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Katy Griggs

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Research Assoiciate

Katy is a Research Associate at the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre.

Katy undertook a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science with a professional placement at the University of Bath. During her placement year she worked for the Ministry of Defence (Army) as an Assistant Scientific Officer, conducting research to reduce injury and illness in initial soldier training.

After her undergraduate degree Katy moved to Loughborough University to complete a MSc in Exercise Physiology, followed by taking up a position at the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre as a Research Assistant. As part of this role she was involved in various projects including a European Union funded protective clothing project.

Katy started her PhD in May 2012 alongside a Research Assistant position at the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS). Her Research Assistant role involved promotion of the centre via various resources and social media in addition to providing Sport Science support to various Paralympic squads and athletes. She is currently completing her PhD which is entitled “The thermoregulatory responses of athletes with a spinal cord injury during exercise and rest” supervised by Prof Vicky Tolfrey (SSEHS) and Prof George Havenith.

Katy’s current focus is on the thermoregulatory responses of wheelchair athletes, in particular athletes with a spinal cord injury.

Athletes with a spinal cord injury have impaired thermoregulation proportional to the level of their lesion. Due to a loss of both sweating capacity and vasomotor control below the level of the spinal cord lesion, these individuals are at a heightened risk of heat injury compared to able-bodied individuals. 

She has interests in the areas of occupational, thermal and exercise physiology, in addition to disability sport. 

Griggs, K., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. and Paulson, T. (2016). Supporting Paralympic wheelchair sport performance through technological, physiological and environmental considerations. Annals of Human Biology. [Epub ahead of print].

·  Richmond, V.L., Davey, S., Griggs, K. and Havenith, G. (2015). Prediction of Core Body Temperature from Multiple Variables. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 59 (9), 1168-1178.

·  Griggs, K.E., Price, M.J. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2015). Cooling athletes with a spinal cord injury. Sports Medicine. 45(1), 9-21.

·  Griggs, K.E., Leicht, C.A., Price, M.J. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2015).Thermoregulation during intermittent exercise in athletes with a spinal cord injury. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 10, 469-475

·  Leicht, C.A., Griggs, K.E., Lavin, J., Tolfrey, K. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). Blood lactate and ventilatory thresholds in wheelchair athletes with tetraplegia and paraplegia. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 114(8),1635-43.

·  Leicht, C.A., Bishop, N.C., Paulson, T.A.W., Griggs, K.E. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2012) Salivary immunoglobulin A and upper respiratory symptoms during five months of training in elite tetraplegic athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.7, 210-217.