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Biography

Alison is originally a graduate of Biological Sciences (Physiology), and made the transition into exercise physiology after completing her M.Sc. in Human and Applied Physiology at Kings College London. This was followed by a Ph.D. in the Department of Thoracic Medicine at Kings College Hospital in London.

In 1994, Alison took up a position as the founding Director of the Sports Medicine & Human Performance Unit at the University of Birmingham (1994-1998). During this period she also established a successful spinout company that brought the POWERbreathe® inspiratory muscle trainer (POWERbreathe®) to market.

Alison joined Brunel University London in September 2000 as Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology. In November 2004, she was awarded a personal Chair in Human and Applied Physiology. Alison’s main role was in developing the Department of Sport Sciences’ research culture. During her time at Brunel, the Department progressed from non-submission to RAE2001, to a ranking of 5th nationally on research intensity in REF14...

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Research

Alison is best known for her research on inspiratory muscle training (IMT) and fatigue, which has particular relevance to patients with respiratory and cardiovascular disease (heart failure). The prescription of IMT is now supported by meta-analyses in these groups, as well as in healthy young people, in which IMT is an ergogenic aid. Most recently, collaborations with clinicians have resulted in research evaluating novel applications of IMT, such as treating low back pain, reducing fall risk, the prevention and reversal of ventilator-induced myopathy and post-operative pulmonary complications.

The principal focus of Alison’s current research is in the area of cardiorespiratory interactions in the treatment of hypertension; in particular, understanding the potential antihypertensive effect of slow and deep breathing.

Current projects include:

o Cardiovascular and respiratory interactions in health and disease

o Respiratory muscle diagnostics and therapeutics

o Respiratory muscle contribution to balance, falling

o Respiratory training in equines

Below are a number of current external collaborations:

Collaboration with Bristol Veterinary School to explore the effects of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) upon upper airway function and exercise performance in equine athletes.

Collaboration to explore the role of respiratory muscle in balance and postural control in patients with low back pain, COPD and healthy individuals. The project is led by KU Leuven, Belgium and has resulted in a number of publications to date.

Collaboration with a trial of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) on balance and postural control in patients with COPD. My collaborators are based at KU Leuven, Belgium.

Collaboration with an international multi-centre trial of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) in patients with COPD. The project is examining whether adding IMT to pulmonary rehabilitation produced additional benefits. The project is led by KU Leuven, Belgium and has resulted in a number of publications to date.

Favourites

  • Langer, D., Charususin, N., Jacome, C., Hoffman, M., McConnell, A., Decramer, M. and Gosselink, R., 2015. Efficacy of a Novel Method for Inspiratory Muscle Training in People With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. PHYSICAL THERAPY, 95 (9), 1264-1273.
  • Hall, J., Mansfield, L., Kay, T. and McConnell, A.K., 2015. The effect of a sit-stand workstation intervention on daily sitting, standing and physical activity: protocol for a 12 month workplace randomised control trial. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 15.
  • Janssens, L., McConnell, A.K., Pijnenburg, M., Claeys, K., Goossens, N., Lysens, R., Troosters, T. and Brumagne, S., 2015. Inspiratory Muscle Training Affects Proprioceptive Use and Low Back Pain. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 47 (1), 12-19.
  • Janssens, L., Brumagne, S., McConnell, A.K., Claeys, K., Pijnenburg, M., Goossens, N., Burtin, C., Janssens, W., Decramer, M. and Troosters, T., 2014. Impaired Postural Control Reduces Sit-to-Stand-to-Sit Performance in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. PLOS ONE, 9 (2).

