Dr Gavin Devereux

Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Physiology; Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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Dr Gavin Devereux is an Associate Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences.  Gavin is also course leader for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. Gavin teaches across a number of degrees in the sport and health sciences, publishes research in the sport and exercise sciences, with a current focus on the combined effects of air pollution and exercise on our pulmonary and immune function, and health generally. Gavin has also provided consultancy expertise in health, elite sport and fitness technologies, including working with companies competing in Formula 1.

Dr Gavin Devereux has managed undergraduate and postgraduate courses for over ten years. Gavin teaches health, exercise, and sport physiology for several courses at the University of Suffolk, as well as research methods and statistics to students across the School of Health and Sports Sciences. Gavin also supervises PhD students. 

Gavin’s research interests are based on our body’s responses and adaptations to exercise.  Early research was centred on the cardiovascular responses and adaptations to exercise, and specifically how exercise training can help reduce blood pressure. The research was investigating (i) how effective different methods of exercise are, and (ii) how blood regulation is altered over time.  Working alongside his PhD students and fellow research academics, current research projects include exercise prehabilitation during prostate cancer diagnosis, training load monitoring in elite team sport, and return-to-play rehabilitation following injury. 

Previous publications include: 

Devereux G, Le Winton H, Black J, Beato M. (2021) ‘Effect of a high-intensity short-duration cycling elevation training mask on VO2max and anaerobic power. A randomized controlled trial’. Biology of Sport. 39 (1); 181-187. 

Gardiner B, Devereux G, Beato M. (2020) ‘Injury risk and injury incidence rates in Crossfit: A brief review’ The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.20.10615-7 

Vijendren A, Devereux G, Tietjen A, Duffield K, Van Rompaey V, Van de Heyning P, Yung M. (2018) ‘The Ipswich Microbreak Technique to alleviate neck and shoulder discomfort during microscopic procedures’ Applied Ergonomics. May 4. pii: S0003-6870(18)30099-1. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.04.013. 

Beato M, Devereux G, Stiff A. (2018) ‘Validity and reliability of global positioning system units (STATsports Viper) for measuring distance and peak speed in sports’. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 32 (10); 2831-2837.   

Devereux GR, Gibney D, Fadhlillah F, Brown P, Macey N, Rudland S. (2018) ‘Two-day home blood pressure monitoring may offer an alternative to costlier methods’. BMJ Innovations. DOI: 10.1136/bmjinnov-2017-000247   

Beato M, Jamil M, Devereux GR. (2018) ‘Reliability of internal and external load parameters in recreational football (soccer) for health’. Research in Sports Medicine. 26 (2); 244-250. 

Vijendren A, Devereux GR, Kenway B, Duffield K, Van Rompaey V, van de Heyning P, Yung M. (2017) ‘Effects of prolonged microscopic work on neck and back strain amongst male ENT clinicians and the benefits of a prototype postural support chair’. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics. DOI: 10.1080/10803548.2017.1386411 

Tietjen A, Devereux GR. (2017) ‘The physical demands of exergaming in healthy young adults’. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002235 

Beato M, Jamil M, Devereux GR. (2017) 'The Reliability of technical and tactical tagging analysis conducted by a semi-automatic Video-Tracking System (Digital.Stadium®) in soccer’. Journal of Human Kinetics. 62; 103-110.  

Devereux GR, Wiles JD, Howden R. (2014) ‘Immediate post isometric exercise cardiovascular responses are associated with training induced resting blood pressure adaptations’. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 115 (2): 327-333.  

Gill KF, Arthur ST, Swaine IL, Devereux GR, Huet YM, Wikstrom EA, Cordova ML, Howden R. (2014) ‘The effect of isometric exercise training intensity on resting blood pressure adaptations’. Journal of Sport Sciences. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2014.953979. 

Devereux GR, Coleman DA, Wiles JD, Swaine IL. (2012) ‘Lactate accumulation following isometric exercise training and its relationship with reduced resting blood pressure’. Journal of Sport Sciences. 30 (11): 1141-1148. 

Devereux GR, Wiles JD, Swaine IL. (2011) ‘Relationships between markers of isometric training intensity and reductions in resting blood pressure’. Journal of Sport Sciences. 29 (7): 715-724. 

Devereux GR, Wiles JD, Swaine IL. (2010) ‘Reductions in resting blood pressure after 4 weeks of isometric exercise training’. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 109 (4): 601-606.

Gavin works with colleagues in the NHS to undertake original research and service evaluations, and helped create partnerships with two leading sport science companies.  Qualisys Motion Capture Systems now have a UK base at the University of Suffolk, and we have a partnership with STATsports for the benefit of our staff and students.  

Gavin enjoys research collaboration with colleagues in North America and Italy. 

Gavin is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.