School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Michael Hutchinson

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PhD student


Michael completed his BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath in 2013 before doing his MSc Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University in 2014. In December 2014 Michael started working as a Research Assistant and Lab Technician for the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport within the SSEHS and is now conducting his PhD part-time, alongside his work.


Title: The application of subjective Ratings of Perceived Exertion to regulate exercise intensity during upper body exercise

This research aims to investigate the validity and reliability of regulating upper body exercise intensity using subjective measures. Using RPE to prescribe exercise intensity has the potential to be a simple and affordable method of exercise prescription, however little is known about whether the physiological response to self-regulated exercise is valid and reliable compared to when intensity is regulated using objective measures such as heart rate or power output. This research will use both able-bodied and participants with disabilities and hopes to help inform exercise prescription for manual wheelchair users.   

External Activities:

During his undergraduate studies Michael carried out a placement year with the British Paralympic Association and was a part of the Sports Science and Medicine team at the holding camp before the London 2012 Games, as well as the Performance Analysis team during the Games.

Alongside his MSc Michael started working with the England Visually Impaired Cricket team as a Performance Nutritionist. Michael continues to work with the squad.

Keywords for Discipline and Research Area: 

Physiology, health