Professor Nick Draper

Position: Head of Department of Life Sciences

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Outdoor Recreation, Sport and Exercise, Sports

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About

I joined the Department of Life Sciences in 2014, having just returned from Christchurch, New Zealand where I lived for seven years and was Head of the School of Sport and Physical Education at the University of Canterbury.

My specialist teaching areas are in the areas of exercise physiology and outdoor education, although I've a long-standing passion for Judo, which I started when I was eight years old.

Originally from the UK, I was excited to return to the Peak District and to join the Life Sciences Department at the University of Derby. During the 1990s I lived in the Peak District for a number of years and in my spare time I'm currently exploring old climbing and paddling haunts with my sons and wife.

Teaching responsibilities

I have been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK, New Zealand and USA, teaching in the areas of exercise physiology, environmental physiology, sports biochemistry, and research methods.

Practical activity courses I've been involved with include rock climbing, canoe expeditioning, kayaking, judo, weight training, exercise prescription and swimming.

Professional interests

My professional interests include developing strong working teams; breaking down discipline boundaries to create multi-disciplinary teams to harness the synergies that such collaborations can bring about; working closely with students and local communities to ensure universities are linked with and respond to the needs of stakeholders; real-world teaching and applied research; and creating courses that link theory and practice such that laboratory and activity sessions make links to theory, allowing material to come alive and for students and increase their understanding.

Research interests

I'm an active researcher and my key areas of interest involve health and physical activity promotion and adventure physiology.

With regard to health and physical activity, I was recently involved in a Health Research Council (NZ) funded project to study the beneficial effects of high intensity interval training, in comparison to low intensity continuous exercise, on exercise economy and markers of health for individuals at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Since joining the University of Derby I have been establishing a research team and developing a project to examine the effects of a combined nutritional and exercise programme on health markers for those previously sedentary individuals.

In the area of adventure physiology, my research team has been focused on the psychophysiology of rock climbing, and I personally maintains a keen interest on exercise in extreme environments. At the University of Derby, I'm working with David Giles, one of my PhD students and members of the Outdoor Leadership Team, to develop aspects of research in the area of psychophysiology of rock climbing.

If you are interested in postgraduate study and research in either of my research areas please contact me via email or telephone to discuss options.
 

Membership of professional bodies

  • European College of Sport Science
  • International Rock Climbing Research Association
  • British Canoe Union
  • British Mountaineering Council
  • British Judo Association

Qualifications

Academic qualifications

  • BEd Hons, University of Exeter
  • MA University of London
  • PhD University of New Mexico, USA

Sport and outdoor qualifications

  • ML & SPA, BMC
  • Level 4 Canoe & Level 4 Kayak Coach, BCU
  • 2nd Dan Judo
  • Level 3 (Senior Club Coach), British Judo

Recent publications

Authored books

  • Draper, N. and Marshall, H. (2012). Exercise physiology: For health and sports performance. Harlow: Pearson.
  • 576pp.

Edited book

  • Hamlin, M., Draper, N. and Kathiravel, Y. (Ed.) (2013). Sports and Exercise Medicine. (1st ed.). Rijeka, Croatia: lnTech. 229pp. http:l/dx. doi.org/10.5772/56649.

Chapters in books

  • Michael J. Hamlin, Nick Draper. and John Hellemans. (2013). Real and simulated altitude training and performance.  In M. Hamlin, Y. Kathiravel and N. Draper (Ed.), Sports and Exercise Medicine (1st ed.): 229. Rijeka: lnTech.

