Laura Forrest
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Area of academic expertise - outline

My area of expertise lies within the field of exercise physiology.  In particular, my research interests are within the area of applied exercise physiology with the aim of improving and understanding sports performance, along with advancing health using high intensity exercise.  

I have extensive experience conducting exercise tests (specific to various sports), training studies, and measuring physiological outcomes in a wide-range of different populations including sedentary "at-risk" adults, trained, elite and world-class athletes.  With a background of working at the sportscotland Institute of Sport as an Exercise Physiologist and using evidenced-based approach in order to try and enhance elite performance, in conjunction with seeing first-hand the unique physiological demands of the female athlete, my interest in the area of the female athlete began.

From a high intensity exercise perspective, my research interests lie within trying to translate the lab-based high-intensity exercise regimes in to modes which are practically feasible in the real-world environment.  

From a teaching perspective, I primarily teach aspects of exercise physiology on the Sport and Exercise Science programme. I am currently module coordinator for L7 (first year) Introduction to Sport Science and L10 (fourth year) Applied Exercise Physiology. I have previously been the module coordinator for L8 (second year) Sport and Exercise Nutrition and have contributed towards several other modules including Introduction to Physiology, Kinetic Anatomy, Research Methods and Dissertation.

I have a keen interest in curriculum development and design and co-chair the Division of Sport Programme Development Group. This group aims to combine the quality assurance and annual monitoring functions of the programme boards with the extended, cross-programme functions of sharing of best practice and professional/curricular development. I am also a member of the Sport Curriculum Review Group and contribute towards the facilitation and document preparation for the upcoming Divisional programme re-approval event and the Institute-Led Review.  

Current research activities

My current areas of research lie within the areas below:

Understanding the female athlete and elucidating the relationship between health, menstrual cycle and performance.

Translating high-intensity exercise from the laboratory into the 'real-world' environement.

Desired research direction

My areas of desired research include:

Develop a more refined understanding of the role and impact menstrual cycle function/dysfunction has on female athlete performance (and health). 

Developing ‘real-world’ effectiveness studies in translating high intensity exercise in a laboratory setting to the community with a multi-disciplinary approach.


Target collaborative organisations

1. Glasgow City Football Club

2. Scottish Rugby Union 

3. sportscotland Institute of Sport

Target collaborative companies

1. SPARC (Sport, Performance and Rehabilitation Centre) at UWS - with the aim of facilitating a business plan to develop a spin-out company. 

2. Scottish Rugby Union 

3. sportscotland Institute of Sport

4. Glasgow City Football Club


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Physiological and fitness testing and analysis

Body composition

Sport science support to well-trained-elite athletes

Exercise nutrition


Desired research direction

My areas of desired research include:

Uunderstanding the female athlete and determing the effect female specific physiological functioning has on sporting performance 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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