Dr Rhys Thatcher

BSc (Teesside), MSc (Loughborough), PhD (Teesside)

Dr Rhys Thatcher

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Rhys received a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport Science from the University of Teesside in 1996 before undertaking an MSc at Loughborough University. Following his MSc he returned to the University of Teesside and began work on a PhD thesis examining the impact of Soccer match play on the immune system. During this time Rhys provided Sports Science support to Middlesbrough Football Club before taking a lecturing post in Exercise Physiology at the University of Teesside. Having successfully completed his PhD in July 2001 he moved to Kingston University before joining the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in August 2003. Rhys is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the Higher Education Academy as well as a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist. He is actively involved in research into the role of exercise in the management of chronic disease states and is currently Vice Chair of Research and Development for the Hywel Dda Local Health Board.

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Principal Areas of Interest:

The role of exercise in the management of chronic disease; the psycho-physiological limitations to human performance.

Publications

Jones, AW, March, DS, Thatcher, R, Diment, B, Walsh, N & Davison, G 2017, 'The effects of bovine colostrum supplementation on in vivo immunity following prolonged exercise: a randomised controlled trial' European Journal of Nutrition.
Kuroda, Y, Hudson, J, Thatcher, R, Legrand, F & Macdermid, P 2017, 'Motivational State Does Not Affect All-Out Short Duration Exercise Performance' Sports and Exercise Medicine, vol 3, no. 2, pp. 40-45. DOI: 10.17140/SEMOJ-3-146
March, DS, Marchbank, T, Playford, R, Jones, AW, Thatcher, R & Davison, G 2017, 'Intestinal fatty-acid binding protein and gut permeability responses to exercise' European Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 117, no. 5, pp. 931-941. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-017-3582-4
Curtis, F, Thatcher, R, Rice, S & Davison, G 2017, 'A 15-week vitamin D supplementation and indoor cycling intervention reduces exercising heart rate, with no effect on glycaemic control in healthy adults: A pilot investigation' International Journal of Exercise Science, vol 10, no. 2, pp. 274-283.
Davison, G, Marchbank, T, March, DS, Thatcher, R & Playford, R 2016, 'Zinc carnosine works with bovine colostrum in truncating heavy exercise–induced increase in gut permeability in healthy volunteers' American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol 104, no. 2, pp. 526-536. DOI: 10.3945/​ajcn.116.134403
Thatcher, R & Curtis, F 2016, 'Agreement between Session RPE and Heart Rate Derived TRIMP across a range of running speeds' Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche, vol 175, no. 7-8, pp. 308-313.
Playford, R, Davison, G, Marchbank, T, March, DS & Thatcher, R 2016, 'Randomised trial: The nutriceutical zinc carnosine works with bovine colostrum in truncating heavy exercise induced increase in gut permeability through actions on tight junctions, apoptosis and heat shock protein 70 production' British Society of Gastroenterology, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2016 - 2016, .
Curtis, F, Tomlinson, S, Hurlin, C, Thatcher, R & Rice, S 2016, 'Can Patients Educate Patients? A Feasibility Study' Welsh Endocrine and Diabetes Society, Cardiff, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2016, .
Kuroda, Y, Thatcher, J & Thatcher, R 2015, 'Motivational State and Personality in Relation to Emotion, Stress, and HRV Responses to Aerobic Exercise' Journal of Psychophysiology, vol 29, pp. 147-160. DOI: 10.1027/0269-8803/a000146
Potts, S, Thatcher, R, Jones, AW, Warren, L, Tenbroeck, SH, Nottage, F & McEwan, N 2015, 'Sweat osmolarity shows intra-animal regional variation in the horse' Veterinary Dermatology, vol 26, no. 5, pp. 374-e85. DOI: 10.1111/vde.12225
Jones, AW, Thatcher, R, March, DS & Davison, G 2015, 'Influence of 4 weeks of bovine colostrum supplementation on neutrophil and mucosal immune responses to prolonged cycling' Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, vol 25, no. 6, pp. 788-796. DOI: 10.1111/sms.12433
Guppy, FM, Thatcher, R & Wallace, J 2015, 'High-intensity interval training: a potential novel method for improving bone mass' Bone Research Society/British Society for Matrix Biology Joint Meeting, Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015, .
Curtis, F, Rice, S, Thatcher, R & Davison, G 2015, 'Associations between vitamin D status and measures of glycaemia in participants with normoglycaemia, impaired fasting glucose and type 2 diabetes' Diabetes UK Professional Conference, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015, .
Guppy, FM, Thatcher, R & Wallace, J 2015, 'Six weeks of high-intensity interval training reduces fat mass in healthy males' Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Malmo, Sweden, 2015, .
Tumilty, L, Thatcher, R, Beckmann, M & Davison, G 2015, 'No effect of oral tyrosine administration on mood and motivation or heart rate variability during endurance performance in the heat' 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2014 - 2014, .
Wale, R, Thatcher, R & Hudson, J 2015, 'Heart Rate Variability as a Predictor of Failure in Cognitive Performance' 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2014 - 2014, .
Jones, AW, Cameron, SJS, Thatcher, R, Beecroft, MS, Mur, LAJ & Davison, G 2014, 'Effects of bovine colostrum supplementation on upper respiratory illness in active males' Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, vol 39, pp. 194-203. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2013.10.032
Tumilty, L, Davison, G, Beckmann, M & Thatcher, R 2014, 'Failure of oral tyrosine supplementation to improve exercise performance in the heat' Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol 46, no. 7, pp. 1417-25. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000243
