Gavin Thomas


Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

tel: 01905 542824

Gavin Thomas is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science and has been a member of the SSES team since 2010. Gavin is an accredited sport and exercise scientist by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) (physiological support). Gavin has provided physiological support and strength and conditioning to a variety of sports men and women, ranging from amateur to elite level athletes. Providing physiological support to two local sports men who successfully broke the Guinness World Record for the longest game of competitive squash (achieving an incredible 38 hours and 27 seconds!) has been one of his applied sports science highlights to date.



  • MSc Sports Coaching Science, University of Worcester
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Worcester
  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Worcester
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


  • Level 1 Functional Movement Systems (FMS)
  • Level 1 Anthropometrist (ISAK)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 Certificate in Exercise Referral for Clients with specific controlled conditions
  • Level 4 Certificate in Exercise and Nutritional Interventions for Obesity and Diabetes
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS)

Teaching & Research


Gavin teaches on the Sport, Coaching and Physical Education course (HND). His teaching focuses on the area of sport science and the research process

Research Interests:

Gavin's research primarily focuses on sport science, although he has recently started to investigate the experiences and perceptions of women working as strength and conditioning coaches. Further details can be found at his  published papers.


Professional Bodies

  • Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist - British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)


Journal Publications:

Thomas, G., Cullen, T., Davies, M., Hetherton, C., Duncan, B and Gerrett, N. (under review) Lowering core and skin temperature concomitantly and independently on self-paced intermittent exercise in hot conditions. European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Cullen, T., Thomas, G., Wadley, A and Myers, T. (under review) The effects of a single night of complete and partial sleep deprivation on physical and cognitive performance; a Bayesian Analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences.

Vaquera, A., Suárez-Iglesias, D., Guiu, X., Barroso, R., Thomas, G. and Renfree, A. (2018) Physiological Responses to, and Athlete and Coach Perceptions of Exertion During Small-sided Basketball Games. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32 (10), 2949-2953.

Gerrett, N., Jackson, S., Yates, J., and Thomas, G. (2016) Ice slurry ingestion does not enhance self-paced intermittent exercise in the heat. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 27 (11), 1202-1212.

Vaquera, A., Villa, J.G., Morante, J.C., Thomas, G., Renfree, A. and Peters, D.M. (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.

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

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

Conference Proceedings:

Guinan, J., Thomas, G. and Molnar, G. (2018) Women’s Barriers to Becoming and Being a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach. In: Eighth Biennial Appearance Matters Conference, the Assembly Rooms, Bath, UK.

Gravestock, H., Griffiths, L., Corbett, M., Thomas, G., Mizen, R. and Eastough, D. (2014) Musculoskeletal and spatio-temporal gait changes in walking after an eight weeks minimalist footwear intervention. The BASES Biomechanics Interest Group, Manchester, UK.

Gravestock, H., Corbett, M., Griffiths, L.A., Mizen, R. Thomas, G. and Eastough, D. (2014) The spatio-temporal differences between gait parameters from 8 weeks minimalist footwear habituation: a comparison of three footwear conditions. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Griffiths, L.A., Eastough, D., Gravestock, H., Thomas, G., Mizen, R., and Horne, S. (2014) The effect of habitual walking in minimalist shoes on dynamic balance and lower limb strength. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Professional Magazines:

Shaw, M. and Thomas, G. (2019) Pacey Performance Podcast (Podcast Review). The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 60. p. 10. ISSN 1754-3444.

Thomas, G and Shaw, M. (2019) Supporting Champions Podcast (Podcast Review). The Sport and Exercise Scientist (60). p. 10. ISSN 1754-3444.

Thomas, G. and Shaw, M. (2019) Power of Podcasts (Editorial). The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 59. p. 10.  ISSN 1754-3444.

Thomas, G. and Cook, M. (2018) Walking to Climbing: Supporting a National Three Peaks challenge. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 58, 26-27.  ISSN 1754-3444.

Gerrett, N., Thomas, G., Lambeth-Mansell, A. and Rhoden, C. (2015) Interdisciplinary Team Supporting Squash Players to Break the Guinness World Record. Sport and Exercise Scientist, 46, 10-11.  ISSN 1754-3444.

External Responsibilities

Fitness Coach Worcester Rowing Club