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Dr Louise Martin

Research Lead, Principal Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science and Acting Course Leader for Sport Studies

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855149

An enthusiastic and engaging lecturer, Louise draws upon real life sporting situations to illustrate the theoretical physiological underpinning of sport and exercise. This approach reflects Louise’s interest in Problem-Based learning which contributed to her being awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2006.

As ISES Research Lead, Louise is responsible for leadership and development of research activity of staff and students. Further to a successful REF submission, Louise will be working with staff to continue to develop the Institute’s research profile. Louise has a number of peer reviewed research publications and has recently completed her PhD by portfolio, which focuses on variation in sports performance.

In addition to this, Louise is contributing to a number of research projects relating to pacing and the regulation of self-paced exercise.


  • PhD by Portfolio (Effect of Variability on Optimal Performance in Athletes)
  • MSc Sport & Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science
  • University of Worcester Teaching Fellow
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Expertise

  • Sport & Exercise Physiology
  • Physiological Support of the Elite Athlete
  • Sports Training Problem-Based Learning for teaching of Sports Science   

Research Interests

  • Variation in sports performance
  • Regulation of sports performance
  • Pacing during competition

Louise is a member of the Regulation of Performance research interest group at the University of Worcester and currently working on a number of projects in this area. These include the analysis of pacing profiles during endurance mountain biking competition, the impact of decision making on pacing and performance, and comparison of pacing profiles in isolated and direct competition events.





Renfree, Andrew and Crivoi do Carmo, E. and Martin, Louise (2016) The Influence of Performance Level, Age and Gender on Pacing Strategy During a 100-km Ultramarathon. European Journal of Sport Science, 16 (4). pp. 409-415. ISSN Print: 1746-1391 Online: 1536-7290

Renfree, Andrew and Crivoi do Carmo, E. and Martin, Louise and Peters, D.M. (2015) The Influence of Collective Behaviour on Pacing in Endurance Competitions. Frontiers in Physiology, 6 (373). ISSN Online: 1664-042X       

Renfree, A., Martin, L., Micklewright, D. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2014) Application of decision-making theory to the regulation of muscular work during self-paced competitive endurance activity. Sports Medicine, 44 (2), 147-158.

Martin, L., Lambeth-Mansell, A., Beretta-Azevedo, L., Holmes, L.A., Wright, R. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2012) Even between-lap pacing despite high within-lap variation during mountain biking. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance , 7 (3), 261-270.

Renfree, A., Martin, L.,Richards, A. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2012) All for one and one for all! Disparity between overall crew and individual rowers pacing strategies during rowing. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7 (3), 298-300.

Bowen-Jones, W., Barber, L. and Martin, L. (2009) The Evolution of a Peer-Learning Scheme. In: Beyond the peer Observation of Teaching. London, SEDA publications, pp.53-59.

West, J., Bill, K. and Martin, L. (2010) What constitutes research ethics in sport and exercise science? Research Ethics Review, 6 (4), 147-153.

Martin, L., West, J. and Bill, K. (2008). Incorporating Problem-Based Learning Strategies to Develop Learner Autonomy and Employability Skills in Sports Science Undergraduates. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education (JoHLSTE), 7 (1), 18–30.

Martin, L., Nevill, A. M. and Thompson, K. G. (2007). Diurnal Variation in Swim Performance Remains, Irrespective of Training Once or Twice Daily. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2 (2), 192-200.

Martin, L., Lambeth, A. and Scott, D. (2006). Nutritional practices of national female soccer players: analysis and recommendations. [Online] Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 5, 130 – 137. Available from: [Accessed 13th November 2012].

University Roles

University Roles

Research Lead for the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science (ISES)

Represents ISES on the University Research Committee and Academic Board

Reviewer for the University of Worcester Teaching Fellowship Scheme (HEA accredited).