Tumilty, L, Thatcher, R, Beckmann, M & Davison, G 2014, 'Acute oral tyrosine supplementation does not prevent the decline in maximal handgrip force in hyperthermic subjects' 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2014 - 2014, .
Curtis, F, Oliver, EJ, Jones, AW, Thatcher, R & Rice, S 2013, 'Iechyd a newidiadau ffordd o fyw sy’n gysylltiedig ag oedran mewn ardaloedd gwledig: y pwyslais ar bryderon cyfredol yng Nghymru: Health and lifestyle changes associated with ageing in rural communities: the emphasis on current concerns in Wales' Gwerddon, no. 16.
Tumilty, L, Davison, G, Beckmann, M & Thatcher, R 2013, 'Acute oral administration of a tyrosine and phenylalanine-free amino acid mixture reduces exercise capacity in the heat' European Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 113, no. 6, pp. 1511-1522. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-012-2577-4
Jones, AW, Cameron, SJ, Thatcher, R, Beecroft, MS, Mur, L & Davison, G 2013, 'Exploring the mechanisms behind the effects of chronic bovine colostrum supplementation on risk of upper respiratory tract infection' 11th International Society of Exercise and Immunology symposium, Newcastle, Australia, 2013 - 2013, .
Thatcher, R, Gifford, R & Howatson, G 2012, 'The Influence of Recovery Duration after Heavy Resistance Exercise on Sprint Cycling Performance' Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol 26, no. 11, pp. 3089-3094. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318245beea
Tumilty, L, Davison, G, Beckmann, M & Thatcher, R 2012, 'Acute oral tyrosine administration does not improve exercise performance in the heat in man' The Biomedical Basis of Elite Performance, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2012 - 2012, pp. 93.
Tumilty, L, Davison, G, Beckmann, M & Thatcher, R 2011, 'Oral tyrosine supplementation improves exercise capacity in the heat' European Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 111, no. 12, pp. 2941-2950. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-011-1921-4
Kuroda, Y, Thatcher, J & Thatcher, R 2011, 'Metamotivational state and dominance: Links with EMG gradients during isokinetic leg extension and a test of the misfit effect' Journal of Sports Sciences, vol 29, no. 4, pp. 403-410. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2010.537673
Hudson, J, Kuroda, Y, Legrand, FD & Thatcher, R 2011, 'Stress responses during aerobic exercise in relation to motivational dominance and state' Journal of Sports Sciences, vol 29, no. 3, pp. 299-306. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2010.534808
Tumilty, L, Davison, G, Beckmann, M & Thatcher, R 2011, 'A tyrosine and phenylalanine-free amino acid mixture decreases exercise capacity in the heat' The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference 2011, Colchester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2011 - 2011, .
Jones, AW, Thatcher, R & Davison, G 2011, 'The effect of acute bovine colostrum supplementation on neutrophil responses to prolonged cycling' Annual Congress of the European Congress of Sport Science, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015, .
Thatcher, J, Kuroda, Y, Thatcher, R & Legrand, F 2010, 'Perceptual and cognitive responses during exercise: Relationships with metamotivational state and dominance' European Journal of Sport Science, vol 10, no. 3, pp. 199-207. DOI: 10.1080/17461390903470012
Lovell, GP, Townrow, J & Thatcher, R 2010, 'Mood States of Soccer Players in the English Leagues: Reflections of an Increasing Workload' Biology of Sport, vol 27, no. 2, pp. 83-88.
Tumilty, L, Davison, G, Beckmann, M & Thatcher, R 2010, 'Oral tyrosine supplementation improves exercise capacity in the heat' BASES 2010 Annual Student Conference, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2010 - 2010, pp. 181.
Thatcher, J, Thatcher, R, Day, MC, Portas, M & Hood, S 2009, Sport and Exercise Science: Active Learning in Sport Series. Active Learning in Sport Series, 1 edn, SAGE Publications.
Tod, DA, Thatcher, R, McGuigan, M & Thatcher, J 2009, 'Effects of Instructional and Motivational Self-Talk on the Vertical Jump' Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol 23, no. 1, pp. 196-202. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181889203
Tumilty, L, Davison, G, Beckmann, M & Thatcher, R 2009, 'Oral tyrosine supplementation improves exercise capacity in the heat' 6th Wales Institute of Sport, Health and Exercise Science Conference, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2009 - 2009, .
Stagno, K, Van Someren, K & Thatcher, R 2007, 'A modified TRIMP to quantify the in-season training load of team sport players' Journal of Sports Sciences, vol 25, no. 6, pp. 629-634. DOI: 10.1080/02640410600811817
Burnley, M, Roberts, CL, Thatcher, R & Doust, JH 2006, 'Influence of blood donation on O-2 uptake on-kinetics, peak O-2 uptake and time to exhaustion during severe-intensity cycle exercise in humans' Experimental Physiology, vol 91, pp. 499-509. DOI: 10.1113/expphysiol.2005.032805
Van Someren, K, Howatson, G, Nunan, D, Thatcher, R & Shave, R 2005, 'Comparison of the Lactate Pro and Analox GM7 blood lactate analysers' International Journal of Sports Medicine, vol 26, no. 8, pp. 657-61. DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-830337
Stagno, K, Thatcher, R & Van Someren, K 2005, 'Seasonal Variation in the Physiological Profile of High-Level Male Field Hockey Players' Biology of Sport, vol 22, no. 2, pp. 107-115.
Thatcher, R & Batterham, A 2004, 'Development and validation of a sport-specific exercise protocol for elite youth soccer players' Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, vol 44, no. 1, pp. 15-22.
Thatcher, J, Thatcher, R & Dorling, D 2004, 'Gender differences in the pre-competition temporal patterning of anxiety and hormonal responses' Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, vol 44, pp. 300-308.