Staff profile

Dr Mark Faghy

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

University Professorial Council, Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology in the School of Human Sciences and active researcher in the Human Science Research Centre. After completing an undergraduate (2011) and PhD programme (2015) at the University of Derby I left to join the teaching team as a technical tutor at Loughborough (2015) before returning to Derby on a lectureship in 2016.  I am accredited by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and continue to work with athletes from the applied world. 

My involvement with elite sports has seen me work in international and professional football teams, professional tennis players, elite cyclists and elite runners. Alongside my continued applied work I actively research in the area of respiratory physiology and am involved in a number of collaborative projects external to the University. 

Teaching responsibilities

My current teaching responsibilities include the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects as well as making contributions to a number of undergraduate modules in the areas of exercise physiology, physical activity and health and applied sports practices. I also currently supervise ten PhD students that are related to a number of externally funded projects.

Professional interests

My main professional interests are centred mainly on respiratory function and how this can be trained to improve performance. I also have a passion for applied sport science.  

Research interests

Although my background contains an extensive array of working with elite athletes and professional sports clubs, my research interests investigate the use of non-medicinal interventions to increase the capability of the respiratory system in all populations. Whilst I maintain an active role in professional sport, my current research involves working closely with clinical groups and I represent the Human Science Research Centre on active research groups at both Nottingham City Hospital and Derby Royal Hospitals. At present, I am involved in multiple trials with different patient groups including Pneumonia and COPD.

The implications of my work uses the respiratory system as a vehicle to improve general health and quality of life in these groups but a secondary area of interest in my work is how this incorporate and increase physical activity as a technique to manage patients symptoms and exacerbations and the wider implications that this can have for the health service.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Full and Accredited member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES; 2016 - present)
  • BASES Physiology and Nutrition Division - vice chair (2018-present)
  • BASES COVID-19 special interest group - core member (2020 - presnt)
  • Healthy Living for Pandemic Event Protection (HL-PIVOT) International Network - core member (2020 - presnet)
  • European Respiratory Society (Silver Member)
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • European College of Sports Sciences
  • Higher Education Teaching Academy


  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Derby
  • PhD in Respiratory Physiology, University of Derby

Recent conferences

  • Faghy, M, A., Mayes, JP., Brown, PI., Keenan, J., Maden-Wilkinson. T., (2019), Flow resistive face masks worn during high-intensity interval training sessions do not improve 5-kilometre running performance. Oral presentation, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) annual congress, Leicester, England.
  • Duncan, M., Eyre, E., Roscoe, C., Faghy, M., Cox, V. and Dobell, A. (2019). ‘Calibration of hip-worn actigraph GT3X accelerometers in children during locomotor, cycling and fundamental movement skill activity’. Poster presentation at the 2019 British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Leicester, England.
  • Pick, H., Faghy, M, A., Bewick, T., Wei Shen, L., (2018), Feasibility of using IMT technique in patients discharged with community-acquired pneumonia, Poster presentation, British Thoracic Society Winter meeting, London, England.
  • Faghy, M, A., (2018), IMT and its use in clinical settings, Japanese Society Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine, Invited Keynote Talk, Fukui: Japan.
  • Faghy, M, A., Brown, P, I., (2018), Functional training of the inspiratory muscles improves load carriage performance, poster presentation, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) annual congress, Harrogate, England.
  • Faghy, M, A., Lindley, M, R., Brown, P, I., (2016), Functional Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) Improves Load Carriage Performance Greater than Traditional IMT Techniques - Poster presentation at American College of Sports Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts USA.
  • Lindley, M, R., Micklebrough, T, D., Sowter, H, Faghy, M, A., (2016), Can inspiratory muscle training relieve symptoms of dyspnoea and improve quality of life for advanced cancer patients? A pilot study. - Poster presentation at American College of Sports Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts USA.
  • Faghy, M, A., Brown, P, I., (2015). Acute Inspiratory loading does not improve 2.4 km time-trial performance with a 25 kg thoracic load. Presented at the European Congress for Sport Sciences (ECSS), Malmo: Sweden. Oral Presentation.
  • Lester, P., Faghy, M, A., (2015), Inspiratory Muscle Function during Pre-Loaded (LC) Time Trial Performance using Traditional (IMTTRAD) and Functional (IMTFUNC) Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT). Presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences student conference, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Poster Presentation.
  • Mann, J., Faghy, M, A., (2015), does inspiratory muscle training attenuate reductions in locomotor muscle fatigue after exercise with thoracic load carriage? Presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences student conference, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Oral Presentation.
  • Faghy, M, A., Brown, P, I., (2014), Inspiratory muscle training improves 2.4 km time-trial performance when carrying a 25 kg thoracic load - presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference, St Georges Park, Burton upon Trent. 
  • Faghy, M, A., (2013), Implications of Thoracic Load Carriage on Respiratory Function - presented as a guest speaker at Newcastle College Research Conference 2013 - Newcastle College
  • Faghy, M, A., Brown P, I., (2013), Thoracic load carriage induced respiratory muscle fatigue, presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University. Winner of the Post Graduate Oral Presentation Award
  • Faghy, M, A., Brown, P, I., (2013),  Thoracic Load carriage induced respiratory muscle fatigue, presented at the New Horizons conference, University of Derby. - Winner of the best Abstract and Presentation Award