Journal Articles

  • Tong, T.K., McConnell, A.K., Lin, H., Nie, J., Zhang, H. and Wang, J., 2016. "FUNCTIONAL" INSPIRATORY AND CORE MUSCLE TRAINING ENHANCES RUNNING PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY. JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 30 (10), 2942-2951.
  • Charususin, N., Gosselink, R., McConnell, A., Demeyer, H., Topalovic, M., Decramer, M. and Langer, D., 2016. Inspiratory muscle training improves breathing pattern during exercise in COPD patients. EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL, 47 (4), 1261-1264.
  • Langer, D., Charususin, N., Jacome, C., Hoffman, M., McConnell, A., Decramer, M. and Gosselink, R., 2015. Efficacy of a Novel Method for Inspiratory Muscle Training in People With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. PHYSICAL THERAPY, 95 (9), 1264-1273.
  • Hall, J., Mansfield, L., Kay, T. and McConnell, A.K., 2015. The effect of a sit-stand workstation intervention on daily sitting, standing and physical activity: protocol for a 12 month workplace randomised control trial. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 15.
  • Janssens, L., McConnell, A.K., Pijnenburg, M., Claeys, K., Goossens, N., Lysens, R., Troosters, T. and Brumagne, S., 2015. Inspiratory Muscle Training Affects Proprioceptive Use and Low Back Pain. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 47 (1), 12-19.
  • McConnell, A.K. and Gosselink, R., 2014. British Thoracic Society guideline on pulmonary rehabilitation in adults: does objectivity have a sliding scale? THORAX, 69 (4), 387-U93.
  • Janssens, L., Brumagne, S., McConnell, A.K., Claeys, K., Pijnenburg, M., Goossens, N., Burtin, C., Janssens, W., Decramer, M. and Troosters, T., 2014. Impaired Postural Control Reduces Sit-to-Stand-to-Sit Performance in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. PLOS ONE, 9 (2).
  • Janssens, L., Brumagne, S., McConnell, A.K., Hermans, G., Troosters, T. and Gayan-Ramirez, G., 2013. Greater diaphragm fatigability in individuals with recurrent low back pain. RESPIRATORY PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY, 188 (2), 119-123.
  • Janssens, L., Pijnenburg, M., Claeys, K., Mcconnell, A.K., Troosters, T. and Brumagne, S., 2013. Postural Strategy and Back Muscle Oxygenation during Inspiratory Muscle Loading. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 45 (7), 1355-1362.
  • Langer, D., Jacome, C., Charususin, N., Scheers, H., McConnell, A., Decramer, M. and Gosselink, R., 2013. Measurement validity of an electronic inspiratory loading device during a loaded breathing task in patients with COPD. RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, 107 (4), 633-635.
  • Brown, P. and McConnell, A., 2013. Untitled. JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 27 (3), E1.
  • Janssens, L., Brumagne, S., McConnell, A.K., Raymaekers, J., Goossens, N., Gayan-Ramirez, G., Hermans, G. and Troosters, T., 2013. The assessment of inspiratory muscle fatigue in healthy individuals: A systematic review. RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, 107 (3), 331-346.
  • Janssens, L., Brumagne, S., McConnell, A.K., Claeys, K., Pijnenburg, M., Burtin, C., Janssens, W., Decramer, M. and Troosters, T., 2013. Proprioceptive Changes Impair Balance Control in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. PLOS ONE, 8 (3).
  • Brown, P. and McConnell, A., 2013. To the editor: a systematic review of the effects of physical training on load carriage performance. Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association, 27 (3).
  • Charususin, N., McConnell, A. et al., 2013. Inspiratory muscle training protocol for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (IMTCO study): a multicentre randomised controlled trial. BMJ OPEN, 3 (8).
  • Griffiths, L.A. and McConnell, A.K., 2012. The influence of rowing-related postures upon respiratory muscle pressure and flow generating capacity. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 112 (12), 4143-4150.
  • McConnell, A.K., 2012. Rebuttal from Alison K. McConnell. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 590 (15), 3401.
  • McConnell, A.K., 2012. CrossTalk opposing view: Respiratory muscle training does improve exercise tolerance. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 590 (15), 3397-3398.
