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Associate Professor Anthony Blazevich

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5472, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.3101
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5472  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5036  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.3101  


Current Teaching

  • Sports Biomechanics (levels 1 and 2), on-campus and Singapore programs
  • Biomechanics of Strength and Conditioning, online Masters program
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology: Neurological and neuromuscular, ESSA accredited program


  • 2008-present: Associate Professor in Biomechanics, Edith Cowan University
  • 2006-2007: Reader in Sports Biomechanics, Brunel University, UK
  • 2004-2006: Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics, Brunel University, UK
  • 2001-2004: Lecturer in Biomechanics, Brunel University, UK
  • Other: Various appointments in applied sports science

Professional Memberships

  • European College of Sports Sciences
  • International Society of Biomechanics

Awards and Recognition


  • 2008: Best Oral Presentation, Australian Association of Exercise and Sport Sciences Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2005: Nominee for National Teaching Excellence Award, UK
  • 2003: Vice-Chancellor’s Award for teaching excellence, Brunel University, UK
  • 2003: Installed as Brunel University Teaching Fellow, Brunel University, UK

Research Areas and Interests

  • Neuromuscular adaptations to short and long term exercise
  • Technique optimisation in sports
  • Understanding associations between neuromuscular characteristics and physical performance
  • Alterations in muscle size and architecture, tendon stiffness, muscle activation and force production characteristics in response to short and long term exercise interventions in healthy and clinical populations
  • Influence of pre-exercise stretching on force production
  • Influence of ‘pre-conditioning’ using high-intensity muscle contractions on muscle activation and high-speed force production
  • Effect of central and peripheral muscle fatigue on movement kinematics in cycling
  • Influence of skeletal, muscular and tendinous properties on running performance

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Cross University, 2002 .
  • Bachelor of Science Honours, The University of Queensland, 1995 .


Recent Research Grants

  • The Impact of Fitness Levels and Leisure-Time Exercise Patterns on the Risk of Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders among New Graduate Registered Nurses in Western Australia,  The Western Australian Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2013 - 2018,  $9,611.
  • Biomechanical Factors Influencing Injury Risk in Elite (International Level) Tour Cyclists,  Australian Institute of Sport,  Scholarship - AIS,  2009 - 2015,  $72,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Blazevich, T., (2011), The stretch-shortening cycle (SSC). Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications, 209-222, West Sussex, UK.
  • Cronin, J., Blazevich, T., (2009), Speed. Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport, 177-190, Champaign, Illinois.

