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Dr Andy Siddall

Research Fellow - Occupational Performance Research Group

Andy is a research fellow in the Occupational Performance Research Group (OPRG). His work has centred around occupational, environmental and exercise physiology military training and firefighter populations. His research has examining physical employment standards, health and lifestyle behaviours, adaptation to exercise training and injury risk. He has also worked as a teaching fellow in exercise physiology and biomechanics at the University of Bath.  


2012 – Ph.D. Exercise Physiology and Health, University of Bath

2008 – BSc. Hons. Sport & Exercise Science, University of Bath 


Journal articles

Siddall, A., Stevenson, R., Turner P., Stokes K., Bilzon J. (2016). Development of role-related minimum cardiorespiratory fitness standards for firefighters and commanders. Ergonomics. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2015.1135997.

Siddall, A., Bilzon, J., Thompson, D., Greeves, J., Izard, R., Stokes, K. (2016). Smoking status and changes in physical fitness during initial military training. Occupational Medicine. [In press]

Stevenson, R., Siddall, A., Turner, P., Bilzon, J. (2016). A task analysis methodology for the development of minimum physical employment standards. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000812.

Robinson, M., Siddall, A., Bilzon, J., Thompson, D., Greeves, J., Izard, R., Stokes, K. (2016). Low fitness, low body mass and prior injury risk during military recruit training: a prospective cohort study in the British Army. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. DOI: 10.1136/bmjsem-2015-000100.

Stevenson, R., Siddall, A., Turner, P., Bilzon, J. (2017). Physical employment standards for UK firefighters: Minimum muscular strength and endurance requirements. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000926.

Peer reviewed presentations (selected)

Siddall, A., Stevenson, R., Turner, P., Bilzon, J. Establishing the strength and muscular endurance demands of firefighters. Physical Employment Standards Conference, Canmore, Canada. 2015.

Siddall, A., Turner, P., Stevenson, R., Standage, M., Bilzon, J. Lifestyle behaviours, well-being and chronic disease biomarkers in UK operational firefighters. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Orlando, USA. 2014.

Siddall, A. Bilzon, J., Thompson, D., Izard. R., Greeves, J., Stokes, K. Influence of smoking status on musculoskeletal injury risk in British Army Infantry trainees. European College of Sports Science Annual Congress, Barcelona, Spain. 2013.


Siddall, A., Stokes, K., Bilzon, J. (2017). Development of occupational fitness standards for the UK Fire and Rescue Services. Internal report, Chief Fire Officer’s Association. 

Siddall, A. Standage, M., Bilzon, J. (2017). Enhancing the health and well-being of the UK Fire & Rescue service. Internal report, Chief Fire Officer’s Association.

Siddall, A., Standage, M., Stokes, K., Bilzon, J. (2014). Enhancing the health, fitness and performance of UK firefighters: an interim report. Internal report, Chief Fire Officer’s Association.

Siddall, A., Robinson, M., Stokes, K., Thompson, D., Bilzon, J. (2012). Smoking characteristics in British Army trainees: A study into the influence of smoking on performance and physiological status during initial training. Internal report, Army Recruiting and Training Division, UK Ministry of Defence.


Research Interests

Andy has research interests in the following areas:

  • Adaptation to long-term exercise training
  • Sleep restriction and disruption/shift-work and health
  • Development and implementation of physical employment standards
  • Physiology of exercise in environmental extremes
  • Training load and injury risk