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Dr Benjamin Dascombe

Conjoint Associate Professor

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

Code Description Percentage
110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/2012 - 1/12/2012 Sports Physiologist/Strength and Conditioning Coach Sports Authority of India
Hockey
India
1/07/2007 - 1/03/2009 Sports Physiologist West Australian Institute of Sport
Athlete Support
Australia
1/07/2006 - 1/07/2007 Lecturer Central 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Reaburn 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Dascombe BJ, Elsworthy N, Scott B, Sculley DV, Reaburn PRJ, 'Physiological changes affecting performance of masters athletes', Nutrition and performance in masters athletes, CRC PRess, Boca Raton, FL 17-45 (2015) [B1]
2011 Reaburn 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-authors X Jansedejonge
2006 Dascombe 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 (65 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Scott BR, Duthie GM, Thornton HR, Dascombe BJ, 'Training Monitoring for Resistance Exercise: Theory and Applications', Sports Medicine, 46 687-698 (2016)

© 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.Resistance exercise is difficult to quantify owing to its inherent complexity with numerous training variables contributing ... [more]

© 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.Resistance exercise is difficult to quantify owing to its inherent complexity with numerous training variables contributing to the training dose (type of exercise, load lifted, training volume, inter-set rest periods, and repetition velocity). In addition, the intensity of resistance training is often inadequately determined as the relative load lifted (% 1-repetition maximum), which does not account for the effects of inter-set recovery periods, repetition velocity, or the number of repetitions performed in each set at a given load. Methods to calculate the volume load associated with resistance training, as well as the perceived intensity of individual sets and entire training sessions have been shown to provide useful information regarding the actual training stimulus. In addition, questionnaires to subjectively assess how athletes are coping with the stressors of training and portable technologies to quantify performance variables such as concentric velocity may also be valuable. However, while several methods have been proposed to quantify resistance training, there is not yet a consensus regarding how these methods can be best implemented and integrated to complement each other. Therefore, the purpose of this review is to provide practical information for strength coaches to highlight effective methods to assess resistance training, and how they can be integrated into a comprehensive monitoring program.

DOI 10.1007/s40279-015-0454-0
2016 Bennett KJM, Fransen J, Scott BR, Sanctuary CE, Gabbett TJ, Dascombe BJ, 'Positional group significantly influences the offensive and defensive skill involvements of junior representative rugby league players during match play', Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 1542-1546 (2016)

© 2015 Taylor & Francis.This study examined the skill involvements of three positional groups across a junior representative rugby league season. Data were collected from 45 rugb... [more]

© 2015 Taylor & Francis.This study examined the skill involvements of three positional groups across a junior representative rugby league season. Data were collected from 45 rugby league players (mean ± SD; age = 16.5 ± 1.0 years) currently participating in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball Cup. Players were subdivided into hit-up forwards, adjustables and outside backs. The frequency (n · min-1) of offensive, defensive and overall involvements was coded for each group using a notation system and a practical coach skill analysis tool. Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) revealed a significant effect of playing position on skill involvements (F = 9.06; P < 0.001; ES = 0.41). Hit-up forwards performed a significantly greater frequency of offensive (0.31 ± 0.10), defensive (0.42 ± 0.15) and overall involvements (0.74 ± 0.19) when compared to adjustables (0.20 ± 0.08, 0.28 ± 0.08 and 0.52 ± 0.15, respectively) and outside backs (0.20 ± 0.12, 0.11 ± 0.07 and ± 0.31 ± 0.17, respectively). Further, adjustables performed a significantly greater number of defensive (0.28 ± 0.08) and overall involvements (0.52 ± 0.15) when compared to outside backs (0.11 ± 0.07 and 0.31 ± 0.17, respectively). The findings of this study suggest that it is important to consider a junior player¿s positional group when analysing their skill involvements. Information gained from this study could assist in the design of specific training methodologies for junior rugby league players in high-level talent development programmes.

