Co-developed an innovative module 'Alpine Fieldwork in Exercise Science'. This module has both a theoretical and practical basis in Oxford (January to May) before a week long trip to the French Alps (September). The week long trek is 'Le Tour du Mont Blanc' (approximately 150 km around the base of the Mont Blanc Massif).
Before and after the trek students are tested in the laboratory for aerobic fitness (VO2max), submaximal responses to graded walking (blood lactate concentration, rating of perceived extertion, walking economy), anthropometric measures and leg strength and power.
During the walk students record walking heart rate (to estimate walking energy expenditure) and rating of perceived exertion. They also monitor daily body mass and hyrdation status.
This is a very applied module whereby students can appreciate problems associated with data collection in the field. Students also learn a lot of applied physiology and how their body responds to daily endurance exercise (approximately 18-20 km per day with a 10-12 kg ruck sack).
This is a reflective statement from one student having completed Le Tour du Mont Blanc:
"Personally, I found the TMB itself, and the chance to take part in this study to be a once in a life time opportunity. Bonds were made with people that I did not think would happen, and my knowledge of sport and exercise science drastically expanded. Before we left for the TMB, I was worried that I would not be fit enough to complete it, and this was also the case when we were walking on the first day. The weather conditions were a lot hotter than I expected, and on the first day, I got badly sunburned and was struggling to get up the hills. But after the first day was completed, I realised that if I could complete one day, I could complete 6 more – and with the high group morale and positive energy, everybody completed the trek in the 7-day window.
During the course of the TMB, I lost 1.7kg in body mass, and 2.8% body fat, which I was extremely proud of, as I had been struggling to lose body fat prior to the TMB. This was one of the largest changes within the group. My maximum HR for the submaximal test also dropped by 15 bpm at the end of the final stage, which indicated that my cardiovascular fitness increased. My RPE at 20% also decreased by 2, showing that I found the final stage of testing easier than previously recorded".
U76115 Physiology for Human Movement; P16508 Exercise Physiology (MSc.); P16509 Project (MSc.); U76221 Physical Activity and Health; U76272 Alpine Fieldwork in Exercise Science; U76199 Project. Teaching on other undergraduate and postgraduate modules.
MSc projects in Applied Sport and Exercise Science; MSc and PhD by Research, collaborations with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.