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Academic Biography

Dr Nicolas Berger is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. After completing a BSc in Sport Science at the University of Brighton, he went on to an MSc in Exercise Physiology at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he also completed 2 years of his PhD. He then transferred to the University of Exeter where he completed his PhD entitled ‘The Effects of Fitness and Training on VO2 Kinetics’.

Nicolas’ main research interests lie in the determinants of endurance exercise performance, and he has a growing list of publications in the area. He’s published in esteemed international peer reviewed science journals, such as the ‘Journal of Physiology’, ‘Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise’, and the ‘Journal of Applied Physiology’. As an active cyclist, he has a strong interest in this growing sport, and has worked with numerous athletes, ranging from cycling to boxing, kayaking, rowing, swimming, athletics, and triathlon to name a few. Nicolas has supported some unusual events, such as the World record for a 7-day continuous run on a treadmill set by Sharon Gayter, as well as ascents to various mountains, and challenges set in extreme climates. He has a broad range of sporting and scientific interests, and his main focus is on elite sports performance, training adaptations, recovery, environmental physiology, nutrition and ergogenic aids.

Summary of Research Interests

Nicolas’ research interests are varied and include analysing the power output of cyclists in training and competition, and how it can be optimized. He is also investigating what effects nutritional supplements, such as beetroot juice or sodium bicarbonate, have on exercise performance and recovery. He is working with local athletes and cycling clubs, is keen to collaborate with others interested in the areas endurance, ultra-endurance, and extreme events.

He is interested in supervising PhDs in the areas of elite sports performance, endurance exercise, improvements and limitations to performance and training, sports nutrition, environmental physiology, and oxygen uptake.

Nicolas has supervised 2 PhDs in the past and is currently working with a number of Postgraduate students. Having recently completed his Research Supervisory training, he is keen to be Director of Study for full-time or part-time PhDs. He teaches exercise physiology for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

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Research Output

Lab and field vo2peak testing in highly trained cyclists

Smith, P. & Berger, N., 24 Jan 2020, In : The Journal of Sport and Exercise Science. 4, 1, p. 1-10

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    The influence of maturation on functional performance and injury markers in male youth

    Standing, R., Berger, N. & Best, R., 16 Jun 2019, In : Cogent Medicine . p. 1-11 11 p., 1632017 .

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    Changes in pain and nutritional intake modulate ultra-running performance: a case report

    Best, R., Barwick, B., Best, A., Berger, N., Harrison, C., Wright, M. & Sparrow, J., 4 Oct 2018, In : Sports. 6, 4, p. 111

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    The Development of a Menthol Solution for Use during Sport and Exercise

    Best, R., Spears, I., Hurst, P. & Berger, N., 11 Jun 2018, In : Beverages. 4, 2, p. 44-54 10 p., 4.

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    Topical and Ingested Cooling Methodologies for Endurance Exercise Performance in the Heat

    Best, R., Payton, S. J. S., Spears, I., Riera, F. & Berger, N., 2 Feb 2018, In : Sports. 6, 1, p. - 11 p.

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