Journal Articles

  • Trajano, G., Seitz, L., Nosaka, K., Blazevich, T., (2013), Contribution of central vs. peripheral factors to the force loss induced by passive stretch of the human plantar flexors. Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(2), 212-218, Bethesda, USA.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2013), The influence of loading intensity on muscle-tendon unit behaviour during maximal knee extensor stretch shortening cycle exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol, 114(1), 59-69, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-013-2744-2.
  • Velloso, C., Aperghis, M., Godfrey, R., Blazevich, T., Bartlett, C., Cowan, D., Holt, R., Bouloux, P., Harridge, S., Goldspink, G., (2013), The effects of two weeks of recombinant growth hormone administration on the response of IGF-I and N-terminal pro-peptide of collagen type III (P-III-NP) during a single bout of high resistance exercise in resistance trained young men. Growth Hormone and IGF Research, 23(3), 76-80, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.ghir.2013.01.002.
  • Penailillo, L., Blazevich, T., Numazawa, H., Nosaka, K., (2013), Metabolic and muscle damage profiles of concentric versus repeated eccentric cycling. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(9), 1773-1781, United States, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31828f8a73.
  • Fath, F., Blazevich, T., Waugh, C., Miller, S., Korff, T., (2013), Interactive effects of joint angle, contraction state and method on estimates of achilles tendon moment arms. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 29(2), 241-244, USA.
  • Romero-Arenas, S., Blazevich, T., Martinez-Pascual, M., Perez-Gomez, J., Luque, A., Lopez-Roman, F., Alcaraz, P., (2013), Effects of high-resistance circuit training in an elderly population. Experimental Gerontology, 48(3), 334-340, USA.
  • Waugh, C., Korff, T., Fath, F., Blazevich, T., (2013), Rapid Force Production in Children and Adults: Mechanical and Neural Contributions. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(4), 762?771, United States, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31827a67ba.
  • Blazevich, T., Cannavan, D., Waugh, CM., Fath, F., Miller, S., Kay, A., (2012), Neuromuscular factors influencing the maximum stretch limit of the human plantar flexors. Journal of Applied Physiology, 113(9), 1446-1455, Bethesda, USA, DOI: 0.1152/japplphysiol.00882.2012.
  • Cannavan, D., Coleman, D., Blazevich, T., (2012), Lack of effect of moderate-duration static stretching on plantar flexor force production and series compliance. Clinical Biomechanics, 27(3), 306-312, New York, USA, DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2011.10.003.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2012), Knee angle-specific EMG normalization: The use of polynomial based EMG-angle relationships. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23(1), 238-244, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.08.015.
  • Blazevich, T., (2012), Are training velocity and movement pattern important determinants of muscular rate of force development enhancement?. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(10), 3689?3691, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-012-2352-6.
  • Kay, A., Blazevich, T., (2012), Effect of acute static stretch on maximal muscle performance: A systematic review. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(1), 154-164, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318225cb27.
  • Waugh, C., Blazevich, T., Fath, F., Korff, T., (2012), Age-related changes in mechanical properties of the Achilles tendon. Journal of Anatomy, 220(2), 144-155, United Kingdom.
  • Coleman, D., Cannavan, D., Horne, S., Blazevich, T., (2012), Leg stiffness in human running: Comparison of estimates derived from previously published models to direct kinematic-kinetic measures. Journal of Biomechanics, 45(11), 1987-1991, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2012.05.010.
  • Blazevich, T., Kay, A., Waugh, C., Fath, F., Miller, S., Cannavan, D., (2012), Plantarflexor stretch training increases reciprocal inhibition measured during voluntary dorsiflexion. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107(1), 250-256, Bethesda, MD , DOI: 10.1152/jn.00407.2011.
  • Waugh, CM., Blazevich, T., Fath, F., Korff, T., (2011), Can Achilles tendon moment arm be predicted from anthropometric measures in pre-pubescent children?. Journal of Biomechanics, 44(10), 1839-1844, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2011.03.023.
  • Waugh, CM., Blazevich, T., Fath, F., Korff, T., (2011), Age-related changes in mechanical properties of the Achilles tendon. Journal of Anatomy, 220(2), 144-155, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2011.01461.x.
  • Alcaraz, PE., Perez-Gomez, J., Chavarrias, M., Blazevich, T., (2011), Similarity in adaptations to high-resistance circuit vs. traditional strength training in resistance-trained men. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(9), 2519-2527, United States.
  • Argus, CK., Gill, ND., Keogh, JW., Blazevich, T., Hopkins, WG., (2011), Kinetic and training comparisons between assisted, resisted, and free countermovement jumps. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(8), 2219-2227, United States, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181f6b0f4.
  • Kay, A., Blazevich, T., (2010), Concentric muscle contractions Before static stretching minimize but do not remove stretch-induced force deficits. Journal of Applied Physiology, 108(3), 637-645, United States, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01135.2009.
  • Fath, F., Blazevich, T., Waugh, C., Miller, S., Korff, T., (2010), Direct comparison of in vivo Achilles tendon moment arms obtained from ultrasound and MR scans. Journal of Applied Physiology, 109(6), 1644-1652, United States, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00656.2010.
  • Noorkoiv, M., Nosaka, K., Blazevich, T., (2010), Assessment of quadriceps muscle cross-sectional area by ultrasound extended-field-of-view imaging. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 109(4), 631-639, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-010-1402-1.
  • Noorkoiv, M., Stavnsbo, A., Aagaard, P., Blazevich, T., (2010), In vivo assessment of muscle fascicle length by extended field-of-view ultrasonography. Journal of Applied Physiology, 109(6), 1974-1979, United States, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00657.2010.
  • O'Donovan, G., Blazevich, T., Boreham, C., Cooper, A., Crank, H., Ekelund, U., Fox, K., Gately, P., Giles-Corti, B., Gill, J., Hamer, M., McDermott, I., Murphy, M., Mutrie, N., Reilly, J., Saxton, J., Stamatakis, E., (2010), The ABC of Physical Activity for Health in Adults: a Consensus Statement from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28(6), 573-591, London, DOI: 10.1080/02640411003671212.
  • Korff, T., Horne, S., Cullen, S., Blazevich, T., (2009), Development of lower limb stiffness and its contribution to maximum vertical jumping power during adolescence. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 212(22), 3737-3742, Cambridge, UK, DOI: 10.1242/jeb.033191.
  • Kay, R., Barton, C., Velloso, C., Brown, P., Bartlett, C., Blazevich, T., Godfrey, R., Goldspink, G., Rees, R., Ball, G., Cowan, D., Harridge, S., Roberts, J., Teale, P., Creaser, C., (2009), High-throughput ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry quantitation of insulin-like growth factor-I and leucine-rich a-2-glycoprotein in serum as biomarkers of recombinant human growth hormone administration. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 23(19), 3173-3182, USA, DOI: 10.1002/rcm.4237.
  • Kay, AD., Blazevich, T., (2009), Isometric contractions reduce plantar flexor moment, Achilles tendon stiffness and neuromuscular activity but remove the subsequent effects of stretch. Journal of Applied Physiology, 107(4), 1181-1189, United States, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00281.2009.
  • Blazevich, T., Coleman, D., Horne, S., Cannavan, D., (2009), Anatomical predictors of maximum isometric and concentric knee extensor moment. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 105(6), 869-878, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-008-0972-7.
  • Kay, AD., Blazevich, T., (2009), Moderate-duration static stretch reduces active and passive plantar flexor moment but not Achilles tendon stiffness or active muscle length. Journal of Applied Physiology, 106(4), 1249-1256, Bethesda, USA, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.91476.2008.
  • Blazevich, T., Cannavan, D., Horne, S., Coleman, D., Aagaard, P., (2009), Changes in muscle force-length properties affect the early rise of force in vivo. Muscle & Nerve, 39(4), 512-520, USA, DOI: 10.1002/mus.21259.

