Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Michael Hutchinson

Research Assistant, Laboratory Technician, part-time PhD student in Health and Wellbeing

Tel +44 (0)1509 226387

Michael joined the team in December 2014 as a Research Assistant. He will be completing a part-time PhD alongside his Research Assistant role.


  • MSc (Distinction) in Exercise Physiology, Loughborough University (2014)
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, University of Bath (2013)

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations:

  • Michael is a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.


Current research interests:

Through his role as Research Assistant and Lab Technician, Michael aids in many projects that are ongoing within both strands of the Centre. However his main area of interest lies in his PhD studies, which comes under the Health and Wellbeing strand and is being conducted under the supervision of Prof. Vicky Tolfrey and Dr. Christof Leicht. Dr Tom Paulson also acted as a supervisor to Michael before leaving the PHC, and continues to act as an advisor.

Michael’s PhD focuses on the application of subjective ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) to regulate exercise intensity during upper body exercise. Michael is interested in this in relation to both exercise testing and exercise prescription settings. Michael has conducted studies into the validity and reliability of a maximal Perceptually-Regulated Exercise Test to measure maximal exercise responses during upper body exercise in both able-bodied and wheelchair user population groups. Michael is also interested as to whether exercise prescribed using RPE can be as effective for causing a beneficial physiological adaptation during a training program as using objective measures, such as heart rate or power output.

Previous research and experience:

As part of a placement year during his BSc, Michael worked with the British Paralympic Association in the year leading up to the London 2012 Games. This included working with the sport of Wheelchair Fencing to conduct a physiological “needs analysis” for a world class Wheelchair Fencer. Michael conducted a physiological assessment of competition performance and monitored performance in training. Michael was part of the Sports Science and Medicine team at the preparation camp and Performance Analysis team for ParalympicsGB at the Games.

During his MSc, Michael obtained a scholarship from the England and Wales Cricket Board to deliver performance nutrition support to the England Blind Cricket team. Michael used this relationship to help conduct his MSc project into the use of perceptions of thirst as a marker of hydration status in visually impaired athletes. Since completing his MSc, Michael has continued to work with the squad in both a Performance Nutrition and Sport Science role. This led to Michael being part of the Sport Science and Medicine team during a home series against India in 2015 and at the Twenty20 World Cup, in India in February 2017.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

  • Hutchinson, M. J.; Paulson, T; Eston, R.; Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L. (2016). Validity and reliability of a perceptually regulated maximal test to measure aerobic capacity during handcycle exercise in able-bodied participants. BASES Conference, Nottingham, England.