School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Katy Griggs

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Research Assistant/Postgraduate Researcher (Peter Harrison Centre)

Katy completed her undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Bath University (2005-2009), which included a professional placement year working for an Occupational Medicine Research team in the British Army. She moved to Loughborough University to complete her Masters in Exercise Physiology, alongside working as a Physiologist for the University’s Sport Science Service.

Upon completing her Masters she worked as a Research Assistant at the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre at the University before joining the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport as a Research Assistant/Information Officer in May 2012. Her role involves promotion of the centre via various resources (including the website) and social media, producing the bi-annual newsletter and dealing with centre enquiries/administration. Alongside this role she coordinates the Sport Science support provided to GB Paratriathlon leading upto their first Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 and assists with testing various Paralympic squads and athletes as part of the centre's Sport Science Services. She is also currently doing a part-time PhD funded by the centre looking at the effects of cooling strategies on the thermoregulation of wheelchair athletes

Katy is a member of the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and is currently completing BASES Supervised Experience.

Katy has previously worked within the areas of occupational, thermal and exercise physiology. She has previously worked for the Ministry of Defence (Army) and the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre at Loughborough University and been involved in various projects, in particular an EU funded protective clothing project (PROSPIE). 

Katy’s current focus is on the thermoregulatory responses of wheelchair athletes, in particular spinal cord injured athletes. 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 individual are at a heightened risk of heat injury compared to able-bodied individuals. 

Following initial studies on the thermoregulatory responses of spinal cord injured athletes, she is currently investigating the effect of cooling strategies on thermal/physiological responses and performance. This research is a particular area of focus during the run up to the next Paralympics in Rio, 2016.

  • 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. (2014, in press).Thermoregulation during intermittent exercise in athletes with a spinal cord injury. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
  • Leicht, C.A., Griggs, K.E., Lavin J., Tolfrey, K. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). Blood lactate and ventilatory thresholds in wheelchair athletes in 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.