DOI 10.1080/02640414.2015.1122206
Co-authors Job Fransen
2016 Aldous JWF, Chrismas BCR, Akubat I, Dascombe B, Abt G, Taylor L, 'Hot and hypoxic environments inhibit simulated soccer performance and exacerbate performance decrements when combined', Frontiers in Physiology, 6 (2016)

© 2016 Aldous, Chrismas, Akubat, Dascombe, Abt and Taylor.The effects of heat and/or hypoxia have been well-documented in match-play data. However, large match-to-match variation... [more]

© 2016 Aldous, Chrismas, Akubat, Dascombe, Abt and Taylor.The effects of heat and/or hypoxia have been well-documented in match-play data. However, large match-to-match variation for key physical performance measures makes environmental inferences difficult to ascertain from soccer match-play. Therefore, the present study aims to investigate the hot (HOT), hypoxic (HYP), and hot-hypoxic (HH) mediated-decrements during a non-motorized treadmill based soccer-specific simulation. Twelve male University soccer players completed three familiarization sessions and four randomized crossover experimental trials of the intermittent Soccer Performance Test (iSPT) in normoxic-temperate (CON: 18°C 50% rH), HOT (30°C; 50% rH), HYP (1000 m; 18°C 50% rH), and HH (1000 m; 30°C; 50% rH). Physical performance and its performance decrements, body temperatures (rectal, skin, and estimated muscle temperature), heart rate (HR), arterial blood oxygen saturation (SaO2), perceived exertion, thermal sensation (TS), body mass changes, blood lactate, and plasma volume were all measured. Performance decrements were similar in HOT and HYP [Total Distance (-4%), High-speed distance (~-8%), and variable run distance (~-12%) covered] and exacerbated in HH [total distance (-9%), high-speed distance (-15%), and variable run distance (-15%)] compared to CON. Peak sprint speed, was 4% greater in HOT compared with CON and HYP and 7% greater in HH. Sprint distance covered was unchanged (p > 0.05) in HOT and HYP and only decreased in HH (-8%) compared with CON. Body mass (-2%), temperatures (+2-5%), and TS (+18%) were altered in HOT. Furthermore, SaO2 (-8%) and HR (+3%) were changed in HYP. Similar changes in body mass and temperatures, HR, TS, and SaO2 were evident in HH to HOT and HYP, however, blood lactate (p < 0.001) and plasma volume (p < 0.001) were only significantly altered in HH. Perceived exertion was elevated (p < 0.05) by 7% in all conditions compared with CON. Regression analysis identified that absolute TS and absolute rise in skin and estimated muscle temperature (r = 0.82, r = 0.84 r = 0.82, respectively; p < 0.05) predicted the hot-mediated-decrements in HOT. The hot, hypoxic, and hot-hypoxic environments impaired physical performance during iSPT. Future interventions should address the increases in TS and body temperatures, to attenuate these decrements on soccer performance.

DOI 10.3389/fphys.2015.00421
2016 Taylor L, Chrismas BCR, Dascombe B, Chamari K, Fowler PM, 'Sleep medication and athletic performance-The evidence for practitioners and future research directions', Frontiers in Physiology, 7 (2016)
DOI 10.3389/fphys.2016.00083
Citations Scopus - 1
2016 Taylor L, Chrismas BCR, Dascombe B, Chamari K, Fowler PM, 'The importance of monitoring sleep within adolescent athletes: Athletic, academic, and health considerations', Frontiers in Physiology, 7 (2016)
DOI 10.3389/fphys.2016.00101
2016 Delaney JA, Thornton HR, Duthie GM, Dascombe BJ, 'Factors That Influence Running Intensity in Interchange Players Within Professional Rugby League.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, (2016)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0559
2016 Vickery W, Dascombe B, Duffield R, 'The Association Between Internal and External Measures of Training Load in Batsmen and Medium-Fast Bowlers During Net-Based Cricket Training.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, (2016)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0770
2016 Delaney JA, Thornton HR, Scott TJ, Ballard DA, Duthie GM, Wood LG, Dascombe BJ, 'Validity of Skinfold-Based Measures for Tracking Changes in Body Composition in Professional Rugby League Players.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 11 261-266 (2016)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0244
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2016 Thornton HR, Delaney JA, Duthie GM, Scott BR, Chivers WJ, Sanctuary CE, Dascombe BJ, 'Predicting Self-Reported Illness for Professional Team-Sport Athletes.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 11 543-550 (2016)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0330
Co-authors William Chivers
2016 Stevens CJ, Kittel A, Sculley DV, Callister R, Taylor L, Dascombe BJ, 'Running performance in the heat is improved by similar magnitude with pre-exercise cold-water immersion and mid-exercise facial water spray.', J Sports Sci, 1-8 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2016.1192294
Co-authors Robin Callister
2016 Scott BR, Loenneke JP, Slattery KM, Dascombe BJ, 'Blood flow restricted exercise for athletes: A review of available evidence', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19 360-367 (2016)

