I graduated with BSc in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Stirling in 2012, before completing my PhD in 2016. I completed 2 years post-doctoral research with SportScotland: Scottish Institute of Sport, where my work helped GB athletes prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2018 I joined the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport as a Lecturer. In this role I currently contribute to the delivery of a number of modules on Sports Studies and Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate programmes, and supervise MPhil and PhD research postgraduates.
My research interests reach from elite athlete training, recovery and preparation for competition, to maintenance of muscle mass and function as contributors to healthy ageing. This work has supported Scottish athletes towards medal success at Commonwealth, European, World, and Olympic level. My teaching focuses mostly on applied exercise science and muscular/ neuromuscular systems.
Reviewer European Journal of Applied Physiology;
Experimental Brain Research;
International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism;
International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance;
Journal of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology;
Journal of Neural Engineering;
Journal of Sports Sciences;
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports;
My research interests focus on muscle function and motor control in relation to exercise and to healthy living:
athletic performance, preparation, and recovery;
age- and illness-related decline in muscle mass;
management of musculoskeletal pain.
In particular I am interested in the link between cognitive function and motor control across the adult lifespan; and in how elite athletes' muscles function (or fail to function) so effectively.
My recent research has helped support SportScotland athletes to prepare for and compete at major international tournaments.
Macgregor L (2020) Stretching: expert explains how best to do it before and after a workout. The Conversation. 21.05.2020. https://theconversation.com/stretching-expert-explains-how-best-to-do-it-before-and-after-a-workout-137962
Dugdale JH, Hunter A, Di Virgilio T, Macgregor LJ & Hamilton DL (2019) Influence of the "Slingshot" bench press training aid on bench press kinematics and neuromuscular activity in competitive powerlifters. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33 (2), pp. 327-336. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000001853
Macgregor LJ, Fairweather MM, Bennett RM & Hunter AM (2018) The Effect of Foam Rolling for Three Consecutive Days on Muscular Efficiency and Range of Motion. Sports Medicine - Open, 4 (1), Art. No.: 26. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-018-0141-4
Macgregor LJ, Hunter A, Orizio C, Fairweather MM & Ditroilo M (2018) Assessment of Skeletal Muscle Contractile Properties by Radial Displacement: The Case for Tensiomyography. Sports Medicine, 48 (7), pp. 1607-1620. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-018-0912-6
Macgregor LJ & Hunter AM (2018) High-threshold motor unit firing reflects force recovery following a bout of damaging eccentric exercise. PLoS ONE, 13 (4), Art. No.: e0195051. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195051
Kennedy P, Macgregor LJ, Barnhill E, Johnson C, Perrins M, Hunter A, Brown C, van Beek EJR & Roberts N (2017) MR elastography measurement of the effect of passive warmup prior to eccentric exercise on thigh muscle mechanical properties. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 46 (4), pp. 1115-1127. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmri.25642
Balshaw T, Pahar M, Chesham R, Macgregor LJ & Hunter A (2017) Reduced firing rates of high threshold motor units in response to eccentric overload. Physiological Reports, 5 (2), Art. No.: e13111. https://doi.org/10.14814/phy2.13111
Macgregor LJ, Ditroilo M, Smith IJ, Fairweather MM & Hunter A (2016) Reduced Radial Displacement of the Gastrocnemius Medialis Muscle After Electrically Elicited Fatigue. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 25 (3), pp. 241-247. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2014-0325
I teach modules across Sports Studies and Sport & Exercise Science undergraduate programmes, and contribute to Nursing and Paramedic Science programmes.
SPSU9K5(Biomechanics and Motor Control II) SPSU9D6(Applied Exercise Physiology)
SPSU912(Introduction to Sports Studies II) SPSU9K2(Biomechanics and Motor Control I) SPSU913(Sports Studies - Issues and Concepts) SPSU915(Physiology of Sport and Exercise) SPSU9C5(Sports Medicine Health and Wellbeing) SPSU9F6(Psychology of Exercise Physical Activity and Health) SPSU9R7(Readings in Sports and Exercise Sciences) SPSU9HP(Advanced Methods in Human Physiology Research) SPSU9RS(Research Project in Sports and Exercise Sciences) SHSU020(Integrated Anatomy & Physiology for Health)