Dr Luke Connolly

Dr Luke Connolly

Lecturer in Physiotherapy (Exercise Science)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Dr Luke Connolly can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise physiology
  • Before-and-after studies
  • Quantitative research
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Systematic reviews



  • PhD Sport and Health Sciences (University of Exeter)
  • MSc Sport and Health Sciences (University of Exeter)
  • BSc Applied Sports Science and Coaching (University of St Mark & St John)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional membership

  • The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • The Physiological Society



Research interests

The effect of physical inactivity and subsequent physical activity on the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular and musculoskeletal adaptations) in healthy and clinical populations using manipulations such as fitness training, nutritional supplementation exercise intensity, exercise modality and exercise duration. Muscular adaptation to exercise training, fitness testing in elite team sports and match analysis as a research tool in team sports.

Other research

CogEx Study

The group is made up of researchers, research assistants/therapists and people with progressive MS across 11 sites worldwide. CogEx is a multi-arm, randomised, blinded, sham-controlled trial of cognitive rehabilitation and exercise. The CogEx study will recruit 360 people with progressive MS, across all sites. Participants will be experiencing mild-moderate cognitive difficulties with an EDSS score between 3.0-6.5. There are two sites in the UK: Plymouth and London.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Harpham I, Gunn H, Marsden J, Bescos Garcia R & Connolly L (2024) 'Home‐based high‐intensity interval training for people with Parkinson's: Protocol for the HIIT‐Home4Parkinson's randomized, controlled feasibility study' Health Science Reports , DOI Open access
Harpham I, Gunn H, Marsden J & Connolly L (2023) 'Co-Creating a Feasible, Acceptable and Safe Home-Based High-Intensity Interval Training Programme for People with Parkinson’s: The HIIT-Home4Parkinson’s Study' IJERPH Open access
Harpham I, Gunn H, Marsden J & Connolly L (2023) 'The feasibility, safety, physiological and clinical effects of high‑intensity interval training for people with Parkinson’s: a systematic review and meta‑analysis' Aging Clinical and Experimental Research , DOI Open access
Mohd-Liza SA, Connolly L, Muhamad AS & Malik AA (2022) 'Perceptual responses and running performance during treadmill and overground self-paced interval running in moderately active adults' Journal of Physical Education and Sport 22, (1) 216-224 , DOI Open access
Jones RB, Hubble S, Taylor L, Gunn H, Logan A, Rowland T, Bradwell H, Connolly LJ, Algie K & Anil K (2021) 'Authors’ Response to Peer Reviews of “Technologies to Support Assessment of Movement During Video Consultations: Exploratory Study”' JMIRx Med 2, (3) e32248-e32248 , DOI Open access
Jones RB, Hubble S, Taylor L, Gunn H, Logan A, Rowland T, Bradwell H, Connolly LJ, Algie K & Anil K (2021) 'Technologies to Support Assessment of Movement During Video Consultations: Exploratory Study' JMIRx Med 2, (3) , DOI Open access
Taul-Madsen L, Connolly L, Dennett R, Freeman J, Dalgas U & Hvid L (2021) 'Is aerobic or resistance training the most effective exercise modality for improving lower extremity physical function and perceived fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis? A systematic review and meta-analysis' Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , DOI Open access
Dennett R, Madsen LT, Connolly L, Hosking J, Dalgas U & Freeman J (2020) 'Adherence and drop-out in randomized controlled trials of exercise interventions in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analyses' Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders 43, 102169-102169 , DOI Open access
Connolly LJ, Scott S, Morencos CM, Fulford J, Jones AM, Knapp K, Krustrup P, Bailey SJ & Bowtell JL (2020) 'Impact of a novel home-based exercise intervention on health indicators in inactive premenopausal women: a 12-week randomised controlled trial' European Journal of Applied Physiology 120, (4) 771-782 , DOI
Skoradal M, Weihe P, Patursson P, Mortensen J, Connolly L, Krustrup P & Mohr M (2018) 'Football training improves metabolic and cardiovascular health status in 55‐ to 70‐year‐old women and men with prediabetes' Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 28, (S1) 42-51 , DOI
Dewhurst-Trigg R, Yeates T, Blackwell JR, Thompson C, Linoby A, Morgan PT, Clarke I, Connolly LJ, Wylie LJ & Winyard PG (2018) 'Lowering of blood pressure after nitrate-rich vegetable consumption is abolished with the co-ingestion of thiocyanate-rich vegetables in healthy normotensive males' Nitric Oxide 74, 39-46 , DOI
Connolly LJ, Bailey SJ, Krustrup P, Fulford J, Smietanka C & Jones AM (2017) 'Effects of self-paced interval and continuous training on health markers in women' European Journal of Applied Physiology 117, (11) 2281-2293 , DOI Open access
Reddy P, Dias I, Holland C, Campbell N, Nagar I, Connolly L, Krustrup P & Hubball H (2017) 'Walking football as sustainable exercise for older adults – A pilot investigation' European Journal of Sport Science 17, (5) 638-645 , DOI
Connolly LJ, Nordsborg NB, Nyberg M, Weihe P, Krustrup P & Mohr M (2016) 'Low-volume high-intensity swim training is superior to high-volume low-intensity training in relation to insulin sensitivity and glucose control in inactive middle-aged women' European Journal of Applied Physiology 116, (10) 1889-1897 , DOI
Bowtell JL, Jackman SR, Scott S, Connolly LJ, Mohr M, Ermidis G, Julian R, Yousefian F, Helge EW & Jørgensen NR (2016) 'Short Duration Small Sided Football and to a Lesser Extent Whole Body Vibration Exercise Induce Acute Changes in Markers of Bone Turnover' BioMed Research International 2016, 1-10 , DOI Open access
Nordsborg NB, Connolly L, Weihe P, Iuliano E, Krustrup P, Saltin B & Mohr M (2015) 'Oxidative capacity and glycogen content increase more in arm than leg muscle in sedentary women after intense training' Journal of Applied Physiology 119, (2) 116-123 , DOI
Mohr M, Krustrup P, Connolly L, Weihe P, Iuliano E, Aquino G, Saltin B & Nordsborg NB (2015) 'Effect Of Exercise Training Mode On Oxidative Capacity In Human Arm And Leg Skeletal Muscle' Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 47, (5S) 221-221 , DOI
KRUSTRUP P, BRADLEY PS, CHRISTENSEN JF, CASTAGNA C, JACKMAN S, CONNOLLY L, RANDERS MB, MOHR M & BANGSBO J (2015) 'The Yo-Yo IE2 Test' Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 47, (1) 100-108 , DOI
Connolly LJ, Scott S, Mohr M, Ermidis G, Julian R, Bangsbo J, Jackman SR, Bowtell JL, Davies RC & Hopkins SJ (2014) 'Effects of small-volume soccer and vibration training on body composition, aerobic fitness, and muscular PCr kinetics for inactive women aged 20–45' Journal of Sport and Health Science 3, (4) 284-292 , DOI
Other Publications
Connolly L (2018) The effects of exercise training interventions on the health profile of inactive premenopausal women.