Dr Louise Martin


Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

email: l.martin@worc.ac.uk

An enthusiastic and engaging lecturer, Louise draws upon real life sporting situations to illustrate the theoretical physiological underpinning of sport and exercise. This approach reflects Louise's interest in problem-based learning which contributed to her being awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2006.

Louise has a number of peer reviewed publications that reflect her interest in endurance performance physiology (swimming, running, cycling) and the use of a range of strategies to optimise performance.


  • PhD by Portfolio: Effect of Variability on Optimal Performance in Athletes, University of Worcester (2013)
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Wales Institute Cardiff (2002)
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science, Brighton Polytechnic (1992)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Expertise

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Physiological Assessment of Sport Performance
  • Applied Sports Science

Louise adopts a range of creative approaches to learning and teaching to enable students to develop knowledge, skills and practical competencies for future employment.

Research Interests

  • Variation in sports performance
  • Regulation of sports performance
  • Pacing during competition

PhD Project Ideas


Renfree, A., Crivoi do Carmo, E. and 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). pp. 409-415. ISSN Print: 1746-1391 Online: 1536-7290

Renfree, A., Crivoi do Carmo, E., Martin, L. and Peters, D.M.(2015) The Influence of Collective Behaviour on Pacing in Endurance Competitions Frontiers in Physiology, 6 (373). ISSN Online: 1664-042X

Renfree, A., Martin, L., Micklewright, D. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2014) Application of decision-making theory to the regulation of muscular work during self-paced competitive endurance activity. Sports Medicine, 44 (2), 147-158.

Martin, L., Lambeth-Mansell, A., Beretta-Azevedo, L., Holmes, L.A., Wright, R. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2012) Even between-lap pacing despite high within-lap variation during mountain biking. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7 (3), 261-270.

Renfree, A., Martin, L., Richards, A. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2012) All for one and one for all! Disparity between overall crew and individual rowers pacing strategies during rowing. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7 (3), 298-300.

Bowen-Jones, W., Barber, L. and Martin, L. (2009) The Evolution of a Peer-Learning Scheme. In: Beyond the peer Observation of Teaching. London, SEDA publications, pp.53-59.

West, J., Bill, K. and Martin, L. (2010) What constitutes research ethics in sport and exercise science? Research Ethics Review, 6 (4), 147-153.

Martin, L., West, J. and Bill, K. (2008). Incorporating Problem-Based Learning Strategies to Develop Learner Autonomy and Employability Skills in Sports Science Undergraduates. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education (JoHLSTE), 7 (1), 1830.

Martin, L., Nevill, A. M. and Thompson, K. G. (2007). Diurnal Variation in Swim Performance Remains, Irrespective of Training Once or Twice Daily. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2 (2), 192-200.

Martin, L., Lambeth, A. and Scott, D. (2006). Nutritional practices of national female soccer players: analysis and recommendations. [Online] Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 5, 130 137. Available from: http://www.jssm.org/vol5/n1/15/v5n1-15text.php [Accessed 13th November 2012].

University Roles

Subject Co-ordinator for the Research Excellence Framework 2021