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Dr Benjamin Dascombe

Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Applied Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

Ben Dascombe is an Associate Professor in sports physiology at the Central Coast campus of the University of Newcastle. He currently is the the program convener for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours).

He completed his PhD in 2007 from Central Queensland University, before moving to the Western Australia Institute of Sport to work as a sports physiologist until 2009.

In 2009, Ben moved to the University of Newcastle as a lecturer in the newly established exercise and sports science program. His teaching interests lie predominately within exercise physiology, strength and conditioning and professional practice, but he has taught across many other disciplines. 

In 2011, Ben established the Applied Sports Science and Exercise Testing laboratory that consists of over a dozen student researchers and acts to focus on research that influences high performance practices. Ben has published over 50 published manuscripts or book chapters, 1 textbook on practical skills for exercise science students as well as numerous conference proceedings. Such research domains include investigating novel training practices, environmental physiology, applied sports performance and amino acid metabolism in athletes.

In 2013, Ben was awarded the Faculty of Science and IT Vice Chancellors Award for Researcher of the Year for his work. In addition to this, he has been invited to peer review research for over 15 international scientific journals and many industry consultancies. In his current role, Ben works with the strength and conditioning staff of a number professional sporting clubs in providing them with sports science advice and implementing new practices. Ben is an accredited exercise scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia and has held various other professional qualifications. 

Collaborations
Ben consults with various research entities around the Central Coast and Hunter regions. He as also developed research collaborations with various state, national and international entities.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Central Queensland
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Science, University of Central Queensland
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Science (Honours), University of Central Queensland

Keywords

  • Applied science
  • Applied sports science
  • Exercise
  • Exercise physiology
  • Professional practice
  • Strength and conditioning

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110699Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Associate Professor of Exercise andUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/07/2012 - 1/12/2012Sports Physiologist/Strength and Conditioning CoachSports Authority of India
Hockey
India
1/07/2007 - 1/03/2009Sports PhysiologistWest Australian Institute of Sport
Athlete Support
Australia
1/07/2006 - 1/07/2007LecturerCentral Queensland University
School of Health and Human Performance
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Reaburn P, Dascombe BJ, Reed R, Jones A, Weyers J, Practical skills in sport and exercise science, Pearson Education, Essex, 414 (2011) [A2]

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Dascombe BJ, Elsworthy N, Scott B, Sculley DV, 'Physiological changes affecting performance of masters athletes', Nutrition and performance in masters athletes, CRC PRess, Boca Raton, FL 17-45 (2015)
2011Reaburn PRJ, Dascombe BJ, Janse De Jonge XA, 'Body composition and gender differences in performance', Nutritional Assessment of Athletes, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL 121-150 (2011) [B1]
Co-authorsX Jansedejonge
2006Dascombe BJ, Reaburn P R, Coutts A J, 'Understanding oxygen kinetics', Sport Science and Sport Medicine Reviews Selected Topics, CQU Publishing, Rockhampton 1-16 (2006)

Journal article (50 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Secomb JL, Sheppard JM, Dascombe BJ, 'Reductions in Sprint Paddling Ability and Countermovement Jump Performance After Surfing Training.', J Strength Cond Res, 29 1937-1942 (2015)
DOI10.1519/JSC.0000000000000843Author URL
2015Scott BR, Loenneke JP, Slattery KM, Dascombe BJ, 'Exercise with Blood Flow Restriction: An Updated Evidence-Based Approach for Enhanced Muscular Development', Sports Medicine, 45 313-325 (2015)

A growing body of evidence supports the use of moderate blood flow restriction (BFR) combined with low-load resistance exercise to enhance hypertrophic and strength responses in skeletal muscle. Research also suggests that BFR during low-workload aerobic exercise can result in small but significant morphological and strength gains, and BFR alone may attenuate atrophy during periods of unloading. While BFR appears to be beneficial for both clinical and athletic cohorts, there is currently no common consensus amongst scientists and practitioners regarding the best practice for implementing BFR methods. If BFR is not employed appropriately, there is a risk of injury to the participant. It is also important to understand how variations in the cuff application can affect the physiological responses and subsequent adaptation to BFR training. The optimal way to manipulate acute exercise variables, such as exercise type, load, volume, inter-set rest periods and training frequency, must also be considered prior to designing a BFR training programme. The purpose of this review is to provide an evidence-based approach to implementing BFR exercise. These guidelines could be useful for practitioners using BFR training in either clinical or athletic settings, or for researchers in the design of future studies investigating BFR exercise.