  • Brown, P.I. and McConnell, A.K., 2012. Respiratory-Related Limitations in Physically Demanding Occupations. AVIATION SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE, 83 (4), 424-430.
  • Tong, T.K., Lin, H., McConnell, A., Eston, R., Zheng, J. and Nie, J., 2012. Respiratory and locomotor muscle blood-volume and oxygenation kinetics during intense intermittent exercise. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE, 12 (4), 321-330.
  • Turner, L.A., Mickleborough, T.D., Mcconnell, A.K., Stager, J.M., Tecklenburg-Lund, S. and Lindley, M.R., 2011. Effect of Inspiratory Muscle Training on Exercise Tolerance in Asthmatic Individuals. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 43 (11), 2031-2038.
  • Dickinson, J., McConnell, A. and Whyte, G., 2011. Diagnosis of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction: eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea challenges identify previously undiagnosed elite athletes with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 45 (14), 1126-1131.
  • Kulkarni, S.R., Fletcher, E., McConnell, A.K., Poskitt, K.R. and Whyman, M.R., 2010. Pre-operative inspiratory muscle training preserves postoperative inspiratory muscle strength following major abdominal surgery - a randomised pilot study. ANNALS OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF ENGLAND, 92 (8), 700-705.
  • McConnell, A.K. and Griffiths, L.A., 2010. Acute Cardiorespiratory Responses to Inspiratory Pressure Threshold Loading. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 42 (9), 1696-1703.
  • Janssens, L., Brumagne, S., Polspoel, K., Troosters, T. and McConnell, A., 2010. The Effect of Inspiratory Muscles Fatigue on Postural Control in People With and Without Recurrent Low Back Pain. SPINE, 35 (10), 1088-1094.
  • Kilding, A.E., Brown, S. and McConnell, A.K., 2010. Inspiratory muscle training improves 100 and 200 m swimming performance. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 108 (3), 505-511.
  • Jakovljevic, D.G. and McConnell, A.K., 2009. INFLUENCE OF DIFFERENT BREATHING FREQUENCIES ON THE SEVERITY OF INSPIRATORY MUSCLE FATIGUE INDUCED BY HIGH-INTENSITY FRONT CRAWL SWIMMING. JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 23 (4), 1169-1174.
  • How, S.C., Romer, L.M. and McConnell, A.K., 2009. Acute effects of inspiratory pressure threshold loading upon airway resistance in people with asthma. RESPIRATORY PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY, 166 (3), 159-163.
  • Lomax, M. and McConnell, A.K., 2009. Influence of Prior Activity (Warm-Up) and Inspiratory Muscle Training upon Between- and Within-Day Reliability of Maximal Inspiratory Pressure Measurement. RESPIRATION, 78 (2), 197-202.
  • Turner, L.A., Mickleborough, T.D., Tecklenburg, S., Stager, J.M., Lindley, M.R. and McConnell, A.K., 2008. Inspiratory Muscle Training Improves Pulmonary Function And Reduces Expiratory Flow Limitation In Asthmatic Individuals. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 40 (5), S305.
  • Mickleborough, T.D., Turner, L.A., Tecklenburg, S., Stager, J.M., Lindley, M.R. and McConnell, A.K., 2008. Inspiratory Muscle Training Improves Exercise Tolerance and Attenuates Inspiratory Muscle Fatigue and the Perception of Dyspnea in Asthmatic Individuals. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 40 (5), S305.
  • Ross, E., Middleton, N., Shave, R., George, K. and McConnell, A., 2008. Changes in respiratory muscle and lung function following marathon running in man. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 26 (12), 1295-1301.
  • Dickinson, J., Whyte, G. and McConnell, A., 2007. Inspiratory muscle training: a simple cost-effective treatment for inspiratory stridor. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 41 (10), 694-695.
  • How, S.C., McConnell, A.K., Taylor, B.J. and Romer, L.M., 2007. Acute and chronic responses of the upper airway to inspiratory loading in healthy awake humans: An MRI study. RESPIRATORY PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY, 157 (2-3), 270-280.
  • Magadle, R., McConnell, A.K., Beckerman, M. and Weiner, P., 2007. Inspiratory muscle training in pulmonary rehabilitation program in COPD patients. Respiratory Medicine, 101 (7), 1500-1505.
