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Phil Hayes

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation

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His main teaching areas encompass fitness testing, the physiology of training, particularly aerobic training, and the physiology of endurance exercise. Phil is the longest serving member of the sport science staff having joined the University in 1991 during which time he has fulfilled a number of senior roles, including 13 years as Programme Leader and currently as admissions tutor.

Phil is a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, a Chartered Scientist and has, in the past, been an accredited anthropometrist with ISAK. He has provided sport science support for Premier League football teams, a professional cricket team, and international runners, including the local athletes who were involved in Kelly Holmes ‘On Camp with Kelly’ scheme. Phil’s PhD was titled ‘Physiological factors affecting running performance’ and his current research falls broadly under the banner of enhancing athlete performance.

The practical application of his work also fuels some of Phil’s interests outside of work. Phil is a UK Athletics Level 4 middle-distance running coach, coaching for a local athletics club. He has coached GB U23, GB Students, GB U20, and GB U18 runners, along with Inter-Counties, British Universities and England Schools medallists. Previously, he has been UK Athletics Regional Coach for Endurance Events. Phil is one of the few BASES Accredited Physiologists and Level 4 coaches in the UK.


BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Phil’s research falls broadly under the umbrella of enhancing athlete performance. Within this there are three strands of work; endurance running performance, quantifying training and the decision making processes of coaches. His endurance running work is currently looking at resistance training and its impact on running economy and fatigue resistance. The research in to quantifying training is based around establishing dose-response characteristics to different training stimuli. At present this work is looking at academy players within a professional football club. 

Key Publications

Thomas, K., Hayes, P.R., and French D.N. (2009) The effect of two plyometric training programmes on acceleration and agility in junior football players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 23(1): 332-335

Caplan, N., Rogers, R., Parr, M. & Hayes, P.R. (2009) The role of chronic stretching on sprinting performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 23(4): 1175-1180

Hayes, P.R., and Quinn, M.D. (2009).  A mathematical model for quantifying training. European Journal of Applied Physiology 106 (6): 839-847.

Hayes, P.R., French, D.N. and Thomas, K. (2011) The effect of muscular endurance on running economy. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 25 (9): 2464-2469.

Hayes, P.R., and Caplan, N. (2012) Foot strike patterns and ground contact times during high calibre middle distance races. Journal of Sports Sciences 30(12): 1275-1283.

Akenhead, R., Hayes, P.R., Thompson, K.G., and French, D.N. (2013) Diminutions of acceleration and deceleration during professional football match play. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 16(6): 556-561

Hayes, P.R. and Caplan, N. (2014) Leg stiffness decreases during a run to exhaustion at the speed at V ̇O2 max. European Journal of Sport Science14(6): 556-562

Akenhead, R., French, D.N., Thompson, K.G., and Hayes, P.R. (2015) The physiological consequences of acceleration during shuttle running. International Journal of Sports Medicine 36(4):302-7

Wilkinson, M., Caplan, N., Akenhead, R., and Hayes, P.R., (2015) A new view of first time responses to barefoot funning. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Medicine 1:2

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Phil is currently supervising PhD candidates looking at the role of resistance training on endurance running performance, the quantification of training in professional football and the information that coaches use to plan training and develop their athletes. 


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