© 2015 Sports Medicine Australia.Objectives: This study aimed to collate current evidence regarding the efficacy of various blood flow restriction (BFR) strategies for well-train... [more]

© 2015 Sports Medicine Australia.Objectives: This study aimed to collate current evidence regarding the efficacy of various blood flow restriction (BFR) strategies for well-trained athletes, and to provide insight regarding how such strategies can be used by these populations. Design: Review article. Methods: Studies that had investigated the acute or adaptive responses to BFR interventions in athletic participants were identified from searches in MEDLINE (PubMed), SPORTDiscus (EBSCO) and Google Scholar databases up to April 2015. The reference lists of identified papers were also examined for relevant studies. Results: Twelve papers were identified from 11 separate investigations that had assessed acute and adaptive responses to BFR in athletic cohorts. Of these, 7 papers observed enhanced hypertrophic and/or strength responses and 2 reported alterations in the acute responses to low-load resistance exercise when combined with BFR. One paper had examined the adaptive responses to moderate-load resistance training with BFR, 1 noted improved training responses to low-work rate BFR cardiovascular exercise, and 1 reported on a case of injury following BFR exercise in an athlete. Conclusions: Current evidence suggests that low-load resistance training with BFR can enhance muscle hypertrophy and strength in well-trained athletes, who would not normally benefit from using light loads. For healthy athletes, low-load BFR resistance training performed in conjunction with normal high-load training may provide an additional stimulus for muscular development. As low-load BFR resistance exercise does not appear to cause measureable muscle damage, supplementing normal high-load training using this novel strategy may elicit beneficial muscular responses in healthy athletes.

DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2015.04.014
2015 Scott TJ, Delaney JA, Duthie GM, Sanctuary CE, Ballard DA, Hickmans JA, Dascombe BJ, 'Reliability and Usefulness of the 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test in Rugby League', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29 1985-1990 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association.This study examined the reliability and usefulness of the 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test (30-15 IFT) within rugby league. F... [more]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association.This study examined the reliability and usefulness of the 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test (30-15 IFT) within rugby league. Fifty-five young rugby league players participated in the study. These included representative players from Under 16s (n 19; 15.6 ± 0.3 years; 78.1 ± 10.9 kg), Under 18s (n 21; 17.4 ± 0.5 years; 86.9 ± 11.2 kg), and Under 20s (n 15; 19.4 ± 0.5 years; 95.9 ± 8.7 kg) squads within a professional rugby league club. Players performed the 30-15 IFT twice within 9 days of each other. Maximal intermittent running velocity (V IFT) and heart rate at exhaustion (HR peak) were collected for both tests. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) for the "Combined" and Under 20s were very large (r > 0.7), whereas the ICCs for Under 16s and Under 18s were almost perfect (r > 0.9). Coefficients of variation were 1.9% (95% confidence interval, 1.6-2.4) for the combined test-retest of the 30-15 IFT and 0.6% (0.5-1.0) for HR peak. As the typical error of measurement (TE) (0.36 km·h -1) was greater than the smallest worthwhile change (SWC) (0.21 km·h -1) value, the usefulness of the V IFT was rated as "marginal." The TE for HR peak was similar to the SWC, rating the usefulness of this variable as "OK." Despite the usefulness of the 30-15 IFT being deemed Marginal, a change as small as 0.5 km·h -1 (1 stage) in V IFT could be considered substantial or "real." As a consequence, the 30-15 IFT presents as both a reliable and useful field test in the assessment of intermittent fitness for rugby league players.

DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000846
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Stevens CJ, Hacene J, Wellham B, Sculley DV, Callister R, Taylor L, Dascombe BJ, 'The validity of endurance running performance on the Curve 3

© 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis.Abstract: This study aimed to test the validity of a non-motorised treadmill (NMT) for the measurement of self-paced overground endurance running... [more]

© 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis.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.