Journal articles

  • Fryer, S., Stoner, L., Scarrott, C., Lucero, A, Witter, T., Love, R., Dickson, T. and Draper, N. (2014). Forearm oxygenation and blood flow kinetics during a sustained contraction in multiple ability groups of rock climbers. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports (under review)
  • Balas, J., Panackova, M., Jandova, S., Martin, AJ., Strejcova, B. ,  Vomacko, L. , Charousek, J., Cochrane, D.J. and Draper, N. (2013). The effect of elimbing ability and slope inclination on vertical foot loading using a novel force sensor instrumentation system. lsokinetics and Exercise Science (Under Review)
  • Balas, J.,  Panackova, M., Martin, A, Cochrane, D.J. , Kalab, M., Kodejska, J., Strejcova, B. and Draper, N. (2013). The relationship between climbing ability and physiological responses to rock climbing. The Scientific World Journal (in press)
  • Fryer, S., Dickson, T., Draper, N. , Blackwell, G. and Hillier, S. (2013). A psychophysiological comparison of on-sight lead and top rope ascents in advanced rock climbers. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports (early access online) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0838.2011.01432.x.
  • Green, A, Helton, D. and Draper, N. (2013). The impact of negative valence in a secondary task on complex motor performance: A dual-task climbing study. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (under review)
  • Green, A L., Draper, N. and Helton, W.S. (2013). The impact of fear words in a secondary task on complex motor performance: a dual-task climbing study. Psychological Research (early access online) http://dx.doi. org/10.1007/s00426-013-0506-8.
  • Hamlin, M.J., Fraser, M., M., Lizamore, C.A, Draper, N., Shearman, J.P and Blackwell, G. (2013). Effects of bioelectrical impedance-derived fat and lean mass on fitness levels in 8-13 year old children. The Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science (under review)
  • Lunt, H., Draper, N., Marshall, H., Logan, F., Hamlin, M Shearman, J., Cotter, J., Kimber, N., Blackwell, G. and Frampton, C. (2013). High intensity interval training improves cardiorespiratory fitness, reduces exercise time in overweight inactive adults: A randomized controlled pilot study. PLOS ONE (In Press)
  • Manimmanakorn, A., Manimmanakorn, N., Taylor, R., Draper, N., Billaut, F., Shearman, J.P. and Hamlin, M.J. (2013). Effects of resistance training combined with vascular occlusion or hypoxia on neuromuscular function in athletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology (Early Publication Online) http://dx. doi.org/10.1007/s00421-013-2605-z.
  • Dickson, T., Fryer, S., Blackwell, G., Draper, N. and Stoner, L. (2012). Effect of style of ascent on the psychophysiological demands of rock climbing in elite level climbers. Sports Technology 5(3-4): 111-119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19346182.2012.686504.
  • Dickson, T., Fryer, S., Draper, N., Winter, D., Ellis, G. and Hamlin, M. (2012). Comparison of plasma cortisol sampling sites for rock climbing.  Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 52(6): 688-695.
  • Draper, N. (2012). Guest editorial. Sports Technology 5(3-4): 76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19346182.2012.755311.
  • Draper, N., Dickson, T., Fryer, S., Blackwell, G., Winter, D., Scarrott, C. and Ellis, G. (2012). Plasma cortisol concentrations and perceived anxiety in response to on-sight rock climbing.  International Journal of Sports Medicine 33(1):  13-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0031-1284348.
  • Fryer, S., Dickson, T., Draper, N., Eltom, M., Stoner, L. and Blackwell, G. (2012). The effect of technique and ability on the V02-heart rate relationship in rock climbing. Sports Technology 5(3-4): 143-150. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19346182.2012.755538.
  • Hamlin, M.J., Draper, N., Blackwell, G., Shearman, J.P and Kimber, N.E. (2012). Determination of maximal oxygen uptake using the Bruce or a novel athlete-led protocol in a mixed population.  Journal of Human Kinetics 31: 97-104. http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/v10078-012-0010-z.
  • Hamlin, M.J., Mitchell, C.J., Ward, F.D., Draper, N., Shearman, J.P and Kimber, N.E. (2012). Effect of compression garments on short term recovery of repeated sprint and 3km running performance in rugby union players.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 26(11): 2975-2982. http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/JSC.Ob013e3182711eOb.

Recent conferences

Conference- Keynote Presentations (2012 – 2014)

  • Nick Draper. (2013). Challenges for Sport and Exercise Science in New Zealand. Christchurch, New Zealand:  Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand 2013 Annual Conference (SESNZ), 29-30 Nov 2013.

Conferences- Oral Presentations

  • Lindsay, A., Bernard, A., Davidson, S.M., Redmond, D.P., Chiew, YS., Pretty, C., Chase, J.G., Shaw, G.M., Gieseg, S. and Draper, N. (2014). Respiratory mechanics assessment of elite rugby players. Cape Town, South Africa: 19th Annual International Federation of Automatic Control, 24th- 29th August 2014.
  • Nick Draper. (2013). Challenges for Sport and Exercise Science in New Zealand. Christchurch, New Zealand:  Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand 2013 Annual Conference (SESNZ), 29-30 Nov 2013.
  • Draper, N., Lunt, H., Marshall, H., Logan, F., Hamlin, M., Cotter, J., Shearman, J., Kimber, N., Blackwell, G. and Frampton, C. (2012). High intensity interval training: A time saving alternative to traditional exercise prescription for overweight, physically inactive adults. Bruges, Belgium: 17th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), 4-7 Jul 2012.
  • Draper, N., Lunt, H., Marshall, H., Logan, F., Hamlin, M., Cotter, J., Shearman, J., Kimber, N., Blackwell, G. and Frampton, C. (2012). High intensity interval training: A time saving alternative to traditional exercise prescription in a real world setting. Glasgow, UK: International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS), 19-24 Jul 2012.
  • Lunt, H., Mackay, R., Draper, N. and Potter, H. (2012). Relationship between change in mitochondrial copy number and change in V02 max, before and after a twelve week exercise programme. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes Meeting, May 2012.
  • Manimmanakorn, A., Manimmanakorn, N., Taylor, R., Draper, N., Billaut, F., Shearman, J.P. and Hamlin, M.J. (2012). Effects of resistance training combined with vascular occlusion or hypoxia on neuromuscular function in athletes. Wellington, New Zealand: Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand Annual Conference (SESNZ), 30 Nov-1 Dec 2012.