DOI10.1007/s40279-014-0288-1
2015Stevens CJ, Hacene J, Wellham B, Sculley DV, Callister R, Taylor L, Dascombe BJ, 'The validity of endurance running performance on the Curve 3TM non-motorised treadmill', Journal of Sports Sciences, 33 1141-1148 (2015)

Abstract: This study aimed to test the validity of a non-motorised treadmill (NMT) for the measurement of self-paced overground endurance running performance. Ten male runners performed randomised 5-km running time trials on a NMT and an outdoor athletics track. A range of physiological and perceptual responses was measured, and foot strike was classified subjectively. Performance time was strongly correlated (r¿=¿0.82, ICC¿=¿0.86) between running modes, despite running time being significantly longer on the NMT (1264¿±¿124¿s vs. 1536¿±¿130¿s for overground and NMT, respectively; P¿<¿0.001). End blood lactate concentration and rating of perceived exertion were significantly higher on the NMT compared to overground. Integrated electromyography was significantly lower on the NMT for three muscles (P¿<¿0.05), and mean stride rate was also significantly lower on the NMT (P¿=¿0.04). Cardiorespiratory responses of heart rate, oxygen uptake and expired air volume demonstrated strong correlations (r¿=¿0.68¿0.96, ICC¿=¿0.75¿0.97) and no statistical differences (P¿>¿0.05). Runners were consistently slower on the NMT, and as such it should not be used to measure performance over a specific distance. However, the strong correlations suggest that superior overground performance was reflected in relative terms on the NMT, and therefore, it is a valid tool for the assessment of endurance running performance in the laboratory.

DOI10.1080/02640414.2014.986502
Co-authorsRobin Callister
2015Scott BR, Slattery KM, Dascombe BJ, 'Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: Is metabolic stress the key moderator?', Medical Hypotheses, 84 145-149 (2015)

Traditionally, researchers and practitioners have manipulated acute resistance exercise variables to elicit the desired responses to training. However, recent research indicates that altering the muscular environment during resistance training, namely by implementing a hypoxic stimulus, can augment muscle hypertrophy and strength. Intermittent hypoxic resistance training (IHRT), whereby participants inspire hypoxic air during resistance training, has been previously demonstrated to increase muscle cross-sectional area and maximum strength by significantly greater amounts than the equivalent training in normoxia. However, some recent evidence has provided conflicting results, reporting that the use of systemic hypoxia during resistance training provided no added benefit. While the definitive mechanisms that may augment muscular responses to IHRT are not yet fully understood, an increased metabolic stress is thought to be important for moderating many downstream processes related to hypertrophy. It is likely that methodological differences between conflicting IHRT studies have resulted in different degrees of metabolic stress during training, particularly when considering the inter-set recovery intervals used. Given that the most fundamental physiological stresses resulting from hypoxia are disturbances to oxidative metabolism, it becomes apparent that resistance training may only benefit from additional hypoxia if the exercise is structured to elicit a strong metabolic response. We hypothesize that for IHRT to be more effective in producing muscular hypertrophy and increasing strength than the equivalent normoxic training, exercise should be performed with relatively brief inter-set recovery periods, with the aim of providing a potent metabolic stimulus to enhance anabolic responses.

