Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Dr Mitch Lomax

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hon), Msc, PhD, FHEA
  • Role Title: Course Leader for MSc Sports Performance, Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5297
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  • Department: Department of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I joined the department of Sport and Exercise in October 2007. I gained both my PhD and MSc (with distinction) from Brunel University and my BSc (Hon) from Luton University. I am a BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist (and supervisor to trainee Sport and Exercise Scientists) and have provided scientific support to a number of athletes including division one netball players, cyclists and professional rugby and football players. I have also provided scientific support to a number of high-level swimmers and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and I am on the editorial board of the International Journal of Swimming Kinetics. Currently I am working with the Team England Pistol Shooting squad as part of their commonwealth games preparations, and I am working on a collaborative commercial swimming flume project with a commercial company. My main research interests are in pulmonary limitations to exercise in healthy and clinical populations, exercise and training methods to enhance respiratory muscle function and exercise tolerance/sporting performance, and swimming physiology.

Teaching Responsibilities

I co-ordinate the Sport and Exercise Physiology and Professional Development units, and supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I also lead the Department’s Employability and Careers Awareness Group and I am the Course Leader for the MSc Sports Performance.

Research Interests

My main research centres upon the pulmonary limitations to exercise and the impact of respiratory muscle training on performance with a particular focus on swimmers.  My current research focuses on the pulmonary limitations and consequences of breathing muscle fatigue in swimmers and inspiratory muscle training in swimmers and clinical populations, notably asthmatics and COPD. Previous research includes: circulatory and pulmonary interactions during exercise at sea level and in hypoxia and the modulatory impact of inspiratory muscle training; the reliability of inspiratory muscle pressure measurements; inspiratory muscle warm-up and training; and respiratory muscle function and fatigue in swimming, running and triathlon.


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£40,000 Technology Strategy Board KTP grant, joint swimming flume design project with the School of Engineering, 2013.

£15,200 from the University of Portsmouth Research Development Fund, 2012.

£1,500 from the Amateur Swimming Association, 2011.

£5,000 from the Amateur Swimming Association, 2010-2011.

£2,625 from the Amateur Swimming Association, 2010.


Café Scientific - June 2011 (Portsmouth) and February 2012 (Salisbury) 'Breathing: secret weapon in sporting performance?'

Public lecture - May 2009 (Portsmouth) – ‘Makalu’


Amateur Swimming Association of England, Team England Pistol Shooting, Medway Fibre Glass, and research collaborations with Queen Alexandra Hospital UK, and scientists from the University of Derby UK, University of Gloucestershire UK, University of Ljubljana Slovenia, University of Ondokuz Mayis Turkey, Democritus University of Thrace Greece.

Postgraduate Research Supervised

Two MRes projects – one in surfing and one in asthma

One MPhil project – development of extreme environments equipment

Achievement and Recognition

Fellowship status of the HEA

Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Research) with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)


Professional Member of BASES

Member of the European Respiratory Society