  • Ross, E.Z., Nowicky, A.V. and McConnell, A.K., 2007. Influence of acute inspiratory loading upon diaphragm motor-evoked potentials in healthy humans. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 102 (5), 1883-1890.
  • Hawkes, E.Z., Nowicky, A.V. and McConnell, A.K., 2007. Diaphragm and intercostal surface EMG and muscle performance after acute inspiratory muscle loading. RESPIRATORY PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY, 155 (3), 213-219.
  • Griffiths, L.A. and McConnell, A.K., 2007. The influence of inspiratory and expiratory muscle training upon rowing performance. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 99 (5), 457-466.
  • Ross, E.Z., Middleton, N., Shave, R., George, K. and Nowicky, A., 2007. Corticomotor excitability contributes to neuromuscular fatigue following marathon running in man. Experimental Physiology, 92 (2), 417-426.
  • McConnell, A.K. and Lomax, M., 2006. The influence of inspiratory muscle work history and specific inspiratory muscle training upon human limb muscle fatigue. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 577 (1), 445-457.
  • Hawkes, E.Z., Nowicky, A. and McConnell, A., 2006. Does the Intensity of Prior Inspiratory Effort Affect Subsequent Inspiratory Muscle Function in a Dose-Dependent Manner? MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 38 (5), S38.
  • Griffiths, L.A. and McConnell, A.K., 2006. Differentiating the Influence of Inspiratory and Expiratory Muscle Training upon Rowing Performance in Club-Level Oarsmen. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 38 (5), S384-S385.
  • Dickinson, J.W., Whyte, G., McConnell, A. and Harries, M., 2006. Athletes, Exercise Induced Asthma and Optimal Medication. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 38 (5), S101.
  • Johnson, M.A., Sharpe, G.R. and McConnell, A.K., 2006. Maximal voluntary hyperpnoea increases blood lactate concentration during exercise. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 96 (5), 600-608.
  • Dickinson, J.W., Whyte, G.P., McConnell, A.K. and Harries, M.G., 2006. Screening elite winter athletes for exercise induced asthma: a comparison of three challenge methods. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 40 (2), 179-182.
  • Dickinson, J.W., Whyte, G.P., McConnell, A.K., Nevill, A.M. and Harries, M.G., 2006. Mid-expiratory flow versus FEV1 measurements in the diagnosis of exercise induced asthma in elite athletes. THORAX, 61 (2), 111-114.
  • McConnell, A.K., 2005. In favour of respiratory muscle training. Chronic Respiratory Disease, 2 (4), 219-221.
  • McConnell, A.K., 2005. The role of inspiratory muscle function and training in the genesis of dyspnoea in asthma and COPD. Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 14 (4), 186-194.
  • Dickinson, J.W., Whyte, G.P., McConnell, A.K. and Harries, M.G., 2005. Impact of changes in the IOC-MC asthma criteria: a British perspective. THORAX, 60 (8), 629-632.
  • McConnell, A.K. and Sharpe, G.R., 2005. The effect of inspiratory muscle training upon maximum lactate steady-state and blood lactate concentration. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 94 (3), 277-284.
  • Hawkes, E.Z., Nowicky, A. and McConnell, A., 2005. Inspiratory Mouth Pressures And Motor Evoked Potentials Following Non-fatiguing Inspiratory Loading. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 37, S333.
  • Dickinson, J.W., Whyte, G., McConnell, A. and Harries, M., 2005. Impact Of The International Olympic Committee - Medical Commision Change In Asthma Diagnosis - A British Perspective. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 37, S229.
  • Weiner, P. and McConnell, A., 2005. Respiratory muscle training in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: inspiratory, expiratory, or both? CURRENT OPINION IN PULMONARY MEDICINE, 11 (2), 140-144.
  • McConnell, A.K., Weiner, P. and Romer, L.M., 2004. Inspiratory muscle training as a tool for the management of patients with COPD. EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL, 24 (3), 510-511.
  • McConnell, A.K., Weiner, P., Romer, L.M., Hart, N., Moxham, J. and Polkey, M.I., 2004. Inspiratory muscle training as a tool for the management of patients with COPD (multiple letters) [1]. European Respiratory Journal, 24 (3), 510-511.
  • McConnell, A.K. and Romer, L.M., 2004. Respiratory muscle training in healthy humans: Resolving the controversy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 25 (4), 284-293.