DOI 10.1080/02640414.2014.986502
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Robin Callister
2015 Scanlan AT, Tucker PS, Dascombe BJ, Berkelmans DM, Hiskens MI, Dalbo VJ, 'Fluctuations in activity demands across game quarters in professional and semiprofessional male basketball', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29 3006-3015 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association.Examination of activity demands and stoppage durations across game periods provides useful insight concerning fatigue, tacti... [more]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association.Examination of activity demands and stoppage durations across game periods provides useful insight concerning fatigue, tactical strategies, and playing pace in team sports such as basketball. Therefore, the aims of this study were to quantify and compare game activity fluctuations across quarters in professional and semiprofessional basketball players. Video-based time-motion analyses were conducted across multiple games. Frequencies, total durations (in seconds), total distances (in meters), and mean velocities (in meters per second) were calculated for low-intensity movement (=3 m·s -1), high-intensity movement (>3 m·s -1), shuffling, and dribbling activity. Frequencies were determined for jumping and upper-body activity; stoppage durations were also calculated. Separate repeated-measures analysis of variance and Cohen's d were used to identify significant differences and quantify the effect sizes between game quarters for all outcome measures, respectively. Pearson correlation analyses were performed to determine the relationship between stoppage duration and all activity measures. The results showed significantly (p = 0.05) reduced dribbling (3.09 ± 0.03 m·s -1 vs. 2.81 ± 0.01 m·s -1) and total (2.22 ± 0.04 m·s -1 vs. 2.09 ± 0.03 m·s -1) activity velocities during the third compared with the first quarter in professional players. Furthermore, effect size analyses showed greater decreases in high-intensity (professional: d 1.7-5.4; semiprofessional: d 0.3-1.7), shuffling (professional: d 2.3-3.2; semiprofessional: d 1.4-2.1), and total (professional: d 1.0-4.9; semiprofessional: d 0.3-0.8) activity and increases in dribbling (professional: d 1.4-4.7; semiprofessional: d 2.5-2.8) with game progression in professional players. In semiprofessional players, stoppage duration was significantly (p = 0.05) related to various low-intensity (R 0.64-0.72), high-intensity (R 0.65-0.72), and total (R 0.63-0.73) activity measures. Although not directly measured, the observed game activity fluctuations were likely because of a combination of physiological (e.g., muscle glycogen depletion, dehydration), tactical (e.g., ball control, game pace), and game-related (e.g., time-outs, player fouls) factors. Basketball coaches can use the provided data to (a) develop more precise training plans and management strategies, (b) elevate semiprofessional player performance closer to the professional level, and (c) incorporate tactical strategies to maximize the benefits of stoppages.

DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000967
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Scott 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) [C1]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association.This study aimed to determine whether different levels of hypoxia affect physical performance during high-intensity resistan... [more]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association.This study aimed to determine whether different levels of hypoxia affect physical performance during high-intensity resistance exercise or subsequent cardiovascular and perceptual responses. Twelve resistance-trained young men (age, 25.3 ± 4.3 years; height, 179.0 ± 4.5 cm; body mass, 83.4 ± 9.1 kg) were tested for 1 repetition maximum (1RM) in the back squat and deadlift. Following this, participants completed 3 separate randomized trials of 5 × 5 repetitions at 80% 1RM, with 3 minutes rest between sets, in normoxia (NORM; fraction of inspired oxygen [F I O 2 ] 0.21), moderate-level hypoxia (F I O 2 0.16), or high-level hypoxia (F I O 2 0.13) by a portable hypoxic unit. Peak and mean force and power variables were monitored during exercise. Arterial oxygen saturation (SpO 2), heart rate (HR), and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were assessed immediately following each set. No differences in force or power variables were evident between conditions. Similar trends were evident in these variables across each set and across the exercise session in each condition. SpO 2 was lower in hypoxic conditions than in NORM, whereas HR was higher following sets performed in hypoxia. There were no differences between conditions in RPE. These results indicate that a hypoxic stimulus during high-intensity resistance exercise does not alter physical performance during repetitions and sets or affect how strenuous exercise is perceived to be. This novel training strategy can be used without adversely affecting the physical training dose experienced and may provide benefits over the equivalent training in NORM.

DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000680
Citations Web of Science - 1
2015 Scott BR, Slattery KM, Dascombe BJ, 'Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: Is metabolic stress the key moderator?', Medical Hypotheses, 84 145-149 (2015) [C1]

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.Traditionally, researchers and practitioners have manipulated acute resistance exercise variables to elicit the desired responses to training. However, recent... [more]

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.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.

