Research projects

Research is a priority area at the Centre for Science and Medicine in Sport and Exercise. The centre promotes and values both individual and multi-disciplinary or collaborative research.

Our staff have a wide range of research interests which helps position the centre as a valuable partner in multi-disciplinary research projects. The centre aligns its research interests and activities under the following themes:

  • Clinical Exercise Science
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Analysis of Human Performance

Clinical Exercise Science

One of the principal components of the work that the CSMSE does, relates to those exercise programmes that can bring benefits to the health and well-being of those who have, or who are at risk of, illness. The research interests of those who work in this area include: Exercise rehabilitation after surgery for cancer; Prevention of hypertension through isometric exercise; Anterior cruciate Ligament injury prevention programmes for sport; Exercise as preparation for Surgery; Effects of whole body vibration, and; Prevention of falls using Smartphone technologies.

Selected exemplar publications and grants include:

  • Development of an isometric-resistance exercise programme for patients undergoing abdominal surgery for cancer. NIHR RfPB current funded project 2015-2018.
  • Millar PJ, Swaine IL, McGowan CL (2012). Impact of resistance training on blood pressure: Are all contractions created equal? Letter to the editor. Hypertension: 112. 191932v.
  • Baross et al. (2012) Effects of Isometric Exercise Training on Femoral and Brachial Artery Dimensions and Blood Flow Velocity in Middle-aged Men Int J Vascular Med, Article ID 964697, 8 pages.
  • Millar PJ, McGowan CL, Cornelissen VA, Araujo CG, Swaine IL (2014). Evidence for the role of isometric exercise training in reducing blood pressure: potential mechanisms and future directions. Sports Med, 44(3):345-56.
  • Gill KF, Arthur ST, Swaine IL, Devereux GR, Huet YM, Wikstrom E, Cordova ML & Howden R (2014) Intensity-dependent reductions in resting blood pressure following short-term isometric exercise training. J Sport Sci.

Nutritional Supplementation, Exercise and Training

The primary objectives of this research are to analyse the effects of multi-ingredient supplements on the performance, training and recovery, and to attenuate possible muscular damage and immunosuppression when performing strength, power, or intermittent endurance exercises. In order to achieve these objectives, this research has examined the effects of combining a 12-week resistance training programme with the ingestion of a carbohydrate-protein-creatine-based supplement on strength performance and body composition in recreationally trained men. In addition, we have examined the acute effects of a carbohydrate and caffeine gel on intermittent sprint performance in recreationally trained males. Current research is designed to examine the acute effects of a multi-ingredient recovery formula on the recovery process and muscle damage after performing a bout of intermittent sprint exercise. This research project is currently funded by GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited (formerly Maxinutrition Ltd) and provides financial support for a three-year PhD student. Key CSSHP staff include Dr. Fernando Naclerio, Dr. Mark Goss-Sampson, and Robert Cooper (PhD Student).

Selected exemplar publications and grants include:

Cooper, R., Naclerio, F., Larumbe-Zabala, E., Chassin, C., Allgrove, A. & Jimenez, A. (2013). Effects of a carbohydrate-protein-creatine supplement on strength performance and body composition in recreationally resistance Trained Young Men. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 16 pp.72-85.

Cooper, R., Naclerio, F., Allgrove, J., and Larumbe-Zabala, E. (2013) Effects of a carbohydrate and caffeine gel on intermittent sprint performance in recreationally trained males. European Journal of Sport Sciences DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2013.813972

Naclerio. F (PI), Cooper, R., and Baddeley, D. (co-investigators) (2013) Analysis of the multi-ingredients formula for optimizing performance, training outcomes and recovery process in athletes and the general population. Funding agency: GlaxoSmithKline-Maxinutrition. Amount awarded: £61,150 / 3 years. Status: Funded.

Critical Power in Cycling

Critical Power is a valid marker of endurance capacity but can also be used as a means to differentiate between heavy and severe training intensities. To-date critical power testing has been restricted to the laboratory, limiting external validity, and has required testing to take place over multiple days. This research has two primary goals: (i) To develop methods to test critical power that minimize interruption to training and testing schedules of cyclists compared to conventional testing protocol; and (ii) to explore the generalizability of these methods to testing critical power in the field. Key CSSHP staff include Bettina Karsten. External collaborators include Dr. Chris Beedie (Aberyswyth University), Dr. Simon Jobson (University of Winchester) and Dr James Hopker (University of Kent).

