Professor Yiannis Koutedakis

Professor of Applied Physiology

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Email address: Phone number: 01902 322898 Location: The Performance Hub Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: - School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: health-related fitness


Sport & Dance

He has attended many national-, international- and world-level championships and Olympic Games as competitor, professional coach/trainer, and/or scientific advisor. He has been professional National Rowing Coach for Greece (1979-1981) and UK (1985-1987), an elite dancer (1969-1980) and professional dance teacher (1982-1985).

Exercise Physiology & Scientific Consultancy

He was one of the founders of the British Olympic Medical Centre (Northwick Park Hospital, London), where he introduced a number of new training and fitness assessment techniques to many Olympic squads, including rowing, canoeing, and gymnastics, as well as to professional dancers. He has also been physical fitness advisor to Olympic squads, professional dance companies, professional soccer clubs and independent individuals both in the UK and overseas. Principally involved in the setting-up of health & exercise-physiology laboratories for Wolverhampton University, UK (1992), Pakistani Navy (Islamabad, 1994), Thessaly University, Greece (1998) and Institute of Human Performance & Rehabil., Greece (2006). 

Academic & Research

He is - or has been - a visiting/guest lecturer at the London Contemporary Dance School and the English National Ballet School, external examiner in several European Universities, and author of the World’s first university-based MSc courses in “Dance Science” (Wolverhampton University, UK, 2002) and in “Military Fitness and Wellbeing” (Thessaly University, Greece, 2013). In addition, he has primarily been involved in the setting up the first Greek university-based MSc in “Exercise and Health” (Thessaly University, 2005). Parts of his published work has been adopted by reputable agencies, such as the European Commission, Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General (2009), the WHO Collaborating Centre for Housing and Health (2010), the Scottish NHS (2011), the British Heart Foundation (2012), the South African Thoracic Society (2013), the US Surgeon’s General Report (2014), US Department of Health & Human Services (2015), the UK Society for the Study of Addiction (2016), and the European League Against Rheumatism (2016). Parts of his work have also been used by Wikipedia to describe terms such as ‘euphoria’, ‘overtraining’, ‘passive smoking’ and ‘physical exercise’. His academic and research profile is summarised below:

Items Number

Book 1

Book Chapters 12

Articles in Refereed Journals 198

Abstracts in Refereed Journals 81

Articles in Professional Journals/Magazines 61

Conference Presentations 311

Invitations for Lectures/Papers 241

Google Scholar citations ~7610

Google Scholar h-Index 50

Total Impact Factor of Publications (2015) ~ 565

Research interests

His research focuses on physical fitness and health and – inter alia – he has led research into athletes' & dancers' fitness and welfare commissioned by the British Olympic Association & Dance UK, respectively. He also works on elements of health and quality of life in different populations, including passive smokers, obese individuals, and rheumatoid arthritis patients.


  • PhD: Birmingham University; Department of Sports Sciences, UK.
  • MA: Birmingham University; Department of Phys. Education, UK.
  • BSc: Thessaloniki University; Nat. Acad. of Physic. Educ., Greece.


Publications only for the last 3 years (2014-2016)

1. Dinas PC, Metsios GS, Jamurtas AZ, Tzatzarakis MN, Wallace Hayes A, Koutedakis Y, Tsatsakis AM, Flouris AD. "Acute effects of second-hand smoke on complete blood count." Int J Environ Health Res, 24(1):56-62, 2014.

2. Jamurtas AΖ, Zourbanos N, Georgakouli K, Georgoulias P, Manthou E, Fatouros IG, Goudas M, Koutedakis Y, Theodorakis Y. “Beta endorphin and alcohol urge responses in alcoholic patients following an acute bout of exercise.” Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy, 5(4), 194; doi: 10.4172/2155-6105.1000194, 2014.

3. Manthou E, Kanaki M, Georgakouli K, Deli CK, Kouretas D, Koutedakis Y, Jamurtas AZ. “Glycemic response of a Carbohydrate-Protein Bar with Ewe-Goat Whey.” Nutrients, 6(6): 2240-2250, 2014.