DOI10.1016/j.mehy.2014.12.001
2015Scott BR, Slattery KM, Dascombe BJ, 'Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: Is metabolic stress the key moderator?', Medical Hypotheses, 84 145-149 (2015)
DOI10.1016/j.mehy.2014.12.001
2015Coull NA, Watkins SL, Aldous JWF, Warren LK, Chrismas BCR, Dascombe B, et al., 'Effect of tyrosine ingestion on cognitive and physical performance utilising an intermittent soccer performance test (iSPT) in a warm environment', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 115 373-386 (2015)
DOI10.1007/s00421-014-3022-7Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2015Secomb JL, Sheppard JM, Dascombe BJ, 'Time-motion analysis of a 2-hour surfing training session.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 10 17-22 (2015)
DOI10.1123/ijspp.2014-0002Author URL
2015Scott BR, Slattery KM, Sculley DV, Hodson JA, Dascombe BJ, 'Physical performance during high-intensity resistance exercise in normoxic and hypoxic conditions.', J Strength Cond Res, 29 807-815 (2015)
DOI10.1519/JSC.0000000000000680Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2015Scott BR, Slattery KM, Sculley DV, Hodson JA, Dascombe BJ, 'PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE DURING HIGH-INTENSITY RESISTANCE EXERCISE IN NORMOXIC AND HYPOXIC CONDITIONS', JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 29 807-815 (2015)
Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2015Delaney JA, Scott TJ, Thornton HR, Bennett KJ, Gay D, Duthie GM, Dascombe BJ, 'Establishing Duration Specific Running Intensities From Match-Play Analysis in Rugby League.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, (2015)
DOI10.1123/ijspp.2015-0092Author URL
2015Delaney JA, Scott TJ, Ballard DA, Duthie GM, Hickmans JA, Lockie RG, Dascombe BJ, 'Contributing factors to change-of-direction ability in professional rugby league players.', J Strength Cond Res, (2015)
DOI10.1519/JSC.0000000000000960Author URL
Co-authorsRobert Lockie
2015Scanlan AT, Tucker PS, Dascombe BJ, Berkelmans DM, Hiskens MI, Dalbo VJ, 'Fluctuations in activity demands across game quarters in professional and semi-professional male basketball.', J Strength Cond Res, (2015)
DOI10.1519/JSC.0000000000000967Author URL
2014Vickery WM, Dascombe BJ, Baker JD, Higham DG, Spratford WA, Duffield R, 'Accuracy and reliability of GPS devices for measurement of sports-specific movement patterns related to cricket, tennis, and field-based team sports.', J Strength Cond Res, 28 1697-1705 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1519/JSC.0000000000000285Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2014Scanlan AT, Dascombe BJ, Reaburn PRJ, 'Development of the basketball exercise simulation test: A match-specific basketball fitness test', Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 9 700-712 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.14198/jhse.2014.93.03
2014Scott BR, Slattery KM, Dascombe BJ, Sculley DV, 'Hypoxia and Resistance Exercise: A Comparison of Localized and Systemic Methods', Sports Medicine, (2014) [C1]

It is generally believed that optimal hypertrophic and strength gains are induced through moderate- or high-intensity resistance training, equivalent to at least 60 % of an individual's 1-repetition maximum (1RM). However, recent evidence suggests that similar adaptations are facilitated when low-intensity resistance exercise (~20-50 % 1RM) is combined with blood flow restriction (BFR) to the working muscles. Although the mechanisms underpinning these responses are not yet firmly established, it appears that localized hypoxia created by BFR may provide an anabolic stimulus by enhancing the metabolic and endocrine response, and increase cellular swelling and signalling function following resistance exercise. Moreover, BFR has also been demonstrated to increase type II muscle fibre recruitment during exercise. However, inappropriate implementation of BFR can result in detrimental effects, including petechial haemorrhage and dizziness. Furthermore, as BFR is limited to the limbs, the muscles of the trunk are unable to be trained under localized hypoxia. More recently, the use of systemic hypoxia via hypoxic chambers and devices has been investigated as a novel way to stimulate similar physiological responses to resistance training as BFR techniques. While little evidence is available, reports indicate that beneficial adaptations, similar to those induced by BFR, are possible using these methods. The use of systemic hypoxia allows large groups to train concurrently within a hypoxic chamber using multi-joint exercises. However, further scientific research is required to fully understand the mechanisms that cause augmented muscular changes during resistance exercise with a localized or systemic hypoxic stimulus. © 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

