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Dr Chris Hodgson

Senior Lecturer | +44 (0) 1243 816112

Chris is a senior lecturer teaching predominately on the Adventure Education programme. He is a fully qualified member of the International Association of Ski Instructors, a British Canoe Union Level V Coach and holds national governing body awards for a wide range of adventure sports.  Chris is currently a consultant for the BCU coaching service helping with psychological and coach education issues.

Chris studied Outdoor Education at the University of Strathclyde and then Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Chichester. Chris’ research interests include human performance during environmentally induced stress, the enhancement of adventure sports performance and the experience of adventure activities.  He is a member of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and on the editorial team for the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.

Chris was responsible for running a community based adventurous training programme in the Northeast of England and has taught, led and guided on adventurous activity programmes in North America, Europe, Africa and India. During this work he has been involved in work with all age groups and a wide range of educational groups including international competitors.

Out of work Chris can often be found performing impeccably in one of his favourite adventure activities. This might be scaling the face of a mountain, crashing down a white-water river, floating on the sea or charging down the piste. Just occasionally, however, you might get to enjoy finding him hanging on the rope, swimming next to his boat, picking his mountain-bike out of the trees or retrieving his skis from the netting.

Chris is coauthor of the text books Adventure Education: An Introduction and Adventure Sport Physiology


Lindsay, C, Christian, E. and Hodgson, C. (2011). Decision training to enhance paddler generated feedback.  BCU Coaching Developments, 157.

Berry, M. and Hodgson, C. (2011). Adventure Education: An Introduction. London: Routledge.

Draper, N., Jones, G.A, Fryer, S. Hodgson, C.I. and Blackwell, G. (2010). Physiological and psychological responses to lead and top-rope climbing for intermediate rock climbers. European Journal of Sport Science, 10(1)

Hodgson, C.I., Christian, E. and McMorris, T. (2010). Performance on the portable rod and frame test in predicting variation in learning the kayak roll.  Perceptual and Motor Skills, 110, 479-487.

Draper, N., Brent, S., Hodgson, C. and Blackwell, G. (2009). Flexibility assessment and the role of flexibility as a determinant of performance in rock climbing. International Journal of Performance Analysis of Sport, 9(1), 67-89.

Hodgson, C.I., West, C., McMorris, T., Coleman, I. and Draper, N. (2009). The relationship between cortisol concentration, anxiety and rock climbing motor performance, Psychophysiology, 46(suppl. 1), S53.

Brent, S., Draper, N., Hodgson, C.I. and Blackwell, G. (2009) Development of a performance assessment tool for rock climbers, European Journal of Sport Science, 9, 159-167.

Christian, E. and Hodgson, C. (2009). Rolling and individual differences: Is it all in the mind? BCU Coaching Developments, 145.

Hodgson, C.I., Draper, N., McMorris, T., Jones, G., Fryer, S. and Coleman, I. (2009). Perceived anxiety and plasma cortisol concentrations following rock climbing with differing safety-rope protocols. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 43, 531-535.

Draper, N. and Hodgson, C.  (2008). Adventure Sport Physiology.  Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Draper, N., Jones, G., Fryer, S., Hodgson, C. and Blackwell, G. (2008). Effect of an on-sight lead on the physiological and psychological responses to rock climbing. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 7, 492-498.

Hodgson, C.I., Draper, N., Jones, G.A., Fryer, S., Coleman, I. and McMorris, T.  (2007). The impact of rock climbing on anxiety and cortisol, Psychophysiology, 44(suppl. 1), S45.

McMorris, T., Harris, R.C., Howard, A.N., Langridge, G., Hall, B., Corbett, J., Dicks, M. and Hodgson, C.  (2006). Creatine supplementation, sleep deprivation, cortisol, melatonin and behaviour. Physiology and Behaviour, 90, 21-28.

McMorris, T., Harris, R.C., Howard, A.N. and Hodgson, C.  (2006). Creatine supplementation, sleep deprivation, cortisol, melatonin and behaviour, Psychophysiology, 43(Suppl. 1), S65-66.

Hodgson, C. (2006). Psychological principles. In British Canoe Union Coaching Handbook, (edited by F. Ferrero), pp.  83-102.  Wales: Presda Press.

McMorris, T., Harris, R.C., Swain, J., Corbett, J., Collard, K., Dyson, R.J., Dye, L. Hodgson, C. and Draper, N. (2006). Effect of creatine supplementation and sleep deprivation, with mild exercise, on cognitive and psychomotor performance, mood state, and plasma concentrations of catecholamines and cortisol.  Psychopharmacology, 185, 93-103.

Draper, N., Bird, E.L., Coleman, I. and Hodgson, C. (2006). Effects of active recovery on lactate concentration, heart rate and RPE in climbing.  Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 5, 97-105.

Hodgson, C.  (2003). Goal Setting and Mentoring for BCU Coaches.  BCU Coaching Developments, 114.

Hodgson, C. & Sharp, R.H.  (2000). National Governing Body Awards: a strategy for success.  Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 52(2), 199-210.


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