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Dr Lex Mauger

Director for BSc Sports Science / Senior Lecturer


Dr Lex Mauger is the Programme Director for Sports Science and specialises in Physiology.


Lex completed his BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Exeter University and graduated with First Class honours in 2006. He then went on to complete his PhD at Exeter University in 2010. During this time he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and completed his BASES supervised experience programme in exercise physiology scientific support.

Lex attained his first Lectureship at the University of Bedfordshire in September 2009, and was there for 2 years before joining the University of Kent in 2011. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies for the Sport and Exercise Science Programme. Lex has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and has won external grant income from Maxinutrition, UEFA, The Arthritic Association and East Kent NHS Foundation Trust, totalling over £250,000.

His current research interests are in the role of exercise-induced pain on fatigue and pacing, and the use of self-pacing in testing for maximal oxygen uptake and exercise performance. In his spare time Lex enjoys training for, and competing in triathlon (from sprint to half-ironman distances), is a keen cook and a ‘foodie’!

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Mauger, L. et al. (2014). Acute acetaminophen (paracetamol) ingestion improves time to exhaustion during exercise in the heat. Experimental Physiology [Online] 99:164-171.
Foster, J. et al. (2014). The influence of acetaminophen on repeated sprint cycling performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology [Online] 114:41-48.
Mauger, L. and Hopker, J.G. (2013). The effect of acetaminophen ingestion on cortico-spinal excitability. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology [Online] 91:187-189.
Mauger, L. (2013). Fatigue is a pain—the use of novel neurophysiological techniques to understand the fatigue-pain relationship. Frontiers in Physiology [Online] 13:104-104.
Conference or workshop item
Davison, G. et al. (2014). The efficacy of a Mediterranean type diet on symptoms of osteoarthritis – a pilot study. in: Nutrition Society Annual Meeting.
Showing 5 of 17 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]

For more information about my publications, please visit my Google Scholar or Research Gate profiles.

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Lex's principal research interests are focused on how the body, as an integrative system, maintains a relative homeostasis during intense exercise through the anticipatory regulation of work rate. This has led to work looking at the role of exercise-induced pain and how this effects decisions to change work-rate during performance, and as a cause of fatigue. He also continues to develop the ‘self-paced VO2max’, examining the mechanisms underpinning the physiological response to this test, and it’s application in athletic and clinical populations. Lex currently supervises several PhD students, who are working on the above areas, and is an active member for the School’s Endurance Research Group (ERG) and Health Research Group.

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