DOI10.1007/s40279-014-0177-7
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 6
2014Slattery KM, Dascombe B, Wallace LK, Bentley DJ, Coutts AJ, 'Effect of N-acetylcysteine on cycling performance after intensified training', Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46 1114-1123 (2014) [C1]

PURPOSE: This investigation examined the ergogenic effect of short-term oral N-acetylcysteine (NAC) supplementation and the associated changes in redox balance and inflammation during intense training. METHODS: A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled crossover design was used to assess 9 d of oral NAC supplementation (1200 mg·d) in 10 well-trained triathletes. For each supplement trial (NAC and placebo), baseline venous blood and urine samples were taken, and a presupplementation cycle ergometer race simulation was performed. After the loading period, further samples were collected preexercise, postexercise, and 2 and 24 h after the postsupplementation cycle ergometer race simulation. Changes in total antioxidant capacity, ferric reducing ability of plasma, reduced glutathione, oxidized glutathione, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances, interleukin 6, xanthine oxidase, hypoxanthine, monocyte chemotactic protein 1, nuclear factor ¿B, and urinary 15-isoprostane F2t concentration were assessed. The experimental procedure was repeated with the remaining supplement after a 3-wk washout. Eight participants completed both supplementation trials. RESULTS: NAC improved sprint performance during the cycle ergometer race simulation (P < 0.001, ¿p = 0.03). Supplementation with NAC also augmented postexercise plasma total antioxidant capacity (P = 0.005, ¿p = 0.19), reduced exercise-induced oxidative damage (plasma thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances, P = 0.002, ¿p = 0.22; urinary 15-isoprostane F2t concentration, P = 0.010, ¿p = 0.431), attenuated inflammation (plasma interleukin 6, P = 0.002, ¿p = 0.22; monocyte chemotactic protein 1, P = 0.012, ¿p = 0.17), and increased postexercise nuclear factor ¿B activity (P < 0.001, ¿p = 0.21). CONCLUSION: Oral NAC supplementation improved cycling performance via an improved redox balance and promoted adaptive processes in well-trained athletes undergoing strenuous physical training. © 2014 by the American College of Sports Medicine.

DOI10.1249/MSS.0000000000000222
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014Vickery W, Dascombe B, Duffield R, 'Physiological, movement and technical demands of centre-wicket Battlezone, traditional net-based training and one-day cricket matches: a comparative study of sub-elite cricket players', JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 32 722-737 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1080/02640414.2013.861605Author URL
2014Scott BR, Slattery KM, Sculley DV, Lockie RG, Dascombe BJ, 'Reliability of telemetric electromyography and near-infrared spectroscopy during high-intensity resistance exercise', Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 24 722-730 (2014)
DOI10.1016/j.jelekin.2014.07.008
Co-authorsRobert Lockie
2014Scott BR, Slattery KM, Sculley DV, Lockie RG, Dascombe BJ, 'Reliability of telemetric electromyography and near-infrared spectroscopy during high-intensity resistance exercise', Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 24 722-730 (2014) [C1]

