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Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

John Lenton

Dr John Lenton

Former lab technician at the PHC

Dr John Lenton joined the PHC in 2008 alongside completing his PhD he worked as a Research Assistant and then the Lab techinican for the PHC. He now works at British Cycling as a Para-Cycling Pathway Manager. 

Qualifications

  • PhD entitled ‘Mechanical Efficiency of Push Strategies during Manual Hand-rim Wheelchair Propulsion. 
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002. 

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations

John is a professional member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).  

Current Research Interests

John’s research interests include: disability sport, manual wheelchair propulsion kinematics, elite sports performance physiology and the physiological assessment (exercise testing and interpretation) of wheelchair athletes.  John is looking to pursue the development of current and new field-based tests for wheelchair athletes in wheelchair sports such as basketball, rugby and tennis.  Moving forward it is expected that this work will contribute significantly to the validity and reliability of field-based tests by which the performance of athletes can be repeatedly measured.

Previous Research & Experience

After completing his BSc in Sports Science, John obtained a post graduate M.PhiL. studentship under Dr Vicky Tolfrey, researching the mechanical efficiency in manual hand-rim wheelchair propulsion.

During the period of 2001 – 2005 John worked with England Amputee Football on a voluntary basis.  John’s role involved assisting with coaching practices, the application of sports science support to international players and video capture of training sessions/matches.  John attended national training weekends at Lilleshall National Sports Centre and the World Championships, August 2005 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In January 2007 John was appointed on a two year contract as the Sports Science Physiologist to the GB Wheelchair Tennis squad.  John’s role provided extensive support to the wheelchair tennis athlete’s at tournaments worldwide.  His work with wheelchair tennis culminated in him attending the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.  John was involved in the preparation camp and applied sports science support throughout the games. 

Selected recent publications

Selected Recent Publications:

Journal Articles: 2014

  • Mason, B.S., Lenton, J.P., Rhodes, J.M., Cooper, R. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). Comparing the activity profiles of wheelchair rugby using a miniaturised data logger and radio-frequency tracking system. Biomedical Research International. Epub ahead of print. DOI:10.1155/2014/348048
  • Mason, B.S., Lenton, J.P. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). The physiological and biomechanical effects of forwards and reverse sports wheelchair propulsion. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1179/2045772314.
  • Mason, B.S., Lenton, J.P., Leicht, C.A. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). A physiological and biomechanical comparison of over-ground, treadmill and wheelchair propulsion. Journal of Sports Sciences. 32(1):78-91.

Journal Articles: 2013

  • Lenton, J.P., van der Woude, L.H.V., Fowler, N.E., Nicholson, G., Tolfrey, K., and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013).  Hand-rim forces and gross mechanical efficiency at various frequencies of wheelchair propulsion. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 34(2), 158-164.
  • Lenton, J.P, Fowler, N.E., Woude, van der L.H.V., Tolfrey, K. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013). Synchronous Hand-rim Propulsion Forces and Efficiency. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 34(2), 158-164.
  • Sindall, P., Lenton, J.P., Tolfrey, K. Cooper, R., Oyster, M. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013). Wheelchair tennis match-play demands: effect of player rank and result. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 8 (1), 28-37.
  • Leicht, C., Tolfrey, K., Lenton, J.P., Bishop, N. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013). The verification phase and reliability of physiological parameters in peak testing of elite wheelchair athletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 113(2), 337-345.
  • Leicht, C.A., Tolfrey, K., Lenton, J.P., Bishop, N. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013). Erraturn to: The verification phase and reliability of physiological parameters in peak testing of elite wheelchair athletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 113(2), 347.
  • Sindall, P, Whytock, K, Lenton, J.P., Tolfrey, K., Oyster, M., Cooper, R.A and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013). Criterion validity and accuracy of global positioning satellite and data logging devices for wheelchair tennis court movement. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 36(4), 383-393.
  • Paulson, T.W., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L., Lenton, J.P., Leicht, C.A and Bishop, N.C. (2013). Spinal cord injury level and the circulating cytokine response to strenuous exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 45(9), 1649-1655.

Journal Articles: 2012

  • Mason, B.M., Woude, van der L.H.V., Tolfrey, K., Lenton, J.P. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2012). Effects of Wheel and Hand-rim Size on Sub-maximal Propulsion in Wheelchair Athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 44(1), 126-134.
  • Mason, B.M., Woude, van der L.H.V., Lenton, J.P., and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2012). Effects of wheel size on mobility performance in wheelchair athletes. International Journal of Sports Medicine. Epub 16th May, 2012 
  • Leicht, C.A., Tolfrey, K., Lenton, J.P., Bishop, N.C., and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2012). The verification phase and reliability of physiological parameters in peak testing of elite wheelchair athletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology. Epub 21st June, 2012.
  • Sindall, P., Lenton, J.P., Tolfrey, K., Cooper, R.A., Oyster, M., and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2012). Wheelchair tennis match-play demands: Effects of player rank and result. International Journal of sports Physiology and Performance. Epub 1st August, 2012.
  • Lenton, J.P., van der Woude, L.H.V., Fowler, N.E., Nicholson, G., Tolfrey, K., and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2012).  Hand-rim forces and gross mechanical efficiency at various frequencies of wheelchair propulsion. International Journal of Sports Medicine. In press

Journal Articles: 2011

  • Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L., West, M., Lenton, J.L. and Tolfrey, K. (2011). Influence of varied tempo music on wheelchair mechanical efficiency following 3-wk practice. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 32(2), 126-131.

Journal Articles: 2010

  • Croft, L., Dybrus S., Lenton, J. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V. (in press 2010). A comparison of the physiological demands of wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 5, 301-315
  • Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L., Lenton, J., Goddard, J., Oldfield, V., Tolfrey, K. and Eston, R. (2010). Regulating intensity using perceived exertion in spinal cord injured participants. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 42 (3): 608-613.
  • Lenton, J.P., Fowler, N.E., Woude, van der L.H.V. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (in press 2010). Effects of 4-weeks asynchronous hand-rim wheelchair practice on mechanical efficiency and timing. Disability and Rehabilitation.

Journal Articles: 2009

  • Lenton, J.P, Woude, van der L.H.V., Fowler, N.E., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2009). Effects of arm frequency during synchronous and asynchronous wheelchair propulsion on efficiency. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 30 (4): 233-239.

Journal Articles: 2008 and Older

  • Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. and Lenton, J.P.  (2006).  A Comparison Between Intermittent and Constant Wheelchair Propulsion Strategies.  Ergonomics.  49 (11), 1111-1120.
  • Lenton, J.P., Fowler, N.E., van der Woude, L.H.V. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L.  (2008)  Efficiency of Wheelchair Propulsion and Effects of Strategy.  International Journal of Sports Medicine.  29 (5), 384-389.
  • Lenton, J.P., Fowler, N.E., van der Woude, L.H.V. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L.  (2008)  Wheelchair Propulsion: Effects of Experience and Push Strategy on Efficiency and Perceived Exertion.  Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.  33 (5), 870-879.