I am a Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. Originally from Queensland, Australia, I moved to the UK in 2000. From 2000 to 2007 I lectured in sport and exercise physiology at Cumbria University before moving to my current post at Hull.
My research is focussed on the use of consumer wearable technology for measuring physical activity, including validity of the Apple Watch for measuring moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and the relationship between walking cadence and relative-intensity as measured by oxygen consumption reserve and heart rate reserve. Our latest studies (https://osf.io/j39fa) examine the efficacy of a novel Apple Watch app for measuring MVPA and for using haptic feedback (vibration and audio) to guide exercise intensity.
Prior to my current focus my research examined the performance and physiological responses to intermittent exercise, including methods of individualising player monitoring and match analysis, and elite football referees.
I am a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have a number of research interests:
1. The use of consumer wearable technology for measuring physical activity. Current projects include the validity of the Apple Watch for measuring moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and the relationship between walking cadence (intensity) and MVPA. Dr Abt leads the Personal Technologies research group at the University of Hull (https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/research/groups/personal-technologies.aspx).
2. The physiology of team sports. Current projects include a number of PhD and MSc studentships in collaboration with Hull City FC and projects related to maturation and the use of bio-banding in soccer.