DOI 10.1016/j.mehy.2014.12.001
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Delaney JA, Duthie GM, Thornton HR, Scott TJ, Gay D, Dascombe BJ, 'Acceleration-Based Running Intensities of Professional Rugby League Match-Play.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, (2015)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0424
2015 Coull 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) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00421-014-3022-7
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 1
2015 Secomb JL, Sheppard JM, Dascombe BJ, 'Time-motion analysis of a 2-hour surfing training session.', Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 10 17-22 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0002
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2015 Taylor L, Watkins SL, Marshall H, Dascombe BJ, Foster J, 'The Impact of Different Environmental Conditions on Cognitive Function: A Focused Review.', Front Physiol, 6 372 (2015)
DOI 10.3389/fphys.2015.00372
2015 Secomb JL, Sheppard JM, Dascombe BJ, 'Reductions in Sprint Paddling Ability and Countermovement Jump Performance after Surfing Training', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29 1937-1942 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association.The present study aimed to determine whether any meaningful change in a surfer's sprint paddling ability and countermovement... [more]

© 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association.The present study aimed to determine whether any meaningful change in a surfer's sprint paddling ability and countermovement jump (CMJ) performance developed after a 2-hour surfing training session and also whether any physical demands of the surfing session were related to the resultant changes in the capacities. Fifteen competitive male surfing athletes (age, 22.1 ± 3.9 years; height, 175.4 ± 6.4 cm; body mass, 72.5 ± 7.7 kg) performed a 2-hour surfing training session, with 15-m sprint paddle and CMJ trials performed both before and after the surfing session. Pre- to posttesting measures were analyzed using magnitude-based inferences. Likely declines were observed in the velocity achieved at the 5-, 10-, and 15-m splits of the 15-m sprint paddle, as well as peak velocity. Similarly, likely declines were calculated for CMJ peak force, relative peak force, and jump height. Furthermore, large correlations were calculated between presurfing session peak velocity and the change in 5, 10, 15 m, and peak velocity of the 15-m sprint paddle and total distance covered, wave riding bouts, and success rate. Surfing athletes and coaches may need to consider implementing shorter duration training sessions to reduce the decline in sprint paddling ability and CMJ performance. Furthermore, surfing athletes should possess highly developed sprint paddling ability because this may allow them to undertake a greater workload and catch more waves, which will increase the opportunity for technical refinement of maneuvers and skill acquisition.

DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000843
2015 Delaney 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, 10 725-731 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0092
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Borges TO, Dascombe B, Bullock N, Coutts AJ, 'Physiological characteristics of well-trained junior sprint kayak athletes', International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10 593-599 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Human Kinetics, Inc.This study aimed to profile the physiological characteristics of junior sprint kayak athletes (n = 21, VO<inf>2</inf>max 4.10.7 L/min, training experie... [more]

© 2015 Human Kinetics, Inc.This study aimed to profile the physiological characteristics of junior sprint kayak athletes (n = 21, VO2max 4.10.7 L/min, training experience 2.71.2 y) and to establish the relationship between physiological variables (VO2max, VO2 kinetics, muscleoxygen kinetics, paddling efficiency) and sprint kayak performance. VO2max, power at VO2max, power:weight ratio, paddling efficiency, VO2 at lactate threshold, and whole-body and muscle oxygen kinetics were determined on a kayak ergometer in the laboratory. Separately, on-water time trials (TT) were completed over 200 m and 1000 m. Large to nearly perfect (-.5 to-.9) inverse relationships were found between the physiological variables and on-water TT performance across both distances. Paddling efficiency and lactate threshold shared moderate to very large correlations (-.4 to-.7) with 200- and 1000-m performance. In addition, trivial to large correlations (-.11 to-.5) were observed between muscle-oxygenation parameters, muscle and whole-body oxygen kinetics, and performance. Multiple regression showed that 88% of the unadjusted variance for the 200-m TT performance was explained by VO2max, peripheral muscle deoxygenation, and maximal aerobic power (P < .001), whereas 85% of the unadjusted variance in 1000-m TT performance was explained by VO2max and deoxyhemoglobin (P < .001). The current findings show that well-trained junior sprint kayak athletes possess a high level of relative aerobic fitness and highlight the importance of the peripheral muscle metabolism for sprint kayak performance, particularly in 200-m races, where finalists and nonfinalists are separated by very small margins. Such data highlight the relative aerobic-fitness variables that can be used as benchmarks for talent-identification programs or monitoring longitudinal athlete development. However, such approaches need further investigation.

DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0292
2015 Scott 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) [C1]

© 2014, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.A growing body of evidence supports the use of moderate blood flow restriction (BFR) combined with low-load resistance exerc... [more]

© 2014, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.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.

DOI 10.1007/s40279-014-0288-1
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2
2015 Scanlan AT, Dascombe BJ, Kidcaff AR, Peucker JL, Dalbo VJ, 'Gender-Specific Activity Demands Experienced During Semiprofessional Basketball Game Play', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS PHYSIOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE, 10 618-625 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0407
Citations Scopus - 2
2015 Delaney 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, 29 2688-2696 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000960
Co-authors Robert Lockie
2015 Stevens CJ, Hacene J, Sculley DV, Taylor L, Callister R, Dascombe B, 'The Reliability of Running Performance in a 5 km Time Trial on a Non-motorized Treadmill', International Journal of Sports Medicine, 36 705-709 (2015) [C1]

The purpose of the study was to establish the reliability of performance and physiological responses during a self-paced 5 km running time trial on a non-motorized treadmill. 17 m... [more]

The purpose of the study was to establish the reliability of performance and physiological responses during a self-paced 5 km running time trial on a non-motorized treadmill. 17 male runners (age: 32±13 years, height: 177±7 cm, body mass: 71±9 kg, sum of 7 skinfolds: 55±21 mm) performed familiarization then 2 separate maximal 5 km running time trials on a non-motorized treadmill. Physiological responses measured included heart rate, oxygen uptake, expired air volume, blood lactate concentration, tissue saturation index and integrated electromyography. Running time (1 522±163 s vs. 1 519±162 s for trials 1 and 2, respectively) demonstrated a low CV of 1.2% and high ICC of 0.99. All physiological variables had CVs of less than 4% and ICCs of >0.92, with the exception of blood lactate concentration (7.0±2 mmol·L-1 vs. 6.5±1.5 mmol·L-1 for trials 1 and 2, respectively; CV: 12%, ICC: 0.83) and the electromyography measures (CV: 8-27%, ICC: 0.71-0.91). The data demonstrate that performance time in a 5 km running time trial on a non-motorized treadmill is a highly reliable test. Most physiological responses measured across the 5 km run also demonstrated good reliability.

DOI 10.1055/s-0034-1398680
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Robin Callister
2015 Stevens CJ, Dascombe BJ, 'The Reliability and Validity of Protocols for the Assessment of Endurance Sports Performance: An Updated Review', Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 19 177-185 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.Sports performance testing is one of the most common and important measures used in sport science. Performance testing protocols must have hi... [more]

© 2015 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.Sports performance testing is one of the most common and important measures used in sport science. Performance testing protocols must have high reliability to ensure any changes are not due to measurement error or inter-individual differences. High validity is also important to ensure test performance reflects true performance. Time-trial protocols commonly have a coefficient of variation (CV) of <5%, however, familiarization, well-trained subjects and/or conducting the trial outdoors in the athletes most familiar environment can lead to CVs of < 1%. Long duration time-trials or the inclusion of sprints within a time-trial appears to not negatively influence reliability. Few studies have assessed the validity of endurance performance tests, and as such more research should evaluate different ways of simulating outdoor performances in the laboratory. The use of warm-up, simulation of convection load, and implementation of race specific hydration practices are important considerations for researchers regarding test validity.

DOI 10.1080/1091367X.2015.1062381
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Elsworthy N, Burke D, Dascombe BJ, 'Physical and psychomotor performance of Australian football and rugby league officials during a match simulation', Journal of Sports Sciences, (2015)

© 2015 Taylor & FrancisThe onset of exercise facilitates an improvement in psychomotor performance until the second ventilatory threshold, after which performance is reduced. Thi... [more]

