Dr Chris Byrne

Dr Chris Byrne

Lecturer in Physiotherapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)


I am a full-time Lecturer in Physiotherapy and contribute to the teaching and research activities of the School of Health Professions.


I am a Physiotherapist and health researcher with a research and teaching background in sport and exercise physiology. I joined Plymouth University in 2016 from the University of Oxford. As a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford, I helped to conduct large randomised controlled trials of complex rehabilitation interventions. Previously, I have held lecturing positions in sport and exercise physiology (University of Exeter & Heriot-Watt University, 2004-2010) and was a post-doctoral research scientist in military physiology (Singapore Defence Medical & Environmental Research Institute, 2001-2004). 

PhD Exercise Physiology, Bangor University (2001)
MSc Physiotherapy, King’s College London (2013)
BA (Hons) Sports Science, Bangor University (1996)

Professional membership

Health and Care Professions Council (2013-Present)

Teaching interests

I am module leader for the Physiotherapy undergraduate modules Inspiring Health & Exercise (PHY111) and Enhancing Physical Activity (PHY323) and I act as Physiotherapy lead for the second and third year Project Studies (SOHP501 & SOHP601) research modules. I contribute to teaching and research supervision on a range of undergraduate and post-graduate modules within the School of Health Professions.

Research interests

My research has examined the effects of exercise on health and human performance. Areas of investigation have included musculoskeletal rehabilitation (platelet rich plasma in Achilles tendon rupture, prognostic factors for ankle sprain recovery), physiology and performance in environmental heat, and neuromuscular function after exercise-induced muscle damage. 

Key publications are highlighted

Schlussel M, Keene D, Collins G, Bostock J, Byrne C, Goodacre S, Gwilym S, Hagan D, Haywood K & Thompson J 2018 'Development and prospective external validation of a tool to predict poor recovery at nine months after acute ankle sprain in UK emergency departments: the SPRAINED prognostic model' BMJ Open PEARL
Keene DJ, Schlussel MM, Thompson J, Hagan DA, Williams MA, Byrne C, Goodacre S, Cooke M, Gwilym S & Hormbrey P 2018 'were lower than in the development data set, 7% versus 20% for outcome 1 and 16% versus 24% for outcome 2' HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT 22, (64) 1-+ Author Site , DOI
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) Author Site , DOI
Lamb SE, Sheehan B, Atherton N, Nichols V, Collins H, Mistry D, Dosanjh S, Slowther AM, Khan I & Petrou S 2018 'Dementia And Physical Activity (DAPA) trial of moderate to high intensity exercise training for people with dementia: Randomised controlled trial' BMJ (Online) 361, , DOI
Alsousou J, Keene DJ, Hulley PA, Harrison P, Wagland S, Byrne C, Schlüssel MM, Dutton SJ, Lamb SE & Willett K 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) e018135-e018135 , DOI PEARL
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 Musculoskeletal Disorders 18, (1) 421-421 Author Site , DOI PEARL
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' Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 36, 34-39 , DOI PEARL
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 , DOI
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 Medicine 46, (9) 1311-1332 , DOI PEARL
Lee JK, Yeo Z, Nio AQ, Koh AC, Teo Y, Goh L, Tan PM & Byrne C 2013 'Cold Drink Attenuates Heat Strain during Work-rest Cycles' International Journal of Sports Medicine 34, (12) 1037-1042 , DOI
Yeo Z, Fan PW, Nio AQ, Byrne C & Lee JK 2012 'Ice Slurry on Outdoor Running Performance in Heat' International Journal of Sports Medicine 33, (11) 859-866 , DOI
Street B, Byrne C & Eston R 2011 'Glutamine Supplementation in Recovery From Eccentric Exercise Attenuates Strength Loss and Muscle Soreness' Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness 9, (2) 116-122 , DOI
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 , DOI
Jakeman JR, 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, (11) 3157-3165 , DOI
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 49, (1) 131-135 , DOI
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 , DOI
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' European Journal of Applied Physiology 109, (5) 887-898 , DOI
Al-Rahamneh HQ, Faulkner JA, Byrne C & Eston RG 2010 '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, (2) 273-277 , DOI
Lim CL, Byrne C & Lee JKW 2008 'Human thermoregulation and measurement of body temperature in exercise and clinical settings' ANNALS ACADEMY OF MEDICINE SINGAPORE 37, (4) 347-353 Author Site
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' ANNALS ACADEMY OF MEDICINE SINGAPORE 37, (4) 307-314 Author Site
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 Site , DOI
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 Site , DOI
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 , DOI
Byrne C 2007 'ACCURACY OF RADIOPILL TELEMETRY DURING DISTANCE RUNNING IN THE HEAT' Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 39, (2) 394-394 , DOI
BYRNE C, LEE JKW, CHEW SAN, LIM CL & TAN EYM 2006 'Continuous Thermoregulatory Responses to Mass-Participation Distance Running in Heat' Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 38, (5) 803-810 , DOI
Lim CL, Byrne C, Chew SAN & 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 Author Site
Byrne C, Lim CL, Chew SAN & Ming ETY 2005 'Water versus Carbohydrate-Electrolyte Fluid Replacement during Loaded Marching Under Heat Stress' Military Medicine 170, (8) 715-721 , DOI
Byrne C, Twist C & Eston R 2004 'Neuromuscular function after exercise-induced muscle damage - Theoretical and applied implications' SPORTS MEDICINE 34, (1) 49-69 Author Site , DOI
Zhao B, Moochhala SM, Tham S-Y, Lu J, Chia M, Byrne C, Hu Q & Lee LK 2003 'Relationship between angiotensin-converting enzyme ID polymorphism and VO2max of Chinese males' Life Sciences 73, (20) 2625-2630 , DOI
Byrne C & Eston R 2002 'Maximal-intensity isometric and dynamic exercise performance after eccentric muscle actions' Journal of Sports Sciences 20, (12) 951-959 , DOI
Byrne C & Eston R 2002 'The effect of exercise-induced muscle damage on isometric and dynamic knee extensor strength and vertical jump performance' Journal of Sports Sciences 20, (5) 417-425 , DOI
Byrne C, Eston RG & Edwards RHT 2001 'Characteristics of isometric and dynamic strength loss following eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage' SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS 11, (3) 134-140 Author Site , DOI
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' Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports 10, (4) 199-204 , DOI
2000 'The effects of eccentric exercise-induced muscle injury on isometric knee extensor torque at short and optimal muscle length' Journal of Sports Sciences 18, (1) 22-23 , DOI
Byrne C & Eston RG 1998 'Exercise, muscle damage and delayed onset muscle soreness' SPORTS EXERCISE AND INJURY 4, (2-3) 69-73 Author Site
Keene D, Sclussel M, Thompson J, Hagan D, Williams M, Byrne C, Goodacre S, Cooke M, Gwilym S & Hormbrey P 0 'Development and external validation of a prognostic model for predicting poor outcome in people with acute ankle sprains: the SPRAINED study' Health Technology Assessment PEARL
Byrne C & Lee J 0 'The Physiological Strain Index Modified for Trained Heat Acclimatized Individuals in Outdoor Heat' International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance , DOI PEARL
Conference Papers
Byrne C & Eston RG 2002 'Voluntary isometric strength and fatigue in human knee extensors following eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage' 63P-63P
2000 'Effects of eccentric exercise-induced muscle injury on isometric torque at short and optimal muscle lengths and isokinetic torque' 467-468
1998 'Use of ratings of perceived exertion to regulate exercise intensity: A study using effort estimation and effort production procedures' 15-16