Staff profile

David  Dixon

David Dixon


Senior Lecturer in Sport Science


Prior to becoming an academic I worked as Team Leader on a Local Authority run Exercise Referral Programme which included community Cardiac and Pulmonary Exercise Rehabilitation. During this time I also worked as a tutor for a number of exercise training providers delivering Level 3 and Level 4 subjects covering exercise and chronic ill health.

I have recently joined Writtle University College from UEL where I spent eight years teaching on the post graduate and undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science programmes.

I am hold various governing body accreditation such as BASES, SENr and TPi (Golf).

I am working with professional and amateur athletes/teams at International, National and Regional levels; providing Sports Nutrition/Physiology support and skills-based workshops for individuals, team/clubs/schools and parents, as well as to Talented Athlete Development programmes.


PG Cert in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Merit)
PG Cert in Teaching and Learning (Higher Education)
MSc. in Psychology in Sport and Exercise
BSc(Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science (First Class).
City & Guilds - Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
ISAK - Level 1
Level 4 BACPR Exercise Instructor
Titleist Performance Institute Certified

Subject Areas

Exercise Physiology
Sport Nutrition
Research Skills
Exercise Prescription
Performance Analysis


Performance Analysis -

Physiological demands of Assistant Referees

Match Officials -

Body Temperature and Decision Making.

Physiological Demands of Futsal especially refereeing.


Journal papers

Hawkar Ahmed, Glen Davison & David Dixon (2017) Analysis of activity patterns, physiological demands and decision-making performance of elite Futsal referees during matches International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport 17(5) 737-751

Sabblah, S. Dixon, D. & Bottoms, L. (2015) Sex differences on the acute effects of caffeine on maximal strength and muscular endurance . Comparative Exercise Physiology 11(2) 89-94

Dixon, D & Hegedus, C., (2014) A case study of the nutritional practices of club level cyclists before and during a cyclo-cross race International Journal of Sport Science *

Dixon, D. (2014) A retrospective study of the Yo-Yo IE2 Test: can it be used to differentiate between different levels of futsal referees American Journal of Sport Science and Medicine 2(3) 93-97

Dixon, D. (2014) A Pilot Study of the Physiological Demands of Futsal Referees Engaged in International Friendly Matches American Journal of Sport Science and Medicine 2(3) 103-107


Dixon, D. & Strachan G. Eds (2010) GP Exercise Referral Training Manual ILAM, Dublin, Eire *

Conference proceedings

Dixon, D. (2017) The different physiological demands of refereeing national, super and international futsal matches in England 5th World Conference on Science and Soccer, Rennes France *

Ahmed, H., Davison, G., Marcora, S. and Dixon, D. (2016) The effect of a match on Psychomotor Vigilance in Futsal referees ECSS Conference Vienna, Austria *

Dixon, D. and Costa, R. (2016) Does vitamin D status influence the exertional stress induced cytokinaemia in response to ultra-marathon competition? 3rd International Medical Conference on Ultra Endurance events, Chamonix, France *

Dixon, D. (2014) An examination of the relationship between decision making and hydration status in Futsal Referees 1st International Conference on Science and Practice of Sports refereeing. *


Dixon, D. (2015) The physiological demands of futsal refereeing – a study of international, national group and national league referees across games in Englan The Football Association *

Dixon, D. (2012) Healthy Bones: Calcium and Vitamin D (Chapter 7), and Dietary Supplements: Do we need them? (Chapter 9) International Olympic Committee Legacy of the 2012 London Olympiad- A Guide to Nutrition and Hydration for Active Healthy Lifestyles. Editor Maughan, *

Dixon, D. (2017) A pilot study to examine the physiological demands of non-elite soccer refereeing at step 7 of the English soccer pyramid 5th World Conference on Science and Soccer, Rennes France. *

Vera Camões-Costa, Rhiannon Snipe, David Dixon, Ricardo Costa. (2017) Dairy milk beverage enhances neutrophil function after Immunodepressive exercise in response to a bacterial challenge Sports Dietitians Australia Conference, 20-21st October 2017 *