, I., & Pedlar, C. (2014).  The influence of compression garments on recovery following Marathon running. Journal of Strength and  Conditioning Research. 28(8), 2228-2235. Lewis, N. A, Howatson, G., Morton, K., Hill. J., & Pedlar, C. (2014). Alterations in Redox Homeostasis in the Elite Endurance Athlete: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine. 
  • Hill, J., Howatson, G., van Someren, K., Leeder, J., & Pedlar, C. (2013). Compression garments and recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage: A meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092456. 
  • Knowles, A. M., Hill, J., Davies, H., Dancy, B., Mistry, N., Mellor, R., & Howatson, G. (2012). Physiological and psychological health effects of Nordic walking on sedentary adults.  Journal of Sport and Health Research. 
  • Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Hill, J., Brouner, J., Gaze, D., McHugh, M., & Shave, R. (2011). Antioxidant supplementation does not attenuate exercise-induced cardiac troponin release. International Journal of Cardiology, 152(1), 101-102. 
  • Howatson, G., Hough, P., Pattison, J., Hill , J. A., Blagrove, R., Glaister, M., & Thompson, K.G. (2011). Trekking poles reduce exercise-induced muscle injury during mountain walking. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 43 (1): 140-145.
  • Howatson, G., McHugh, M.P., Hill, J., Brouner, J., Jewell, A., van Someren, K.A., and Shave, R. Howatson, S.A. (2010). The effects of a tart cherry juice supplement on muscle damage, inflammation, oxidative stress and recovery following Marathon running. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 20(6), 843-852. 

Conference communications and published abstracts:

  • Hill, J., Howatson, G., van Someren, K., and Pedlar, C. (2015). A comparison of high and low grade compression garments on recovery form damaging exercise. ACSM Annual Conference, San Diego, California. 26th - 30th (poster presentation).
  • Hill, J., Howatson, G., van Someren, K., Davidson, S. and Pedlar, C. (2014). Pressures exerted by commercially available lower limb compression garments. International Olympic Committee Conference on Injury Prevention, Monaco, 10th-12th April 2014. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(7), 608. 
  • Hill, J.A., Howatson, G., van Someren, K., Walshe, I and Pedlar, C. (2012). The efficacy of a lower limb compression garment in accelerating recovery from a Marathon run. ACSM Annual Conference, San Francisco, California. 30th May – 2nd June (poster presentation).
  • Howatson, G., Hill, J.A., McHugh, M.P., Gaze, D. and Shave, R. (2011). Antioxidant supplementation and exercise-induced cardiac troponin release.  ACSM Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, 31st May-4th June (poster presentation). Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 43(5), 775-780.
  • Pedlar, C., Burden, R.J., Hill, J.A. Whyte, G. (2011). Physiological responses to simulated anti-gravity during treadmill running.  ACSM Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, 31st May-4th June (poster presentation). Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 43(5), 775-780. 
  • Hill, J., McHugh, M.P., Brouner, J., Jewell, A.P., Van Someren, K.A., Shave, R., and Howatson, G. (2009). The efficacy of a tart cherry juice blend in reducing symptoms of exercise induced muscle damage and aiding recovery from marathon running. BASES Annual Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, 1st – 3rd September 2009 (poster presentation). Journal of Sports Sciences, 27.
  • Howatson, G., McHugh, M.P., Hill, J.A., Brouner, J., Jewell, A., van Someren, K.A., and Shave, R. (2009). Efficacy of tart cherry juice in reducing muscle damage, inflammation and oxidative stress following Marathon running. ACSM Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, 26th - 30th May 2009 (poster presentation). Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41, S577.
  • Hill, J., and Howatson, G. (2009). The efficacy of a tart cherry juice on indices of muscle damage, inflammation and oxidative stress following Marathon running. BASES Student Conference, Hull University, 31st March – 1st April, 2009 (oral presentation).
  • Hill, J. and Pattison, J. (2006). The efficacy of massage as a recovery intervention following repeated sprint performance.  BASES Student Conference, University of Chichester, May 2007 (poster presentation).
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