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Dr Lex Mauger

Programme Director for Sports Science BSc & 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. Under a Physiological Society researcher development grant he completed a project investigating blood perfusion in the calf muscle using fMRI scanning, before starting his PhD at Exeter University in 2006. Whilst completing his PhD in ‘Anticipatory and feedforward control of work rate during moderate duration exercise’ 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, before submitting his Thesis in November 2009 and then successfully defending this in January 2010. Lex completed 2 years at the University of Bedfordshire, winning external grant funding from Maxinutrition and UEFA, and internal funding from the Learning and Teaching Directorate.

Lex joined the University of Kent in September 2011 as a Lecturer in Sports Science and Director of Studies for the Sports Science BSc degree programme. He currently teaches physiology at 2nd and 3rd year and on the MSc programme, and is running research projects investigating cortical excitability and exercise performance, the role of exercise-induced pain on fatigue, and the application of his novel self-paced VO2max test that was developed in 2010. In his spare time Lex enjoys training, plays football for National Westminster Bank and is a self-confessed foodie!

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Dr Lex Mauger'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. He is also interested in the role of the different afferents produced during exercise, and how these may be responded to by systems of central control. He has applied these concepts to models of endurance performance, particularly through self-paced exercise.

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Here are five representative publications of my current and previous research:

Mauger, A., Jones, A., Williams, C.A. (2009). Influence of feedback and prior experience on pacing during a 4-km cycle time trial. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(2), 451-8. LINK

Mauger A., Jones A., Williams C.A. (2010). Influence of Acetaminophen on Performance during Time Trial Cycling. Journal of Applied Physiology, 108(1), 98-104. LINK

Mauger, A., Sculthorpe, N. (2012). A New VO2max protocol allowing self-pacing in maximal incremental exercise. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46(1), 59-63. LINK

Mauger, A., Metcalfe, A., Taylor, L., Castle, P. (2013). The efficacy of the self-paced VO2max test to measure maximal oxygen uptake in treadmill running. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, In Press.

Mauger, A., Taylor, L., Harding, C., Wright, B., Foster, J Castle, P. (2013). Acute acetaminophen (paracetamol) ingestion improves time to exhaustion during exercise in the heat. Experimental Physiology, In Press.

For more information about my publications, please visit my Google Scholar profile: googlescholar

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