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Dr Stephen Patterson

Senior Lecturer

About Research

Stephen joined St Marys in 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. He graduated with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Napier University, Edinburgh (2005) before completing an MSc in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise from Strathclyde University in Glasgow (2006). He then moved to Loughborough University where he completed his PhD specialising on the responses and adaptations to exercise with blood flow restriction.

Twitter: @Stephen_patt


Stephens’s research fits into two main themes of Health and Sports Performance with significant overlap between the two. His main research focuses on the following:

  • Blood flow restriction training for rehabilitation and performance
  • Ischemic Preconditioning
  • Physiology of team sports

Stephen is an active member of the St Marys Exercise Physiology Research Group - @StMarysExPhys 

Research Publications

  • Hughes, L., Paton, B., Rosenblatt, B., Gissane, C. & Patterson, S.D. (2017). Blood flow restriction training in clinical musculoskeletal rehabilitation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, in press.
  • Patterson, S. D., Jeffries, O. & Waldron, M. (2017). Commentary on viewpoint: Could small diameter muscle afferents be responsible for the ergogenic effect of limb ischemic preconditioning? Journal of Applied Physiology, 122: 721–725.
  • Warnock, R., Jeffries, O., Patterson, S. D., & Waldron, M. (2017).  The effects of caffeine, taurine or caffeine-taurine co-ingestion on repeat-sprint cycling performance and physiological responses. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, in press.
  • Waldron, M., Whelan, K., Jeffries, O., Burt, D., Howe, L. & Patterson, S. D. (2017). The effects of acute branched-chain amino acid supplementation on recovery from a single bout of hypertrophy exercise in resistance-trained athletes.  Journal: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, in press.
  • Fox, R., Patterson, S. D. & Waldron, M. (2017). The relationship between heart rate recovery and temporary fatigue of kinematic and energetic indices among soccer players. Science and Medicine in Football, in press. 
  • Veness, D., Patterson, S. D., Jeffries, O., & Waldron, M. (2017).  The effects of mental fatigue on cricket-relevant performance among elite players.  Journal of Sports Sciences, in press.
  • Patterson, S.D. & Brandner, C. (2017). The role of blood flow restriction training for applied practitioners: A questionnaire-based survey. Journal of Sports Sciences, in press
  • Page, W., Swan, R. & Patterson, S.D. (2017). The effect of lower limb occlusion on recovery following exercise-induced muscle damage: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, in press
  • Patterson, S.D., Pattison, J., Legg, H., Gibson, A.M., & Brown, N. (2017). The impact of badminton on health markers in untrained females. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(11), 1098-1106.
  • Patterson, S.D., Bezodis, N.E., Glaister, M., Pattison, J.P. (2015). The Effect of Ischemic Preconditioning on Repeated Sprint Cycling Performance. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 47(8), 1652-1658.
  • Glaister, M., Muniz-Pumares, D., Patterson, S.D., Foley, P. & McInnes, G. (2015). Caffeine supplementation and peak anaerobic power output. European Journal of Sport Science, 15(5), 400-406.
  • Glaister, M., Pattison, J.R., Muniz-Pumares, D., Patterson, S.D., Foley, P. (2015). Effects of dietary nitrate, caffeine, and their combination on 20 km cycling time-trial performance. Journal of strength and conditioning research, 29(1), 165-174.
  • Patterson, S.D. & Ferguson, R.A. (2013). Circulating hormone and cytokine response to low-load resistance training with blood flow restriction. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113, 713-719.
  • Glaister, M., Patterson S.D., Foley P., Pedlar, C.R., Pattison, J.R., McInnes, G. (2012). Caffeine and sprinting: dose responses and efficacy. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 26(4), 1001-1005. 
  • Patterson, S.D. & Ferguson, R.A. (2011). Resistance training with blood flow restriction enhances the increase in strength and peak post occlusive calf blood flow in older people. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 19, 201-213. 
  • Patterson, S.D. & Ferguson, R.A. (2010). Increase in calf post-occlusive blood flow and strength following short term resistance exercise training with blood flow restriction in young women. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 108, 1025-1033 
  • Patterson, S.D., Gray, S.R. & Nimmo, M.A. (2008). The response of plasma interleukin-6 and its soluble receptors to exercise in the cold in humans. Journal of Sports Science, 26, 927-933
  • Patterson, S.D. & Gray, S.R. (2007). Carbohydrate-gel supplementation and endurance performance during intermittent high-intensity shuttle running. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 17, 445-455. 

Current PhD Students

  • Luke Hughes (PhD student: St Marys University) – “Blood flow restriction as a clinical rehabilitation tool.”
  • Paul Head (PhD student: St Mary's University) - "The efficacy of blood flow restriction training in clinical populations." 

Completed PhD Students

  • Jonathan Griffin – “The effect Ischemic Preconditioning on parameters of athletic performance” – January 2017

Research Grants

  • Badminton World Federation (BWF) – The health impact of badminton in sedentary females - $6000

Awards and Prizes

  • Young Investigators Award- Poster Presentation. Thirteenth Annual Congress of The European College of Sport Science, Estoril 2008. (300 Eur)

External Activities

  • Ad hoc reviewer for Sports Medicine, IJJSP, Journal of Sports Sciences, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, European Journal of Applied Physiology


  • <![if !supportLists]> <![endif]>Editorial Board - Journal of Fitness Research  (2013 – present)