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Dr Tom Macpherson


Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

I am currently a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Northumbria University. Prior to this I have extensive experience in higher education, including completing a full time PhD studentship at Teesside University. I previously worked as a Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and as a Senior Sport and Exercise Technician at Teesside University for a combined nine years. I have extensive and valuable experiences in the sports science industry within both academic and applied settings.

Tom Macpherson

My main areas of interest are facilitating the training process in team sports, such as football and rugby. Specifically, I am interested in the application of practical high intensity intermittent training interventions that can be used to improve physiology and performance metrics in a time-efficient methods. I am also interested in the prescription and subsequent monitoring of team sport training in practice, focusing on the agreement between coaches and athletes data for both internal and external training load measures.

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  • Quantifying exposure and intra-individual reliability of high-speed and sprint running during sided-games training in soccer players: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Iacono, A., McLaren, S., Macpherson, T., Beato, M., Weston, M., Unnithan, V., Shushan, T. 1 Feb 2023, In: Sports Medicine
  • Using differential ratings of perceived exertion to assess agreement between coach and player perceptions of soccer training intensity: An exploratory investigation, Macpherson, T., McLaren, S., Gregson, W., Lolli, L., Drust, B., Weston, M. 17 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Sports Sciences
  • The Relationships Between Internal and External Measures of Training Load and Intensity in Team Sports: A Meta-Analysis, McLaren, S., Macpherson, T., Coutts, A., Hurst, C., Spears, I., Weston, M. Mar 2018, In: Sports Medicine
  • The effect of low-volume sprint interval training on the development and subsequent maintenance of aerobic fitness in soccer players, Macpherson, T., Weston, M. 2015, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Systematic reductions in differential ratings of perceived exertion across a 2-week repeated-sprint-training intervention that improved soccer players’ high-speed-running abilities, McLaren, S., Taylor, J., Macpherson, T., Spears, I., Weston, M. 1 Nov 2020, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance

  • Sports Science PhD December 11 2020
  • Sports Science MSc October 02 2013
  • Sports Science BSc (Hons) July 01 2009
  • HEA Associate Fellowship AFHEA 2016

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