This study quantified the inter- and intra-test reliability of telemetric surface electromyography (EMG) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) during resistance exercise. Twelve well-trained young men performed high-intensity back squat exercise (12 sets at 70-90% 1-repetition maximum) on two occasions, during which EMG and NIRS continuously monitored muscle activation and oxygenation of the thigh muscles. Intra-test reliability for EMG and NIRS variables was generally higher than inter-test reliability. EMG median frequency variables were generally more reliable than amplitude-based variables. The reliability of EMG measures was not related to the intensity or number of repetitions performed during the set. No notable differences were evident in the reliability of EMG between different agonist muscles. NIRS-derived measures of oxyhaemoglobin, deoxyhaemoglobin and tissue saturation index were generally more reliable during single-repetition sets than multiple-repetition sets at the same intensity. Tissue saturation index was the most reliable NIRS variable. Although the reliability of the EMG and NIRS measures varied across the exercise protocol, the precise causes of this variability are not yet understood. However, it is likely that biological variation during multi-joint isotonic resistance exercise may account for some of the variation in the observed results. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI10.1016/j.jelekin.2014.07.008
Co-authorsRobert Lockie
2014Scott BR, Dascombe BJ, Delaney JA, Elsworthy N, Lockie RG, Sculley DV, Slattery KM, 'The Validity and Reliability of a Customized Rigid Supportive Harness During Smith Machine Back Squat Exercise', JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 28 636-642 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182a362dfAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsRobert Lockie
2014Elsworthy N, Burke D, Scott BR, Stevens CJ, Dascombe BJ, 'Physical and decision-making demands of Australian football umpires during competitive matches.', Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association, 28 3502-3507 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1519/jsc.0000000000000567
Co-authorsDarren Burke
2014Elsworthy N, Burke DC, Dascombe BJ, 'Factors relating to the decision-making performance of Australian football officials', International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 14 401-410 (2014)
Co-authorsDarren Burke
2014Scott BR, Slattery KM, Dascombe BJ, 'Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: does it provide added benefit?', FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY, 5 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.3389/fphys.2014.00397Author URL
2014Dunstan RH, Sparkes DL, Roberts TK, Dascombe BJ, 'Preliminary Evaluations of a Complex Amino Acid Supplement, Fatigue Reviva, to Reduce Fatigue in a Group of Professional Male Athletes and a Group of Males Recruited from the General Public', Food and Nutrition Sciences, 5 231-235 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.4236/fns.2014.52028
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan, Tim Roberts, Diane Sparkes
2014Scott BR, Loenneke JP, Slattery KM, Dascombe BJ, 'Exercise with Blood Flow Restriction: An Updated Evidence-Based Approach for Enhanced Muscular Development', Sports Medicine, (2014)

A growing body of evidence supports the use of moderate blood flow restriction (BFR) combined with low-load resistance exercise to enhance hypertrophic and strength responses in skeletal muscle. Research also suggests that BFR during low-workload aerobic exercise can result in small but significant morphological and strength gains, and BFR alone may attenuate atrophy during periods of unloading. While BFR appears to be beneficial for both clinical and athletic cohorts, there is currently no common consensus amongst scientists and practitioners regarding the best practice for implementing BFR methods. If BFR is not employed appropriately, there is a risk of injury to the participant. It is also important to understand how variations in the cuff application can affect the physiological responses and subsequent adaptation to BFR training. The optimal way to manipulate acute exercise variables, such as exercise type, load, volume, inter-set rest periods and training frequency, must also be considered prior to designing a BFR training programme. The purpose of this review is to provide an evidence-based approach to implementing BFR exercise. These guidelines could be useful for practitioners using BFR training in either clinical or athletic settings, or for researchers in the design of future studies investigating BFR exercise.

DOI10.1007/s40279-014-0288-1
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2014Stevens CJ, Hacene J, Wellham B, Sculley DV, Callister R, Taylor L, Dascombe BJ, 'The validity of endurance running performance on the Curve 3TM non-motorised treadmill', Journal of Sports Sciences, (2014)

This study aimed to test the validity of a non-motorised treadmill (NMT) for the measurement of self-paced overground endurance running performance. Ten male runners performed randomised 5-km running time trials on a NMT and an outdoor athletics track. A range of physiological and perceptual responses was measured, and foot strike was classified subjectively. Performance time was strongly correlated (r¿=¿0.82, ICC¿=¿0.86) between running modes, despite running time being significantly longer on the NMT (1264¿±¿124¿s vs. 1536¿±¿130¿s for overground and NMT, respectively; P¿<¿0.001). End blood lactate concentration and rating of perceived exertion were significantly higher on the NMT compared to overground. Integrated electromyography was significantly lower on the NMT for three muscles (P¿<¿0.05), and mean stride rate was also significantly lower on the NMT (P¿=¿0.04). Cardiorespiratory responses of heart rate, oxygen uptake and expired air volume demonstrated strong correlations (r¿=¿0.68¿0.96, ICC¿=¿0.75¿0.97) and no statistical differences (P¿>¿0.05). Runners were consistently slower on the NMT, and as such it should not be used to measure performance over a specific distance. However, the strong correlations suggest that superior overground performance was reflected in relative terms on the NMT, and therefore, it is a valid tool for the assessment of endurance running performance in the laboratory.

