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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Katy Griggs

Katy Griggs

Information Officer, Research Assistant and part-time PhD student in Sport Performance

Katy joined the PHC as an Information Officer/Research Assistant in May 2012. Her role involved promotion of the centre via various resources (including the website) and social media, producing the bi-annual newsletter, organising events and dealing with centre enquiries/administration. Alongside this role she co-led the Sport Science support provided to GB Paratriathlon (2014-2015) and assisted with testing various Paralympic squads and athletes with the centre's Sport Science Services. Alongside this role, she undertook a part-time PhD funded by the centre titled “Thermoregulatory responses of athletes with a spinal cord injury during rest and exercise.”

Katy is now a Research Associate at the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre, Design School at Loughborough University (October 2016- present).

Qualifications

  • PhD Thermoregulatory responses of athletes with a spinal cord injury during rest and exercise: Viva in February 2017.
  • MSc (Distinction) in Exercise Physiology, Loughborough University (2010).
  • BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences with Industrial Placement, Bath University (2009).

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations

Katy is a member of the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and The Physiological Society. She is currently undertaking her Supervised Experience with BASES.

Current research interests

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 individualas 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 and Tokyo, 2020.

Previous research and 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 involved in various projects, in particular an EU funded protective clothing project (PROSPIE).  

For her MSc project, she collaborated with PHC members, Tom Paulson and Christof Leicht,  tracking immune function and infection incidence in the 2010/2011 Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby squad.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

  • Griggs, K.E., Havenith, G., Price, M., Paulson, T. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2015). Effectiveness of pre-cooling and cooling during play on wheelchair rugby performance. International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics, Portsmouth, UK. 
  • Griggs, K.E., Leicht, C., Price, M. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V. (2015). Thermoregulation during intermittent exercise in athletes with a spinal cord injury. UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine. St Georges Park, UK. March 2015.
  • Griggs, K.E., Leicht, C., Price, M. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V. (2013). Thermoregulatory responses of athletes with spinal cord injury during intermittent wheelchair exercise in cool conditions. European College of Sport Sciences in June 2013, Barcelona.
  • Griggs, K., Leicht., C., Bishop, N. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013). High exercise loads depress salivary immunoglobulin A in elite athletes with tetraplegia. UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine. St Georges Park, UK. May 2013. 
  • Griggs, K.E., Bilzon, J.L.J., Wilkinson, D.M., Richmond, V.L. and Rayson, M.P. (2008) Direct versus Indirect Prediction of Prolonged Loaded-March Performance.Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 40(5), S46-S47.

Selected recent publications

  • Griggs, K., Havenith, G., Price, M.J., Mason, B. and Goosey –Tolfrey, V.L. (2017). Thermoregulatory Responses during Competitive Wheelchair
    Rugby Match Play. International Journal of Sports Medicine. [Accepted for publication].
  • Griggs, K., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. and Paulson, T. (2016). Supporting Paralympic wheelchair sport performance through technological, physiological and environmental considerations. Annals of Human Biology. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Richmond, V.L., Davey, S., Griggs, K. and Havenith, G. (2015). Prediction of Core Body Temperature from Multiple Variables. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 59 (9), 1168-1178.
  • 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. (2015).Thermoregulation during intermittent exercise in athletes with a spinal cord injury. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 10, 469-475.
  • Griggs, K.E., Havenith, G., Paulson, T., Price, M. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2015). Effectiveness of pre-cooling and cooling during play on wheelchair rugby performance. Extreme Physiology and Medicine. 4 (Suppl 1): A4.
  • Yoda, T., Griggs, K.E.,  Leicht, C.A. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2015). The effect of increased ambient temperature on thermoregulatory responses in spinal cord injured people. Extreme Physiology and Medicine. 4 (Suppl 1): A157.
  • 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.