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Dr Mandy Gault

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

m.gault@chi.ac.uk | +44 (0) 1243 816472

Mandy is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and programme co-ordinator for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science – Physical Activity for Health route-way.

Mandy teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level and currently co-supervises two PhD students.

Mandy is a track and field athlete and holds a range of regional and national titles in the 400-m and 400-m hurdles, with international representation for Northern Ireland.

Professional

Education

  • 2005 Diploma in area studies, McMurray University, TX, USA
  • 2006 BSc. (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Ulster
  • 2010 Ph.D. Exercise Physiology ‘Physiological and functional adaptations of older adults to concentric and eccentric endurance exercise’. Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Chichester
  • 2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, University of Chichester

Teaching

SPL131 Physiology of the Exercising Human

Aims: This module aims to develop an understanding of the structures and functions of the main physiological systems within the context of sport and exercise. Aspects of metabolism and integrated control will also be developed to allow an initial grounding in factors underpinning energetics.

SPL232 Clinical Exercise Physiology

Aims: This module will explore the relationship between exercise and chronic disease states. Students will become familiar with a range of chronic conditions, their associated pathophysiology and physiological responses to physical activity. This module also aims to develop an awareness of methods utilised for assessment of health status for specific diseases.

SPL212 Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness

Aims: This module aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to design health-related exercise programmes. They will also develop the ability to screen patients and select appropriate methods of individual fitness assessment, which are increasingly being employed within the leisure industry and clinical rehabilitation centres. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) Level 2 Gym-Based Exercise Prescription.

SPL335 Physical Activity, Obesity and Diabetes

This module builds upon previous modules in exercise and health by developing specific skills in the management of Diabetes and Obesity. It aims to equip the student with knowledge of the physiological, medical and psychological complications associated with these prevalent diseases and the prescription of safe and effective intervention.

SPL336 Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

This module examines the process of rehabilitation as it pertains to cardiac disease. Detailed exploration of risk factors for coronary disease, psychology of behavioural and lifestyle change, and exercise interventions will be undertaken. The evidence base for its use within the framework of primary, secondary and tertiary care will also be discussed.

SPL3XX Health and Well-being Clinic

Aims: This module offers the student an opportunity to show-case the skills they have developed throughout the programme of study to date. The aim is to provide a health and well-being service to the local community. They are expected to develop an idea in small groups, identifying a target population group, advertising the service, implementing the service in an appropriate environment and evaluating the delivery of the service.

Administration

Programme Co-ordinator:

BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences (Physical Activity for Health)

Research theme leader:

Physical Activity Interventions group

Publications

Publications

Academic Journal Papers:

Willems M.E.T., Myers S.D., Gault M.L. and Cook M.D. Beneficial physiological effects with blackcurrant intake in endurance athletes. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism (in press).

Gault, M.L. and Willems, M.E.T. (2014). Walking and aerobic capacity in old adults after concentric and eccentric endurance exercise at self-selected intensities. Health, 6(8), 654-663.

Gault M.L. and Willems M.E.T. (2013) Aging, functional capacity and eccentric exercise training. Aging and Disease, 4(6):351-363.

Gault, M.L., Clements, R.E. and  Willems, M.E.T. (2013) Cardiovascular responses during downhill treadmill walking at self-selected intensity in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 21(3), 335-347.

Gault, M.L. and Willems, M.E.T. (2013). Isometric strength and steadiness adaptations of the knee extensor muscles to level and downhill treadmill walking in older adults. Biogerontology, 14(2), 197-208.

Gault, M.L., Clements, R.E. and  Willems, M.E.T. (2012). Functional mobility of older adults after concentric and eccentric endurance exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 112(11), 3699-3707.

Gault, M.L., Clements, R.E. and  Willems, M.E.T. (2011). Muscle damage from downhill treadmill walking does not change walking economy in healthy older adults. Journal of Human Kinetics, 27, 55-65.

Gault, M. L., Clements, R.E. and  Willems, M.E.T. (2009). Effect of wearing the Cosmed K4b2 metabolic system on 1 mile walking performance in older adults. Journal of Human Kinetics, 21, 41-48.

Conference Abstracts:

Willems M.E.T, Myers S.D., Gault M.L. and Cook M.D.. Effect of New Zealand Sujon blackcurrant on resting cardiovascular function in triathletes. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 11(Suppl 1):P3, 2014.

Willems M.E.T., Myers S.D., Gault M.L. and Cook M.D.. Effect of New Zealand Sujon blackcurrant on cardiovascular responses during cycling in triathletes. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 11(Suppl 1):P11, 2014.

Willems M.E.T., Myers S.D., Gault M.L. and Cook M.D. New Zealand Sujon blackcurrant lowers lactate accumulation during cycling in triathletes. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 11(Suppl 1):P2, 2014.

Gault, M.L. and Willems, M.E.T. (2013). Substrate oxidation following concentric and eccentric endurance exercise in older adults. 2013 Annual Meeting of the European College of Sport Science, Barcelona, Spain.

Gault, M.L. and Willems, M.E.T. (2012). Pick the perfect pace: Can older adults self-select a treadmill walking intensity that meets physical activity recommendations? 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Society for Research on Ageing, Birmingham, UK.

Gault, M.L. and Willems, M.E.T. (2012). Eccentric Exercise, Ageing and Muscular Steadiness. Opening Doors: Scientific seminars for young researcher, Workshop on “The Biology of Ageing” Carmona (Seville), Spain. (Invited paper)

Gault, M.L., Clements, R.E. and Willems, M.E.T. (2011). Metabolic equivalent of a one-mile walk by older adults: implications for health promotion. 61st Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Society for Research on Ageing, Brighton, UK.

Gault, M.L., Clements, R.E. and Willems, M.E.T. (2011). Regular level and downhill treadmill walking at self-selected speed improves functional performance in older adults. 2011 Annual Meeting of the European College of Sport Science, Liverpool, UK. Abstract accepted for Young Investigators Award.

Gault, M.L., Clements, R.E. and Willems, M.E.T. (2011). Isometric strength and steadiness of M. Quadriceps Femoris following regular level and downhill treadmill walking at self-selected speed in older adults. 2011 Annual Meeting of the European College of Sport Science, Liverpool, UK.

Research

Research and Consultancy

Interests

Mandy has research interests in the following areas:

  • Exercise and healthy ageing
  • Eccentric exercise induced muscle damage
  • Mechanisms of ageing
  • Exercise and chronic disease

Second Supervisor:

  • MPhil/PhD: Mathew Cook 
  • MPhil/PhD: Kimberly Ashdown

Consultancy

  • British Cycling and Suffolk Sport 2010-2012
  • Ipswich Town Football Club Academy 2010-2012

Membership

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • British Society for Research on Ageing
  • European College of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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