Christopher Nulty

BSc(Hons) MSc PGCert

Assistant Lecturer in Sport Science

Department of Science and Health

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ORCID ID:0000-0001-7304-5072  ResearchGate

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Interested in muscle and tendon physiology, specifically on the impact of training and nutrition interventions on muscle and tendon properties. Research experience in physiological assessment of strength and power in Premier league football and Intercounty Gaelic football.

Currently working on PhD research degree at Liverpool John Moore’s University on the influence of Vitamin C enriched collagen supplementation and resistance exercise on muscle-tendon unit physiology. Also interested in the impact of ageing and menstrual cycle status influence acute physiological responses to feeding and exercise interventions.

Experience in supervising postgraduate students with one student supervised to MRes. completion, and two ongoing projects. One of these projects is examining fatigue during intensified competition periods for team sports with a specific focus on professional Ice Hockey (co-supervised with Mr. Declan Browne). The other project is an effort to examine the influence of a hydrolyzed collagen protein supplement combined with resistance exercise on performance and clinical markers of tendon health in middle-aged men (co-supervised with Dr. Paula Rankin).


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Simpson, D., Ehrensberger, M., Nulty, C., Regan, J., Broderick, P., Blake, C. and Monaghan, K. (2019). Peak torque, rate of torque development and average torque of isometric ankle and elbow contractions show excellent test–retest reliability. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal39(01), pp.67-76.

Allister, A., Byrne, P.J., Nulty, C.D. and Jordan, S. (2018). Game-related statistics which discriminate elite senior Gaelic football teams according to game outcome and final score difference. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport18(4), pp.622-632.

Murtagh, C.F., Nulty, C., Vanrenterghem, J., O’Boyle, A., Morgans, R., Drust, B. and Erskine, R.M. (2018). The neuromuscular determinants of unilateral jump performance in soccer players are direction-specific. International journal of sports physiology and performance13(5), pp.604-611..

Conference Proceedings and Papers

O’Meara D., Nulty C., O’Rourke, B., and Devereux F. A comparison of peak rate of force development between a traditional isometric mid-thigh pull and a novel, explosive mid thigh pull. Submitted to All-Ireland Post Graduate conference in Sports Science, Physical Activity and Physical Education May 2019.

Nulty C, Regan J, Donlon E, McGowan B, Gilmartin S, Silke C & Whelan B. Identification of Muscle Strength Imbalances in Intercounty Gaelic Football Players.  Submitted to Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Conference September 15-17, 2016.

Gilmartin SG, Donlon E, Regan J, Nulty C, McGowan, B, Smyth C, Slike C & Whelan B. Assessing the predictive ability of isokinetic testing for risk of hamstring injury in an intercounty Gaelic football team.  Submitted to Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Conference September 15-17, 2016.

Murtagh CF, Nulty C, Stubbs M, Vanrenterghem J, O’Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B & Erskine RM.  The contribution of skeletal muscle volume and architecture to soccer-specific power in elite and recreational youth soccer players. Submitted to European College of Sport Science: Sustainable Sport Conference, Malmo, Sweden, June 24-27, 2015.

Research Supervision

Current Students

Eoin Kirwan, year 1 MRes Student on Presidents award funding, investigating Fatigue during intensified competition periods Co-Supervising with Declan Browne

Keiran Phelan, year 1 Masters by Research on Presidents award funding, investigating the effects of Vitamin C enriched collagen supplementation

Previous Students

Darragh O’Meara, The optimum time frame for recovery of force-time characteristics after dry needling interventions. Co-Supervised with Mr. Brian O’Rourke, and Mr. Frank Deveraux. Awarded MSc. by Research in November 2020.

Areas of Interest for future supervision
  • nutrition and resistance exercise;
  • recovery from fatiguing/damaging exercise;
  • influence of estrogen levels on sport physiology and nutrition
  • influence of ageing on adaptations to resistance exercise

Engagement and Collaboration

Previous research collaboration with Liverpool Football Club and Sligo GAA. Currently collaborating with Belfast Giants Ice Hockey investigating fatigue during intensified competition periods.