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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Terri Graham

Dr Terri Graham-Paulson

Casual worker

Tel +44 (0)1509 226387

Terri joined the team in January 2012 as a Research Assistant. Her role within the Peter Harrison Centre was to develop an educational toolkit, as part of the Coca-Cola Active Healthy Living Project, to encourage disabled individuals to become more active. The toolkit includes 5 booklets which contain disability-specific information on 3 main topics; physical activity and exercise, nutrition, and psychology.

Terri also led a nutrition education programme for England and Wales Disability Cricket 2013-2016. The programme aimed to provide the sport’s developing athletes with up-to-date nutrition information and advice to improve health and cricket performance.

Terri recently completed her part-time PhD investigating the habitual use and efficacy of nutritional supplements, with a specific interest in caffeine. She also works as a Performance Nutritionist for British Athletics (2016-present), and as part of the English institute of Sport (EIS) for British Triathlon (maternity cover, 2015-2016), GB Short Track Speed Skating (2015-present) and GB Fencing (2015-present).

Terri is currently compiling the PHC’s 2012-2016 Legacy document as a casual worker.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Nutrition entitled ‘Caffeine: Evidence-based guidance for use during upper-body exercise and for individuals with a spinal cord injury,’ Loughborough University (2012-2016).
  • MSc (Distinction) in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Loughborough University (2010).
  • BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Bath University (2009).

Current research interests

Terri began her part-time PhD in April 2012 which focused on nutrition for athletes with a physical impairment. Her first study investigated the nutritional supplement habits and perceptions of athletes with a physical or visual impairment. This research was funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the results helped us to understand the supplemental practices, knowledge and personal opinions of athletes from varying sports, impairments and nationalities.

Terri consequently explored the influence of caffeine on wheelchair rugby and cycling/handcycling performance. Exploratory salivary caffeine analysis revealed a number of questions around this measure and also the application of able-bodied timing and dosage recommendations for caffeine being applied to individuals with a physical impairment. Hence Terri investigated the appearance rates of caffeine in individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI) compared to able-bodied (AB) individuals. She observed different patterns for those with a SCI, which indicate that AB guidelines may need to be adjusted.

Previous research and experience

Terri’s previous work has focused on the influence of nutrition and hydration strategies on sport and exercise performance. She has written various educational pieces for websites and sport/fitness magazines on topics such as summer hydration, breaking protein myths and multiple transportable carbohydrates. She continues to apply a case study perspective to applied research questions in her role as a Performance Nutritionist with the EIS.

Recent external income generation

  • 2013-2014 (Co-investigator) – A 4 year project delivering a nutrition education programme at 4 regional disability cricket development sites. The project helped fund 4 MSc students to complete their courses while gaining practical experience in the world of elite disability sport. Terri led this project.
  • 2012-2014 (Co-investigator) – A 2 year project funded by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) investigating the nutritional supplement habits and perceptions of disabled athletes at all levels. Terri assisted in the writing of this application, designed the questionnaire, collected data and wrote the required WADA report.
  • 2012-2013 – An enterprise skills award from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) alongside Dr Anthony Papathomas. This award allowed them to visit McMaster University and SCI Action Canada to learn from the physical activity promotional programmes for disabled individuals that are provided by these organisations. They also completed a Scientists Knowledge Translation Training workshop in Toronto.

Selected recent publications

  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Perret, C., Smith, B., Crosland, J. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2015). Nutritional supplement habits of athletes with an impairment and their sources of information. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 25(4), 387-395.
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Perret, C., Watson, P. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2015). Improvement in sprint performance in wheelchair sportsmen with caffeine supplementation. International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance, 11(2), 214-220.
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Perret, C. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2016). Improvements in cycling but not handcycling 10 km time trial performance in habitual caffeine users. Nutrients, 8(7), E393.
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Paulson, T.A.W., Perret, C., Tolfrey, K., Cordery, P. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2016). Spinal cord injury level influences acute plasma caffeine responses. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Science, epub ahead of print.

Other relevant publications:

  • Goosey-Tolfrey, V, Paulson, T & Graham-Paulson, T. (2015). Practical considerations for fluid replacement for athletes with a spinal cord injury (pp.333-355). In Fluid balance, hydration, and athletic performance. (Eds.) Meyer, F, Szygula, Z and Wilk, B. Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.

Conference presentations and published abstracts:

  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Perret, C., Smith, B., Crosland, J. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. Nutritional supplement habits and perceptions of athletes with a disability: Preliminary findings. International Paralympic Committee Vista conference. 1-3 May, 2013, Bonn, Germany. (Oral presentation, May 2013).
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Perret, C., Smith, B., Crosland, J. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. Nutritional supplement habits and perceptions of disabled athletes. The UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sports Medicine. The Road to Rio: Learning from London. 21-22 May 2013, Burton-upon-Trent, UK. (Poster presentation).
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Perret, C., Smith, B., Crosland, J. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L.  Nutritional supplement habits and perceptions of disabled athletes. Rehabilitation: Mobility, Exercise & Sports conference. 22-25 May, 2014, Groningen, Holland. (Poster presentation).
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Perret, C., Watson, P. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. Effects of caffeine supplementation on sprint, 4-min push & cognitive performance in wheelchair sportsmen. Rehabilitation: Mobility, Exercise & Sports conference. 22-25 May, 2014, Groningen, Holland. (Oral presentation).
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Perret, C., Watson, P. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. Effects of caffeine supplementation on sprint, 4-min push & cognitive performance in wheelchair sportsmen. The UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sports Medicine: Ready for Rio? 12-13 March, 2015, Burton-upon-trent, UK. (Poster presentation).
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Perret, C. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. Caffeine improves cycling but not handcycling time trial performance. Loughborough University Postgraduate Student conference. 9 June, 2015, Loughborough, UK. (Poster presentation).
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S. Caffeine for Paratriathlon performance. English Institute of Sport National conference. 7-9 December 2015 Hinckley, UK. (Infographic presentation to the performance nutrition team).
  • Graham-Paulson, T.S., Paulson, T.A.W., Perret, C., Tolfrey, K., Cordery, P. & Goosey-Tolfrey, V. Spinal cord injury level influences acute plasma caffeine responses following a moderate dose. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) conference. 29-30 November, 2016, Nottingham, UK. (Poster presentation accepted).


Contribution to BASES workshop:

  • Graham-Paulson, T.S. Nutritional considerations for the Paralympic athlete. ‘The Paralympic Athlete: an applied perspective’ BASES workshop. 28 April, 2016, Loughborough, UK. (Oral presentation).