School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Staff

Dr Richard Ferguson BSc, MPhil, PhD, FPhysiol

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Richard graduated with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science (1994) from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at The University of Birmingham before completing an MPhil in Cardiovascular Physiology (1996) also at Birmingham. He then moved to Manchester Metropolitan University where he completed his PhD investigating the energetics and efficiency of skeletal muscle (2000).

He was then appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde before moving to Loughborough in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology.

He is an active and competitive cyclist

Richard’s research is focused on improving human performance and health through novel exercise interventions, with a specific interest in blood flow restricted exercise. His research has investigated the effects of BFR exercise on skeletal muscle and peripheral vascular adaptations.

Richard is a Fellow of The Physiological Society where he acts as Society Rep. He is also Reviewing Editor for Experimental Physiology

Richard is a regular reviewer for the following journals: Acta Physiologica, American Journal of Physiology, European Journal of Applied Physiology, European Journal of Sport Sciences, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Physiology, Journal of Sport Sciences, Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport.

  • Mitchell, E. A., Martin, N.R.W., Turner, M. C., Taylor, C. W., Ferguson, R. A. (2019). The effect of sprint interval training with post-exercise blood flow restriction on critical power, capillary growth and mitochondrial proteins in trained cyclists. Journal of Applied Physiology 126, 51-59.
  • Mitchell, E. A., Martin, N.R.W., Bailey, S. J., Ferguson, R. A. (2018). Critical power is positively related to skeletal muscle capillarity and type I muscle fibers in endurance trained individuals. Journal of Applied Physiology 125, 737–745.
  • Ferguson, R. A., Hunt, J. E. A., Lewis, M. P., Martin, N.R.W., Player, D., Stangier, C., Taylor, C. W., Turner, M. C. (2018). The acute angiogenic signaling response to low load resistance exercise with blood flow restriction. European Journal of Sport Science 18, 397-406.
  • Taylor, C. W., Ingham, S. A., Hunt, J. E. A., Martin, N. R. W., Pringle, J. S., Ferguson R. A. (2016). Exercise duration-matched interval and continuous sprint cycling induce similar increases in AMPK phosphorylation, PGC-1α and VEGF mRNA expression in trained individuals. European Journal of Applied Physiology 116, 1445-1454. See invited editorial: Gliemann L. 2016. Training for skeletal muscle capillarization: a Janus-faced role of exercise intensity? European Journal of Applied Physiology 116, 1443-1444.
  • Hunt, J. E. A., Stodart, C., Ferguson, R. A. (2016). The influence of participant characteristics on the relationship between cuff pressure and level of blood flow restriction. European Journal of Applied Physiology 116, 1421-1432.
  • Taylor, C. W., Ingham, S. A., Ferguson R. A. (2016). Acute and chronic effect of sprint interval training combined with post-exercise blood flow restriction in trained individuals. Experimental Physiology 101, 143–154.
  • Thompson, E.B., Farrow, L., Hunt, J. E. A., Lewis, M. P., Ferguson, R. A. (2015).  Brachial artery characteristics and micro-vascular filtration capacity in rock climbers. European Journal of Sport Science 15, 296-304.
  • Faulkner, S. H., Ferguson, R. A., Hodder, S. G., Havenith, G. (2013). External muscle heating during warm-up does not provide added performance benefit above external heating in the recovery period alone. European Journal of Applied Physiology 113, 2713–2721.
  • Hunt, J. E. A., Galea, D., Tufft, G., Bunce, D., Ferguson, R. A. (2013) Time course of regional vascular adaptations to low load resistance training with blood flow restriction. Journal of Applied Physiology 115, 403-411.
  • Patterson, S. D., Leggate, M., Nimmo, M. A., Ferguson, R. A. (2013). Circulating hormone and cytokine response to low-load resistance training with blood flow restriction in older men. European Journal of Applied Physiology 113, 713-719.
  • Hunt, J. E. A, Walton, L. A., Ferguson, R. A. (2012). Brachial artery modifications to blood flow restricted handgrip training and detraining. Journal of Applied Physiology 112, 956-961.
  • Patterson, S. D., Ferguson, R. A. (2011). Resistance training with blood flow restriction enhances the increase in strength and peak post occlusive calf blood flow in older people. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 19, 201-213.
  • Patterson, S. D., Ferguson, R. A. (2010). Increase in calf post-occlusive blood flow and strength following short term resistance exercise training with blood flow restriction in young women. European Journal of Applied Physiology 108, 1025-1033.