Department for Health

Dr Tom Nightingale

Research Associate in the Centre for DisAbility Sport and Health

Research AssociateBSc (Hons), PhD

1 West 5.111
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4809

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Professional associations
  • The Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • European College of Sports Science


Dr Nightingale completed both his undergraduate degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Science and PhD within the Department for Health at the University of Bath, starting his current role as a Research Associate in November 2015. He is currently on secondment with Pro Bono Bio Group, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) proximity to discovery scheme. This role involves designing and implementing a double-blind randomised controlled trial to assess the efficacy of FLEXISEQ® for the treatment of knee pain in military personnel undergoing rehabilitation.

He was previously involved in the Centre for DisAbility Sport and Health (DASH) and completed his thesis entitled ‘Measurement of physical activity and its role in the maintenance of health in wheelchair users’ under the supervision of Dr James Bilzon and Professor Dylan Thompson in 2015. Through this research training he has gained expertise in using wearable technologies to measure physical activity in specific population groups. Dr Nightingale has conducted laboratory based validation studies to improve the accuracy of predicting physical activity energy expenditure in wheelchair users. He has recently completed a study assessing the impact of home-based moderate-intensity exercise on markers of metabolic and cardiovascular health in individuals with chronic paraplegia.

Dr Nightingale has previously been employed as an Assistant Scientific Officer at the Headquarters Army Recruiting and Training Division (ARTD) and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the Sport, Health and Exercise Science undergraduate degree, during which he taught on Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology Units.

Research interests

  • Measurement of Physical Activity
  • Disability, Exercise and Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Human Physiology
  • Chronic Disease Risk in Disabled Populations

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