DOI10.1080/02640414.2014.986502
Co-authorsRobin Callister
2014Elsworthy N, Burke DC, Dascombe BJ, 'Factors relating to the decision-making performance of Australian football officials', International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 14 401-410 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsDarren Burke
2013Stevens CJ, Dascombe B, Boyko A, Sculley D, Callister R, 'Ice slurry ingestion during cycling improves Olympic distance triathlon performance in the heat', Journal of Sports Sciences, 31 1271-1279 (2013) [C1]

This study investigated the effect of ice slurry ingestion during a triathlon on intragastric temperature and 10 km running performance in the heat. Nine well-trained male triathletes performed two randomised trials of a simulated Olympic distance triathlon in hot conditions (32-34°C). Exercise intensity during the swim (1500 m) and cycle (1 hr) legs was standardised, and the 10 km run leg was a self-paced time trial. During the cycle leg, either 10 g · kgBM-1 of ice slurry (< 1°C) or room temperature fluid (32-34°C) was ingested. In the run leg of the ice slurry trial, performance time (43.4 ± 3.7 vs. 44.6 ± 4.0 min; P = 0.03), intragastric temperature (at 1.5 km; 35.5 ± 1.2 vs. 37.5 ± 0.4°C; P = 0.002) and perceived thermal stress (at 5 km; 73 ± 9 vs. 80 ± 7 mm; P = 0.04) were significantly lower. Oxygen consumption was significantly higher in the ice trial between 9.5-10 km (52.4 ± 3.4 vs. 47.8 ± 5.4 mL · kg-1 · min-1; P = 0.04). The results suggest ice slurry ingestion was an effective ergogenic aid for triathlon running performance in the heat. The attenuation of intragastric temperature and perceived thermal stress were likely contributors to the self-selection of a higher running intensity and improved performance time. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

