Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Ben Stephenson

PhD student in Sport Performance

Ben is a PhD student at the PHC, funded by the British Triathlon Federation. 


  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Loughborough University (2014)
  • MSc Exercise Physiology, Loughborough University (2015)

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations

Ben is a member of BASES. 

Current research interests

Ben started his PhD in October 2015 under the supervision of Prof Vicky Tolfrey. His PhD topic is the physiology of paratriathlon and plans to cover several areas of research including;

  • longitudinal tracking of mucosal immune function
  • methods of training load quantification to predict illness and/or injury
  • heat acclimation strategies to optimise performance

Previous research and experience

Previously Ben has conducted research relating to the effects of low doses of caffeine on cycling performance in the heat for his undergraduate project at Loughborough University. 

He was awarded a scholarhsip with Paratriathlon in October 2014 whilst completing his MSc, where he provided sports science support to the GB paratriathlon performance squad, mainly centred on lab-based physiological testing but also involved undertaking an MSc research project alongside. The project investigated the monitoring of immune function, namely salivary immunoglobulin A, and illness incidence over a 5 month period and if there was any influence of training load.