Experience in industry

I continue to boast a good network within industry and my work stems across my specialist areas of research and applied work. 

International experience

I have researched and conducted applied work across the world and have significant international expericience and profile.  

Additional interests and activities

Invited talks:

In the media

Recent publications

For a full list of publications and works please see:

Most Recent Publications:

  1. Faghy, M, A., Arena, R., Stoner, L., Haraf, R, H., Josephson, R., Hills, A, P., Dixit, S., Popovic, D., Smith, A., Myers, J,. Bacon, S, L, Niebauer, J., Dourado, V, Z., Babu, A, S., Maden-Wilkinson, T, M., Copeland, R, J., Gough, L, A., Bond, S., Stuart, K., Bewick, T., Ashton, R, E, M., (IN PRESS)., The case for the inclusion of Exercise Science in an integrated response to COVID-19: A position statement from the international HL-PIVOT Network., Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. IF: 6.763.
  2. Pick, H., Faghy, M, A., Bewick, T., Wei-Shen., L., (IN PRESS), Feasibility of using inspiratory muscle techniques in patients discharged from hospital with community acquired pneumonia. Journal: Advances in Respiratory Medicine. IF: 1.82.
  3. Faghy, M, A., Pringle, A., Duncan, M., Buchanan-Meharry, J., Roscoe, C, M, P., (2021)., UK University Staff experience high levels of sedentary behaviour during work and leisure time., International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics., DOI:10.1080/10803548.2021.1874704. IF: 1.601
  4. Haraf, R, H., Faghy, M, A., Carlin, B., Josephson, R, A., (2021)., The Physiological Impact of Masking Is Insignificant and Should Not Preclude Routine Use During Daily Activities, Exercise, and Rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. Vol41(1), pp.1-5, IF: 1.803, doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000577
  5. Dobell, A.; Pringle, A.; Faghy, M.A.; Roscoe, C.M.P. (2020), Fundamental Movement Skills and Accelerometer-Measured Physical Activity Levels during Early Childhood: A Systematic Review. Children, 7, 224.IF: 2.078 org/10.3390/children7110224
  6. Faghy, M, A.,, P, I., Davis, N., Mayes, JP., Madden-Wilkinson, T. (2020), Flow resistive face masks that are worn during high-intensity interval training sessions do not improve 5-kilometre running performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology. IF: 3.67.
  7. Stewart, K., Faghy, M, A., Bidmeanm E., Browning, R., Roberts, C., Grimwood, S., Winn-Reed, T., (2020)., A Biopsychosocial Framework for Recovery from COVID-19., International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. IF: 15.
  8. Gurton, W, H., Faghy, M, A., Gough, L, A., Reed, K, E., (2020)., Enhanced high-intensity cycling tolerance, without severe gastrointestinal upset, after sodium bicarbonate ingestion: a dose-response investigation following standardised administration. Frontiers in Nutrition-Sport and Exercise Nutrition. IF: 365.
  9. Cavil, N., Richardson, D., Faghy, M, A., Bussell, C, D., Rutter, H., (2020), Using systems mapping to explore and plan city-wide action to promote physical activity. Journal of Public Health Research. IF: 806.
