Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Paul Sindall

Dr Paul Sindall

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science

Tel +44 (0)161 295 2290

Dr Paul Sindall is currently an Associate Member of the PHC. Under the expert supervision of Prof. Vicky Tolfrey and Dr Keith Tolfrey, Paul successfully defended his PhD, which concerned the physiological demands and movement patterns of wheelchair tennis. Paul currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science, based in the School of Health Sciences at The University of Salford, UK.


  • PhD in Exercise Physiology, Loughborough University (2016)
  • MSc in Sport and Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology), Manchester Metropolitan University (2004)
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science (Fitness Science), Lancaster University (1997)

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations

  • Honorary member of the North West Health and Physical Activity Forum
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Current research interests

Paul is interested in the physiological demands and court-movement patterns of wheelchair tennis, with a particular emphasis on developmental players.

Previous research and experience

Prior to taking up his current post in Higher Education, Paul spent ten years in the health and fitness industry as an exercise physiologist, and latterly in programme development and managerial roles. During this period, Paul developed and operated an NHS-endorsed GP exercise referral scheme for those with specialist requirements caused by chronic disease. 

More recently, Paul has provided scientific support for elite handcyclists, sledge hockey, boxers, triathletes and football players. He continues to work with both elite athletes and recreational exercisers in his specialist area of exercise testing and prescription.

Selected recent publications

  • 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. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 36(4), 383-393.
  • Sindall, P, Lenton, J.P., Tolfrey, K, Cooper, R.A., 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, 28-37.
  • Sindall, P., Lenton, J.P., Malone, L., Douglas, S., Cooper, R.A., Hiremath, S., Tolfrey, K. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013, in press). Effect of low-compression balls on wheelchair tennis match-play. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 35(5), 424-431.
  • Sindall, P., Lenton, J.P., Cooper, R.A., Tolfrey, K. and Goosey Tolfrey, V. (2015). Data logger device applicability for wheelchair tennis court-movement. Journal of Sports Sciences. 33(5), 527-533.
    Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. and Sindall, P. (2007). The effects of arm crank strategy on physiological responses and mechanical efficiency during submaximal exercise. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(4), 453-460.