John Dickinson

Favourite Thing: Apply findings from research to make a difference to athletes health and performance



Stanney High School, Ellesmere Port


Bangor, University of Wales (undergraduate); Brunel University (PhD)

Work History:

British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, Human Kinetics, Leeds Metropolitan University, Liverpool John Moores University


Liverpool John Moores University

Current Job:

Conduct research into whether asthma medication is performance enhancing and test elite athletes for exercise induced asthma

Me and my work

Make athletes perform better by making there lungs work as efficiently as possible

My Typical Day

Mixture of collecting research data, writing research papers, working with PhD students and testing elite athletes

I also run a series of free activties for Schools to come and find out about sports science. The website for these activties is

These days are held at MOSI, Manchester and the Liverpool World Museum.

What I'd do with the money

Try to get as many people as possible more knowledgable about Sports Science and the way athletes use it

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Passionate, sporty and inquisitive

Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?

Athlete – It’s the role everyone interested in sport want to play. Scientist do great work and support performance but you can’t beat the feeling of competing and performing on the biggest stage.

If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?

Super Fast – I was always given stick for my pace on the football pitch and it would be nice to show one or two of those people dishing it out a thing ot two.

Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?

100m sprint – Because its the event I love to watch most at the Olympic Games

What did you want to be after you left school?

I didn’t really have a specific job. I just wanted to something that I was personally interested in and presented a challenge so I could leave my mark

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Not particulary. I was never a saint but generally a good boy.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Improved the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory issues (such as exercise induced asthma) that elite British athletes experience.

Tell us a joke.

Me winning the 2012 100m Gold Medal