Dr Anthony Blanchfield

Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science

Contact info

Contact Details:

e-mail: a.w.blanchfield@bangor.ac.uk

Telephone: 01248 38 2343

Bio:

I am a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology and my main interests lay in the effect of brain based and/or psychological interventions on sport performance. I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teach on a number of performance related modules including Performance Physiology and Sport Nutrition.

Contact Info

Contact Details:

e-mail: a.w.blanchfield@bangor.ac.uk

Telephone: 01248 38 2343

Bio:

I am a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology and my main interests lay in the effect of brain based and/or psychological interventions on sport performance. I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teach on a number of performance related modules including Performance Physiology and Sport Nutrition.

Overview

Overview:

I am a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology here at Bangor University and I’m particularly interested in the way that we can modify endurance performance and/or post-exercise recovery by targeting the brain.

I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a first class honours degree in Sport Science in 2005 and then went on to obtain a Masters with Distinction in Sport and Exercise Physiology from Bangor University in 2007. Between 2007 and 2009 I worked as a first team physiologist at West Bromwich Albion FC before coming back to Bangor to complete a PhD in the Psychophysiology of Endurance Performance. I then worked for one year as a post-doctoral researcher in a joint programme between Bangor University and UK Sport, before being appointed full-time by Bangor in 2015.

In my time at Bangor I have sat on the research steering committee for the Welsh Institute for Performance Science (WIPS) and I work closely with local organisations such as Ynys Mon Island Games Association.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching:

My teaching interests mainly revolve around the effect of athletic performance. In line with this I teach on a number of performance related modules that include:

JXH-2027: Sport Nutrition

JXH-3037: Applied Sport Science of Elite Performance

JXH-4007: Performance Physiology

I also tend to supervise project students on these themes with a more specific project focus on topics such as carbohydrate mouth rinsing, the manipulation of time perception, ways to manipulate self-control, and ways to modify perception of effort.

Research

My research revolves mainly around endurance performance, and particularly post-exercise recovery. Primarily I'm interested in the way that psychological, and/or brain based approaches are associated with endurance performance and/or post-exercise recovery.

Specific examples of some of the things that I am interested in include:

The use of self-talk

The effect of mental fatigue or challenges to self-control

The impact of the subconscious on exercise performance

The role of Personality on endurance performance

The manipulation of time perception and the use of virtual reality in sport environments

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

PhD Opportunities:

I currently supervise two PhD researchers and I am always interested in Supervising PhD Opportunities in the following topics:

The effect of the brain/psychology on perception of effort

The effect of the brain/psychology on post-exercise recovery

The impact of virtual reality on endurance performance

Monitoring and performance in team/individual sports

Sport Nutrition

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