  • Romer, L.M., Bridge, M.W., McConnell, A.K. and Jones, D.A., 2004. Influence of environmental temperature on exercise-induced inspiratory muscle fatigue. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 91 (5-6), 656-663.
  • Romer, L.M. and McConnell, A.K., 2004. Inter-test reliability for non-invasive measures of respiratory muscle function in healthy humans. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 91 (2-3), 167-176.
  • McConnell, A.K. and Romer, L.M., 2004. Dyspnoea in health and obstructive pulmonary disease - The role of respiratory muscle function and training. SPORTS MEDICINE, 34 (2), 117-132.
  • Lomax, M.E. and McConnell, A.K., 2003. Inspiratory muscle fatigue in swimmers after a single 200 m swim. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 21 (8), 659-664.
  • Romer, L.M. and McConnell, A.K., 2003. Specificity and reversibility of inspiratory muscle training. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 35 (2), 237-244.
  • Romer, L.M., McConnell, A.K. and Jones, D.A., 2002. Effects of inspiratory muscle training upon recovery time during high intensity, repetitive sprint activity. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 23 (5), 353-360.
  • Romer, L.M., McConnell, A.K. and Jones, D.A., 2002. Effects of inspiratory muscle training on time-trial performance in trained cyclists. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 20 (7), 547-562.
  • Romer, L.M., McConnell, A.K. and Jones, D.A., 2002. Effects of inspiratory muscle training on time-trial performance in trained cyclists. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 20 (7), 547-562.
  • Romer, L.M., McConnell, A.K. and Jones, D.A., 2002. Inspiratory muscle fatigue in trained cyclists: effects of inspiratory muscle training. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 34 (5), 785-792.
  • Mcconnell, A.K., Romer, L.M., Volianitis, S. and Donovan, K.J., 2002. Re: Evaluation of an inspiratory muscle trainer in healthy humans (Respir Med 2001; 95: 526-531) (multiple letters) [3]. Respiratory Medicine, 96 (2), 129-133.
  • McConnell, A.K., Romer, L.M., Volianitis, S. and Donovan, K.J., 2002. Re: Evaluation of an inspiratory muscle trainer in healthy humans (Respir Med 2001; 95: 526-531). RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, 96 (2), 129-132.
  • Volianitis, S., McConnell, A.K., Koutedakis, Y. and Jones, D.A., 2001. Specific respiratory warm-up improves rowing performance and exertional dyspnea. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 33 (7), 1189-1193.
  • Volianitis, S., McConnell, A.K., Koutedakis, Y., Mcnaughton, L., Backx, K. and Jones, D.A., 2001. Inspiratory muscle training improves rowing performance. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 33 (5), 803-809.
  • Volianitis, S., McConnell, A.K. and Jones, D.A., 2001. Assessment of maximum inspiratory pressure - Prior submaximal respiratory muscle activity ('warm-up') enhances maximum inspiratory activity and attenuates the learning effect of repeated measurement. RESPIRATION, 68 (1), 22-27.
  • McConnell, A., 2000. Extending the limits of human performance. BMC News and Views, 1 (1).
  • Volianitis, S., McConnell, A.K., Koutedakis, Y., McNaughton, L., Backx, K. and Jones, D.A., 2000. Inspiratory muscle training improves rowing performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 18 (7), 551.
  • Volianitis, S., McConnell, A.K., Koutedakis, Y., McNaughton, L., Backx, K. and Jones, D.A., 2000. Effects of inspiratory muscle training on dyspnoea during rowing. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 523, 220P-221P.
  • Romer, L.M. and McConnell, A.K., 2000. Spontaneous changes in respiratory muscle function during ascent to high altitude. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 523, 216P-217P.
  • Volianitis, S., McConnell, A.K., Koutedakis, Y., McNaughton, L., Backx, K. and Jones, D.A., 2000. Respiratory muscle fatigue following a 6 min all-out rowing effort. Journal of Sports Sciences, 18 (1), 45.
  • Donovan, K.J. and McConnell, A.K., 1999. Fire-fighters' Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA): The effects of SCBA mass upon exercise duration during treadmill walks in the laboratory. Fire Engineers Journal, 59 (203), 28-33.
