Research at Leeds Beckett
About Hayden Allen
Hayden completed his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science (BSc) and Masters degree in Human Biology (MRes) at Loughborough University. He is now studying for his PhD in respiratory physiology and athletic performance alongside contributing to physiology teaching.
Hayden tailored his undergraduate degree towards his interests in exercise physiology and biochemistry. In his final year of undergraduate study, Hayden began working on a novel method to determine constituents of the exhaled breath during exercise, with particular interest to the impact the consumption of the omega-3 fatty acids had the exhaled breath profile. Data collection for his undergraduate project demonstrated this novel method needed further development. Hayden then received a scholarship to conduct a masters of research degree at Loughborough to continue research in the area.
Hayden is now continuing is research journey investigating the impact of exercise-induced asthma on athletic performance through his PhD studies. Initially he'll work to compare diagnostic methods for exercise induced asthma. From his early work, he hopes to obtain a study population of athletes with exercise-induced asthma with which to conduct in depth performance testing.
- Introduction to research and study skills
- Scientific foundations of human movement and physical activity
- Foundations of physiology for sport and exercise
Currently Hayden is conducting studies investigating the agreement between two diagnostic tests for exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). Recent research suggests there may be the need to revise the diagnostic thresholds associated with some methods to diagnose EIB. This research will aim to inform future diagnostic guidelines to improve the diagnosis of EIB, and in turn the respiratory health of individuals.
Future research intends to assess the impact that EIB has on exercise performance. Much of the previous research in the area has been limited by the methods employed, leading to no real consensus in the area. Understanding the impact of EIB on performance will have implications for respiratory health, treatment, and doping in athletes.