© 2015 Taylor & FrancisThe onset of exercise facilitates an improvement in psychomotor performance until the second ventilatory threshold, after which performance is reduced. This inverted-U relationship appears valid for incremental and steady-state exercise, however, not for intermittent exercise. This study examined changes in psychomotor performance of team sport officials during a laboratory-based match simulation. Twelve elite Australian football (n¿=¿5) and rugby league (n¿=¿7) officials (32.5¿±¿5.5 years; 180.0¿±¿6.8¿cm; 78.8¿±¿7.6¿kg) completed the match simulation on a non-motorised treadmill. Physiological measures were routinely taken, while psychomotor performance was assessed using the Eriksen flanker task (multiple-choice response time). Significant reductions (P¿<¿0.05) were observed in distance covered and high-speed running during the second half when compared to the first. No significant differences (P¿>¿0.05) in psychomotor performance at different time points were observed. Response time was significantly improved when running above 65% of maximal sprinting speed (P¿<¿0.01). This data questions the application of the inverted-U hypothesis for intermittent exercise and suggests that the short high-intensity efforts may not result in the same physiological events that limit psychomotor performance during sustained high-intensity exercise. More so, the high-intensity efforts during the match protocol appeared to promote psychomotor performance during the intermittent exercise.

DOI 10.1080/02640414.2015.1057208
Co-authors Darren Burke
2015 Dunstan RH, Sparkes DL, Dascombe BJ, Evans CA, Macdonald MM, Crompton M, et al., 'Sweat facilitated losses of amino acids in Standardbred horses and the application of supplementation strategies to maintain condition during training', Comparative Exercise Physiology, 11 201-212 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.3920/CEP150027
Co-authors Hugh Dunstan, Tim Roberts, Diane Sparkes
2015 Stevens CJ, Thoseby B, Sculley DV, Callister R, Taylor L, Dascombe BJ, 'Running performance and thermal sensation in the heat are improved with menthol mouth rinse but not ice slurry ingestion', Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, (2015)

© 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S.The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a cooling strategy designed to predominately lower thermal state with a strategy designed to ... [more]

© 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S.The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a cooling strategy designed to predominately lower thermal state with a strategy designed to lower thermal sensation on endurance running performance and physiology in the heat. Eleven moderately trained male runners completed familiarization and three randomized, crossover 5-km running time trials on a non-motorized treadmill in hot conditions (33°C). The trials included ice slurry ingestion before exercise (ICE), menthol mouth rinse during exercise (MEN), and no intervention (CON). Running performance was significantly improved with MEN (25.3±3.5min; P=0.01), but not ICE (26.3±3.2min; P=0.45) when compared with CON (26.0±3.4min). Rectal temperature was significantly decreased with ICE (by 0.3±0.2°C; P<0.01), which persisted for 2km of the run and MEN significantly decreased perceived thermal sensation (between 4 and 5km) and ventilation (between 1 and 2km) during the time trial. End-exercise blood prolactin concentration was elevated with MEN compared with CON (by 25.1±24.4ng/mL; P=0.02). The data demonstrate that a change in the perception of thermal sensation during exercise from menthol mouth rinse was associated with improved endurance running performance in the heat. Ice slurry ingestion reduced core temperature but did not decrease thermal sensation during exercise or improve running performance.

DOI 10.1111/sms.12555
Co-authors Robin Callister
2014 Vickery 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]
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000285
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2
2014 Scanlan 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]
DOI 10.14198/jhse.2014.93.03
2014 Scott 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 indivi... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1007/s40279-014-0177-7
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 6
2014 Slattery 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 du... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000222
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
2014 Vickery 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]
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2013.861605
Citations Scopus - 2
2014 Scott 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]
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182a362df
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Robert Lockie
2014 Elsworthy 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]
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Darren Burke
2014 Scott 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 w... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/j.jelekin.2014.07.008
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Robert Lockie
2014 Scott BR, Slattery KM, Dascombe BJ, 'Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: does it provide added benefit?', FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY, 5 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.3389/fphys.2014.00397
2014 Dunstan 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]
DOI 10.4236/fns.2014.52028
Co-authors Tim Roberts, Diane Sparkes, Hugh Dunstan
2014 Elsworthy 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]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Darren Burke
2013 Stevens 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 triathl... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1080/02640414.2013.779740
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Robin Callister
2013 Vickery 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]
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2012.720706
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
2013 Vickery 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]
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2012.744080
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2013 Dunstan 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]
DOI 10.1186/1475-2891-12-115
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Tim Roberts, Hugh Dunstan, Diane Sparkes
2013 Dascombe 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]
DOI 10.1080/17461391.2011.606842
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2012 Scanlan 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]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2012 Scanlan 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]
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 14
2011 Dascombe 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]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 10
2011 Elsworthy 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]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2011 Scanlan AT, Dascombe BJ, 'The anthropometric and performance characteristics of high-performance junior life savers', Serbian Journal of Sports Sciences, 5 61-66 (2011) [C1]
2011 Scanlan 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]
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2011.582509
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 16
2011 Goh 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]
DOI 10.1007/s00421-010-1705-2
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 14
2010 Sear 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]
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181db251b
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 19
2010 Dascombe 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2009.03.005
Citations Scopus - 42Web of Science - 30
2009 Reaburn P, Dascombe BJ, Reaburn P, 'Anaerobic performance in masters athletes', European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 6 39-53 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11556-008-0041-6
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 5
2008 Spencer 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]
DOI 10.1007/s00421-008-0749-z
Citations Scopus - 37Web of Science - 31
2008 Scanlan 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]
Citations Scopus - 42Web of Science - 35
2008 Reaburn P, Dascombe BJ, 'Endurance performance in masters athletes', European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 5 31-42 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11556-008-0029-2
Citations Scopus - 55Web of Science - 32
2008 Reaburn 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 aerob... [more]

