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Heather Cameron-Whytock

Senior Lecturer in Equine Sports Science, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Cameron-Whytock graduated university in 2013 with a BSc(Hons) in Equine science (Physiology), going on to present her undergraduate research on eventing risk at international conferences in Denmark, Ireland and the UK, with the research findings being featured in a range of media outlets. This led to a PhD studentship which was an investigation of risk factors for horse falls in eventing cross-country, including retrospective data analysis of 11 years of data, horse and rider physiological response to competition in relation to mental stress and event rider psychology.

Dr Cameron-Whytock has worked closely with British Eventing throughout her research and continues to work on projects in collaboration with the organisation, as well as for the world governing body for equestrian sport; the Fédération Equestre Internationale.

Now a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, Dr Cameron-Whytock's academic and research interests are broad ranging, from applied exercise physiology of both horses and humans, to sports psychology and risk in sport, with an overarching focus on sports performance.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Senior lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

Education

  • 2021 
    Higher Education Academy, Fellow
  • 2021 
    University of Central Lancashire, PhD Sport and Wellbeing
  • 2013 
    University of Central Lancashire, BSc(Hons) Equine Science (Physiology)

Publications

  • 2021
    Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) eventing: Risk factors for horse falls and unseated riders during the cross-country phase (2008-2018), Equine Veterinary Journal
  • 2020
    Dually investigated: The effect of a pressure headcollar on the behaviour, discomfort and stress of trained horses, Applied Animal Behaviour Science