Conference – Poster Presentations

  • Angus Lindsay, John Lewis., Geoff Chase, Carl Scarrott. , Geoff Shaw, Steven Gieseg. and Nick Draper.  (2013). The effect of acute exercise on levels of stress in rugby union and competitive body building. Christchurch, New Zealand: Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand Annual Conference, 29th - 30th November 2013.
  • Draper, N., Corry, C., Fryer, S., Dickson, T., Hamlin, M., Shearman, J. and Marshall, H. (2013). Stay slightly cool to stay warm in the mountains. Barcelona, Spain: 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, 26th - 29th June 2013.
  • Draper, N., Corry, C., Fryer, S., Dickson, T., Hamlin, M., Shearman, J. and Marshall, H. (2013). Stay slightly cool to stay warm in the mountains. Queenstown, New Zealand: XV International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics, 11-15th February, 2013.
  • Fryer, S., Stoner, L., Scarrott, C., Lucero, A, Witter, A, Dickson, T. and Draper, N. (2013). Forearm oxygen kinetics pre, during and post a sustained contraction to failure in multiple ability groups of rock climbers. Christchurch, New Zealand: Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand Annual Conference,  29th and 30th November 2013.
  • Marshall HC, Green J., Calder K, Wood J., Vabulis S, Renolds C., Wensley L. and Draper N. (2013). Green prescription support programmes in Canterbury: Influence on physical activity and physical and psychological wellbeing. Christchurch, New Zealand Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand 2013 Annual Conference, 29th - 3oth November 2013.
  • Hamlin, M.J., Fraser, M., Lizamore, C.A., Fryer, S., Draper, N., Shearman, J. and Kimber, N. (2013). Criterion-related validity of the 20-m shuttle and the 550-m distance run in 8-13 year-old children. Preston, Lancashire, UK: British Association for Sport and Exercise Science 2013 Conference, 3rd - 5th September 2013.
  • S. Fryer, S., Stoner, L., Draper, N., Scarott, C. and Dickson, T. (2013). Muscle tissue oxygenation dynamics during a sustained contraction in different ability rock climbers.  Preston, Lancashire, UK: British Association for Sport and Exercise Science 2013 Conference, 3rd - 5th September 2013.
  • Fryer, S., Dickson, T., Draper, N., Blackwell, G. and Stoner, L. (2012). The effect of ability and technique on V02 and heart rate drift in rock climbers. San Francisco, CA, USA: 59th Annual Meeting and 3rd World Congress of the American College of Sports Medicine, 29 May-2 Jun 2012. In Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 44(5 Supplement) S578.
  • Hamlin, M.J., Fraser, M., Lizamore, C.A., Draper, N., Shearman, J.P. and Kimber, N.E. (2012). Criterion-related validity of the 20-m shuttle run and the 550-m distance run in 8-13 year-old New Zealand children. Wellington, New Zealand: Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand Annual Conference (SESNZ), 30 Nov-1 Dec 2012.
  • Stoner, L., Fryer, S., Dickson, T., Hillier, S. and Draper, N. (2012). Capillary but not salivary cortisol samples accurately reflect venous cortisol following intense exercise. San Francisco, CA, USA: 59th Annual Meeting and 3rd World Congress of the American College of Sports Medicine, 29 May- 2 June 2012. In Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 44(5 Supplement) 547.

Additional interests and activities

Outside of work (but somewhat related) my other interests include rock climbing, canoeing, judo, triathlons and guitar. 

Experience in industry

I'm a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Strength Training and Conditioning, Isokinetics and Exercise Science and the International Journal of Sports Science. I was elected President of the International Rock Climbing Research Association in 2011 for a term of three years.  I've been an invited chair for oral presentations at European College of Sports Science Congress.

I've worked closely with athletes from a range of sports and taking part at a variety of levels; including serving as Performance Planner for British Judo between 1998-2002, supporting elite rock climbers, coaching club judo, u7 rippa rugby and High School 1st 15 rugby in New Zealand. My role with British Judo included serving as Team Manager for Judo at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.   

In the last three years years I worked closely with two New Zealand engineering companies and the Engineering department to develop climbing holds containing force sensors to measure forces during rock climbing.  

My research links with industry in New Zealand have included conducting studies of a GP exercise referral programme and cardiac rehabilitation programme as well as being involved in stress and immune function studies with the Crusaders and Canterbury professional rugby teams.

International experience

I have worked as a researcher and teacher in New Zealand and the US.

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