  • Volianitis, S., McConnell, A.K., Koutedakis, Y. and Jones, D.A., 1999. The influence of prior activity upon inspiratory muscle strength in rowers and non-rowers. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 20 (8), 542-547.
  • Donovan, K.J. and McConnell, A.K., 1999. Do fire-fighters develop specific ventilatory responses in order to cope with exercise whilst wearing self-contained breathing apparatus? EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY AND OCCUPATIONAL PHYSIOLOGY, 80 (2), 107-112.
  • Newall, C., Hall, G., McConnell, A.K. and Stockley, R.A., 1999. The relationship of exercise perfomance to quality of life and lung function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, 159 (3), A765.
  • McConnell, A.K. and Copestake, A.J., 1999. Maximum static respiratory pressures in healthy elderly men and women: Issues of reproducibility and interpretation. RESPIRATION, 66 (3), 251-258.
  • Nevill, A.M., Holder, R.L. and McConnell, A.K., 1998. Lung function in human beings: its relationship to maximal oxygen uptake and lifestyle. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 506P, 115P.
  • McConnell, A.K., Caine, M.P. and Sharpe, G.R., 1997. Inspiratory muscle fatigue following running to volitional fatigue: The influence of baseline strength. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 18 (3), 169-173.
  • Caine, M.P., McConnell, A.K. and Taylor, D., 1996. Assessment of spinal curvature: An evaluation of the flexicurve and associated means of analysis. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION RESEARCH, 19 (3), 271-278.
  • Sharpe, G.R., Hamer, H., Caine, M.P. and McConnell, A.K., 1996. Respiratory muscle fatigue during and following a sprint triathlon in humans. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 495P, P139.
  • Caine, M.P. and McConnell, A.K., 1996. Oxygen plateau interval at VO2,max: An index of anaerobic tolerance in humans? JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 495P, P139-P140.
  • McConnell, A.K. and Semple, E.S.G., 1996. Ventilatory sensitivity to carbon dioxide: The influence of exercise and athleticism. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 28 (6), 685-691.
  • Sharpe, G.R., McConnell, A.K. and Caine, M.P., 1996. Does the baseline strength of human inspiratory muscles influence their fatigueability? JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 491P, P69.
  • Caine, M.P. and McConnell, A.K., 1996. Does senescent kyphosis influence lung function in humans? JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 491P, P68-P69.
  • McConnell, A.K. and Gardner, W.N., 1996. The ventilatory response to moderate hypocapnic exercise in human beings. RESPIRATION PHYSIOLOGY, 103 (2), 147-156.
  • St Croix, C.M., Cunningham, D.A., Kowalchuk, J.M., McConnell, A.K., Kirby, A.S., Scheuermann, B.W., Petrella, R.J. and Paterson, D.H., 1995. Estimation of arterial PCO2in the elderly. Journal of Applied Physiology, 79 (6), 2086-2093.
  • CAINE, M.P. and MCCONNELL, A.K., 1995. THE REPRODUCIBILITY OF CYCLING TO VOLITIONAL FATIGUE IN NON-CYCLISTS. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 489P, P36.
  • MCCONNELL, A.K., SEMPLE, E.S.G. and DAVIES, C.T.M., 1993. VENTILATORY RESPONSES TO EXERCISE AND CARBON-DIOXIDE IN ELDERLY AND YOUNGER HUMANS. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY AND OCCUPATIONAL PHYSIOLOGY, 66 (4), 332-337.
  • MCCONNELL, A.K. and DAVIES, C.T.M., 1992. A COMPARISON OF THE VENTILATORY RESPONSES TO EXERCISE OF ELDERLY AND YOUNGER HUMANS. JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY, 47 (4), B137-B141.
  • WHITE, M.J. and MCCONNELL, A.K., 1992. SHORT-TERM VOLUNTARY HYPERVENTILATION AND ISCHEMIC HUMAN MUSCLE FATIGUE. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 452, P279.
  • MCCONNELL, A.K., 1989. VENTILATORY RESPONSES TO EXERCISE IN YOUNG AND ELDERLY HUMANS. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 417, P139.
  • MCCONNELL, A.K. and SEMPLE, E.S.G., 1989. DAY TO DAY VARIABILITY OF HUMAN VENTILATORY SENSITIVITY TO CO2. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 417, P122.
  • MCCONNELL, A.K. and SEMPLE, E.S.G., 1989. VENTILATORY SENSITIVITY TO CO2 AT REST AND DURING EXERCISE IN ENDURANCE-TRAINED AND NON-ENDURANCE-TRAINED HUMANS. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 412, P39.

