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Biography

Professor Simon Jobson is a Sport and Exercise Physiologist known for his work in the field of cycling science. Simon has published research findings in many areas related to cycling performance including efficiency, allometric scaling and the ecological validity of laboratory testing.

Simon is a Section Editor for the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine and sits on the Editorial Boards of Sports, the Journal of Science and Cycling, and the Journal of Sports Sciences. As a BASES-accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, Simon applies the findings of his research when providing sport science support for many top athletes.

Simon is also Convenor of the Sport and Exercise Research Centre, Director of the Health and Wellbeing Research Group and former Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University.

Areas of expertise

  • Cycling performance/physiology
  • Cycling efficiency
  • Modelling athletic performance
  • Training Science
  • Body mass (allometric) scaling

Publications

Books

  • Jobson, S. and Irvine, D (2017) Ultra-Distance Cycling: An expert guide to endurance cycling. London: Bloomsbury Sport
  • Hopker, J.G. and Jobson, S. (Eds) (2012). Performance Cycling: The science of success. London: Bloomsbury

Journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings

  • Wright, A., Stone, K., Lambrick, D., Fryer, S., Stoner, L., Tasker, E., Jobson, S., Smith, G., Batten, J., Batey, J., Hudson, V., Hobbs, H., and Faulkner, J. (in press). A community-based, bionic leg rehabilitation program for patients with chronic stroke: clinical trial protocol. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
  • Coakley, S.L., Jobson, S.A., Nicolò, A., Giorgi, A., and Passfield, L. (in press). A power-law model reduces variability in time-to-exhaustion. In: Book of Abstracts of the 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science
  • Hopker, J. and Jobson, S. (2017). Assessing cycling fitness. In: M. Zabala and S. Cheung (Eds) Cycling Science. Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois. USA
  • Steele, J.,Fisher, J., Skivington, M., Dunn, C., Arnold, J., Tew, G., Batterham, A.M, Nunan, D., O’Driscoll, J.M., Mann, S., Beedie, C., Jobson, S., Smith, D., Vigotsky, A., Phillips, S., Estabrooks, P. and Winett, R. (in press) A higher effort-based paradigm in physical activity and exercise for public health: making the case for a greater emphasis on resistance training. BMC Public Health, 17 (1)
  • Wright, J., Bruce-Low, S. and Jobson, S. (in press) The reliability and validity of the 3-minute all-out cycling critical power test. International Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Karsten, B., Hopker, J., Jobson, S., Baker, J., Petrigna, L., Klose, A. and Beedie, C. (2017) Comparison of inter-trial recovery times for the determination of critical power and W’ in cycling. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35 (14), 1420-25
  • Passfield, L., Hopker, J.G., Jobson, S., Friel, D. and Zabala, M. (2017) Knowledge is power: Issues of measuring training and performance in cycling. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33 (14), 1426-34
  • Arkesteijn, M., Jobson, S., Hopker, J. and Passfield, L. (2016) The effect of cycling intensity on cycling economy during seated and standing cycling. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11 (7), 907-12
  • Mitchelmore, A., Jobson, S., Lambrick, D., Stoner, L., and Faulkner, J. (2016). The effect of posture and fasting state on blood pressure responses in individuals with normotension and stage 1 hypertension. Journal of Sports Sciences 34(S1): s66. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1260807
  • Reed, R., Scarf, P., Jobson, S.and Passfield, L. (2016) Determining optimal cadence for an individual road cyclist from field data. European Journal of Sport Science, 16 (8), 903-11
  • Ryan-Stewart, H., Felton, M., Crane, A., Cotterill, S., and Jobson, S. (2016). Reliability of the Terason ultrasound for measurement of muscle thickness and pennation angle. Journal of Sports Sciences 34(S1): s30. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1260807
  • Karsten, B., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J., Stevens, L., and Beedie, C. (2015). Validity and reliability of critical power field testing. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 115: 197–204. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-014-3001-z
  • Ryan-Stewart, H., Cotterill, S., and Jobson, S. (2015). The impact of technical error of measurement on somatotype categorisation. Journal of Sports Sciences. 33(S1): s37–s38. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1110321