DOI10.1080/02640414.2013.779740
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsRobin Callister
2013Vickery W, Dascombe B, Duffield R, Kellett A, Portus M, 'Battlezone: An examination of the physiological responses, movement demands and reproducibility of small-sided cricket games', Journal of Sports Sciences, 31 77-86 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1080/02640414.2012.720706
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2013Vickery W, Dascombe B, Duffield R, Kellett A, Portus M, 'The influence of field size, player number and rule changes on the physiological responses and movement demands of small-sided games for cricket training', Journal of Sports Sciences, 31 629-638 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1080/02640414.2012.744080
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013Dunstan RH, Sparkes DL, Roberts TK, Crompton MJ, Gottfries J, Dascombe BJ, 'Development of a complex amino acid supplement, Fatigue Reviva (TM), for oral ingestion: initial evaluations of product concept and impact on symptoms of sub-health in a group of males', NUTRITION JOURNAL, 12 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1186/1475-2891-12-115Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsTim Roberts, Hugh Dunstan, Diane Sparkes
2013Dascombe B, Laursen P, Nosaka K, Polglaze T, 'No effect of upper body compression garments in elite flat-water kayakers', European Journal of Sport Science, 13 341-349 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1080/17461391.2011.606842
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2012Scanlan AT, Dascombe BJ, Reaburn PRJ, 'The construct and longitudinal validity of the basketball exercise simulation test', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26 523-530 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2012Scanlan AT, Dascombe BJ, Reaburn P, Dalbo VJ, 'The physiological and activity demands experienced by Australian female basketball players during competition', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15 341-347 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2011Dascombe BJ, Hoare TK, Sear JA, Reaburn PR, Scanlan AT, 'The effects of wearing undersized lower-body compression garments on endurance running performance', International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 6 160-173 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2011Elsworthy N, Dascombe BJ, 'The match demands of Australian Rules Football umpires in a state-based competition', International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 6 559-571 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2011Scanlan AT, Dascombe BJ, 'The anthropometric and performance characteristics of high-performance junior life savers', Serbian Journal of Sports Sciences, 5 61-66 (2011) [C1]
2011Scanlan A, Dascombe BJ, Reaburn P, 'A comparison of the activity demands of elite and sub-elite Australian men's basketball competition', Journal of Sports Sciences, 29 1153-1160 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1080/02640414.2011.582509
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 13
2011Goh SS, Laursen PB, Dascombe BJ, Nosaka K, 'Effect of lower body compression garments on submaximal and maximal running performance in cold (10 degrees C) and hot (32 degrees C) environments', European Journal of Applied Physiology, 111 819-826 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s00421-010-1705-2
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 13
2010Sear JA, Hoare TK, Scanlan AT, Abt GA, Dascombe BJ, 'The effects of whole-body compression garments on prolonged high-density intermittent exercise', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24 1901-1910 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181db251b
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 19
2010Dascombe BJ, Karunaratna M, Cartoon J, Fergie B, Goodman C, 'Nutritional supplementation habits and perceptions of elite athletes within a state-based sporting institute', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13 274-280 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.jsams.2009.03.005
CitationsScopus - 29Web of Science - 27
2009Reaburn P, Dascombe BJ, Reaburn P, 'Anaerobic performance in masters athletes', European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 6 39-53 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s11556-008-0041-6
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 3
2008Spencer M, Dawson B, Goodman C, Dascombe BJ, Bishop D, 'Performance and metabolism in repeated sprint exercise: Effect of recovery intensity', European Journal of Applied Physiology, 103 545-552 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s00421-008-0749-z
CitationsScopus - 31Web of Science - 28
2008Scanlan A, Reaburn P, Osborne M, Dascombe BJ, 'The effects of wearing lower-body compression garments during endurance cycling', International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 3 424-438 (2008) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 33Web of Science - 33
2008Reaburn P, Dascombe BJ, 'Endurance performance in masters athletes', European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 5 31-42 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s11556-008-0029-2
CitationsScopus - 41Web of Science - 28
2008Reaburn P, Dascombe B, 'Do metropolitan Queensland firefighters meet the international firefighting standards for aerobic fitness?', Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand, 24 321-327 (2008) [C1]

The aim of this study was to compare the physical fitness levels of 48 metropolitan Queensland firefighters with those of a normal, age-matched Australian population and the aerobic fitness standards recommended by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Measures of physical fitness were determined using standardised procedures. Using a single-sample t-test and an alpha level of 0.05, results for four age groups were statistically compared with existing Australian fitness norms and aerobic capacity standards recommended by the IAFF. The results demonstrated that metropolitan Queensland firefighters have significantly higher body mass and body mass index values, but similar aerobic capacities to those of age-matched Australian males. The aerobic capacities were equal to or below those recommended by the IAFF. The risk of falling below these standards increased with age. Taken together, these findings suggest that many operational firefighters in metropolitan Queensland do not meet the aerobic fitness standards recommended by the IAFF.

