School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Michael Hutchinson MSc, BSc

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Research Assistant (Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport)

Part Time PhD Student

Michael completed his BSc Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath in 2013. During his time at Bath, Michael completed a placement with the British Paralympic Association in the year leading up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Following his undergraduate, Michael graduated from his MSc Exercise Physiology (Distinction) at Loughborough University in 2014 before starting his current role.

Michael’s PhD is focused on the use of Ratings of Perceived Exertion (RPE) to prescribe and regulate exercise intensity during upper body exercise. His research aims to help inform the prescription of exercise intensity for wheelchair users, such as those with a spinal cord injury.

Aside from his PhD, Michael assists with other priority research areas within the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport. These include using an Indoor Tracking System to quantify physical demands of wheelchair court sports such as Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.

During his MSc, Michael began working with the England Visually Impaired Cricket Team as their Performance Nutritionist. Michael has continued in this role, accompanying the squad as part of the Sports Science and Medicine team at the Twenty20 World Cup in India in February 2017.

  • Hutchinson MJ, Paulson T, Eston R, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2017). Assessment of peak oxygen uptake during handcycling: test-retest reliability and comparison of ramp-incremented and perceptually-regulated exercise tests. PLos ONE, 12(7): e0181008.
  • van der Scheer JW, Hutchinson MJ, Paulson T, Martin Ginis KA, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2017). Reliability and validity of subjective measures of aerobic intensity in adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. PM&R, doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2017.08.440. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Mason B, van der Slikke R, Hutchinson M, Berger M, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2017). The effect of small-sided game formats on physical and technical performance in wheelchair basketball. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2017-0500. [Epub ahead of print].