Dr Tom Love
Senior Lecturer
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 606243
Room: Academic Office - A106
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Research interests:

Performance Nutrition
Nutritional strategies for endurance & team sports
Post-exercise recovery
Fluid & electrolyte balance in athletes

Current research projects:

The effect of carbohydrate on post-exercise rehydration and recovery
The effect of caffeine on post-exercise rehydration and recovery
The effect of pre-exercise meal composition on basketball performance
Recovery interventions in team sports

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Nutrition

Publications

  1. McIntosh, N., Love, T., Haszard, J., Osborne, H., Black, K., Love, T. β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate (HMB) Supplementation Effects on Body Mass and Performance in Elite Male Rugby Union Players Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32 1 19 26
  2. Love, T., Baker, D., Healey, P., Black, K., Love, T. Measured and perceived indices of fluid balance in professional athletes. The use and impact of hydration assessment strategies European Journal of Sport Science 1 8
  3. Taylor, T., West, D., Howatson, G., Jones, C., Bracken, R., Love, T., Cook, C., Swift, E., Baker, J., Kilduff, L., Love, T. The impact of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on recovery after intensive, muscle damaging, maximal speed training in professional team sports players Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 18 3 328 332
  4. Russell, M., Sparkes, W., Northeast, J., Cook, C., Love, T., Bracken, R., Kilduff, L., Kilduff, L., Bracken, R., Love, T. Changes in acceleration and deceleration capacity throughout professional soccer match-play Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 1
  5. Gentle, H., Love, T., Howe, A., Black, K., Love, T. A randomised trial of pre-exercise meal composition on performance and muscle damage in well-trained basketball players Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 11 1 33

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Teaching

  • SR-259 Human Nutrition

    The module will introduce and discuss the basic concepts underlying the study of human nutrition.

  • SR-333 Sport, Diet and Disease

    The module will explore the major nutrients of concern in maintaining health and performance in athletes, and the nutrition and related issues surrounding selected diseases.

Supervision

  • Protecting the Health and Wellbeing of Children in sport: The role of Parents (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight
  • Concurrent Training in Professional Soccer Players (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Physical demands of training and competition in international netball players (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Developing, delivering, and evaluating a support programme for parents of young footballers. (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight
  • The Musculoskeletal Demands of Rugby Union Kicking (awarded 2019)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Neil Bezodis
  • Influence of oral sodium supplementation on endurance performance, thermoregulation and cardiovascular function (awarded 2019)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Predictors of Linear and Multidirectional Acceleration in Elite Soccer Players (awarded 2018)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • The Ball in Play Demands of International Rugby Union (awarded 2018)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Pre-competition and recovery strategies in elite sport: the use of vacular occlusion and ischemia. (awarded 2018)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • 'Influence of carbohydrate ingestion on fatigue and injury risk in female football players' (awarded 2018)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Laura Mason

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
0 Present PhD in the area of fluid and electrolyte balance in athletes Loughborough University
0 Present MSc Sports Nutrition Loughborough University
0 Present BSc Sport & Exercise Science Birmingham University

Key Grants and Projects

  • Recovery strategies in rugby. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2012

    , with Kilduff L , £22,000

  • Nutritional strategies in basketball. Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Performance Based Research Fund 2012

    , with Black K.E, $3,891 (NZ dollars)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Sports Science Career Guidance Coordinator

    0 - Present

  • Sports Science Outreach Coordinator

    0 - Present

  • Sports Science Website Coordinator

    0 - Present