Selected exemplar publications:

Karsten, B., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J., Passfield, L., and Beedie, C. (2013) The 3-min test does not provide a valid measure of critical power using the SRM isokinetic mode. International Journal of Sports Medicine, DOI:10.1055/s-0033-1349093

Karsten, B., Jobson, S.A., Hopker, J., Jimenez, A., and Beedie C. (2013) High agreement between laboratory and field estimates of critical power in cycling. International Journal of Sports Medicine, DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1349844.

Strength and Conditioning

Research is looking at analysing the relationship between the perceptual responses with the level of muscular activation, the magnitude of the load, and the variation in the velocity and power experienced along a set to failure using different percentage of 1 RM (30 to 90%) while performing different resistance training exercise.

The establishment of specific perceptual values based on valid tools such as the Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) 0-10 OMNI-RES scale for selecting the load and controlling the velocity of movement when performing different upper and lower body resistance exercises would be a very profitable approach for designing resistance training programmes and obtaining the desired outcomes.

Control of Resistance Training Intensity by the OMNI Perceived Exertion Scale. Fernando Naclerio, Gabriel Rodriguez-Romo, Maria I. Barriopedro-Moro, Alfonso Jimenez, Brent A. Alvar, and Travis N. Triplett. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2011 Jul;25(7):1879-88

Biomechanical and Physiological Effects of Whole Body Vibration

The use of whole body vibration (WBV) as a novel exercise modality continues to grow in popularity with both exercise practitioners and the scientific community. Recent studies have established the benefits of WBV for improvement of muscle strength and power. However, some of the fundamental biomechanical and physiological changes have still not been fully investigated to explain the underlying mechanisms of these changes. Our current research is examining the effects of different vibration modalities on parameters such as movement, muscular performance, local / muscle blood flow and muscle activation. Key staff and collaborators include Dr Mark Goss-Sampson, Dr Mark Colpus, Mark Chapman and Dr Dan Robbins.

Selected exemplar publications

Robbins, D. and Goss-Sampson, M.A. (2013). Effect of whole body vibration during static squats on myoelectric properties of the vastus lateralis. International Journal of Sports Science. 3, pp.135-140.

Robbins, D. and Goss-Sampson, M.A. (2013). The influence of whole body vibration on the plantarflexors during heel raise exercise. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 23, pp. 614-618.

Robbins, D., Zeinstra, E., Jimenez, A. and Goss-Sampson, M.A. (2012) Does Whole Body Vibration have Clinically Significant Neurophysiological and Neurovascular Implications? International Journal of Prevention and Treatment. 1, pp. 18-26.

Robbins, D., Elwell, C., Jimenez, A. and Goss-Sampson, MA. (2012) Localised Muscle Tissue Oxygenation during Dynamic Exercise with Whole Body Vibration. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 11, pp. 346-351.

Analysis of Human Performance

Accurate analysis of human movement is important for the understanding of sports performance, work-based ergonomics, injury prevention and rehabilitation programmes. The main objectives of our research is to analyse the causes and consequences of complex motion using synchronous 'state of the art' high speed 3D motion analysis, muscle activation patterns and forces. This information can be used to monitor skill development, assess activities of daily life, and provide feedback to sports people, coaches, physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists. Diverse examples of recent projects include the analysis of golf driving and putting in professional and novice players, activity ability in the aged, and the assessment of body armour ergonomics (Metropolitan Police Service consultancy). Key staff and collaborators include Dr Mark Goss-Sampson, Dr Mark Colpus Dr Fernando Naclerio and Mark Chapman.

Selected exemplar publications

Naclerio, F., Larumbe, E., Faigenbaum, A. D., Goss-Sampson, M., Perez-Bilbao, T., Jimenez, A., and Beedie, C. (2013). Effects of a low volume injury prevention programme on the hamstring torque angle relationship. Research in Sports Medicine. 21, pp. 253-263.

Delextrat, A. and Goss-Sampson, M.A. (2010) Kinematic analysis of netball goal shooting: a comparison between junior and senior players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28, pp. 1299-1307.

Bassement, M., Garnier, C., Goss-Sampson, M.A., Watelain, W. and Lepoutre, F-X. (2010) Using EMGs and kinematics data to study the take-off technique of experts and novices for a pole vaulting short run-up educational exercise. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 13 pp. 554-558

Smith, P.M., Chapman, M.L., Hazlehurst, K.E. and Goss-Sampson, M.A. (2008) The influence of crank pattern on muscle activity and torque production during arm crank ergometery. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 18 pp. 598-605.

The Centre for Science and Medicine in Sport and Exercise is part of the Faculty of Engineering & Science, University of Greenwich.