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Professor Samuele Marcora

Director of Research

 

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

About

Professor Samuele Marcora received his Bachelor in Physical Education from the State University of Milan (Italy). He then studied for an MSc in Human Performance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (USA), and for a PhD in Clinical 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.

In 2006, Professor Marcora changed his research direction and decided to integrate exercise physiology with motivation psychology and cognitive neuroscience. This psychobiological approach has generated several innovative studies including the effects of mental fatigue on endurance performance and brain training for endurance athletes (Brain Endurance Training). Professor Marcora had been research consultant for MAPEI Sport Service in Italy where he contributed to highly cited research on football and mountain biking physiology.

In his spare time, Professor Marcora enjoys riding his two motorbikes. In 2013, he completed a gruelling 3-month ride from London to Beijing through Central Asia and Tibet to investigate fatigue in motorbike riders. If you are interested in Professor Marcora's research on fatigue in motorbike riders, you can listen to his recent interview on Adventure Rider Radio here.

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Publications

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Dyer, J. et al. (2016). Effect of a Mediterranean type diet on inflammatory and cartilage degradation biomarkers in patients with osteoarthritis. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging.
Angius, L. et al. (2015). The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation of the motor cortex on exercise-induced pain. European Journal of Applied Physiology [Online] 115:2311-2319. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00421-015-3212-y.
Pageaux, B. et al. (2015). Central alterations of neuromuscular function and feedback from group III-IV muscle afferents following exhaustive high intensity one leg dynamic exercise. American journal of physiology - Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology [Online] 308:R1008-R1020. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.00280.2014.
Conference or workshop item
Angius, L. et al. (2016). Transcranial direct current stimulation improves cycling performance in healthy individuals. in: Physiology 2016.
Angius, L. et al. (2015). Transcranial direct current stimulation improves isometric time to exhaustion performance of lower limbs. in: Physiology 2015. Physiological society.
Showing 5 of 24 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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Research

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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