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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

Jeanne is the postgraduate research (PGR) coordinator for her school (School of Sport and Service Management) so feel free to contact Jeanne for any PGR-related queries.

Jeanne also supervises PhD students who are interested in the study of exercise tolerance, training, fatigue (traits and state of subjective fatigue), affect, and fatigability (task failure; perceived effort; neuromuscular fatigue). If you are interested in these topics, Jeanne is very happy to be contacted by prospective students. 

Specific areas of inquiry might include (and overlap on):

  • Exercise intensity domains, anaerobic capacity and neuromuscular fatigue;
  • Fatigue and fatigability in special populations;
  • Perceived fatigue, perceived effort, affect, interoception, exercise tolerance and exercise adherence;
  • Fatigue and fatigability in swimming

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

Past roles

Applied Exercise Physiology MSc course leader (7 years running)

Applied Sport Physiology MSc course leader (7 years running)

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

Exercise Tolerance

Exercise-induced fatigue in severe hypoxia following an intermittent hypoxic protocol

Twomey, R., Wrightson, J., Fletcher, H., Avraam, S., Ross, E. & Dekerle, J., 30 Jun 2017, In : Medicine and science in sports and exercise. 49, 12, p. 2422-2432 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Exercise Tolerance
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

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, In : European Journal of Applied Physiology. 119, 4, p. 991-1005 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Reproducibility of Results
Recovery of Function

Exercise tolerance can be enhanced through a change in work rate within the severe intensity domain: work above Critical Power is not constant

Dekerle, J., Souza, K. M. D., de Lucas, R. D., Guglielmo, L. G. A., Greco, C. C. & Denadai, B. S., 25 Sep 2015, In : PLoS ONE. 10, 9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

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, In : Respiratory Research. 20, 1, 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Pulmonary Surfactant-Associated Protein D
Epithelial Cells

Activities 2004 2019

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

Neurophysiological responses to rest and fatiguing exercise in severe hypoxia in healthy humans

Jeanne Dekerle (Supervisor), Emma Ross (Supervisor), Neil Maxwell (Supervisor)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

The application of the critical power construct to endurance exercise

Helen Carter (Supervisor), Gary Brickley (Supervisor), Jeanne Dekerle (Supervisor)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Optimising heat acclimation state and refining strategies for the acquisition of heat adaptations

Neil Maxwell (Supervisor), Jeanne Dekerle (Supervisor), Mark Hayes (Supervisor)
Feb 2018

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch 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