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Dr Andy West

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

a.west@chi.ac.uk | 01243816337

Andy is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology whose research interests focus on energy provision during exercise and how this adapts in response to training, inactivity and ageing.

Andy graduated from UWIC (now Cardiff Metropolitan University) with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Following this, he completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology before moving on to complete a PhD exploring the area of energy system development in well-trained junior middle distance runners. Andy has previously held positions at the University of Chichester as a Physiology Laboratory Technician and an Association Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Research Methods.

In addition to his academic duties, Andy also oversees the daily management and delivery of the SPRU physiological consultancy services. Within this role Andy has worked closely with national and international level endurance athletes as well as helping to prepare athletes for events in extreme environments including the Marathon Des Sables, Comrades Marathon, the North Pole Marathon and many more. Andy also works closely with other academic staff on applied consultancy projects. 

Away from work, Andy enjoys spending time cycling, skiing and walking.

Membership

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

Professional

Education

2005 – 2008 BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University

2011 – 2012 MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology, University of Chichester

2012 – 2018 PhD in Sport and Exercise Physiology, University of Chichester

Teaching

SPL133 Physiology of the Exercising Human

The module examines the structures and functions of the skeletal, neuromuscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive and thermoregulatory systems with a strong focus on their direct or indirect influence on the processes of energy metabolism. In covering these topics, a focus on integrated control will be maintained. Work will be placed within the context of the exercising human across the breadth of the energy spectrum.

SPL203 Physiological Limitations to Performance

The module examines the ‘challenge of exercise’ with respect to the systems of the human introduced during the Level 4 module. ‘Sprint’ and ‘endurance’ will be evaluated in light of the application of biochemical and physiological knowledge with a focus on limitations to performance. Topics covered will include: genetics; regulation of energy metabolism; central and peripheral fatigue; acid-base status, energetic and fluid balance and pacing.

MSCPH01 Theoretical and Practical aspects of Oxygen Uptake Kinetics in Sport and Exercise

The module provides an overview of the current state of knowledge within the field of oxygen uptake kinetics. Understanding the principal determinants of oxygen uptake kinetics is fundamental to improving both human performance in sport and quality of life in disease states. Topics covered include: introduction to oxygen uptake kinetics and historical development of the discipline; measurement and analysis of oxygen uptake kinetics; control of and limitations to oxygen uptake kinetics; applications of oxygen uptake kinetics in human populations.

Research

Conference Abstract

West, A.T., Northcott, S., Wilkinson, D.M. & Smith, M.S. (2016). Comparison of the energy system contribution during an exhaustive run at peak treadmill speed in junior and senior middle distance athletes. Paper presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, November 2016, Nottingham, UK.

Blacker, S.D., West, A.T., Cordell, N. & Wilkinson, D.M. (2016). Development of an aerobic fitness standard for telecommunication mast climbers. Presented at ACSMs 63rd Annual Meeting, 7th World Congress on "Exercise is Medicine" and World Congress on the Basic Science of Energy Balance, June 2016, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 

Blacker, S.D., Myers, S.D., West, A.T. & Wilkinson, D.M. (2015). A comparison of performance on incremental shuttle running tests with and without carrying a 15 kg load and their relationships with load carriage performance. Presented at the Second International Conference on Physical Employment Standards, August 2015, Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

Technical Reports

Blacker, S.D., Wilkinson, D.M. & West, A.T. (2015). Developing an Aerobic Fitness Standard for Telecommunications mast climbers. 04 November 2015. Report No.: UoC/15/02.

Downie, V., Rosenblatt, B., Holmes, R. & West, A.T. (2015). English Institute of Sport and Great Britain Hockey Heat Acclimation Strategy Report. 08 June 2015.