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Dr Phil Hayes

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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 14 years as Programme Leader and currently as admissions tutor. His main teaching areas encompass fitness testing, the physiology of training, particularly aerobic training, and the physiology of endurance exercise.

Phil is a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, a Chartered Scientist and has, in the past, been an accredited anthropometrist with ISAK. His PhD was titled ‘Physiological factors affecting running performance’ and his current research falls broadly under the banner of enhancing athlete performance. Within this Phil’s main interests are: how fatigue effects running gait, in particular the role of muscular strength; aerobic interval training, quantifying training and the relative age effect. In addition, Phil 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 Dame Kelly Holmes ‘On Camp with Kelly’ scheme.

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.

Phil Hayes


  • Sports Science PhD October 09 2015
  • Sports Science (Education) MSc August 31 1989
  • Accredited Member British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 1992

Key Publications

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  • Athletes as ‘sites of normative intersectionality’, Nichol, A., Hayes, P., Vickery, W., Boocock, E., Potrac, P., Hall, E. 30 Dec 2020, In: Sociology of Sport Journal
  • Coaches and parents hold contrasting perceptions of optimal youth development activities in track and field athletics, Kearney, P., Comyns, T., Hayes, P. 1 Apr 2020, In: International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
  • Fatigue Induced Changes in Muscle Strength and Gait Following Two Different Intensity, Energy Expenditure Matched Runs, Riazati, S., Caplan, N., Matabuena, M., Hayes, P. 22 Apr 2020, In: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • Inter-limb strength asymmetry in adolescent distance runners, Blagrove, R., Bishop, C., Howatson, G., Hayes, P. 13 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Strength and Conditioning for Adolescent Endurance Runners, Blagrove, R., Howe, L., Howatson, G., Hayes, P. 1 Feb 2020, In: Strength and Conditioning Journal
  • Strength and conditioning habits of competitive distance runners, Blagrove, R., Brown, N., Howatson, G., Hayes, P. 1 May 2020, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Efficacy of depth jumps to elicit a post-activation performance enhancement in junior endurance runners, Blagrove, R., Holding, K., Patterson, S., Howatson, G., Hayes, P. Feb 2019, In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  • Examining the Relationships Between Coaching Practice and Athlete “Outcomes”, Nichol, A., Hall, E., Vickery, W., Hayes, P. 1 Jan 2019, In: International Sport Coaching Journal
  • How do culture and norm circles (as shaped by coaches and others) play a role in influencing the actions of cricketers?, Nichol, A., Hayes, P., Vickery, W., Boocock, E., Hall, E. 10 Jul 2019
  • Planning for optimal performance – what happens before the taper?, Johns, K., Philipson, P., Hayes, P. 1 Dec 2019, In: International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

PGR Supervision

  • Karen Johns Start: 01/09/2014
  • John Fitzpatrick An Individual Approach to Monitoring and Prescribing Training in Elite Youth Football Players Start: 01/12/2014
  • Sherveen Riazati The effects of typical training runs on overuse running-related injury risk factors in recreational runners Start: 01/10/2016
  • Arran Parmar Start: 01/10/2018
  • Adam Nichol Critically Investigating the Complex, Emergent (Non) Influence of Sport Coaching Practice Start: 01/10/2016
  • Richard Blagrove The Utility of Strength-Based Exercise for Middle- and Long-Distance Runners Start: 01/02/2016

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests fall broadly under the banner of enhancing sport performance. Currently most of my work is focused upon middle and long-distance running, with projects looking at aerobic interval training. One PhD student (Sherveen Riazati) is looking at how fatigue effects running gait, in particular the role of muscle strength. A second PhD student (Arran Parmar) is investigating the acute responses to, and recovery from, aerobic interval training. In addition to this I'm interested in the relative age effect and quantifying training loads.

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