Dr Rhys Thatcher

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

Dr Rhys Thatcher


Theme Leader: Biology and Health

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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.



Principal Areas of Interest:

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


The effect of bovine colostrum supplementation on intestinal injury and circulating intestinal bacterial DNA following exercise in the heatMarch, D. S., Jones, A. W., Thatcher, R. & Davison, G., 2018 , (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Nutrition.
The effects of bovine colostrum supplementation on in vivo immunity following prolonged exercise: a randomised controlled trialJones, A. W., March, D. S., Thatcher, R., Diment, B., Walsh, N. & Davison, G., 2017 , In : European Journal of Nutrition.
Motivational State Does Not Affect All-Out Short Duration Exercise PerformanceKuroda, Y., Hudson, J., Thatcher, R., Legrand, F. & Macdermid, P., 2017 , In : Sports and Exercise Medicine.3, 2, p. 40-456 p.
Intestinal fatty-acid binding protein and gut permeability responses to exerciseMarch, D. S., Marchbank, T., Playford, R., Jones, A. W., Thatcher, R. & Davison, G., 2017 , In : European Journal of Applied Physiology.117, 5, p. 931-94111 p.
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 investigationCurtis, F., Thatcher, R., Rice, S. & Davison, G., 2017 , In : International Journal of Exercise Science.10, 2, p. 274-28310 p.
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