CitationsScopus - 1
2007Dascombe BJ, Reaburn PRJ, Sirotic AC, Coutts AJ, 'The reliability of the i-STAT clinical portable analyser', JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT, 10 135-140 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.jsams.2006.05.023Author URL
CitationsScopus - 27Web of Science - 25
2007Duncan MJ, Mummery WK, Dascombe BJ, 'Utility of global positioning system to measure active transport in urban areas', MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 39 1851-1857 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1249/mss.0b013e31811ff31eAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 30Web of Science - 27
Co-authorsMitch Duncan
2004Coutts AJ, Murphy AJ, Dascombe BJ, 'Effect of direct supervision of a strength coach on measures of muscular strength and power in young rugby league players', JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, 18 316-323 (2004) [C1]
Author URL
CitationsScopus - 54Web of Science - 49
2002Stanton R, Evans G, Dascombe BJ, Peddle M, 'Biometric and biomechanical correlates to outrigger canoe paddling', Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 10 19-26 (2002) [C1]
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Conference (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Taylor L, Watkins SL, Aldous JWF, Warren LK, Chrismas BCR, Dascombe B, et al., 'Effect Of Tyrosine Ingestion On Physical And Cognitive Performance During iSPT In A Warm Environment', MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, Atlanta, GA (2014) [E3]
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2012Callister R, Giles AK, Dascombe BJ, Baker AL, Nasstasia Y, Halpin SA, et al., 'Healthy Body Healthy Mind: Development of an exercise intervention for the management of youth depression', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsSean Halpin, Robin Callister, Brian Kelly, Amanda Baker
2012Scanlan A, Dascombe BJ, Reaburn P, Tucker P, Dalbo V, 'The development of the Basketball Exercise Simulation Test', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
2011Elsworthy N, Dascombe BJ, 'The association between physical performance measures and decision making ability in Australian football umpires: A pilot study', 2011 Fatigue Symposium: The Future of Fatigue: Defining the Problem, Bathurst, NSW (2011) [E3]
2010Callister R, Miller A, Aguiar EJ, Dascombe B, Smith C, Clark L, Rogers T, 'Blood lactate levels support classification of the 300 m shuttle run as an anaerobic capacity field test', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2010, 13(S1): e30-31., Port Douglas, Australia (2010)
DOI10.1016/j.jsams.2010.10.525
Co-authorsRobin Callister, Andrew Miller
2009Dascombe BJ, Laursen P, Nosaka K, Reaburn P, Anderson R, 'The relationship between forearm oxygenation and selected physiological parameters in elite kayak paddlers', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$151,473

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20142 grants / $101,370

Susceptibility to significant sweat facilitated loss of amino acids in association with fatigue$99,370

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding bodyThe Mason Foundation
Project TeamProfessor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Benjamin Dascombe, Doctor Tim Roberts
SchemeMedical and Scientific Research Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1300910
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

2013 Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence - FSIT$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Benjamin Dascombe
SchemeAward for Research Excellence
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301444
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20122 grants / $45,103

The Relationship Between Performance and Athlete Training Load within Rugby League: A Comparison Between Elite and Sub-Elite Players$43,683

Funding body: Hunter Sports Group Pty Ltd

Funding bodyHunter Sports Group Pty Ltd
Project TeamDoctor Benjamin Dascombe
SchemePostgraduate Research Scholarship
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200140
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Faculty ECA Networking/Conference Grant 2012$1,420

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project TeamDoctor Benjamin Dascombe
SchemeEarly Career Academic (ECA) Networking/Conference Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1401108
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $5,000

Development of a research strand aimed at developing non-invasive physiological monitoring during exercise $5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Benjamin Dascombe
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000624
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Analysis of the Factors Influencing Successful Rugby League Performance
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2015The Loss of Amino Acids Via Sweat: Implications for Recovery From Exercise
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2015Monitoring the Immune, Endocrine and Adrenal Responses to Acute and Chronic Training Demands in Elite Team-Sport Athletes: Understanding Fatigue and Performance
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2014The Effect of Hormonal Markers on the Anthropometry and Physical Performance of Professional Rugby League Players
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2013Development of Valid Performance Testing Protocols for Cross-country Mountain Bikers
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2012The use of Field Based Tests on the Planning, Prescription and Quantification of Training and Match Play in Professional Rugby League
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2012The Effects of Different Cooling Strategies on Endurance Exercise Performance and their Efficacy in the Training Environment
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2012The Effect of Exposure to a Hypoxic Environment on Anaerobic Performance
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2011Factors Influencing the Physiological and Perceptual Decision-Making Demands of Australian Football Field Umpires
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014The Use of Game-Based Training to Provide a Match-Specific Environment for Cricket Players
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
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Dr Benjamin Dascombe

Position

Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science
Exercise and Sport Science
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Applied Sciences

Contact Details

Emailben.dascombe@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4348 4150
Fax(02) 4348 4145

Office

RoomSO.E1.39
BuildingScience Offices
LocationOurimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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