  • Wright, J., Jobson, S.A., Bruce-Low, S., and Jessop, D. (2015). The reliability and validity of the 3-minute critical power test in linear and isokinetic mode. Journal of Science and Cycling. 4(2): 30–31.
  • Karsten, B., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J., Stevens, L., and Beedie, C. (2014). Modelling of critical power from road data [abstract]. Journal of Science and Cycling. 3(2): 23–24
  • Wright, J., Jobson, S.A. and Bruce-Low, S. (2014). The reliability and validity of the 3-minute critical power test [abstract]. Journal of Science and Cycling. 3(2): 75
  • Scarf, P., Shrahili, M., Jobson, S. and Passfield, L. (2014). Optimisation of cycling training [abstract]. Journal of Science and Cycling. 3(2): 49–50
  • Karsten, B., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J.G., Jimenez, A. and Beedie, C. (2014). High agreement between laboratory and field estimates of critical power in cycling. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 35(04): 298–303. DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1349844
  • Karsten, B., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J.G. and Beedie, C. (2014). The 3-min test does not provide a valid measure of critical power using the SRM isokinetic mode. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 35(4): 304–309. DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1349093
  • Hopker, J., Coleman, D., Gregson, H., Jobson, S.A., Von der Haar, T., Wiles, J., and Passfield, L. (2013). The influence of training status, age, and muscle fibre type on cycling efficiency and endurance performance. Journal of Applied Physiology. 115: 723–729. DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00361.2013
  • Scarf, P., Shrahili, M., Jobson, S. and Passfield, L. (2013). Modelling and optimisation of the sport and exercise training process [abstract]. In: Book of abstracts of the 4th International Conference on Mathematics in Sport
  • Karsten, B., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J.G., Petigna, L. and Beedie, C. (2013). No differences between 24H, 3H and 30min recovery in the estimations of critical power and W' in cycling. In: Book of Abstracts of the 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science
  • Passfield, L., Coakley, S.L. and Jobson, S.A. (2013). Cycling endurance performance is described by the power-law not critical power. In: Book of Abstracts of the 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science
  • Hopker, J., Coleman, D.A., Jobson, S.A., von der Haar, T, Wiles, J. and Passfield, L. (2013). The influence of ageing and training status on exercise efficiency and cycling performance. In: Book of Abstracts of the 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science
  • Arkesteijn, M., Hopker, J., Jobson, S.A. and Passfield, L. (2013). The effect of turbo trainer cycling on pedalling technique and cycling efficiency. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 34: 520–525.
  • Arkesteijn, M., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J. and Passfield, L. (2013). Effect of gradient on cycling gross efficiency and technique. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(5): 920–926
  • Kirkland, A., Hopker, J. and Jobson, S.A. (2013). Learning from the success of British Cycling – perspectives on developing excellence in practice. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 35: 22–23
  • Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J., Arkesteijn, M. and Passfield, L. (2013). The intersession reliability of muscle activity onset and offset during cycling. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23: 230–237
  • Hopker, J.G, Jobson, S.A., Azzalin, A. and Marcora, S.M. (2012). The effect of muscle fatigue on gross efficiency in cycling. In: Proceedings of the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport
  • Yule, K., Wright, J., Jobson, S.A. and Dabinett, J. (2012). Reflections on the much-revised BASES Supervised Experience programme. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 34: 22–23
  • Passfield, L., Hopker, J., Jobson, S., Gregson, H., and Coleman, D. (2012). Response: to 'Thinking outside the bag (not necessarily the lab). Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(10): 2041.
  • Hopker, J., Jobson, S.A., Coleman, D. and Passfield, L. (2012). Inverse relationship between VO2max and gross efficiency. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 33: 789–794
  • Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J.G., Korff, T. Passfield, L. (2012). Gross efficiency and cycling performance: a brief review. Journal of Science and Cycling, 1: 3–8
  • Passfield, L., Dietz, K.C., Hopker, J. Jobson, S.A. (2012). Objective time-binning in exposure variation analysis. IMA Journal of Management Mathematics. DOI: 10.1093/imaman/dps009
