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Dr 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.


  • 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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • Quantification of aerobic determinants of performance in post-pubertal adolescent middle-distance runners, Blagrove, R., Howatson, G., Pedlar, C., Hayes, P. 1 Aug 2019, In: European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Sensitivity and reproducibility of a fatigue response in elite youth football players, Fitzpatrick, J., Akenhead, R., Russell, M., Hicks, K., Hayes, P. 3 Jul 2019, In: Science and Medicine in Football
  • The reliability of potential fatigue monitoring measures in elite youth soccer players, Fitzpatrick, J., Hicks, K., Russell, M., Hayes, P. 20 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Use of loaded conditioning activities to potentiate middle- and long-distance performance, Hayes, P., Howatson, G., Blagrove, R. 1 Aug 2019, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • A 6-minute sub-maximal run test to predict VO2 max, Hayes, P., Matabuena, M., Vidal, J., Huelin Trillo, F. 2018, In: Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Dose-Response Relationship between Training Load and Changes in Aerobic Fitness in Professional Youth Soccer Players, Fitzpatrick, J., Hicks, K., Hayes, P. Nov 2018, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Effects of Strength Training on Post-Pubertal Adolescent Distance Runners, Blagrove, R., Howe, L., Cushion, E., Spence, A., Howatson, G., Pedlar, C., Hayes, P. Jun 2018, In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Effects of Strength Training on the Physiological Determinants of Middle- and Long-Distance Running Performance: A Systematic Review, Hayes, P., Howatson, G., Blagrove, R. May 2018, In: Sports Medicine

PGR Supervision

  • John Fitzpatrick An Individual Approach to Monitoring and Prescribing Training in Elite Youth Football Players Start: 01/12/2014
  • Karen Johns Start: 01/09/2014
  • Sherveen Riazati Start: 01/10/2016
  • Arran Parmar Start: 01/10/2018
  • Adam Nichol Investigating the complex influence of sport coaching practice (on athletes) through an emergentist perspective Start: 01/10/2016
  • Richard Blagrove The Utility of Strength-Based Exercise for Middle- and Long-Distance Runners Start: 01/02/2016


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