Books

Chapters

Conferences

  • Ferraro, F., Gavin, J., Wainwright, T. and McConnell, A., 2018. The effects of 8 weeks of inspiratory muscle training on the balance of healthy older people: a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. In: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference 2018 13-14 April 2018 Northumbria University.
  • Vargas, P., Gonzalez-Alonso, J. and McConnell, A., 2017. Evaluation of the independent influences of breathing frequency and tidal volume upon respiratory sinus arrhythmia, blood pressure and baroreflex sensitivity in healthy men. In: International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology 9-11 October 2015 Seville, Spain. 384.
  • Charususin, N., Langer, D., Jacome, C., Hoffman, M., Van Remoortel, H., McConnell, A., Decramer, M. and Gosselink, R., 2013. Comparison of high intensity inspiratory muscle training by using two different training devices in COPD patients.
  • Langer, D., Jacome, C., Hoffman, M., Van Remoortel, H., McConnell, A., Decramer, M. and Gosselink, R., 2013. Comparison Of Two High Intensity Inspiratory Muscle Training Programs In Patients With COPD: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
  • Langer, D., Jacome, C., McConnell, A., Decramer, M. and Gosselink, R., 2013. Measurement Validity Of An Electronic Inspiratory Loading Device During A Loaded Breathing Task In Patients With COPD.
  • McConnell, A.K., 2009. RESPIRATORY MUSCLE TRAINING AS AN ERGOGENIC AID. S18-S27.
  • Dickinson, J., Whyte, G., McConnell, A. and Harries, M., 2004. EVH: A useful challenge for diagnosing EIA in olympic athletes. 51.
  • Donovan, K. and McConnell, A., 1998. The effects of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus on gas exchange and heart rate during fire-fighter simulations. 535-539.
  • Copestake, A.J. and McConnell, A.K., 1993. Maximum static respiratory pressures in healthy elderly human beings.
  • Semple, E.S.G. and McConnell, A.K., 1992. Plasticity of human ventilatory sensitivity to C02: The influence of athletic training.

Others

  • Turner, L.A., Mickleborough, T.D., McConnell, A.K., Stager, J.M., Tecklenburg-Lund, S. and Lindley, M.R., 2011. Effect of inspiratory muscle training on exercise tolerance in asthmatic individuals.

PhD Students

  • Malika Felton. Acute and chronic effects of slow, paced breathing upon women who have pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Francesco Ferraro, 2019. Role of respiratory muscle training in balance and postural control in healthy elderly people

Profile of Teaching UG

  • BSc Nutrition
  • BSc Clinical Exercise Science

Invited Lectures

  • 47th German Sports Medicine Congress, Frankfurt, 30 Sep 2016 more
  • AFC Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium, 21 Oct 2015 more
  • Southampton University Postdoctoral Association, 09 Dec 2015 more
  • Elevate UK Conference, 04 May 2016 more

Grants

  • Development and validation of a mobile device App to reduce blood pressure (HEIF 5+1, 01 Aug 2016). Completed
  • Development and validation of a mobile device App to reduce blood pressure (HEIF 5+1+1, 01 Aug 2016). In Progress
  • Development of a novel technique for assessing and training the equine respiratory system (Horserace Betting Levy Board, 01 May 2014). Completed
  • Acute cardiovascular responses to changes in breathing pattern (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, 01 Jan 2013). Completed

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member, Bournemouth Gateway Building Project Board
  • Head of Research & Professional Practice, Department of Human Sciences & Public Health, Executive Team

Conference Presentations

  • Young Life Scientists Symposium (YLS), The influence of inspiratory muscle training on balance and functional mobility in healthy older adults, 25 Nov 2017, Derby

Attended Training

  • Leadership Foundation: Transition to Leadership 3, 19 Oct 2015, N/A

Qualifications

  • PhD in Respiratory Physiology (University of London, 1989)
  • MSc in Human & Applied Physiology (University of London, 1984)
  • BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (Physiology) (University of Birmingham, 1983)

Honours

  • British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (Fellowship, 2010)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (Fellowship, 2006)
  • Chartered Scientist (Science Council, 2014)
  • Listed in Who's Who (Who's Who, 2015)
  • Top 100 Practising UK Scientist (Science Council, 2014)

Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine, Fellow,
  • British Association of Sports & Exercise Sciences, Fellow,
  • European Respiratory Society, Member,
  • Physiological Society, Member,
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