4. Metsios GS, Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJ, Nightingale P, Sandoo A, Dimitroulas T, Kitas GD, Koutedakis Y. “Individualised exercise improves endothelial function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.” Ann Rheum Dis, 73(4):748-51, 2014.

5. Misailidi M, Tzatzarakis MN, Kavvalakis MP, Koutedakis Y, Tsatsakis AM, Flouris AD. “Instruments to assess secondhand smoke exposure in large cohorts of never smokers: the smoke scales.” PLoS One, 21;9(1):e85809, 2014.

6. Rouse PC, Veldhuijzen Van Zanten, JJCS, Metsios GS, Ntoumanis N, Yu C, Koutedakis Y, Fenton, SAM, Coast J, Mistry H, Kitas, GD, Duda J L. “Fostering autonomous motivation, physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in rheumatoid arthritis: protocol and rationale for a randomised control trial.” BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 19;15(1):445, doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-15-445, 2014.

7. Wyon MA, Koutedakis Y, Wolman R., Nevill AM, Allen N. “The influence of winter vitamin D supplementation on muscle function and injury occurrence in elite ballet dancers: A controlled study” Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(1): 6-12, 2014.

8. Amorim T, Wyon M, Maia J, Machado JC, Franklim M, George SM, Flouris AD, Koutedakis Y. “Prevalence of Low Bone Mineral Density in Female Dancers.” Sports Med, 45(2): 257-68, 2015.

9. Apostolopoulos N, Metsios GS, Flouris AD, Koutedakis Y, Wyon MA. “The Relevance of Stretch Intensity and Position: A Systematic Review”. Front Psychol, 6:1128. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01128, 2015.

10. Dinas PC, Nikaki A, Jamurtas AZ, Prassopoulos V, Efthymiadou R, Koutedakis Y, Georgoulias P, Flouris AD. “Association between habitual physical activity and brown adipose tissue activity in individuals undergoing PET-CT scan.” Clin Endocrinol (Oxf), 82(1):147-54, 2015.

11. Draganidis D, Chatzinikolaou A, Avloniti A, Barbero-Álvarez JC, Mohr M, Malliou P, Gourgoulis V, Deli CK, Douroudos II, Margonis K, Flouris A, Jamurtas AZ, Koutedakis Y, Fatouros IG. “Recovery kinetics of Knee Flexor and Extensor Strength after a Football Match.” PLoS One,10(6):e0128072; doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128072, 2015. 

12. Flouris AD, Dinas PC, Tsitoglou K, Patramani I, Koutedakis Y, Kenny GP. “Non-invasive measurement of tibialis anterior muscle temperature during rest, cycling exercise, and post-exercise recovery.” Physiol. Meas. 36(7): N103–N113, doi:10.1088/0967-3334/36/7/N103, 2015.

13. Georgakouli K, Manthou E, Fatouros I, Deli C, Spandidos DA, Tsatsakis AM, Kouretas D, Koutedakis Y, Theodorakis Y, Jamurtas AZ. “The Effects of Acute Exercise on Liver Function and Blood Redox Status in Heavy Drinkers”. Experimental & Therapeutic Medicine, 10(6):2015-2022, doi: 10.3892/etm.2015.2792, 2015.

14. Giannaki CD, Sakkas GK, Karatzaferi C, Maridaki MD, Koutedakis Y, Hadjigeorgiou GM, Stefanidis I. “Combination of exercise training and dopamine agonists in dialysis patients with Restless Legs Syndrome on dialysis: A randomized, double-blind placebo controlled study.” ASAIO Journal, 61(6):738-741, doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000271, 2015.

15. Jamurtas AZ, Douroudos II, Deli CK, Draganidis D, Chatzinikolaou A, Mohr M, Avloniti A, Barbero-Álvarez JC, Margonis K, Mavropalias G, Stampoulis T, Giannakidou D, Flouris A, Koutedakis Y, Fatouros IG. “Iron Status Markers are only Transiently Affected by a Football Game.” J Sports Sci, 33(20):2088-99, doi: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1064154, 2015.

