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Dr Ozcan Esen

Assistant Professor

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Following a 15 years as International level athlete and coach in swimming and underwater sport, Ozcan moved to Higher Education by completing master and doctoral degrees in Sports Nutrition in UK. Oz lectured at University of Chester and Manchester Metropolitan University before arriving at Northumbria in 2022, where he is now Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. His research is focusing on the effect of nutritional interventions and dietary supplements on muscle function, human performance, recovery and health. Oz is also International Olympic Committee Certified and Registered Sport Nutritionist (SENr) and work with a number of professional sport teams, and Olympic, World and European Champions and Medalists in various sports (i.e., Boxing, Gymnastics, Archery, Swimming, Modern Penthatlon). Oz is Head of Nutrition in Turkish Olympic Committee & TeamTurkiye for Paris Olympics 2024. 

Beside his academic and practitioner experience, he has been a national athlete (swimming and under water sports) for 15 years and competed finals in both European (4 times) and World (5 times) championships. In 2015, he won a silver medal in the Finswimming category at the 1st Mediterranean Beach Games (equivalent to the Commonwealth Games). Additionally, he has worked as a head coach of the Turkish Junior National Team at the Turkish Underwater Sports Federation in both 2014 European and the World Junior Championships in 2015.

Ozcan Esen

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  • Acute Beetroot Juice Supplementation Has No Effect on Upper- and Lower-Body Maximal Isokinetic Strength and Muscular Endurance in International-Level Male Gymnasts, Esen, O., Fox, J., Karayigit, R., Walshe, I. 1 May 2024, In: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
  • Energy intake, Hydration Status, and Sleep of World-Class Male Archers During Competition, Esen, O., Walshe, I., Goodall, S. 6 May 2024, In: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
  • Acute beetroot juice supplementation did not enhance intermittent running performance in trained rugby players, Esen, O., Karayigit, R., Peart, D. 2 Dec 2023, In: European Journal of Sport Science
  • Acute effect of different doses of caffeinated chewing gum on exercise performance in caffeine-habituated male soccer players, Yildirim, U., Akcay, N., Alexe, D., Esen, O., Gulu, M., Cîrtiţă-Buzoianu, C., Cinarli, F., Cojocaru, M., Sari, C., Alexe, C., Karayigit, R. 18 Oct 2023, In: Frontiers in Nutrition
  • One-Week L-Arginine Supplementation Had No Effect on 200m Freestyle Swimming Time Trial in Moderately-Trained Male Swimmers, Esen, O., Karayigit, R. 3 Sep 2023, In: Journal of Dietary Supplements
  • The Effect of Dietary Nitrate on the Contractile Properties of Human Skeletal Muscle: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Esen, O., Dobbin, N., Callaghan, M. 19 May 2023, In: Journal of the American Nutrition Association
  • Acute Beetroot Juice Supplementation Enhances Intermittent Running Performance but Does Not Reduce Oxygen Cost of Exercise among Recreational Adults, Esen, O., Domínguez, R., Karayigit, R. 11 Jul 2022, In: Nutrients
  • Differences in attitudes, behaviours and beliefs towards eating between female bodybuilding athletes and non-athletes, and the implications for eating disorders and disordered eating, Money-Taylor, E., Dobbin, N., Gregg, R., Matthews, J., Esen, O. Mar 2022, In: Sport Sciences for Health
  • Does Dominant Somatotype Differentiate Performance of Jumping and Sprinting Variables in Young Healthy Adults?, Cinarli, F., Buyukcelebi, H., Esen, O., Barasinska, M., Cepicka, L., Gabrys, T., Nalbant, U., Karayigit, R. 20 Sep 2022, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Effect of nitrate supplementation on skeletal muscle motor unit activity during isometric blood flow restriction exercise, Esen, O., Faisal, A., Zambolin, F., Bailey, S., Callaghan, M. Jul 2022, In: European Journal of Applied Physiology

  • Sports Science PhD September 30 2022
  • Teaching & Learning PGCert November 20 2020
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition Registrant SENr 2016


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