Dr James Hopker received his BSc (Hons) in Sports Rehabilitation and Sports Science from St. Mary's University College, Twickenham in 1999, and his MSc. in Sport and Exercise Science from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003. James began his post at the University of Kent in 2004 and completed his PhD thesis on the influence of training on cycling efficiency and performance in 2009.
James has published extensively on cycling efficiency, the determinants of endurance exercise performance and how these are affected by the training process. He has also recently begun to translate some of his research work with athletic populations to a clinical setting.
James also regularly provides scientific advice to athletes from amateur to professional level in cycling, triathlon, athletics, football, rugby and cricket.back to top
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My main research area is concerned with the oxygen and energetic cost of endurance exercise performance. Specifically, I am interested in what determines exercise efficiency, or why some people require less energy to undertake a given exercise than others. My research is further focussed on how training can be optimised to improve exercise efficiency and other parameters of endurance performance. I am also interested in how training can be used to optimise patient fitness prior to major elective surgery with the aim of improving post-operative outcome.