Physiology of Exercise and Sport Performance

Enhancing Performance

Undertaking research in a number of areas linked to the psychophysiological enhancement of health, exercise and sport performance, a central theme of research is establishing the interaction between psychological states and physiological function, particularly within the realm of exercise adherence, maintenance and enhancement.

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What are we Doing?

As a multidisciplinary team of researchers we are investigating strategies to optimise physical capacity and capability in health, physical well-being and sporting performance. Our research aims to develop and deliver research-informed educational materials and consultations to practitioners, healthcare professions and national and international sports organisations and elite performers.


Why is it important?

Increasing public awareness of the importance of increased physical activity and the risks of sedentary behaviour for health across the lifespan leads to the need for more real-world, cost-efficient and user-friendly means to optimise health. Physical activity, exercise and sport play a central role in achieving these ambitions.


How are we different?

PESP brings together expertise and knowledge across exercise and sport science disciplines to translate both fundamental and applied scholarly activity into practice. Our scientific activity occurs naturally within the context of home environments, clinical and elite sport settings. We attempt to think differently about the examination of the human from a physiological perspective, applying a multi-layered approach to our research. 


Academic Staff


Dr Mark F Smith

Principal Lecturer

Dr Thomas Gee


Mrs Mistrelle Ellmore

Senior Lecturer

 Mr Geoff Middleton

Senior Lecturer

Mr Paul Murgatroyd

Senior Lecturer

Research PGs 


Daniel Taylor

PhD Student

James McCarron

PhD Student


Effect of acute mild dehydration on cognitive-motor performance in golf

Whether mild dehydration (-1-3% ΔBM) impairs neurophysiological function during sportspecific cognitive-motor performance has yet to be full...

Effect of deceptively aggressive bike pacing on sprint-distance triathlon performance

Introduction: Whilst aggressive bike pacing has been found to impair subsequent run performance during triathlon, this strategy appears to e...

Effects of deceptive running speed on physiology, perceptual responses, and performance during sprint-distance triathlon

Objective This study examined the effects of speed deception on performance, physiological and perceptual responses, and pacing during sprin...

Scalar-linear increases in perceived exertion are dissociated from residual physiological responses during sprint-distance triathlon

Objective This study examined how residual fatigue affects the relationship between ratings of perceived exertion (RPE), physiological respo...

Effects of residual fatigue on pace regulation during sprint-distance triathlon running

Introduction: It has been suggested that unique relationships exist between perceived exertion, pacing and physiological responses during tr...

Reliability of performance and associated physiological responses during simulated sprint-distance triathlon

Many different methods of simulating triathlon performance in controlled conditions have been developed without establishing the reliability...

Physiological correlates of simulated sprint-distance triathlon

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between simulated triathlon performance and physiological variables measured durin...

Reliability of simulated sprint-distance triathlon

To assess reliability of simulated sprint-distance triathlon seven non-elite, male triathletes completed three trials (750 m swim, 20 km bik...

Supervised exercise training as an adjunctive therapy for venous leg ulcers: study protocol for a randomised controlled


Providing weight management via the workplace

Purpose Assess the feasibility and benefits of providing weight management support via the workplace. Design Quasi-experimental design using...