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Dr Gavin Devereux

Director of Sport Sciences and Coaching

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Dr Gavin Devereux

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Dr Gavin Devereux is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology, and is the Director of Sport Sciences and Coaching. Gavin is an exercise physiologist, with a research background in understanding how blood pressure is regulated during exercise, as well as the development of special exercise therapies for individuals with high blood pressure.

Gavin provides sport science support to Ipswich Town FC Academy, overseeing all University aspects of player testing and assessment. Gavin is engaged in research with the Sport Science and Medicine team at Ipswich Town, and manages the Ipswich Town FC relationship for the University of Suffolk. This includes the five unique sport science and coaching Integrated Masters degrees, and research programmes in elite football.

Gavin joined the University of Suffolk in 2011, and has previously lectured exercise physiology in Canterbury and Dundee. Gavin's PhD investigated the acute responses and chronic adaptations of cardiovascular physiology following an isometric exercise stimulus. Specifically, the work focused on the underlying mechanisms responsible for blood pressure reductions following training interventions.

Gavin has won University-wide lecturing awards over multiple years, and teaches students on all sport science and coaching degrees at the Ipswich campus. Gavin is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As well as the applied football sport science work, Gavin continues to work in the field of exercise, cardiovascular health and blood pressure regulation, and is currently collaborating with researchers in Suffolk, Kent and North Carolina, USA.



Exercise and healthy living technologies (e.g. fitness and exercise apps), Health benefits of exercise and physical activity

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Selected publications

Immediate post isometric exercise cardiovascular responses are associated with training induced resting blood pressure adaptations.
European Journal of Applied Physiology. 115 (2): 327-333.

Devereux GR, Wiles JD, 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.

Gill KF, Arthur ST, Swaine IL, Devereux GR, Huet YM, Wikstrom EA, Cordova ML, Howden R. (2014)

Lactate accumulation following isometric exercise training and its relationship with reduced resting blood pressure.
Journal of Sport Sciences. 30 (11): 1141-1148.

Devereux GR, Coleman DA, Wiles JD, Swaine IL. (2012)

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. (2011)

Reductions in resting blood pressure after 4 weeks of isometric exercise training.
European Journal of Applied Physiology. 109 (4): 601-606.

Devereux GR, Wiles JD, Swaine IL. (2010)