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Dr Naomi Datson

Senior Lecturer in Sports Performance Analysis | 01243816333

Naomi is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Performance Analysis and lectures on a range of Performance Analysis modules across a number of degree programmes.  Prior to joining the University in 2016, Naomi worked in elite sport for 12 years.  During this time Naomi predominantly worked for the Football Association and spent 5 years as Head of Sport Science for all England women’s teams. Naomi also spent one year working as a Sports Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport.  Naomi gained her PhD in the Physiology of Elite Female Soccer from Liverpool John Moores University in 2016.  


2000-2003 BSc (Hons) Sport Science (physiology), Liverpool John Moores University

2005-2006 MSc Sport Science (physiology), Liverpool John Moores University

2011-2016 PhD in Sport Physiology, Liverpool John Moores University


Journal Articles

Datson, N., Weston, M., Drust, B., Gresgon, W. & Lolli. High-intensity endurance capacity assessment as a tool for talent identification in elite youth female soccer. Journal of Sports Sciences (published online 26/8/19). DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2019.1656323

Datson, N., Drust, B., Weston, M. & Gregson, W. (2019). Repeated high-speed running in elite female soccer players during international competition. Science and Medicine in Football, 3(2), 150-156. DOI: 10.1080/24733938.2018.1508880

De Ste Croix, M., Hughes, J., Ayala, F., Taylor, L. & Datson, N. (2018). Efficacy of injury prevention training is greater for high-risk vs low-risk elite female youth soccer players. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 46(13), 3271-3280. DOI: 10.1177/0363546518795677

Datson, N., Drust, B., Weston, M., Jarman, I., Lisboa, P. & Gregson, W. (2017). Match physical performance of elite female soccer players during international competition. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31,9, 2379-2387. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001575.

Datson, N., Hulton, A., Andersson, H., Lewis, T., Weston, M., Drust, B. & Gregson, W. (2014). Applied physiology of female soccer: an update. Sports Medicine, 44(9), 1225-40. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-014-0199-1.

Bradley, P.S, Bendiksen, M., Dellal, A., Mohr, M., Wilkie, A., Datson N, et al. (2014). The Application of the Yo-Yo Intermittent Endurance Level 2 Test to elite female soccer populations. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 24(1), 43- 54. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2012.01483.x. 

Williams, K, Gregson, W, Robertson, C, Datson, N, Whyte, G, et al. (2009). Alterations in left ventricular function and cardiac biomarkers as a consequence of repetitive endurance cycling. European Journal of Sport Science, 9(2), 97-105. DOI: 10.1080/17461390902763391


Peer Reviewed Presentations (selected)

Datson, N., Emmonds, S., Hughes, J. & De Ste Croix, M. (2019). A relative age effect exists in elite female soccer. World Congress of Science and Football, Melbourne, June 2019.​

Datson N, Drust B, Weston M, Jarman I, Lisboa P, Gregson W. (2014). Analysis of high-intensity activity in elite female soccer match-play. World Conference on Science and Soccer, Portland, June 2014

​Datson N, Drust B, Weston M, Gregson W. (2014). Reliability of field based performance measures in elite female soccer players. World Conference on Science and Soccer, Portland, June 2014

​Datson N, Sutton L, Williams K, Gregson W. (2010). Predicting Body Fat Percent in Elite Female Soccer Players: Skinfold versus DXA Values. Science and Soccer Conference, Port Elizabeth, June 2010

​Datson N, Drust B, Atkinson G, Gregson W. (2007). Effects of Pre-Cooling and Warm-Up Intensity on Soccer-Specific Intermittent Exercise Performance in the Heat (35 C). World Congress of Science and Football, Antalya, January 2007


Invited Presentations

Datson N. (2017). Physiology of Female Soccer. Saarland University Symposium. Saarland University, Germany

Datson N. (2013). Physical Preparation Before and During UEFA Women’s Euro 2013. UEFA Women’s Coaching Conference. Nyon, Switzerland.

​Datson N, Worral P. (2012). FIFA Women’s World Cup Preparation. Science and Football Conference. London, UK.

​Datson N, Lewis, T. (2011). Performance Profiling. Royal Society of Medicine. London, UK.


Naomi has research interests in the following areas:

Performance analysis of soccer

Physiology of female soccer

Recovery strategies

Preparation of elite athletes

Professional Memberships

Naomi is a British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Accredited Sports and Exercise Scientist and holds Chartered Scientist (CSci) status.