Matthew Armstrong

Dr Matthew Armstrong

  • Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Bournemouth Gateway Building BG504, St Pauls Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8GP
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Dr. Matthew Armstrong is an academic lecturer in Exercise Physiology in the Department of Rehabilitation and Sport Sciences. He has conducted research within the area of clinical exercise physiology, focusing on exercise and physical activity promotion in patients with COPD and most recently in those suffering long-term symptoms of COVID-19 (long COVID-19).

His PhD (completed in April 2021) focused on the combination of behavioural modification interventions (to promote physical activity), cognitive behavioural therapy (to aid a reduction in anxiety and depression) and pulmonary rehabilitation (to promote cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength and endurance) in patients with moderate to severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Matthew's most recent research projects include the feasibility of community-based exercise rehabilitation for individuals with long COVID-19, and investigating the impact of long COVID-19 on the ability to conduct activities of daily living. Other research projects include promoting quality of life in healthy ageing and the use of virtual reality as a rehabilitation tool for COPD patients...


Journal Articles

  • Gille, T., Armstrong, M. et al., 2022. ERS International Congress 2021: highlights from the Respiratory Clinical Care and Physiology Assembly. ERJ Open Research.
  • Alexiou, C., Ward, L., Hume, E., Armstrong, M., Wilkinson, M. and Vogiatzis, I., 2021. Effect of interval compared to continuous exercise training on physiological responses in patients with Chronic Respiratory Diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Chronic Respiratory Disease.
  • Armstrong, M., Hume, E., McNeillie, L., Chambers, F., Wakenshaw, L., Burns, G., Marshall, K.H. and Vogiatzis, I., 2021. Behavioural modification interventions alongside pulmonary rehabilitation improve COPD patients’ experiences of physical activity. Respiratory Medicine, 180.
  • Hume, E., Armstrong, M., Manifield, J., McNeillie, L., Chambers, F., Wakenshaw, L., Burns, G., Heslop-Marshall, K. and Vogiatzis, I., 2020. impact of COVID-19 shielding on physical activity and quality of life in patients with COPD. Breathe.
  • Armstrong, M., 2020. Increasing physical activity in people with COPD. Practice Nursing.
  • Manifield, J., Winnard, A., Hume, E., Armstrong, M., Baker, K., Adams, N., Vogiatzis, I. and Barry, G., 2020. Inspiratory muscle training for improving inspiratory muscle strength and functional capacity in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Age and Ageing, 50 (3), 716-724.
  • Chynkiamis, N., Armstrong, M., Hume, E., Alexiou, C., Snow, L., Lane, N., Hartley, T., Bourke, S. and Vogiatzis, I., 2020. Effect of portable non-invasive ventilation on exercise tolerance in COPD: One size does not fit all. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology.
  • Armstrong, M., Winnard, A., Chynkiamis, N., Boyle, S., Burtin, C. and Vogiatzis, I., 2019. Use of pedometers as a tool to promote physical activity in patients with COPD: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Respiratory Review.
  • Armstrong, M. and Vogiatzis, I., 2019. Personalized exercise training in chronic lung diseases. Respirology.
  • Chynkiamis, N., Armstrong, M., Manifield, J., Hume, E., Reilly, C., Aliverti, A., O'Doherty, A. and Vogiatzis, I., 2019. Hemodynamic effects of portable non-invasive ventilation in healthy men. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology.
  • Vogiatzis, I., Chynkiamis, N., Armstrong, M., Lane, N.D., Hartley, T., Gray, W.K. and Bourke, S.C., 2019. Intermittent Use of Portable NIV Increases Exercise Tolerance in COPD: A Randomised, Cross-Over Trial. J Clin Med, 8 (1).


  • Armstrong, M., Crouch, R. and Vogiatzis, I., 2021. Chapter 21 - Modalities of exercise training. In: Donner, C., Ambrosino, N. and Goldstein, R., eds. Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Taylor & Francis Group.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Unit lead: Fitness Assessment in Sport, Exercise & Health (Level 4)
  • Unit lead: Principles of Exercise Physiology (Level 4)
  • Critical Healthcare Sciences (MSc Adult nursing)

Invited Lectures

  • Physical activity - The "Can do, do do", Online, 29 Mar 2022 more
  • Long term symptoms of COVID-19, Bournemouth University, 09 Mar 2022 more
  • Paving the way to a physically active in CRD's, Portsmouth University, 19 Jan 2022 more


  • The effectiveness of a physical activity behavioural modification intervention to promote activities of daily living in those with long term symptoms of COVID-19 (Bournemouth University ACORN funding, 15 Feb 2022). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • Chronic Respiratory Review Journal, Review board member (2021-)
  • BTS Fundamentals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Trainer & Facilitator

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, Open peer review, 01 Feb 2022
  • Chronic Respiratory Disease, Anonymous peer review, 01 Sep 2021
  • Respirology, Anonymous peer review, 27 Aug 2021
  • BMJ Open, Open peer review, 04 May 2021
  • European Respiratory Journal, Open peer review, 11 Mar 2021
  • Dove Press, Open peer review, 01 Mar 2021
  • Respiratory Medicine, Open peer review, 28 Feb 2021
  • Clinical Rehabilitation, Anonymous peer review, 27 Oct 2020
  • BMC Pulmonary Medicine, Open peer review, 17 Dec 2019


  • FHEA in Fellowship of Higher Education Academy (Higher Education Academy, 2022)
  • PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Northumbria University, 2021)
  • MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Northumbria University, 2018)
  • BSc (Hons) in Applied Sport and Exercise Science (Northumbria University, 2016)


  • ERS Young Scientist Sponsorship awardee (European Respiratory Society, 2021)


  • BU Ageing & Dementia Research Centre, Member (2021-),
  • NIHR ARC Wessex Faculty, Member (2021-),
  • British Thoracic Society, Member (2017-),
  • European Respiratory Society, Member,