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BCOM has an international reputation for academic and research excellence

Dr Mark Hines BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Mark Hines is an exercise physiologist and biomechanist with a background in ultra-endurance racing. He is Head of Research at the college, and a professional athlete and adventurer. His doctorate is in hip-spine interaction in individuals with low back pain.

Mark began his career at the college in 2008, lecturing on physiology, exercise physiology and research methods.  His main areas of interest are exercise in extreme environments, exercise rehabilitation, and biomechanics of the spine, hip and ankle joints. Mark has worked with Master’s students to produce publishable research on relationships between muscle stiffness, range of motion, function and injuries.  He looks forward to continuing this research in the coming years.

In addition to his academic work, Mark continues to participate in extreme endurance challenges. In winter 2016 he became the first person to solo sled-haul the full route (approximately 1000 miles) of the world’s toughest sled-dog race in sub-Arctic Alaska and Canada (the Yukon Quest). In late winter 2017 he took a fat bike to the Arctic Ocean, cycling close to 1000 miles in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, on a journey that included the full length of the Dempster Highway, which features on the television series Ice Road Truckers. During the summer of 2017 he left London to travel more than 2000 miles to the Black Sea, mostly stand-up paddleboarding and with some cycling.

Mark has published books on his races and on human nutrition, and has various titles pending publication over the coming years.

    • Conference Presentations

      Hannigan, T., Bird, D., Hines, M., “Investigation of relationships between passive moment at the hip and dynamic strength, anthropometric measurements and anterior tibial translation in healthy adult males”, ICAOR Conference, London, UK, 2012

      Boxer, L., Inarra, E., Chagger, J., Dukelow, M., Dyer, K., Gichaba, K., Gissel, N., Totschnig, B., Hines, M., “Comparison of Effects of Deep Tissue Massage Versus Joint Manipulation on Postural Sway”, ICSEMIS Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2012


      Hines, M., (2011) Our Natural Diet: Optimal Nutrition for Health, Looks and Life, HB Publishing, London, UK

      Hines, M., (2010) The Marathon des Sables: Ultra Endurance Running in the Heat of the Sahara, HB Publishing, London, UK

      Hines, M., (2010) The Yukon Arctic Ultra: Ultra Endurance Running in Canada's Frozen North, HB Publishing, London, UK

      Hines, M., (2009) Human Evolution, Diet and Health: The Case for Palaeolithic Nutrition, HB Publishing, London, UK

      Hines, M., (2009) The Jungle Marathon: Ultra Endurance Running in the Heart of the Amazon, HB Publishing, London, UK

      Hines, M., (2006) Skiing Fitness: Reach Your Potential on the Slopes, Blackwell Books, London, UK