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Dr Andy Renfree

Principal Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details

email: a.renfree@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 855376

Andrew Renfree joined the University of Worcester in April 2006 and contributes to both the BSc Sport and Exercise Science and the MSc Applied Sport Science. He is interested in the determinants of sport performance from both a physiological and psychological perspective. A particular interest is the way in which athletes regulate their work rate (or pace themselves) during exercise, and the factors that may influence the ability to do this effectively. Andrew is keen to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Qualifications:

  • PhD, Thesis title: Determinants of pacing decisions during competitive endurance activity, University of Worcester (2017)
  • PGCert Learning & Teaching in HE, University of Worcester (2008)
  • MSc Sports Science, Loughborough University (1998)
  • BSc Sport science with Biology, St Marys University College (1996)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching:

Sport & Exercise Science, Physiology.

Current modules:

  • SPRT1007 Introduction to the Scientific Study of Sport
  • SPRT3007 Limits to Human Performance
  • MSPO4032 Limits to Human Performance

Research:

Andy is interested in the decision-making process underpinning the selection of exercise intensity during self-paced exercise tasks. This work encompasses both internal regulatory process and the influence of other athletes during competition.

 

 

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

European College of Sports Science

Publications & Conference Presentations

Publications & Conference Presentations

Publications:

Trenchard H, Renfree A, Peters D (2017). A computer model of drafting effects on collective behavior in elite 10,000 m runners. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12(3)345-350. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0026

Crivoi do Carmo E, Barroso R, Renfree A, Gil S, Tricoli V (2016). Influence of an enforced fast start on 10-km running performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11(6)736-741. doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2015-0397

Renfree A, Crivoi do Carmo E, Martin L, Peters DM (2015). The influence of collective behaviour on pacing in endurance competitions. Frontiers in Physiology, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2015.00373

Vaquera A, Villa JG, Morante JC, Thomas G, Renfree A, & Peters DM (2016). Validity and Test–retest Reliability of the TIVRE-Basket® Test for the Determination of Aerobic Power in Elite Male Basketball Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(2)584-587. Doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001078

Renfree A, Crivoi do Carmo E, & Martin L (2016). The Influence of Performance Level, Age and Gender on Pacing Strategy During a 100-km Ultramarathon. European Journal of Sport Science, 16(4)409-415

Mytton GJ, Archer DT, Turner L, Skorski S, Renfree A, Thompson KG, St Clair Gibson A (2015). Increased variability of lap speeds differentiate medallists and non-medallists in middle distance running and swimming events, International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance, 10(3)369-373

Micklewright D, Parry D, Robinson T, Deacon G, Renfree A, St Clair Gibson A, Matthews WJ (2015). Risk perception influences athletic pacing strategy, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 47(5)1026-1037

Vaquera A, Renfree A, Thomas G, St Clair Gibson A, Calleja-Gonzalez J. (2014) Heart rate responses of referees during the 2011 Eurobasket Championship, Journal of Human Sport and Exercise 9(1)43-48

Renfree A, Martin L, Micklewright D, St Clair Gibson A. (2014) Application of decision-making theory to the regulation of muscular work rate during self-paced competitive endurance activity, Sports Medicine, DOI: 10.1007/s40279-013-0107-0

Browne S, Renfree A. (2013) Exercise performance and neuromuscular activity at a fixed level of RPE following manipulation of peripheral physiological status, Journal of Human Sport and Exercise 8(3)820-828

Mytton GJ, Archer DT, Thompson KG, Renfree A, St Clair Gibson A (2013) Validity and reliability of a 1500-m lap time collection method using public videos, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (8) 692-694

Renfree A, St Clair Gibson A (2013) Pacing strategy and performance during the women’s world championship marathon race, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (7) 279-285

Renfree A, West J, Corbett M, Rhoden C, St Clair Gibson A (2012) Complex interplay between the determinants of pacing and performance during 20km cycle time trials, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (7) 121-129

Renfree A, Martin L, Richards A, St Clair Gibson A (2012) One for all and all for one! Disparity between individual rower and overall crew pacing during rowing, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (7) 298-300

Thomas G, Renfree A (2010) The effect of secret clock manipulation on 10km cycle time trial performance, International Journal of the Arts and Sciences 3(9); 193-202

Renfree A (2007) The timecourse for changes in blood hydrogen ion concentration following sodium bicarbonate ingestion, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (2) 323-326

 

Conference Presentations:

Veen, J., Corbett, M., Renfree, A. (2017) Inclusion of maximal sprints within the warm up does not effect pacing and performance during a 10km cycle time trial. Paper presented at ECSS annual conference, Metropilis Ruhr, Germany.

Renfree, A., Trenchard, H., Peter, D.M. (2016) Computer simulation modelling of collective behavior during an elite 10-km running events. Oral presentation at ECSS annual conference, Vienna, Austria.

Renfree, A., Crivoi do Carmo, E., & Martin, L. (2015). The Influence of Performance Level, Age and Gender on Pacing Strategy During a 100-km Ultramarathon. Oral presentation at ECSS annual conference, Malmo, Sweden.

Renfree, A, Martin L, Micklewright D, St Clair Gibson A. (2013) The complexity of decision-making and athletic pacing, BASES Annual Conference, University of Central Lancashire

Micklewright D, Moore A, Jeffs C, McGuinness J, Renfree A, St Clair Gibson A (2013) Risk-taking, risk perception and pacing behaviour, BASES Annual Conference, University of Central Lancashire

Renfree A., St Clair Gibson A. (2012) Influence of pacing strategy on performance during the female World Championship marathon race. Oral presentation at ECSS annual conference, Bruges, Belgium.

Renfree A., Martin L., St Clair Gibson A. (2012) One for all and all for one! Disparity between individual rower and overall crew pacing during rowing. Paper presented at ECSS annual conference, Bruges, Belgium.

Renfree A., West J., Corbett M., Rhoden C. (2011) Greater peripheral force production capabilities and not greater central drive explain superior cycle time trial performance. Paper presented at ECSS conference, Liverpool UK.

Renfree, A. (2009) The effect of NaHCO3 ingestion on power output during exercise at a constant level of perceived exertion. Paper presented at ECSS annual conference, Oslo, Norway.

Renfree, A., Gurney, T. Non-linear increase in RPE during constant load exercise to volitional exhaustion. Paper presented at ECSS annual conference, Oslo, Norway.

Renfree, A. (2007) Performance and ventilatory responses to incremental cycle exercise following NaHCO3 ingestion. Paper presented at BASES conference, Bath, UK.

 

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner:

  • Plymouth University

External Assessor:

  • Open University

Reviewer:

  • International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance
  • Journal of Sport Sciences
  • European Journal of Sports Science
  • Sports Medicine
  • Medicine and Science in Sport & Exercise
  • Chinese Journal of Physiology
  • PLOS one
  • Frontiers in Physiology

Topic Editor:

  •  Regulation of Endurance Performance: New Frontiers (Frontiers in Physiology Research Topic)