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Dr Kevin Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Kevin Thomas Hls Staff Profiles

Kevin graduated from Northumbria University in 2004 with a B.A. Sport Studies degree, completed his M.Sc. in Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University in 2006, and completed his doctorate at Northumbria University in 2013.  Kevin is accredited with the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). Additionally, Kevin is programme lead for the M.Sc. Strength and Conditioning programme.

Kevin combines his interests in physiology, nutrition and strength and conditioning in his teaching, research and work with industry. Kevin is an active applied practitioner and has provided support to a range of professional sports including Newcastle, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Gateshead and Team Northumbria Football Clubs, Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club, and Great Britain Orienteering and Triathlon. Kevin collaborates with a range of industry partners and maintains close links with the English Institute of Sport, GlaxoSmithKline and Newcastle United FC.

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  • Sports Science MSc November 30 2006
  • Sports Science PhD May 06 2002
  • Sports Studies BA (Hons) September 01 2001
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci) Science Council 2014
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Affiliate Member Physiological Society 2014
  • Member European College of Sport Science (ECSS) 2014
  • Accredited Member British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2009

Key Publications

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  • Cycling-specific isometric resistance training improves peak power output in elite sprint cyclists, Kordi, M., Folland, J., Goodall, S., Menzies, C., Patel, T., Evans, M., Thomas, K., Howatson, G. 29 Jun 2020, In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
  • Four weeks of augmented eccentric loading using a novel leg press device improved leg strength in well-trained athletes and professional sprint track cyclists, Harden, M., Wolf, A., Evans, M., Hicks, K., Thomas, K., Howatson, G. 14 Jul 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Task-specific strength increases after lower-limb compound resistance training occurred in the absence of corticospinal changes in vastus lateralis, Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Škarabot, J., Angius, L., Kidgell, D., Frazer, A., Hicks, K., Durbaba, R., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Thomas, K. 1 Jul 2020, In: Experimental Physiology
  • The Effects of Menstrual Cycle Phase on Exercise Performance in Eumenorrheic Women: A Systematic Review and Meta‑Analysis, McNulty, K., Elliott-Sale, K., Dolan, E., Swinton, P., Ansdell, P., Goodall, S., Thomas, K., Hicks, K. 13 Jul 2020, In: Sports Medicine
  • The Effects of Oral Contraceptives on Exercise Performance in Women: A Systematic Review and Meta‑analysis, Elliott-Sale, K., McNulty, K., Ansdell, P., Goodall, S., Hicks, K., Thomas, K., Swinton, P., Dolan, E. 14 Jul 2020, In: Sports Medicine
  • Electrical stimulation of human corticospinal axons at the level of the lumbar spinal segments, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Thomas, K., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 1 May 2019, In: European Journal of Neuroscience
  • Menstrual cycle-associated modulations in neuromuscular function and fatigability of the knee extensors in eumenorrheic women, Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Škarabot, J., Hicks, K., Simoes, D., Thomas, K., Howatson, G., Hunter, S., Goodall, S. 1 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Methodological issues influence determination of critical force during intermittent exercise: author's reply, Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Škarabot, J., Hicks, K., Howatson, G., Thomas, K., Hunter, S., Goodall, S. 15 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Physiology
  • Sex differences in fatigability and recovery relative to the intensity-duration relationship, Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Škarabot, J., Hicks, K., Howatson, G., Thomas, K., Hunter, S., Goodall, S. 12 Sep 2019, In: The Journal of Physiology
  • The Effect of Phase Change Material on Recovery of Neuromuscular Function Following Competitive Soccer Match-Play, Brownstein, C., Ansdell, P., Škarabot, J., McHugh, M., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Thomas, K. 6 Jun 2019, In: Frontiers in Physiology

PGR Supervision

  • Elliott Atkinson Start: 01/10/2019
  • Steven Marshall The muscle-tendon unit response to a repeated bout of maximal eccentric exercise in males and females Start: 01/08/2016
  • Callum Brownstein Fatigue and recovery of central nervous system function following intermittent-sprint exercise Start: 01/10/2015
  • Jake Kemp Start: 01/10/2017


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