Gavin Thomas


Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

tel: 01905 542824

Gavin Thomas is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science and has been a member of the SSES team since 2010. Gavin is an accredited sport and exercise scientist by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) (physiological support). Gavin has provided physiological support and strength and conditioning to a variety of sports men and women, ranging from amateur to elite level athletes. Providing physiological support to two local sports men who successfully broke the Guinness World Record for the longest game of competitive squash (achieving an incredible 38 hours and 27 seconds!) has been one of his applied sports science highlights to date.



  • MSc Sports Coaching Science, University of Worcester
  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Worcester
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Worcester
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


  • Level 1 Functional Movement Systems (FMS)
  • Level 1 Anthropometrist (ISAK)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 Certificate in Exercise Referral for Clients with Specific controlled conditions
  • Level 4 Certificate in Exercise and Nutritional Interventions for Obesity and Diabetes
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS)

Teaching & Research

University Roles:

  • University of Worcester Strength and Conditioning Team
  • Motion and Performance Centre (MPC)


Gavin currently teaches on the following modules:

  • HCPE 1001 - Scientific Foundations of Sport
  • HCPE 2001 - Application of Scientific Principles in Sport
  • HCPE 2003 - Research Methods
  • SPRT 1023 - Exercise Training and Prescription
  • SPRT 1025 - Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise
  • SPRT 3001 - Independent Study


Gavin is currently investigating individual variations in whole crew pacing strategy in rowing.

Professional Bodies

  • Chartered Scientist (CSci) Physiology Support
  • Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist - British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)


Journal Publications:

Vaquera, A., Suárez-Iglesias, D., Guiu, X., Barroso, R., Thomas, G. and Renfree, A. (2017) Physiological Responses to, and Athlete and Coach Perceptions of Exertion During Small-sided Basketball Games. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002012.

Gerrett, N., Jackson, S., Yates, J., and Thomas, G. (2016) Ice slurry ingestion does not enhance self-paced intermittent exercise in the heat. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. DOI: 10.1111/sms.12744

Vaquera, A., Villa, J.G., Morante, J.C., Thomas, G., Renfree, A. and Peters, D.M. (2015) Validity and Testretest Reliability of the TIVRE-Basket® Test for the Determination of Aerobic Power in Elite Male Basketball Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001078

Vaquera, A., Renfree, A., Thomas, G., St Clair Gibson, A. and Calleja-Gonzalez, J. (2014) Heart rate responses of referees during the 2011 EuroBasket championship. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 9 (1), 43-48.

Thomas, G. and Renfree, A. (2010) The effect of secret clock manipulation on 10 km cycle time trial performance. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 3 (9), 193-202.

Conference Proceedings:

Gravestock, H., Griffiths, L., Corbett, M., Thomas, G., Mizen, R. and Eastough, D. (2014) Musculoskeletal and spatio-temporal gait changes in walking after an eight weeks minimalist footwear intervention. The BASES Biomechanics Interest Group, Manchester, UK.

Gravestock, H., Corbett, M., Griffiths, L.A., Mizen, R. Thomas, G. and Eastough, D. (2014) The spatio-temporal differences between gait parameters from 8 weeks minimalist footwear habituation: a comparison of three footwear conditions. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Griffiths, L.A., Eastough, D., Gravestock, H., Thomas, G., Mizen, R., and Horne, S. (2014) The effect of habitual walking in minimalist shoes on dynamic balance and lower limb strength. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Gerrett, N., Thomas, G., Lambeth-Mansell, A., and Rhoden, C. (2015) Interdisciplinary Team Supporting Squash Players to Break the Guinness World Record. Sport and Exercise Scientist, 46, 10-11

External Responsibilities

Strength and Conditioning Coach Worcester Rowing Club