Staff profile

Dr Mark Faghy

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

University Professorial Council


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

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 four PhD students that are related to a number of externally funded projects.  

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 member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • 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

  • 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. 

Additional interests and activities

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In the media

Recent publications

Blog Posts

Our sport science expertise has helped Guyana's national football team reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time. Here's how they did it.

Dr Mark Faghy, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology at the University of Derby, discusses the pros and cons of new and old training programmes