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Senior Lecturer in Sport Science, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Cooper is an Associate Professor in Exercise, Cognition and Health at Nottingham Trent University. His research focuses primarily on the effects of physical activity on cognitive function and cardiometabolic health in young people, alongside more broad research interests examining injury and illness surveillance in elite sport and optimising team sport performance. Dr Cooper primarily teaches exercise and health physiology, and is module leader for Exercise Testing and Prescription or Health.

His research interests include:

– The factors affecting cognitive function in young people across the school morning, with a focus on the role of physical activity. Work is continuing to examine the optimum modality, intensity and duration of exercise to optimise cognition in young people
– The effects of physical activity on cardiometabolic health in young people
– Exercise in the heat and neuromuscular and cognitive function
– The reciprocal relationship between self-control and physical activity/exercise performance
– Injury and illness surveillance and monitoring in elite sport
– More broadly, the effect of team games on young athletes.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer Sport Science, Nottingham Trent University