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Professor Samuele Marcora

Director of Research


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Professor Sam Marcora joined the SSES in late 2010 as Director of Research.

Professor Samuele Marcora received his Bachelor in Physical Education from the Higher Institute of Physical Education of Lombardy (Italy). He then studied for an MSc in Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (USA), and for a PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Wales-Bangor (UK).
After a successful academic career at Bangor University, Professor Marcora began his post as Director of Research at the University of Kent at the end of 2010. His role is to stimulate, coordinate, monitor and assess all research activity within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Professor Marcora is well known internationally for his research on fatigue and endurance performance, and he receives external research funding from medical charities, industry, and the MOD.

In his spare time, Professor Marcora enjoys riding his two motorbikes, and he is now applying his scientific expertise to adventure motorcycling. For more information, visit his blog “The Science of Adventure Motorcycling”.

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My current research combines physiology and psychology in a truly interdisciplinary approach to investigate fatigue and endurance performance. The ultimate goal of my research programme is to find new ways to improve performance of endurance athletes, and reduce physical and mental fatigue in a variety of populations. These populations include soldiers, motorbike riders, and patients affected by diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic kidney disease.

My previous research includes research into the mechanisms, assessment and treatment of muscle wasting, and applied sports science research (e.g., football training and mountain biking).

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

de Morree HM, Klein C, Marcora SM. Perception of effort reflects central motor command during movement execution. Psychophysiology. 2012;49(9):1242-53.

Marcora SM, Staiano W, Manning V. Mental fatigue impairs physical performance in humans. J Appl Physiol. 2009;106(3):857-64

Marcora S. Perception of effort during exercise is independent of afferent feedback from skeletal muscles, heart, and lungs. J Appl Physiol. 2009;106(6):2060-2.

Marcora SM, Chester KR, Mittal G, Lemmey AB, Maddison PJ. Randomized phase 2 trial of anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy for cachexia in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006;84(6):1463-72.

Impellizzeri FM, Marcora SM, Castagna C, Reilly T, Sassi A, Iaia FM, Rampinini E. Physiological and performance effects of generic versus specific aerobic training in soccer players. Int J Sports Med. 2006;27(6):483-92.

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

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Last Updated: 30/10/2012