Dr John Malone


School School of Social and Health Sciences

Department Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8065


I joined Abertay University in 2014 from Liverpool Hope University, where I was a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Sport and Exercise Science.  Previously, I held lecturing positions at University College Dublin and American College Dublin.

My academic qualifications include a BSc. (Hons.) in Sport, Coaching and Exercise (Manchester Metropolitan University); MSc. Exercise Physiology (Trinity College Dublin); PhD Sports Medicine (University College Dublin); PGDip Academic Practice (Liverpool Hope University). I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

My principal area of research is Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES).  I am currently interested in the development of NMES protocols for use in a home-based setting for elderly populations in collaboration with University College Dublin.

My wider interests include muscle physiology and ageing, sports recovery and strength and conditioning.  Other relevant qualifications include being a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a NASM Level 3 Certified Personal Trainer.

Current Post:

2014 - Present:   Lecturer - Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Roles include:

  • Programme and Module Leader
  • Division Rep for Health and Safety

Previous HE Employment:

  • 2012-2014:   Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Sport and Exercise Science (Liverpool Hope University)
  • 2009-2012:   Associate Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning (University College Dublin)
  • 2008-2010:   External Lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology (American College Dublin)

Academic Qualifications:

  • 2001 - 2004:   BSc.(Hons.) Sport, Coaching & Exercise (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • 2005 - 2006:   H.Dip. (Taught) Exercise Physiology (Trinity College Dublin)
  • 2007 - 2008:   MSc. (Research) Exercise Physiology(Trinity College Dublin)
  • 2009 - 2012:   PhD. Sports Medicine (University College Dublin)
  • 2012 - 2013:   PG Cert. Academic Practice (Liverpool Hope University)


  • 2013 - :   Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Other Relevant Qualifications:

  • 2007:   NSCA – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) 
  • 2009:   NASM – Level 3 Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) 



Programme Leader:

  • BSc. (Hons.) Strength and Conditioning
  • BSc. (Hons.) Physical Activity and Health

Module Leader:

  • SPS305 - Practical Strength and Conditioning 1 (Yr. 3)
  • SPS410 - Practical Strength and Conditioning 2 (Yr. 4)
  • SPS401 - Work Placement (Yr 4)

Also Teach on:

  • SPS312 - Research Methods (Yr. 3)
  • SPS400 - Sports Research Project (Yr. 4)

Post Graduate Supervision:

2016-2017:   Primary supervisor to Mr Dominic O' Connor, who sucessfully completed his Viva in April 2016 for the award of MSc. by Research.  His thesis is entitled 'The Physiological and Subjective Responses to Varying Doses of Sprint Interval Training'.

My broad areas of interest include muscle physiology and ageing, sports recovery, testing and evaluation of human performance, strength and conditioning and exercise and health.

My principal area of research is neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).  At present, I am interested in the development of NMES protocols for use in a home based setting for elderly populations. 


Peer Reviewed Journals:

Cobley JN, Margaritelis NV, Morton JP, Close GL, Nikolaidis MG and Malone JK (2015). The basic chemistry of exercise-induced DNA oxidation: oxidative damage, redox signalling and their interplay. Frontiers in Physiology, Jun 17; 6:182. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2015.00182

Malone JK, Blake C, Caulfield B (2014).  Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) during recovery from exercise: A systematic review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(9), 2478-2506.

Malone JK, Blake C, Caulfield B (2014). Neuromuscular electrical stimulation: no enhancement of recovery from maximal exercise. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9, 792-799.

Malone JK, Blake C, Caulfield B (2014).  The Reliability of Performing Multiple Bouts of the 30 second Wingate Anaerobic Cycle Test in a Trained Male Population. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 22(3) 251-258.

Malone JK, Coughlan GF, Crowe L, et al. (2012). The physiological effects of low-intensity neuromuscular electrical stimulation on short-term recovery from supra-maximal exercise bouts in trained male triathletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(7), 2421-2432.

Mac Ananey O, Malone JK, Warmington S, et al. (2011).  Cardiac output is not related to the slowed O2 uptake kinetics in Type 2 diabetes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 43(6), 935–942.


Book Chapters:

Malone JK [In Press].  The Effects of Ageing & Exercise on Skeletal Muscle Structure & Function.  In: A. Alkhatib (ed.) Sedentary Lifestyle: Predictive Factors, Health Risks and Physiological Implications.  New York: Nova Science Publishers. (https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=57428&osCsid=5e9a553a1b1129fed10cc0ad3598a587).


Conference Proceedings Publications:

Malone JK, Coughlan GF, Crowe L, et al.  The physiological effects of low-intensity NMES on short-term recovery from supra-maximal exercise bouts in an elite athlete – A case study.  2nd Annual Conference of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS), United Kingdom and Ireland Chapter, 10-12th Mar 2011 - University College Dublin, Ireland.
• Abstract published in Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, 15, E1-E24, 2011

Egaña M, Crampton D, Malone JK, et al. (2006). Cardiorespiratory responses to near fatiguing sustained and intermittent isometric contractions of the quadriceps muscles, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, Biomedical Sciences, Summer Meeting, 22-23rd June 2006, University of Limerick, Ireland.
• Abstract published in Irish Journal of Medical Science, Supplements, 2006.

More Information


Jan 2017:  The Carnegie Trust:  Research Incentive Grant (£7,500) - Project Title: Unsupervised Home-Based Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Training to Improve Physical Activity in Ageing Populations.  Outcome - Unsuccessful.

Feb 2016 - Euorpean Network for Joint Evaluation of Connect Health Technologies (ENJECT) - Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) Travel Grant (€1,150).  Outcome - Succesful. 




  • Physical Therapy in Sport
  • Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
  • Research in Sports Medicine
  • BMC Neurology

Knowledge Exchange

July 4th 2017:  appeared on the TV programme 'How to Lose Weight Well', which is a Channel 4 production.  My role included discussing the use of neuromuscular elctrical stimulation (NMES) for weight loss. 

Feb 16th 2017:  presented a Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) Case Report as part of the European Network for the Joint Evaluation of Connected Health Technologies (ENJECT) at their European Cooperation in Science and Technology (ECOST) workshop in Paris, France. The title of my presentation was 'Unsupervised Hame based Training to improve Physical Function in Ageing Populations', which is a collaborative research framework between Abertay University and University College Dublin.

April 4th 2014:   I presented my research to staff and students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas entitled: ‘Current perspectives on the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation as a recovery modality to enhance sports performance’.

2010 - 2012:  I presented my PhD research at 4 international conferences, including the ECSS conference in Liverpool (2011) and Bruges (2012).

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