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John Kelly

Senior Lecturer

John is an experienced exercise physiologist who has worked with a range of groups from cardiac patients to elite level athletes. After leaving the Armed Forces in 1992, he completed his degree in Exercise Physiology at the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education and then went on to gain an MSc in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Liverpool. The next seven years was spent working in cardiac rehabilitation in the North West of England before taking a post, teaching Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Chichester.

John is a keen athlete who regularly competes in endurance events. Each year he completes several long distance mountain bike challenges and participates in 24 hour mountain bike races. He has cycled most of the long distance bridleways in the UK and several in Europe and the USA, including the Great Divide, which is a 2,500 mile off road wilderness ride from Canada to the Mexican border. He is also a qualified mountain bike instructor.

Since moving to West Sussex he has taken up two new sports, surfing and snow-boarding. Whilst West Wittering does not have the best surf in the UK, it provides sufficient waves to keep John entertained through the long English winters.

His research interests include the assessment of autonomic function and the effects of prolonged endurance exercise, increasing performance in mountain biking and the effects of exercise on chronic health conditions.

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