Professor Louis Passfield has been head of the SSES since 2007 and before this worked as a sports scientist with British Cycling. Louis leads the school's Professional Doctorate programme. He is also an affiliate member of SHARP.
Professor Louis Passfield completed both his Sports Science BSc and PhD at the University of Brighton. Louis’ expertise is in training, high performance and applied sports science. Throughout his career Louis has worked both as an applied sports scientist and an academic. Louis has a 25-year track record of applied work in cycling, and with British Cycling in particular.
He has worked as lead sports scientist with the highly successful British Cycling team preparing for a number of major events including 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Over this time Louis has been part of several gold medal teams and has worked with many of Britain’s most successful riders and coaches. Louis has also coached Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games cyclists, including the Great Britain team pursuit and England team time-trial teams.
Louis has given invited lectures on his applied sports science and research work in the UK and at international conferences. Although, still a keen cyclist, Louis mostly runs to keep fit these days. He has also written a book on Training with Power Meters. Adittionally, Louis is an external member of the Statistics in Sports & Health Group at University College London.back to top
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Louis is part of SESS’s Endurance Research Group. One of the main themes of his research is to examine determinants of cycling performance. For example, Louis has published several papers modelling different aspects of cycling performance such as the demands of the hour record, and optimal pacing strategies in time-trials. Louis is also particularly interested in training and development. He has published both longitudinal and cross-sectional studies on the effects of exercise and training primarily in cycling.
Currently, Louis's research focuses upon responses to exercise and training. He is especially interested in how exercise and training may be optimized. A major focus of his ongoing research is to model the training process, by using data from devices such as GPS and cycling power meters. Louis also has research projects with local Academy Schools examining motivation in both academic and sporting development of pupils. Louis has obtained approximately £100,000 in funding from a number of different companies and funding agencies. This funding has been for a range of projects that include promoting and monitoring physical activity in clinical patients and the local population, assessing the hydration status of gym users, and modelling competitive performance and training.back to top