Dr David Giles

Position: Researcher

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Health Care Practice

Research Centre: Health and Social Care Research Centre

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About

Dave is a researcher in the College of Health and Social Care's Research Centre. He works on the design, delivery and evaluation of research activities that meet the centre’s aims of optimising individual health and wellbeing, promoting healthy communities and building and developing an effective health and social care workforce.

His research background is in exercise physiology, psychology and psychophysiology, more specifically the investigation of the physiological, psychological and biochemical responses to performance rock climbing. Dave completed his PhD at the University of Derby in September 2017, titled Psychophysiological and emotional antecedents of climbing performance. 

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 in Exercise Physiology/ Psychophysiology: Psychophysiological and emotional antecedents of climbing performance. University of Derby (Sep 2017).
  • 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

Fryer, S., Sveen, J., Stone, K., Dickson, T., España-Romero, V., Giles, D., Baláš, J., Draper, N. & Stoner, L. (2017). Differences in forearm strength, endurance and hemodynamic kinetics between male boulderers and sport rock climbers. European Journal of Sports Science. [doi: 10.1080/17461391.2017.1353135]

Baláš, J., Duchačová, A., Giles, D., Kotalíková, K., Pánek, D. & Draper, N. (2017). Shoulder Muscle Activity in Sport Climbing in Naturally Chosen and Corrected Shoulder Positions. Open Sports Sciences Journal, 10, 107-113.

Giles, D. & Draper, N. (2017). Heart rate Variability: a comparison of artefact correction methods. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. [doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001800]

Fryer, S., Giles, D., Garrido Palomino, I., O Puerta, A. & España-Romero, V. (2017) Hemodynamic and cardiorespiratory predictors of sport rock climbing performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. [doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001860]

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, 16(8), 1023-31.  [doi: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1207708]

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, 35(10), 989-94. [doi: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1206667]

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]

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, 12(1), 137-139. [doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0651]

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/s00421-015-33039]

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, 16(7), 764-72. [doi: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1119198]

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, 8(3-4), 88-94. [doi: 10.1080/19346182.2015.1107081].

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]

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].

Recent conferences

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].

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].

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].

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.

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

Additional interests and activities

  • Climbing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Running

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