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.

Biography

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.

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