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Research interests

My research interest has long been human exercise tolerance, or the ability to sustain exercise, and the mechanisms of neuromuscular fatigue. I believe a better understanding of the physiological and behavioural limitations to exercise gives exercise scientists, clinicians, or other practitioners looking to enhance human exercise tolerance evidence for the development of robust science-based interventions. My work finds impact in the areas of health, sport and wellbeing.

Supervisory Interests

Swimming physiology; exercise tolerance; neuromuscular fatigue, perception of effort and perception of fatigue.

Approach to teaching

As an active researcher and consultant, I actively contribute to the design and application of research- and consultancy-informed teaching materials to foster students’ engagement, understanding of, and enthusiasm for the professional world.

I am keen to pilot different learning and teaching strategies to improve the courses I am involved with. In our postgraduate programme, I introduced a series of classroom-based Action Learning Sets for students to reflect and make the most of their Professional Enquiry experience (employability). The two MSc courses I lead today are entirely set on problem-based learning (PBL) scenarios to prepare students best for the ‘real world’. I recently piloted a PBL intervention in collaboration with the English Institute of Sport (EIS). Student feedback was excellent. It was a great experience.

Also,I would consider myself as an ‘early adopter’ of new learning and teaching technologies that I see as key for the new generation of learners. For example, supported by a Learning and Teaching Scholarship, I developed videos to support students with their use of Excel.

Some of the key areas I teach in are:

  • Exercise intensity domains and exercise tolerance
  • The muscle, the nervous systems, and exercise
  • Neuromuscular fatigue from the muscles to the brain
  • The lungs and exercise
  • The philosophy of science, scientific methods and methodologies, quantitative statistics
  • The physiology of training

Scholarly biography

I completed my PhD in the field of Sport and Exercise Physiology in 2003. I was then successful in an Interreg III application (£263,000) so I moved to the UK for a two-year full-time position starting in 2005. I then decided that applying Sport Science was important to me so for another four years (2007-2011), I continued my applied work as a swimming coach alongside a part-time lecturing position I secured at the University of Brighton. I moved to what is today my current full-time lecturing position in 2011.

Current roles 

Postgraduate research coordinator for the School of Sport and Service Management

Applied Exercise Physiology MSc course leader

Applied Sport Physiology MSc course leader

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Universite de Lille 2

Master, Universite de Lille 2

Master, Universite de Lille 2

Bachelor, Universite de Lille 2

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Research Output 2002 2019

Continuous exercise induces airway epithelium damage while a matched-intensity and volume intermittent exercise does not

Combes, A., Dekerle, J., Dumont, X., Twomey, R., Bernard, A., Daussin, F. & Bougault, V., 17 Jan 2019, 20, 1, 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Pulmonary Surfactant-Associated Protein D
Epithelial Cells

Methodological issues with the assessment of voluntary activation using transcranial magnetic stimulation in the knee extensors

Dekerle, J., Ansdell, P., Schäfer, L., Greenhouse-Tucknott, A. & Wrightson, J., 12 Feb 2019, 119, 4, p. 991-1005 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Reproducibility of Results
Recovery of Function

Once- and twice-daily heat acclimation confer similar heat adaptations, inflammatory responses and exercise tolerance improvements

Willmott, A., Hayes, M., James, C., Dekerle, J., Gibson, O. & Maxwell, N., 21 Dec 2018, 6, 24, e13936.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Exercise Tolerance
Hot Temperature
Immune Tolerance

Physiological comparison of intensity-controlled, isocaloric intermittent and continuous exercise

Combes, A., Dekerle, J., Bougault, V. & Daussin, F., 5 Jul 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Quadriceps Muscle
Energy Metabolism
Lactic Acid
Analysis of Variance

Activities 2004 2019

  • 12 Publication Peer-review
  • 9 Invited talk
  • 8 Research degree

Anaerobic assessment and training monitoring in elite swimmers

Jeanne Dekerle (Examiner)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism (Journal)

Jeanne Dekerle (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Experimental Physiology (Journal)

Jeanne Dekerle (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Functional and metabolomics changes during a detraining period following low-load resistance training with and without blood flow restriction

Jeanne Dekerle (Examiner)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

BioMed Research International (Journal)

Jeanne Dekerle (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review