Mr David Giles

Position: Postgraduate Research Student

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Sport and Exercise

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About

Dave is a full time PhD student in the University of Derby’s College of Life and Natural Sciences; supervised by Professor Nick Draper. His research focuses on the use of psychophysiological techniques for the assessment of the effect of task and environmental stressors on performance, in particular within the sport of climbing. 

Teaching responsibilities

Dave has taught on:

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology - 4TL502
Exercise Physiology - 4TL503
Outdoor Research Methods - 4OU502

Membership of professional bodies

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science
  • International Rock Climbing Research Association
  • British Mountaineering Council
  • Mountain Training England

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD Candidate: Exercise Physiology/ Psychophysiology – Focus: The psychophysiological assessment of the demands of task and environmental stressors on sport performance. University of Derby (2014 – Current).
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons): Adventure Education (Thesis focus: The Regulation of Acute Physiological and Autonomic Responses to Hypoxia). University of Chichester (2008 - 2012).

Other Qualifications:

  • Summer Mountain Leader (MLTE)
  • Single Pitch Award (MLTE)
  • Trail Cycle Leader (MBLA)
  • Canoe and Kayak Coach Level 1 (BCU)
  • Rescue and Emergency Care First aid (REC)

Recent publications

Giles, D., Draper, N., Gilliver, P., Taylor, N., Mitchell, J., Birch, L., Woodhead, J., Blackwell, G. & Hamlin, H. (2014). Current understanding in climbing psychophysiology research. Sports Technology, 7(3-4), 108-119. [doi: 10.1080/19346182.2014.968166].

Panáčková, M., Baláš, J., Bunc, V. & Giles, D. (2014). Physiological demands of indoor wall climbing in children. Sports Technology, 7(3-4), 183-190. [doi: 10.1080/19346182.2014.968251]

Draper, N., Giles, D., Schöffl, V., Fuss, F., Watts, P., Wolf, P., Baláš, J., España Romero, V., Gonzalez, G., Fryer, S., Fanchini, M., Vigouroux, L., Seifert, L., Donath, L., Spoerri, M., Bonetti, K., Phillips, K., Stöcker, U., Bourassa-Moreau, F., Garrido, I., Drum, S., Beekmeyer, S., Ziltener, J., Taylor, N., Beeretz, I., Mally, F., Amca, A., Linhat, C. & Abreu, E. (2016). Comparative grading scales, statistical analyses, climber descriptors and ability grouping: International Rock Climbing Research Association Position Statement. Sports Technology. [doi: 10.1080/19346182.2015.1107081]

Balás, J., Michailov, M., Giles, D.,Kodejška, J., Panáčková, M., Fryer, S. (2015). Active recovery of the finger flexors enhances intermittent handgrip performance in rock climbers. European Journal of Sports Science. [doi: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1119198]

Giles, D., Draper, N. & Neill, W. (2016). Validation of the Polar V800 heart rate monitor to measure RR intervals at rest. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(3), 563-571.[doi: 10.1007/s00421-015-3303-9]

Giles, D., España-Romero, V., Garrido, I., Castillo, M., Fryer, S. (2016). Differences in oxidative capacity between the dominant and non-dominate flexor digitorum profundus in rock climbers. International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance. [doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0651]

Fryer, S., Stone, K., Giles, D., Sveen, J. Garrido, I. Stoner, L. & Espańa-Romero, V. (2016). Oxidative capacity in the dominant forearm flexor predicts sport climbing performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(8), 1479-84. [doi: 10.1007/s00421-016-3403-1]

Baláš, J., Giles, D., Chrastinová, L., Kárníková, K., Kodejška, J. and Draper, N, (2016). The effect of potential fall distance on hormonal response in rock climbing. Journal of Sports Sciences. [doi: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1206667]

Giles, D., Kelly, J. & Draper, N. (2016). Alterations in Heart Rate Variability Indices of Autonomic Cardiovascular Modulation in Response to Normobaric Hypoxia. European Journal of Sports Science. [doi: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1207708]

Giles, D. & Draper, N. (2016). Heart Rate Variability: A Comparison of Artefact Correction Methods. [Under Review].

Baláš, J., Duchačová, A., Giles, D., Kotalíková, K., Pánek, D., Draper, N. (2016). Shoulder muscle activity in sport climbing in naturally chosen and corrected shoulder positions. [Under Review].

Recent conferences

Giles, D., Kelly, J. & Metcalfe, J. (2013). Effect of acute exposure to hypoxic hypoxia on autonomic cardiovascular control. Poster presentation at British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Conference 2013. [Poster].

Briddon, L., Richardson, L., Giles, D. & Draper, N. (2014). Performance differences between successful and unsuccessful ascents of an on-sight lead climb. Poster presentation at the University of Derby’s Learning and Teaching Conference 2014. [Poster].

Draper, N., Giles, D., Taylor, N., Gilliver, P., Mitchell, J., Birch, L., Blackwell, G. & Hamlin, H. (2014). The standardisation of participant descriptive characteristics and grading within climbing research. International Rock Climbing Research Congress, September 15th – 19th 2014, Pontresina, Switzerland. [Workshop].

Panáčková, M., Baláš, J., Bunc, V. & Giles, D. (2014). Physiological demands of indoor wall climbing in children. International Rock Climbing Research Congress, September 15th – 19th 2014, Pontresina, Switzerland. [Oral].

Giles, D., Draper, N., Gilliver, P., Taylor, N., Mitchell, J., Birch, L., Woodhead, J., Blackwell, G. & Hamlin, H. (2014). Current trends and the future progression of psychophysiology in climbing research. International Rock Climbing Research Congress, September 15th – 19th 2014, Pontresina, Switzerland. [Oral].

Naish, E., Jackson, D., Giles, D. & Draper, N. (2015). The physiological demands of ascending a twenty-­meter free hanging ladder. Poster presentation at the University of Derby’s Learning and Teaching Conference 2015. [Poster].

Fryer, S., Giles, D. Garrido, I., Stone, K. & España-Romero, V. (2015). Skeletal muscle oxidative capacity is greater in the dominant versus non-dominant forearms of rock climbers. Conference: British Association of Sport and Exercise Science [Poster], Volume: 33: Sup 1, s44-s59.

Draper, N., Giles, D., Taylor, N., Solar Altamirano, I., Jose Arias, M., Baláš, J., Kodejška, J., España-Romero, V., Gallo Cabeza de Vaca, G., Vigouroux, L., Josseron, G., Mally, F. & Beeretz, I. (2016). Assessment of climber performance: A multi-center trial. International Rock Climbing Research Congress, August 5th – 7th 2016, Colorado, USA. [Oral].

Balás, J., Michailov, M., Giles, D.,Kodejška, J., Panáčková, M., Fryer, S. (2016). Recovery during intermittent testing of finger flexor strength in rock climbers – a predictor of climbing ability? International Rock Climbing Research Congress, August 5th – 7th 2016, Colorado, USA. [Oral].

Fryer, S., Giles, D. Garrido, I., Stone, K. Puerta, A. & España-Romero, V. (2016). Hemodynamic and cardiorespiratory predictors of sport rock climbing performance. Conference: British Association of Sport and Exercise Science [Poster].

Additional interests and activities

  • Climbing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Running

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