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.

Citations Scopus - 1
2007 Dascombe 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2006.05.023
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 25
2007 Duncan 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]
DOI 10.1249/mss.0b013e31811ff31e
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 28
Co-authors Mitch Duncan
2004 Coutts 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]
Citations Scopus - 58Web of Science - 49
2002 Stanton 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Taylor 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 (2014) [E3]
2012 Callister 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 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Sean Halpin, Brian Kelly, Robin Callister, Amanda Baker
2012 Scanlan A, Dascombe BJ, Reaburn P, Tucker P, Dalbo V, 'The development of the Basketball Exercise Simulation Test', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (2012) [E3]
2011 Elsworthy 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 (2011) [E3]
2010 Callister 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. (2010)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2010.10.525
Co-authors Robin Callister, Andrew Miller
2009 Dascombe 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 (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $301,473

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20161 grants / $60,000

Ongoing researcher and technical support for Year 2 of the research project: "Can amino acid supplementation reduce fatigue in CFS patients? A randomized double-blind placebo-based trial."$60,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Benjamin Dascombe, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500976
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20151 grants / $90,000

Can amino acid supplementation reduce fatigue in CFS patients? A randomized double-blind placebo-based trial.$90,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Benjamin Dascombe, Doctor Tim Roberts, Doctor Margaret MacDonald, Doctor Diane Sparkes
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400814
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

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 body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Benjamin Dascombe, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300910
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Benjamin Dascombe
Scheme Award for Research Excellence
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301444
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Hunter Sports Group Pty Ltd
Project Team Doctor Benjamin Dascombe
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1200140
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Faculty ECA Networking/Conference Grant 2012$1,420

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Doctor Benjamin Dascombe
Scheme Early Career Academic (ECA) Networking/Conference Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1401108
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Benjamin Dascombe
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000624
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current8

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD3.45

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD The Effects of Heat and Subsequent Cooling on Match Performance in Elite Soccer Players
PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Factors Relating to the Physical and Cognitive Performance of Rugby League Referees
PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Rehabilitation Programs and Strength Interventions for People with Hip Osteoarthritis
PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Adopting a multidimensional approach to talent identification in youth soccer
PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The Loss of Amino Acids Via Sweat: Implications for Recovery From Exercise
, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The Loss of Amino Acids Via Sweat: Implications for Recovery From Exercise
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The Loss of Amino Acids Via Sweat: Implications for Recovery From Exercise
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Development of Valid Performance Testing Protocols for Cross-country Mountain Bikers
PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Performance, Physiological and Perceptual Effects of Cooling Endurance Athletes in the Heat
PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD The Acute Physiological Physical and Perceptual Responses to Intermittent Hypoxic Resistance Training
PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Factors Influencing the Physiological and Perceptual Decision-Making Demands of Australian Football Field Umpires
PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD The Use of Game-Based Training to Provide a Match-Specific Environment for Cricket Players
PhD (Exercise & Sport Science), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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Dr Benjamin Dascombe

Position

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

Focus area

Applied Sciences

Contact Details

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

Office

Room SO.E1.39
Building Science Offices
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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