  • Hopker, J.G., Jobson, S.A., Gregson, H., Coleman, D. and Passfield, L. (2012). Reliability of cycling gross efficiency using the Douglas bag method. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(2): 290–296.
  • Jobson, S.A. and Passfield, L. (2012). How to use cycling training data. In: Performance Cycling: The Science of Success (eds Hopker, J., and Jobson, S.A.). Bloomsbury, London
  • Hopker, J.G. and Jobson, S.A. (2012). Laboratory and field assessment of cycling ability. In: Performance Cycling: The Science of Success (eds Hopker, J., and Jobson, S.A.). Bloomsbury, London.
  • Galbraith, A., Hopker, J., Jobson, S.A. and Passfield, L. (2011). A novel field test to determine critical speed. Journal of Sports Medicine and Doping Studies, 1(1): 1–4
  • Meadows, S., Jobson, S.A. and Kirk, M. (2011). Evaluating a cardiac rehabilitation service. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 6(11): 553–558
  • Arkesteijn, M., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J. and Passfield, L. (2011). Muscle activity in cycling: the double burst [abstract]. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45(15): A5
  • Walker, M.A., Jobson, S.A., Passfield, L. and Micklewright, D.P. (2011). Work demands of amateur cyclocross [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(sup 2): S41–S42
  • Galbraith, A., Hogg, J., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J., and Passfield, L. (2011). Validity of critical speed and anaerobic running capacity measured using a GPS watch [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(sup 2): S81–S82
  • Galbraith, A., Bell, S., Hopker, J., Jobson, S.A. and Passfield, L. (2011). The effects of different warm-up stretching protocols on critical speed and anaerobic running capacity [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(sup 2): S127–S128
  • Hopker, J.G, Jobson, S.A. and Pandit, J.J. (2011). Authors' response: Controversies in the physiological basis of the 'anaerobic threshold' and their implications for clinical cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Anaesthesia, 66(11): 1049–1050
  • Galbraith, A., Hopker, J., Jobson, S.A. and Passfield, L. (2011). A novel field test to determine critical velocity. In: Proceedings of the 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.
  • Hopker, J.G. and Jobson, S.A. (2011). Sports science support for a GB age group triathlete. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, Issue 27: 22–23
  • Hopker, J.G, Jobson, S.A., and Pandit, J.J. (2011). Controversies in the physiological basis of the 'anaerobic threshold' and their implications for clinical cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Anaesthesia, 66(2): 111–123
  • Arkesteijn, M., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J. and Passfield, L. (2010). Comparison of energy expenditure calculations [abstract]. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44: i10–i11
  • Hopker, J., Myers, S., Jobson, S.A., Bruce, W. and Passfield, L. (2010). Validity and reliability of the Wattbike cycle ergometer. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 31(10): 731–736
  • Jobson, S.A., and Hopker, J. (2010). Senior fitizens: holding back the ageing process. SportEx Health, 26: 12–16
  • Hopker, J., Passfield, L., Jobson, S.A. and Carter, H. (2010). Cycling efficiency in trained male and female competitive cyclists. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 9: 332–337
  • Passfield, L., Jobson, S.A., Atkinson, G., Barton, G. and Scarf, P. (2009). Longitudinal changes in weighted indices of work-rate but not average power output of cyclists during a racing season [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(S2): S102–S103
  • Arkesteijn, M., Jobson, S.A, and Hopker, J. (2009). Oscillations in power output during a cycling time-trial: influence of sampling resolution on the power spectrum analysis [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(S2): S109-S110
  • Yff, B., Lomax, M., Ryan, H. and Jobson, S.A. (2009). The impact of a cycling time trial and body position on pulmonary function in triathletes [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(S2): S106-S107.
  • Hopker, J., Passfield, L., Coleman, D., Jobson, S.A., Edwards, L. and Carter, H.  (2009). The effects of training on gross efficiency in cycling: a review. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 30(12): 845-850
  • Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J., Galbraith, A., Coleman, D. and Nevill, A.M. (2009). Effect of the Rotor Crank system on cycling performance. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 8: 463-467
  • Jobson, S.A., Passfield, L., Atkinson, G., Barton, G., and Scarf, P. (2009). The analysis and utilisation of cycling training data. Sports Medicine, 39(10): 833-844
