Tess Flood

Research Assistant – Occupational Performance Research Group

About

Tess Flood is a research fellow with the Occupational Performance Research Group at the University of Chichester. Tess recently completed her MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology looking at the Effects of an L (-) Menthol on exercise at a Fixed-RPE in the heat.

Tess has experience as an applied practitioner in sport science and has assisted the GB Rowing START Talent ID program for the last two years and volunteered in the #DiscoverYourGold nationwide Talent ID program. During her MSc Tess worked for St Mary’s Clinic and undertook placements with GB Rowing Sport Science Team.

Professional

Education

2014-2016 – MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology, St Mary’s University

2011-2014 – BSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Brighton

Memberships

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

Research

Research Interests

Tess has research interests in the following areas:

  • Thermoregulation
  • Perception of Exercise
  • Non-thermal cooling interventions

PhD Study

Project Title

The development of a human model of heat exhaustion to test the reliability and variability of exertional heat illness biomarkers

Supervisory Team

Dr Sam Blacker (Director of Studies), Prof Stephen Myers, Dr Ben Lee (Coventry University), Dr Ella Walker (DSTL)

Project Summary

My PhD is in environmental and exercise physiology, researching the variability in systemic biomarkers of exertional heat illness (EHI; gastrointestinal, inflammatory and kidney injury).

Many individuals in physically demanding occupations are exposed to heat stress, which increases the risk of exertional heat illnesses.

Typically, interventions attempting to reduce the risk of exertional heat illness use one or two systemic biomarkers to measure the reduction in risk.

However, little is known about the inter and intra variability of these biomarkers and how the biomarkers respond to heat stress across a larger population.

In my first study, I combined environmental physiology and biochemistry to test a range of protocols to create a model of heat exhaustion.

Our model links together different pathways of EHI including gastrointestinal damage, inflammatory cytokines and acute kidney injury markers.

In my later studies, I will test this model across a large population of men (and later women) to assess the variation in the biomarkers.

This will help inform the use of these biomarkers to assess exertional heat illness risk.

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Other department members

Louis Langdown
Senior Lecturer in Sports Performance Analysis

Louis Langdown is Senior Lecturer in Sports Performance Analysis.

Kasha Dickie
Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Dr Kasha Dickie joined the University of Chichester in 2022 as Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Daniel Moore
Research Assistant – Occupational Performance Research Group

Daniel is a post-graduate Research Assistant working with the Occupational Performance Research Group at the University of Chichester.

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