  10. Faghy, M, A., Ashton, REM., Maden-Wilkinson, T, M., Copeland, R, J., Bewick, T., Loosemore, M., Smith, A., (2020), Integrated sports and respiratory medicine in the aftermath of COVID-19. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. IF: 25.094. org/10.1016/S2213-2600(20)30307-6
  11. Faghy, M, A., Sylvester, K, P., Cooper, B. Hull, J, H. (2020), Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in the COVID-19 endemic phase. British Journal of Anaesthesia. IF: 6.199. org/10.1016/j.bja.2020.06.006
  12. Duncan, M, J., Dobell, A., Noon, M., Clarke, C., Roscoe, C, M, P., Faghy, M, A., Stodden, D., Sacko, R., Eyre, E., (2020), Calibration and cross-validation of accelerometry for estimating sedentary behaviour and physical activity involving fundamental movement skills in children aged 8-12 years. Sensors. IF: 3.031.  org/10.3390/s20102776
  13. Duncan, M, J., Eyre, E., Cox, V., Roscoe, C., Faghy, M, A., Tallis, J., Dobell, A., (2020)., Cross-validation of Actigraph derived accelerometer cut‐points for assessment of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children aged 8‐11 years., Acta Paediatrica., IF: 2.265. org/10.1111/apa.15189
  14. Faghy, M, A., Brown, P, I., (2019), Functional training of the inspiratory muscles improves load carriage performance, Ergonomics, 62:11, 1439-1449. IF:2.610. org/10.1080/00140139.2019.1652352
  15. Duncan, M, J., Roscoe, C, M, P., Faghy, M, A., Tallis, J., Eyre, E., (2019), Estimating Physical Activity in Children Aged 8–11 Years Using Accelerometry: Contributions From Fundamental Movement Skills and Different Accelerometer Placements, Frontiers in Physiology, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2019.00242 IF:4.134
  16. Lomax, M., Brown, P, I., Kapus, J., Faghy, M, A., (2019), Impact of weekly swimming training distance on the ergogenicity of inspiratory muscle training in well-trained youth swimmers., Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Volume 33 - Issue 8 - p 2185–2193, doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002375. IF: 2.060
  17. Faghy, M, A., Lomax, M., Brown, P, I., (2018), Active recovery strategy and lactate clearance in elite swimmers, Journal of Sports Medicine and Fitness. DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.18.09228-9. IF: 1.140 doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.18.09228-9
  18. Faghy, M, A., Brown, P, I., (2017), Whole body active warm-up and inspiratory muscle warm-up do not improve running performance when carrying thoracic loads, Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. IF: 2.518. doi: 1139/apnm-2016-0711.
  19. Faghy, M, A., Blacker, S, D., Brown, P, I., (2017), From the start line to the frontline: the application of respiratory exercise physiology to occupational performance, Sport & Exercise Scientist, (52), 24. IF: 1.80
  20. Faghy, M, A., Blacker, S, D., Brown, P, I., (2016), Effects of load carriage mass upon respiratory muscle fatigue, European Journal of Sport Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1202326. IF: 2.376. org/10.1080/17461391.2016.1202326
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