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Dr Gary Brickley - University Alliance. Brighton, England, GB

Dr Gary Brickley

Senior Lecturer in Sports | University of Brighton

Brighton, England, UNITED KINGDOM

He has explored fitness performance in sportsmen and sportswomen more generally - including the performance of para-athletes.

Areas of Expertise (9)



Cardiovascular Disease




Heart Rate




Dr Gary Brickley is Senior Lecturer in Sports in the School of Sport and Health at the University of Brighton. He is an exercise physiologist and a highly respected parasport coach. His research explores the link between fitness and heart rate - with particular assessment of how exercise can improve the quality of life for those with heart conditions and pacemakers. He has also explored fitness performance in sportsmen and sportswomen more generally - including the performance of para-athletes. His PhD explore muscle metabolism during intermittent exercise.

During his early career Gary worked in the Royal Navy as a technician before becoming a sports scientist and a physiologist with British Cycling. Recent projects include examining the physical demands of paddle-boarding, developing effective gloves for wheelchair athletes, and exploring wearable technologies for sports. He has published widely (internationally) on cycling performance, cardiology, disability sport, sports nutrition, swimming, football and coaching. He is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and has won the prestigious Mussabini medal for coaching.

Media Mentions (3)

How close are we to the limits of human ability?

Otago Daily Times  online


In some sports, far from setting records, the limit seems to have been reached. The fastest baseball pitch was tracked at 169kmh in 2010, and hasn't been beaten. Then, only a few pitchers threw the ball so fast; now it's commonplace - but no-one has thrown faster. "I'm not convinced there is a big increase in world records,'' said Gary Brickley, a sports scientist at Brighton University.

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Higher, faster, stronger, better ... is there no end to what humans can do?

The Guardian  online


“I’m not convinced there is a big increase in world records,” said Gary Brickley, a sports scientist at Brighton University. “What you see is little peak points which might be related to some intervention, whether that’s equipment or drugs or coaching, or some technological means of making someone go faster.”

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Sarah Thomas: cancer survivor becomes first person to swim Channel four times nonstop

The Times  online


A woman who beat breast cancer has become the first person to swim the Channel four times in a row, defying the predictions of medical experts. Setting off just after midnight on Sunday, Sarah Thomas, 37, swam for more than 54 hours battling exhaustion, jellyfish and the currents. The distance should have been about 80 miles but the strong tide meant that her journey was actually equivalent to 130 miles.

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Multimedia Appearances





Sarah Storey Exploring the science behind sport in Sussex



Accomplishments (1)

Awarded a Fellowship of BASES


Education (3)

University of Brighton: M.Sc., Cardiology 2003

University of Brighton: Ph.D., Exercise Physiology 1999

University of Brighton: B.Sc., Sports Science 1994

Articles (5)

Development of Customised Wheelchair Racing Gloves Using Digital Fabrication Techniques


2020 Wheelchair racing gloves are typically solid 3D structures held in a clenched fist which help to propel the chair by pushing the glove against a rotating rail which is attached to the wheel to drive the wheelchair forward. There has been a recent movement towards developing customisable gloves using 3D scanning technique, however, currently there are no commercial offerings which allow for product customisation without being prohibitively expensive.

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Effects of Bio-Banding upon Physical and Technical Performance during Soccer Competition: A Preliminary Analysis

MDPI Sports

2020 Bio-banded competition has been introduced to address the variation in physical maturity within soccer. To date, no research has investigated the effect of bio-banded competition relative to chronological competition. The current study investigated the effect of bio-banding upon physical and technical performance in elite youth soccer athletes.

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The importance of contractile reserve in predicting exercise tolerance in asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis

Echo Research and Practice

2019 Mortality dramatically rises with the onset of symptoms in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). Surgery is indicated when symptoms become apparent or when there is ventricular decompensation. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) in combination with exercise echocardiography can unmask symptoms and provides valuable information regarding contractile reserve. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of reduced exercise tolerance and the parameters predicting adverse cardiovascular events.

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An individual approach to monitoring locomotive training load in English Premier League academy soccer players

International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

2018 To account for the individual intensity of locomotion tasks, individualised speed thresholds have been proposed as an alternative to global speed thresholds. Methodologies to determine individual speed thresholds have typically been laboratory based, time consuming and expensive, rendering them inappropriate for applied practitioners working with large squads. The current investigation utilised easy-to-administer field tests to individualise speed thresholds.

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Individualizing Acceleration in English Premier League Academy Soccer Players

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

2018 However, global thresholds do not account for variation in individual capacities, failing to quantify true intensity of acceleration. Previous research has investigated discrepancies in high-speed distance produced using global and individual speed thresholds, not yet investigated for acceleration.

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