Skip to content

About Tom Mullen

Tom is currently working towards the completion of his PhD within Exercise Physiology. His thesis looks to explore the efficacy of simulating rugby match performance and quantify the mental and physical demand of rugby competition. Whilst completing his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, Tom has gained experience during several internships, where he has provided sport science support to various elite and amateur team sports (including rugby league, football and hockey teams).

Tom has previously worked as a sport science consultant and GPS analyst for England Rugby League Youth (U16) and Academy (U18) squads.

Teaching

Tom teaches on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Exercise Physiology (Level 4)
  • Research Methods and Study Skills in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 4)
  • Dissertation (Level 6)

Research

Research interests

  • Pacing
  • Mental fatigue
  • Sports nutrition
  • Match demands

Published Work

Mullen, T., Highton, J., & Twist, C. (2016). The physiological and perceptual responses to a contact and non-contact simulation of rugby league match play. International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance; 10 (6): 746-753.

Highton, J., Mullen, T., & Twist, C. (2017). Influence of knowledge of task endpoint on pacing and performance during simulated rugby league match play. International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance, 12(9), 1192-1198.

Highton, J., Mullen, T., Norris, J., Oxendale, C., & Twist, C. (2017). The unsuitability of energy expenditure derived from microtechnology for assessing internal load in collision-based activities. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12(2), 264-267.

Gibson, N. V., McCunn, R., MacNay, S. A., Mullen, T., & Twist, C. (2018). Playing exposure does not affect movement characteristics or physiological responses of elite youth footballers during an intensified period of competition. Science and Medicine in Football, (in press).

 

Communications:

Twist, C., Mullen, T., Waldron, M., & Highton, J. (2014).The influence of physical contact on the external and internal demands during simulated rugby league match. Paper presented at the ECSS Annual Congress, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Mullen, T., Highton, J., & Twist, C. (2015). The influence of physical contact on the movement and physiological responses to forward-specific rugby league match play. Paper presented at the Rugby Science Network (RSN) Conference, Bath, UK.

Mullen, T., Twist, C., & Highton, J. (2015). Knowledge of the exercise end point alters pacing during simulated rugby league match-play. Journal of Sport Sciences, 33(1): 19. Paper presented at the BASES conference, UK.

Mullen, T., Twist, C., & Highton, J. (2017). The influence of stochastic movement patterns on external and internal load measures during simulated rugby league match play. Paper presented at the Rugby Science Network (RSN) conference, Bath, UK.

Mullen, T., Twist, C., & Highton, J. (2017). The influence of stochastic movement patterns on external and internal load measures during simulated rugby league match play. Paper presented at the BASES conference, Nottingham, UK.

Qualifications

BSc (Sport and Exercise Science), MSc (Sport and Exercise Science; Exercise Physiology)