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Tom Inns

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Sport Science


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neuromuscular Physiology

Career overview

Tom completed his undergraduate degree in Medical Physiology and Therapeutics with Foundation at the University of Nottingham in 2018. This included a research dissertation in the efficacy of equipment-free high-intensity interval training on cardiorespiratory fitness and glucose handling on young individuals as part of a broader study into HIT in age and disease. Following this, Tom completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham School of Medicine in 2023 exploring mechanisms of disuse atrophy in diverging lower limb muscles and optimal rehabilitation strategies for the restoration of muscle mass and function. With a focus on neuromuscular physiology, this led to Tom's current role as a postdoctoral research associate at NTU in the Department of Sport Science, continuing to broaden his research areas in central and peripheral aspects of human neuromuscular physiology.

Research areas

Primary research interests include the adaptation of human neuromuscular physiology in varying states of health, disease, ageing, and sport. Developing investigations into muscle disuse atrophy and maladaptation along with potential rehabilitation strategies implementing neuromuscular electrical stimulation have resulted in conference presentations nationally and internationally. These have also resulted in publications in journals such as the Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology. New areas of study include the neuromuscular adaptation to cumulative subconcussive experiences in sports, across the lifespan and the menopause, and alongside intensive care unit acquired weakness.


Inns TB, Bass JJ, Hardy EJO, Wilkinson DJ, Stashuk DW, Atherton PJ, Phillips BE, Piasecki M. Motor unit dysregulation following 15 days of unilateral lower limb immobilisation. J Physiol. 2022 Nov;600(21):4753-4769. doi: 10.1113/JP283425.

Inns, TB., McCormick, D., Greig, CA., Atherton, PJ., Phillips, BE., Piasecki, M. (2021). Factors associated with electrical stimulation-induced performance fatigability are dependent upon stimulation location. Exp. Physiol, 106 (4).

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