Dr Jim Wiles, BA, MPhil, CertEd, graduated with a 1st class honours in Movement Studies and Education from Canterbury Christ Church University and then completed an MPhil in Exercise Physiology (Kent University) which examined the effects of caffeine on high intensity running performance. His completed PhD focused on the effects of isometric exercise on selected cardiovascular variables with specific reference to blood pressure. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently sits on the Section steering group responsible for ensuring the continued development and success of the suite of Sport and Exercise Science degree pathways. Jim also plays an active role in the delivery of postgraduate provision within both the Section and wider University. Jim is a keen sportsman who actively participates in a wide range of sports and outdoor activities.
Research and knowledge exchange
Jim's main area of research expertise lies in the health related field of isometric exercise and blood pressure, although other areas of interest include: nutritional supplementation, strength & conditioning and cycling performance. He has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences around the world and has an extensive list of publications in peer reviewed journals. Jim is totally committed to the University's philosophy of research informed teaching and was included in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission in Sport related subjects in 2014. In keeping with this philosophy he has made a significant contribution to a number of sucessful PhD completions to date and, in addition to his undergraduate and postgraduate teaching responsibilities, is currently on the supervisory panel for six more doctoral projects taking place within the Section. His strong academic profile and long standing membership of professional bodies, such as the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have led to him becoming a reviewer for at least six international acdemic journal publications and a respected contributor to several non-academic publications including the UK Strength & Conditioning Association Journal. Jim is keen to explore additional ways of ensuring that the sport and exercise related progrmammes he contributes to remain current and as vocationally orientated as possible. This has led to some interesting links over recent years not least with The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) who administer the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). Jim is currently Director of the Clinical Exercise Science group who, along with partners at the University of Kent and East Kent NHS trust, are exploring funding opportunitiers to help establish isometric exercise training (IET) as an alternative antihypertensive therapy.
Teaching and subject expertise
Jim's main teaching expertise lies in the discipline of Sport and Exercise Physiology. Before deciding to teach full-time in Higher Education, Jim worked as a personal trainer and fitness consultant. Since then he has logged over 20 years teaching at both undergraduarte and postgraduate level, wiith more recent responsibility for the following:
Level 4 (year 1)
Orientation to Higher Education
Introduction to the physiology of exercise
Exploring human physiology
Investigating sport and exercise science
Fitness training methods - training for sport
Sport, Exercise and Fitness
Level 5 (year 2)
Physiology of Sport and Exercise
Exercise planning for health and fitness (also taught to Health Science students)
Sport and Exercise Training
Level 6 (year 3)
Physiological issues in sport and exercise
Individual study supervision
Physiological support services in sport
The scientific basis of training prescription
M.Phil. / PhD. supervision
Mentor on PGCLT (HE)
Howland, L.J., Wiles, J.D., Coleman, D.A. and Swaine, I.L. (2013) Effect of acute isometric bilateral leg extension exercise on brachial and common femoral artery flow-mediated dilatation.Presentation at European College of Sport Science, 18th Annual Congress, Barcelona, Spain 27-29 July 2013.
Smith, J., Wiles, J., Swaine, I. and Coleman, D. (2013) Reductions in resting blood pressure after isometric exercise training are not related to shear stress. Presentation at European College of Sport Science, 18th Annual Congress, Barcelona, Spain 27-29 July 2013.
Howland, L., Wiles, J.D., & Coleman, D.A. (2014) Resting blood pressure reductions following isometric leg exercise training are associated with improved flow-mediated vasodilatation.Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine 61st Annual Meeting and 5th World Congress on Exercise in Medicine, Orlando, Florida, United States of America 27 -31 May 2014.
Taylor K.A., Wiles, J.D., Coleman, D.A., Sharma, R. and O’Driscoll, J.M. (2016) Acute Cardiac Autonomic Responses to an Incremental Isometric Exercise Test in Pre-Hypertensive Males. Presentation at European College of Sport Science, 21st Annual Congress, Vienna, Austria 6-9 July 2016.
Taylor, K., Wiles, J.D., Coleman, D., Sharma, R., and O’Driscoll, J.M. (2017). Continuous cardiac autonomic and haemodynamic responses to isometric exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. In Press.
O’Driscoll, J.M., Wright, S.M., Taylor, K.A., Coleman, D.A., & Wiles, J.D. (2017) Cardiac Autonomic Modulation and High Intensity Interval Training in Physically Inactive Men. Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine 64th Annual Meeting and 8th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, Denver, Colorado, United States of America, May 30 –June 3 2017.
Taylor, K.A., Wiles, J.D., Coleman, D.A., Sharma, R., and O’Driscoll, J.M. (2017) Ambulatory Blood Pressure Responses to Home-Based Isometric Exercise Training in Pre-Hypertensive Males. Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine 64th Annual Meeting and 8th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, Denver, Colorado, United States of America, May 30 –June 3 2017.
Wiles, J.D., Taylor, K.A., Coleman, D.A., Sharma, R., and O’Driscoll, J.M. (2017) Blood Pressure Responses to Isometric Exercise: Safety Considerations for Exercise Prescription. Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine 64th Annual Meeting and 8th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, Denver, Colorado, United States of America, May 30 –June 3 2017.
O’Driscoll, J.M., Taylor, K., Wiles, J.D., Coleman, D., and Sharma, R. (2017). Acute cardiac functional and mechanical responses to isometric exercise in pre-hypertensive males, ESC 2017, Barcelona Spain.
Publications and research outputs
Devereux, G., Coleman, D.A., Wiles, J.D. and Swaine, I.L. (2012) Lactate accumulation following isometric exercise training and its relationship with reduced resting blood pressure. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30 (11): 1141-1148. ISSN: 0264-0414
Baross, A.W., Wiles, J.D. and Swaine, I.L. (2012) Effects of the Intensity of Leg Isometric Training on the Vasculature of Trained and Untrained Limbs and Resting Blood Pressure in Middle-aged Men. International Journal of Vascular Medicine, Volume 2012 (2012), article ID 964697, 8 pages, doi:10.1155/2012/964697.
Baross, A.W., Wiles J.D. and Swaine, I.L. (2013) Double-leg isometric exercise training in older men. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume 2013:4, pages 33–40, doi:10.2147/OAJSM.S39375.
Goldring, N., Wiles, J.D., and Coleman, D.A. (2014) The effects of isometric wall squat exercise on heart rate and blood pressure in a normotensive population. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32 (2): 129-136. ISSN: 0264-0414.
Devereux, G.R., Wiles, J.D. and Howden, R. (2014) Immediate post isometric exercise cardiovascular responses are associated with training induced resting blood pressure reductions. European Journal of Applied Physiology. DOI 10.1007/s00421-014-3021-8. ISSN 1439-6319.
Wiles, J.D., Goldring, N. and Coleman, D.A. (2016) Home-based isometric exercise training induced reductions in resting blood pressure. European Journal of Applied Physiology. doi:10.1007/s00421-016-3501-0
Taylor, K., Wiles, J.D., Coleman, D., Sharma, R., & O’Driscoll, J.M. (2017). Continuous cardiac autonomic and haemodynamic responses to isometric exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. In Press.
O’Driscoll, J.M., Taylor K.A., WilesJ.D., Coleman,D.A. and SharmaR. (2017) Acute Cardiac Functional and Mechanical Responses to Isometric Exercise in Pre-Hypertensive Males. Physiological Reports. doi: 10.14814/phy2.13236