  • Jobson, S.A., Nevill, A.M. and Atkinson, G. (2009). Choose your primary outcome variables with care. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(4): 313-314
  • Edwards, L.M., Jobson, S.A., George, S.R., Day, S.H., and Nevill, A.M. (2009). Whole-body efficiency is negatively correlated with minimum torque per duty cycle in trained cyclists. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(4): 319-325
  • Jobson, S.A., Passfield, L., Atkinson, G., Barton, G. and Scarf, P. (2008). Agreement and time-series analysis of power output indices measured during cycling training and competition [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26(S2): S61-S62
  • George, S.R., Jobson, S.A., Smith, M.F. and Willmott, A.P. (2008). Bi-lateral lower limb muscle activity during a self-paced 40.2-km laboratory cycling time-trial [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26(S2): S130-S131
  • Hopker, J., Jobson, S.A., Galbraith, A., Coleman, D., and Nevill, A.M. (2008). The effect of the Rotor crank system on time-trial cycling performance [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26(S2): S111.
  • Davison, R.C.R., Jobson, S.A., Balmer, J., and de Koning, J. (2008). The science of time-trial cycling. In: Science and Sports: Bridging the gap (ed. Reilly, T.). Shaker Publishing: The Netherlands
  • Jobson, S.A., Nevill, A.M., George, S.R., Jeukendrup, A.E., and Passfield, L. (2008). Influence of body position when considering the ecological validity of laboratory time-trial cycling performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26(12): 1269-1278
  • Edwards, L.M., Jobson, S.A., and Kemp, G.J. (2008). Is exercise efficiency really impaired in heart failure patients? European Journal of Heart Failure, 10: 722-723
  • Jobson, S.A., Woodside, J., Passfield, L., and Nevill, A.M. (2008). Allometric scaling of uphill cycling performance. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 29(9): 753-757
  • Jobson, S.A., and Barrow, A. (2007). The effect of low-dose caffeine ingestion on Wingate cycling performance [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(S2): S70
  • Pegler, T., Jobson, S.A., and Nevill, A.M. (2007). Effect of a simulated headwind on the validity of the Metamax 3B portable gas analysis system [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(S2): S61
  • Edwards, L.M., Jobson, S.A., George, S.R., Day, S.H., and Nevill, A.M. (2007). The effect of crank inertial load on the physiological and biomechanical responses of trained cyclists. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(11): 1195-1201
  • Wyon, M., Deighan, M., Nevill, A., Doherty, M., Morrison, S., Allen, N., Jobson, S.A., and George, S. (2007). The cardiorespiratory, anthropometric and performance characteristics of an international/national touring ballet company. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 21(2): 389-393
  • Jobson, S.A., Edwards, L.M., George, S.R., and Nevill, A.M. (2007). Pedalling "smoothness" and gross efficiency inversely correlated at 200 and 250 W [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(3): 268.
  • Jobson, S.A., and George, S.R. (2007). The effects of body position on muscle activity during 25-mile laboratory time-trial cycling [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(3): 358-359
  • Jobson, S.A., Nevill, A.M., Palmer, G.S., Jeukendrup, A.E., Doherty, M., and Atkinson, G. (2007). The ecological validity of laboratory cycling: Does body size explain the difference between laboratory- and field-based cycling performance? Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(1): 3-9
  • Nevill, A.M., Jobson, S.A., Davison, R.C.R., and Jeukendrup, A.E. (2006). Optimal power-to-mass ratios when predicting flat and hill-climbing time-trial cycling. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 97: 424-431
  • Edwards, L.M., Jobson, S.A., and Coggan, A.R. (2006). Pedalling 'smoothness' and efficiency in well-trained cyclists [abstract]. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, 38(5): S394
  • Nevill, A.M., Jobson, S.A., Palmer, G.S., and Olds, T.S. (2005). Scaling maximal oxygen uptake to predict cycling time-trial performance in the field: a non-linear approach. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 94: 705-710
  • Jobson, S.A., Nevill, A.M., and Jeukendrup, A.E. (2005). The efficacy of power output measurement during a professional cycle stage race: A case study [abstract]. Journal of Sports Sciences, 23(11/12): 1292
  • Jobson, S.A., and Palmer, G.S. (2003). Effects of phosphatidylserine ingestion on 1 hr cycling performance. In Proceedings: 7th IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences, Athens. pp. 125E
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