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Dr Nicola Gerrett

Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details

email: n.gerrett@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 855025

Dr Nicola Gerrett is currently taking 1 year research leave after being awarded a JSPS overseas research fellowship at Kobe University, Japan. Nicola is working on a research project investigating the ion absorption capacity of the sweat glands and changes in sweat gland adaptation with age and training. 

Nicola joined Worcester University in September 2012 after completing her PhD in environmental physiology. Nicola has worked with various international sports clothing companies investigating the interaction between physiological and perceptual responses during exercise in extreme conditions. The focus of her research was to help manufacturing companies’ design sport clothing that optimises thermoregulation and maintains wearer comfort.  In addition, Nicola has provided scientific support for elite athletes for individual and team based sports to enhance performance and prepare for competition.

 

Qualifications

PhD Environmental Physiology (Loughborough University)
MSc Sport Science (Physiology) (Sheffield Hallam University)
BSc Sport Science & Coaching (Sheffield Hallam University)

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching

Nicola teaches on a variety of modules including physiology, nutrition and research methods. With a strong research background, much of her teaching is based on current research findings and evidence based practice. This academic year Nicola will teach the following modules:

Semester 1

SPRT1003 Foundations of Sport (Physiology)
SPRT2003 The Physiology of Sport and Exercise Science
SPRT2022 Sports Nutrition
HSCO2001 The Physiology of Sport and Exercise Science

Semester 2

HSPT1007: Sports Nutrition S2:
SPRT1003 Foundations of Sport (Physiology)
SPRT 3015: Support of the elite athlete

 

Professional Interests

Environmental Physiology
Foundations of Physiology
Sport and Exercise Physiology
Sports Nutrition
Support of the elite athlete

 

Research Interests

Nicola has strong research interests in physiological responses to exercise in extreme conditions, such as heat and cold stress and altitude. She completed her PhD at Loughborough University entitled ‘Body mapping of perceptual response to sweat and warm stimuli and their relation to physiological parameters’. Her research was sponsored by an international sports clothing manufacturing company; investigating the interaction between physiological and perceptual responses to enhance the ergonomic aid of sportswear. 

Nicola has also been involved in research investing the influence of pre-warming and pre-cooling strategies to enhance aerobic performance. Much of Nicola’s research has an applied perspective but she is also keen on investigation fundamental physiological response to environmental stressors particularly associated with regional sweat rates and sweat composition.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

British Association for Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
The Physiological Society
International Society for Environmental Ergonomics

Publications

Publications

Amano, T., Gerrett, N., Inuoe, Y., Nishiyasu, T., Havenith, G. & Kondo, N. (under review). Determination of the maximum rate of eccrine sweat glands’ ion reabsorption using the Galvanic Skin Conductance to local sweat rate relationship. European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Gerrett, N., Ouzzahra, Y., Coleby, S.., Hobbs, S., Redortier, B., Voelcker, T. & Havenith, G. (2015). Female sensitivity to hot and cold during rest and exercise. Physiology and Behavior. (Epub ahead of print)

Gerrett, N., Ouzzahra, Y., Coleby, S.., Hobbs, S., Redortier, B., Voelcker, T. & Havenith, G. (2014). Thermal sensitivity to warmth during rest and exercise. A sex comparison. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 114:1451–1462

Gerrett, N., Redortier, B., Voelcker, T. & Havenith, G. (2013). A comparison of galvanic skin conductance and skin wettedness as indicators of thermal discomfort during moderate and high metabolic rates. Journal of Thermal biology, 38, 8, 530-538.

Faulkner, S.H. Ferguson, R.A, Gerrett, N., Hupperets, M., Hodder, S.G. & Havenith, G. (2012). Reducing Muscle Temperature Drop Post Warm-up Improves Cycling Performance. Medicine and Science Sports Exercise, 45, 2, 359-365.

Conference proceedings

Davey, S., Richmond, V., Griggs, K., Gerrett, N. & Havenith, G. (2013). The use of non-invasive measures to predict thermal strain. How accurate are universal models? XV International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Gerrett, N., Griggs, K. & Havenith, G. (2013). The production of sweat as measured by galvanic skin conductance, epidermal hydration and regional sweat rate. XV International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Havenith, G., Gerrett, N., Faulkner, S., Ouzzahra  & Fillingeri, D. (2013). Assessing the lower temperature limit for comfort in footwear. XV International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Filingeri D., Gerrett N., Hodder S., Havenith G. (2012). Monitoring skin conductance as a novel method to investigate thermal sudomotor activity of different body regions during exercise. Young Physiologists' Symposium, Edinburgh, UK.

Faulkner, S.H., Ferguson, R.A., Gerrett, N., Hodder, S and Havenith, G. (2012). The Effect of Artificial Heating and Insulation on Muscle Temperature and Sprint Cycling Performance. ACSM, San Francisco, USA. (Abstract accepted).

Gerrett, N., Redortier, B., Voelcker, T.  and Havenith, G. (2011). Skin conductance as an indicator of thermal comfort during exercise in warm conditions. In Kounalahis, S. and Koskolou, M. (eds.) XIV International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics, Nafplio, Greece.

Gerrett, N., Redortier, B., Voelcker, T.  and Havenith, G. (2011). Differences in females’ regional comfort during exercise in warm conditions.  IV International Conference of Human Environmental Systems, Sapparo, Japan.

Gerrett, N., Havenith, G. and Redortier, B. (2011). Gender differences of local skin conductance and local thermal comfort during exercise in warm conditions. V Symposium: Science for Sports Industry, Lille, France. (Best presentation prize awarded) .

Gerrett, N. and Purvis, A. (2011). Endurance training intervention and heat acclimation for a female runner: A case study. BASES student Conference, Chester, UK.

Gerrett, N., Havenith, G. and Redortier, B. (2010). Factors influencing thermal comfort during exercise in warm conditions. IV Symposium: Science for Sports Industry, France. (Best presentation prize awarded).

Magazines:

Tolfrey, V., Gerrett, N. and Croft, L. (2011). Supervised experience dairy: Realising the importance of effect needs analysis, creativity and reflection. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, issue 30, Winter.

Tolfrey, V., Gerrett, N. and Croft, L. (2011). Supervised experience dairy: Reflections on the BASES student confrerence and presentation tip. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, issue 29, Autumn.

Tolfrey, V., Gerrett, N. and Croft, L. (2011). Supervised experience dairy: Disability sport - A focus on physiological testing. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, issue 28, Summer.

Gerrett, N. and Croft, L. (2011). Supervised experience dairy: Two heads are better than one. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, issue 27, Spring.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Reviewer of the European Journal of Applied Physiology

Nicola plays hockey for Worcester Hockey Club and is the fitness Coach for Sutton Coldfield Ladies 1st XI team (National Premiership).