Conference Publications

  • Tufano, J., Walker, S., Seitz, L., Newton, R., Hakkinen, K., Blazevich, T., Haff, G., (2013), Reliability of the reactive strength index, eccentric utilisation ratio, and pre-stretch augmentation in untrained, novice jumpers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21 (8 - 10 November), 31-33, Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Neuromuscular Adaptations Of Joint Angle-specific Force Change After Isometric Training.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Neuromuscular Fatigue And Biomechanical Alterations During High-intensity, Constant-load Cycling..
  • Effect Of Varying Duration Of Static Stretch On Force Production Within The Plantarflexors.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Impact Of Static Stretch And Muscular Contractions On Force Production Within The Human Triceps Surae Muscle-tendon Complex.
  • Effect Of An Exercise Intervention On Bone Remodeling After Injury.
  • Factors Affecting Injury Recovery During 4 Weeks Of Intensive Rehabilitation.
  • Post-activation Potentiation: The Effects Of Rate Of Force Development Of Maximal Isometric Contractions On Subsequent Force-time Characteristics Of Human Muscle.
  • Prediciton Of Stroking Characteristics Of Elite Rowers From Anthropometric Variables.
  • Stretch Duration Affects Muscle Forrce Development And Twitch Characteristics Of The Triceps Surae.
  • Muscle And Tendon Adaptation During Physical Rehabilitation After Exercise Cessation.
  • Technique And Strength As Determinants Of Softball Bat Swing Performance.
  • Influence Of Tendon, Joint And Limb Stiffness On Running Economy.
  • Effect Of Muscle-tendon Stiffness, Countermovement Velocity And Countermovement Displacementon Vertical Jump Height In Trained And Untrained Jumpers.
  • Effects Of Acute Passive And Dynamic Stretching On The Velocity-specific Force Decrement.
  • The Kinematics An Dkinetics Of Flat Foot Gait.
  • The Influence Of Gender On Weight Raining: Considerations For Weight Training Women.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Movement Specificity Of Training Adaptations In Elite Rugby Union Players.
  • Design Of An Inspiratory Muscle Training System.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Influence Of External Loading And Speed Of Movement On Muscle-tendon Unit Behaviour And Its Implications For Training.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Muscle Damage And Metabolic Profiles Of Eccentric Cycling..
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