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

2017

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 3 (2) pp. 40-45. Cadair

March, D.S., Marchbank, T., Playford, R., Jones, A.W., Thatcher, R., Davison, G. 2017. Intestinal fatty-acid binding protein and gut permeability responses to exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology 117 (5) pp. 931-941. Cadair

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 10 (2) pp. 274-283. Cadair

2016

Davison, G., Marchbank, T., March, D.S., 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 104 (2) pp. 526-536. Cadair

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 175 (7-8) pp. 308-313. Cadair

Playford, R., Davison, G., Marchbank, T., March, D.S., 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. Cadair

Curtis, F., Tomlinson, S., Hurlin, C., Thatcher, R., Rice, S. 2016. Can Patients Educate Patients? A Feasibility Study. Welsh Endocrine and Diabetes Society. Cadair

2015

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 29 pp. 147-160. Cadair

Potts, S., Thatcher, R., Jones, A.W., Warren, L., Tenbroeck, S.H., Nottage, F., McEwan, N. 2015. Sweat osmolarity shows intra-animal regional variation in the horse. Veterinary Dermatology 26 (5) pp. 374-e85. Cadair

Jones, A.W., Thatcher, R., March, D.S., 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 25 (6) pp. 788-796. Cadair

Guppy, F.M., 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. Cadair

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. Cadair

Guppy, F.M., 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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

2014

Jones, A.W., Cameron, S.J.S., Thatcher, R., Beecroft, M.S., Mur, L.A.J., Davison, G. 2014. Effects of bovine colostrum supplementation on upper respiratory illness in active males. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 39 pp. 194-203. Cadair

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 46 (7) pp. 1417-25. Cadair

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. Cadair

2013

Curtis, F., Oliver, E.J., Jones, A.W., 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. [Health and lifestyle changes associated with ageing in rural communities: the emphasis on current concerns in Wales] Gwerddon (16) Cadair

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 European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology 113 (6) pp. 1511-1522. Cadair

Jones, A.W., Cameron, S.J., Thatcher, R., Beecroft, M.S., 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. Cadair

2012

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 26 (11) pp. 3089-3094. Cadair

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. Cadair

2011

Tumilty, L., Davison, G., Beckmann, M., Thatcher, R. 2011. Oral tyrosine supplementation improves exercise capacity in the heat. European Journal of Applied Physiology European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology 111 (12) pp. 2941-2950. Cadair

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 29 (4) pp. 403-410. Cadair

Hudson, J., Kuroda, Y., Legrand, F.D., Thatcher, R. 2011. Stress responses during aerobic exercise in relation to motivational dominance and state. Journal of Sports Sciences 29 (3) pp. 299-306. Cadair

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. Cadair

Jones, A.W., 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. Cadair

2010

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 10 (3) pp. 199-207.

Lovell, G.P., Townrow, J., Thatcher, R. 2010. Mood States of Soccer Players in the English Leagues: Reflections of an Increasing Workload. Biology of Sport 27 (2) pp. 83-88. Cadair

Tumilty, L., Davison, G., Beckmann, M., Thatcher, R. 2010. Oral tyrosine supplementation improves exercise capacity in the heat. BASES 2010 Annual Student Conference. Cadair

2009

Thatcher, J., Thatcher, R., Day, M.C., Portas, M., Hood, S. 2009. Sport and Exercise Science: Active Learning in Sport Series. Active Learning in Sport Series 1st edn, SAGE Publications Cadair

Tod, D.A., Thatcher, R., McGuigan, M., Thatcher, J. 2009. Effects of Instructional and Motivational Self-Talk on the Vertical Jump. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 23 (1) pp. 196-202.

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. Cadair

2007

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 25 (6) pp. 629-634.

2006

Burnley, M., Roberts, C., Thatcher, R., Doust, J.H. 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 91 pp. 499-509.

2005

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 26 (8) pp. 657-61.

Stagno, K., Thatcher, R., Van Someren, K. 2005. Seasonal Variation in the Physiological Profile of High-Level Male Field Hockey Players. Biology of Sport 22 (2) pp. 107-115. Other Cadair

2004

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 44 (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 44 pp. 300-308. Other Cadair