Keith Tolfrey

Loughborough University, United Kingdom


After completing his undergraduate teaching degree in physical education and mathematics at the University of Exeter, Exeter, UK (Eric Sparrow Memorial Award for Outstanding Student 1989), Keith Tolfrey taught secondary school P.E. His first position in higher education was as a Tutor at the University of Exeter whilst completing an MPhil degree in paediatric exercise physiology (1993) under the expert supervision of Professor Neil Armstrong. Tolfrey then spent two years at the College of St. Mark and John, Plymouth, UK, teaching a variety of practical and theoretical disciplines, but focusing predominantly on exercise physiology. A move to the Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, as a Lecturer in 1994 allowed him to complete his Ph.D. degree in paediatric exercise physiology (1998) under the expert supervision of Professor Ian Campbell. Tolfrey came to the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (September 2007) as a Senior Lecturer to join the vibrant and internationally renowned team of exercise physiologists. In 2011 Tolfrey was awarded a BASES Fellowship for his work with children and adolescents and significant long-standing contribution to sport and exercise science. Tolfrey’s primary research interests relate to health in young people (children and adolescents) and how this might be influenced by either structured exercise training or participation in regular physical activity. Some of his work has focused on physiological determinants of endurance performance such as maximal lactate steady state, economy, and peak oxygen uptake in young people. He has, however, also collaborated on various projects focusing on wheelchair sports performance and oxygen uptake kinetics. Current research interests include fat metabolism, postprandial lipaemia, and estimation of energy expenditure in physical activity in young people. From the teaching and learning perspective Tolfrey enjoys working with students on most aspects of exercise physiology, but also has a keen interest in research methods and quantitative statistics.

Biography Updated on 29 November 2012

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