Revolutions: The Peter Harrison Centre newsletter for summer 2019

Discover more about the impact that the Peter Harrison Centre is having on disability sport through Lboro Game changers, hot bath research, participation at the school games and our work with Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby.

The Peter Harrison Centre newsletter from Summer 2019 also includes a welcome to new PHC member Dr Emma Pullen, an obituary for PHC contributor Peter Carruthers, the Loughborough 2019 PhD Awards, 


  • UK Paralympic Performance 2019 - Conference reflections
  • International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics

Research updates

  • Exercise, but also hot baths to reduce chronic low-grade inflammation?
  • Evidenced-based classification with Emma Beckman
  • SCI Guidleines

International collaborations

  • A Week with Poutine, Elisa and Jem
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Exercise in Spinal Cord Injury

Sport Science Support

  • GBWR Elite Squad: Quad Nations, Four Nations
  • Wheelchair Rugby Development Cup Experience
  • Paratri Florida Camp


  • Au, J. S., Kamijo, Y. ichiro, Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L., Leicht, C. A., MacDonald, M. J., Mukai, Y., & Tajima, F. (2019). Comparison between esophageal and intestinal temperature responses to upper-limb exercise in individuals with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord.
  • Hoekstra, S. P., Leicht, C. A., Kamijo, Y. I., Kinoshita, T., Stephenson, B. T., Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L., … Tajima, F. (2019). The inflammatory response to a wheelchair half-marathon in people with a spinal cord injury - the role of autonomic function. Journal of Sports Sciences.
  • Hoekstra, S. P., Wright, A. K. A., Bishop, N. C., & Leicht, C. A. (2019). The effect of temperature and heat shock protein 72 on the ex vivo acute inflammatory response in monocytes. Cell Stress and Chaperones.
  • Hunt, E. R., & Papathomas, A. (2019). Being physically active through chronic illness: life experiences of people with arthritis. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.
  • Hutchinson, M. J., MacDonald, M. J., Eston, R., & Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L. (2019). Peak oxygen uptake measured during a perceptually-regulated exercise test is reliable in community-based manual wheelchair users. Journal of Sports Sciences.
  • Hutchinson, M. J., Valentino, S. E., Totosy de Zepetnek, J. O., MacDonald, M. J., & Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L. (2019). Perceptually regulated training does not influence the differentiated RPE response following 16-weeks of aerobic exercise in adults with spinal cord injury. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
  • Mason, B. S., Altmann, V. C., & Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L. (2019). Understanding the impact of trunk and arm impairments on wheelchair rugby performance during competition. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
  • Rosén, J. S., Arndt, A., Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L., Mason, B. S., Hutchinson, M. J., Tarassova, O., & Bjerkefors, A. (2019). The impact of impairment on kinematic and kinetic variables in Va’a paddling: Towards a sport-specific evidence-based classification system for Para Va’a. Journal of Sports Sciences.
  • Stephenson, B. T., Hoekstra, S. P., Tolfrey, K., & Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L. (2019). High thermoregulatory strain during competitive paratriathlon racing in the heat. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
  • Stephenson, B. T., Hynes, E., Leicht, C. A., Tolfrey, K., & Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L. (2018). Brief Report: Training load, salivary immunoglobulin A, and illness incidence in elite paratriathletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
  • Stone, B., Mason, B. S., Bundon, A., & Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L. (2019). Elite handcycling: a qualitative analysis of recumbent handbike configuration for optimal sports performance. Ergonomics.
  • Stone, B., Mason, B. S., Warner, M. B., & Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L. (2019). Shoulder and thorax kinematics contribute to increased power output of competitive handcyclists. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

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