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Graham Sharpe

Graham Sharpe

Deputy Head of Department

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Sharpe holds a variety of positions including:

  • Programme leader for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • Coordinator of the Physiology strand within the Sport cluster of degree programmes
  • Founder member of the School of Science and Technology Ethics Committee
  • Module leader for:
    • Strength, Power and Endurance in Sport and Exercise (SPOR31101)
    • Sport Dissertation (SPOR31001).

Research areas

Dr Sharpe's research interests are focused on the potential for breathing to limit whole body exercise in healthy humans.

  • The effects of inspiratory muscle training on exercise tolerance.
  • The effects of inspiratory muscle training on the physiological responses to prolonged exercise.
  • The physiological consequences of increased work of breathing.
  • Exercise-induced inspiratory muscle fatigue and its effect on locomotor muscle function.

Dr Sharpe is able to act as a consultant in the following areas:

  • Measurement of the physiological response to exercise in healthy and clinical populations based upon blood-borne markers and breath-by-breath analysis of pulmonary ventilation and gas exchange.
  • Measurement of lung function and respiratory muscle strength, including trans-diaphragmatic pressures.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD may exist in all areas outlined above especially projects examining exercise-induced diaphragm fatigue using bilateral magnetic stimulation of the phrenic nerves. Further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Expert reviewer for the following journals:

  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Journal of Sport Sciences
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Journal of Sports Engineering

External PhD Examiner:

  • Brunel University

Sponsors and collaborators

University collaborations include:

  • University of Loughborough
  • Queens Medical Centre (University of Nottingham)
  • Brunel University

Current projects are investigating the effect of inspiratory muscle training on the blood lactate response to exercise and hyperpnoea. Physiological correlates of baseline inspiratory muscle strength and whether this is related to the magnitude of training responses. Does inspiratory muscle training reduce locomotor muscle fatigue after exhaustive cycling? Does inspiratory muscle training attenuate exercise-induced diaphragm fatigue and is this related to exercise modality?


Inspiratory loading intensity does not influence lactate clearance during recovery. Johnson MA, Mills DE, Brown DM, Bayfield KJ, Gonzalez JT, Sharpe GR, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 2012, 44 (5)

Inspiratory muscle training abolishes the blood lactate increase associated with volitional hyperpnoea superimposed on exercise and accelerates lactate and oxygen uptake kinetics at the onset of exercise. Brown PI, Sharpe GR, Johnson MA, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2012, 112 (6), 2117-2129

Loading of trained inspiratory muscles speeds lactate recovery kinetics. Brown PI, Sharpe GR and Johnson MA, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 2010, 42(6), 1103-1112

The effects of respiratory warm up on the physical capacity and ventilatory responses in paraplegic individuals. Leicht C, Smith PM, Sharpe GR, Perret C and Goosey-Tolfrey VL, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2010, 110 (6), 1291-1298

Inspiratory muscle training reduces blood lactate concentration during volitional hyperpnoea. Brown PI, Sharpe GR and Johnson MA, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2008, 104 (1), 111-117

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