16. Jamurtas AZ, Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A, Koutsias S, Koutedakis Y, Fatouros IG “Adiponectin, Resistin and Visfatin in Childhood Obesity and Exercise.” Pediatr Exerc Sci, 27(4):454-62, doi: 10.1123/pes.2014-0072, 2015.

17. Kaltsatou Α, Sakkas GK, Poulianiti K, Koutedakis Y, Christodoulidis G, Tepetes K, Stefanidis I, Karatzaferi C. “Uremic myopathy: Is oxidative stress implicated in muscle dysfunction in uremia?” Front Physiol, 30;6:102, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2015.00102, 2015.

18. Metsios GS, Koutedakis Y, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A, Vitalis P, Duda JL, Ntoumanis N, Rouse PC, Kitas GD. “Cardiorespiratory fitness levels and their association with cardiovascular profile in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a cross-sectional study.” Rheumatology (Oxford), 54(12): 2215-20, doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kev035, 2015.

19. Sakkas GK, Giannaki CD, Karatzaferi C, Maridaki M, Koutedakis Y , Hadjigeorgiou GM, Stefanidis I. “Current trends in the management of uremic restless legs syndrome: a systematic review on aspects related to quality of life, cardiovascular mortality and survival.” Sleep Med Rev, 21:39-49, doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2014.07.006, 2015.

20. Tsarouhas Α, Giakas G, Malizos K, Spyropoulos G, Sideris V, Koutedakis Y, Hantes ME. “Dynamic effect of quadriceps muscle activation on anterior tibial translation after single- and double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.” Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, 31(7):1303-9, doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2015.02.028, 2015.

21. Valente AN, Jamurtas AZ, Koutedakis Y, Flouris AD. "Molecular pathways linking non-shivering thermogenesis and obesity: Focusing on brown adipose tissue development" Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc, 90(1):77-88, 2015.

22. Valente A, Carrillo AE, Tzatzarakis MN, Vakonaki E, Tsatsakis AM, Kenny GP, Koutedakis Y, Jamurtas AZ, Flouris AD. “The absorption and metabolism of a single L-menthol oral versus skin administration: effects on thermogenesis and metabolic rate.” Food Chem Toxicol, 86: 262-273, doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2015.09.018, 2015.

23. Zalavras A, Fatouros G, Deli CK, Draganidis D, Theodorou A, Soulas D, Koutsioras Y, Koutedakis Y, Jamurtas A. "Age-Related Responses in Circulating Markers of Redox Status in Healthy Adolescents and Adults During the Course of a Training Macrocycle.” Oxid Med Cell Longev, 2015: 283921, doi: 10.1155/2015/283921, 2015.

24. Poulianiti K, Karatzaferi C, Flouris A, Fatouros I, Koutedakis Y, Jamurtas AZ. “Antioxidant responses following active and passive smoking of tobacco and electronic cigarette.” Toxicology Mechanisms & Methods, July 2016, DOI: 10.1080/15376516.2016.1196281, 2016.

25. Poulianiti KP, Kaltsatou A, Mitrou GI, Jamurtas AZ, Koutedakis Y, Stefanidis I, Sakkas G, Karatzaferi C. “Systemic redox imbalance in Chronic Kidney Disease: a systematic review” Oxyd Med Cell Longev, 2016, Article ID 8598253, 19 pages, doi:10.1155/2016/8598253, 2016.

26. Sakellariou P, Valente A, Carrillo AE, Metsios GS, Nadolnik L, Jamurtas AZ, Koutedakis Y, Boguszewski C, Balbinotti-Andrade CM, Svensson PA, Kawashita NH, Andreas D. Flouris. “Chronic L-menthol-induced browning of white adipose tissue hypothesis: a putative therapeutic regime for combating obesity and improving metabolic health.” Medical Hypotheses, 93 (August 2016): 21–26, doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2016.05.006, 2016.

27. Wyon MA, Wolman R, Nevill AM, Cloak R, Metsios GS, Gould D, Ingham A, Koutedakis Y. “Acute effects of vitamin D3 supplementation on muscle strength in indoor athletes: a randomised placebo-controlled, double-blinded trial.” Clin J Sport Med, 26(4):279-84, doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000264, 2016.