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Dr Sarah Coakley

Research Fellow – Occupational Performance Research Group | +44 (0) 1243 816145

Dr Sarah Coakley is a research fellow with the Occupational Performance Research Group at the University of Chichester. Sarah current role involves assisting in the delivery of a Ministry of Defence funded project developing role related gender free physical employment standards for the ground close combat roles.

She recently completed her PhD at the University of Kent, which investigated the methods used to prescribe and predict endurance performance.

She has experience in the provision of sports science support to Olympic and Paralympic athletes in a wide range of sports and events.



11-15: PhD, Individualised methods of prescribing exercise in cycling, University of Kent

13-14: (ATAP) Associate Teachers Accreditation, University of Kent

08-09: MSc, Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology, Bangor University.

05-08: BSc (Hons), Sports Science with Psychology, Bangor University. 


Sarah teaches the following module:

Research Methods for Sports Therapy (SPL110)

The module provides the student with a foundation of research skills which will support research work in sports therapy in general and in particular in other modules within the programmes. It aims to introduce students to the philosophies that underpin different forms of research and also to qualitative and quantitative data analysis procedures.


Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).



Coakley, S.L. and Passfield, L. A power law model reduces variability in time-to-exhaustion. Presented at the European Congress of Sports Science, 2015, Malmö.


Coakley, S.L. and Passfield, L. Individualised training duration induces similar physiological and performance benefits at different intensities. Presented at the 2nd World Congress of Cycling Science, 2014, UK. 

Academic journal articles (published):


Coakley, S.L., and Passfield, L. (2014). Individualised training duration induces similar physiological and performance benefits at different intensities. Journal of Science and Cycling. 3 (2): 10.

Passfield, L., and Coakley, S. (2014). Comparing time-trial and time to exhaustion performance. Journal of Science and Cycling. 3 (2): 39.


Harper Smith, A.D., Coakley, S.L., Ward, M.D., MacFarlane, A.W., Friedmann, P.S., and Walsh, N.P. (2011). Exercise-induced stress inhibits both the induction and excitation phases of in vivo T-cell mediated immune responses in humans. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 25 (6): 1136-1142. (Impact Factor 2016: 5.89; GS citations: 16).



Blacker, S. D., Myers, S. D., Nevola, V. R., Rayson, M., Walker, E., Coakley, S., Hale, B., Cordell, N. J., Knapik, J. J., Gebhardt, D., Billings Obe, A., Mcdevitt, C. & Monkhouse Obe, J. (2016). Interim Technical Report TIN 3.179: Development and Validation of Role-Related Gender-Free Physical Employment Standards for Ground Close Combat Roles, in the British Ministry of Defence – Phase 1.

Rayson, M.P.; Kingsnorth, A.; Blacker, S.D.; Esliger, D.W.; Light, N.; Cordell, N.J.; Richmond, V.L.; Knapik, J.J.; Walker, E.; Coakley, S.; Dobbins, T.D.; Myers, S.D. (2016). TIN 3.200 measurement of leisure and occupational physical activity exposure. Phase 1.

Rayson, M. P., Kingsnorth, A., Blacker, S. D., Esliger, D. W., Light, N., Cordell, N. J., Richmond, V. L., Knapik, J. J., Walker, E., Coakley, S., Dobbins, T. D. & Myers, S. D. (2016). TIN 3.200 Measurement of Leisure and Occupational Physical Activity Exposure – Phase 1 Extraction Reports.xls.

Blacker, S.D., Myers, S.D., Coakley, S., Nevola, V.R., Walker, E., and Hale, B. (2016). TIN 3.179: Development of interim infantry British Army physical selection standards for (Recruits) [PSS (R)] for men and women. 


Research Interests

Sarah has research interests in the following areas:

  • Applied and occupational physiology (military and civil uniformed services)
  • Cycling Performance
  • Training
  • Individualised methods of prescribing exercise