Lee Bell


Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science


Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science with a teaching and research interest in Strength and Conditioning. Module Leader for Principles of Conditioning for Sport Performance and Developing Professional Skills in Sport and Physical Activity. I have an applied interest in resistance exercise programming and currently teach across all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate study. I welcome research collaboration requests in any of my areas of interest.



I completed my BSc (Hons) at Sheffield Hallam University in 2003 and my MSc at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011. I am currently undertaking a PhD in Strength and Conditioning at Sheffield Hallam University, exploring overreaching and overtraining in strength sports. I have a wealth of experience in industry and have been involved in several roles within the sport and exercise industry: Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning Tutor, European Master Trainer, College Lecturer, Exercise Referral Specialist, and Coach. I am also an experienced content writer, having published several online articles and podcasts for well-respected educational websites and research reviews. Additional to my academic role, I consult privately with coaches and athletes.


Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Subject area

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity


BSc Sport and Exercise Science
BSc Physical Activity, Sport and Health
MSc Strength and Conditioning Coaching
MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science



Journal articles

Costa, J., Neves, G., Nakamura, F.Y., Ribeiro, J., Ramos, A., Bell, L., ... Afonso, J. (2024). Relationship Between Short- and Long-Term Planning in Sports: A 12-Week Case Study of a Spanish Canoeing Coach. International Sport Coaching Journal, 1-16. http://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2023-0077

Rogerson, D., Nolan, D., Korakakis, P.A., Immonen, V., Wolf, M., & Bell, L. (2024). Deloading Practices in Strength and Physique Sports: A Cross-sectional Survey. Sports Medicine - Open, 10 (1). http://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-024-00691-y

Bell, L., Strafford, B., Coleman, M., Korakakis, P.A., & Nolan, D. (2023). Integrating deloading into strength and physique sports training programmes: an international Delphi consensus approach. Sports Medicine - Open, 9. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-023-00633-0

Bell, L., Strafford, B.W., Coleman, M., Androulakis Korakakis, P., & Nolan, D. (2023). Integrating Deloading into Strength and Physique Sports Training Programmes: An International Delphi Consensus Approach. Sports Medicine - Open, 9 (1), 87. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-023-00633-0

Bell, L., Nolan, D., Immonen, V., Helms, E., Dallamore, J., Wolf, M., & Androulakis Korakakis, P. (2022). “You can't shoot another bullet until you've reloaded the gun”: Coaches' perceptions, practices and experiences of deloading in strength and physique sports. Frontiers in Sports and Active living, 4. http://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2022.1073223

Bell, L., Ruddock, A., Maden-Wilkinson, T., & Rogerson, D. (2022). Recommendations for Advancing the Resistance Exercise Overtraining Research. Applied Sciences, 12 (24). http://doi.org/10.3390/app122412509

Bell, L., Ruddock, A., Maden-Wilkinson, T., & Rogerson, D. (2022). “I want to create So much stimulus that adaptation goes through the roof”: high-performance strength coaches' perceptions of planned overreaching. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 4. http://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2022.893581

Bell, L., Ruddock, A., Maden-Wilkinson, T., Hembrough, D., & Rogerson, D. (2021). “Is It Overtraining or Just Work Ethic?”: Coaches’ Perceptions of Overtraining in High-Performance Strength Sports. Sports, 9 (6), 85. http://doi.org/10.3390/sports9060085

Grandou, C., Wallace, L., Coutts, A.J., Bell, L., & Impellizzeri, F.M. (2020). Symptoms of Overtraining in Resistance Exercise: International Cross-Sectional Survey. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 1-10. http://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2019-0825

Bell, L., Ruddock, A., Maden-Wilkinson, T., & Rogerson, D. (2020). Overreaching and Overtraining in Strength Sports and Resistance Training: A Scoping Review. Journal of Sports Sciences. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1763077

Bell, L., & Ingle, L. (2013). Psycho-physiological markers of overreaching and overtraining in endurance sports: a review of the evidence. Medicina Sportiva, 17 (2), 81-97. http://www.medicinasportiva.pl/new/pliki/ms_2013_02_06_BellIngle.pdf

Book chapters

Bell, L., & Ruddock, A. (2022). Overreaching and overtraining. In Davison, R., Smith, P.M., Hopker, J., Price, M., Hettinga, F., Tew, G., & Bottoms, L. (Eds.) Sport and Exercise Physiology Testing Guidelines: Volume I – Sport Testing. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Guide. 2nd Edition. (pp. 413-417). London: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781003045281-75

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