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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,  $8,737.
  • Combat Fitness: Assessing and Developing Speed and Quickness for Improved Performance,  Australian Institute of Sport,  Scholarship - AIS,  2014 - 2017,  $16,041.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Penailillo, L., Blazevich, T., Nosaka, K., (2014), Muscle fascicle behavior during eccentric cycling and its relation to muscle soreness. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Article in press(Article in press), Article in press, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000473.
  • Penailillo, L., Blazevich, T., Nosaka, K., (2014), Energy expenditure and substrate oxidation during and after eccentric cycling. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(4), 805-814, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-013-2816-3.
  • Penailillo, L., Blazevich, T., Numazawa, H., Nosaka, K., (2014), Rate of force development as a measure of muscle damage. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, Epub(Epub), Epub, Denmark, DOI: 10.1111/sms.12241.
  • Noorkoiv, M., Nosaka, K., Blazevich, T., (2014), Neuromuscular adaptations associated with knee joint angle-specific force change. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(8), 1525-1537, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000269.
  • Trajano, G., Nosaka, K., Seitz, L., Blazevich, T., (2014), Intermittent stretch reduces force and central drive more than continuous stretch. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(5), 902-910, USA, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000185.
  • Trajano, G., Seitz, L., Nosaka, K., Blazevich, T., (2014), Can passive stretch inhibit motoneuron facilitation in the human plantar flexors?. Journal of Applied Physiology, 117(12), 1486-1492, Bethesda, USA, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00809.
  • Lau, W., Blazevich, T., Newton, MJ., Wu, S., Nosaka, K., (2014), Changes in electrical pain threshold of fascia and muscle after initial and secondary bouts of elbow flexor eccentric exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology, Article in press(Article in press), Article in press, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-014-3077-5.
  • Mina, M., Blazevich, T., Giakis, G., Kay, A., (2014), The influence of variable resistance loading on subsequent free weight maximal back squat performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(10), 2988?2995, United States.
  • Waugh, C., Korff, T., Fath, F., Blazevich, T., (2014), Effects of resistance training on tendon mechanical properties and rapid force production in prepubertal children. Journal of Applied Physiology, 117(3), 257-266, Bethesda, USA.
  • Blazevich, T., Cannavan, D., Waugh, C., Miller, S., Thorlund, J., Aagaard, P., Kay, A., (2014), Range of motion, neuromechanical, and architectural adaptations to plantar flexor stretch training in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology, 117(5), 452-462, Bethesda, USA.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, United States, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00333.2013.
  • 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.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1016/j.exger.2013.01.007.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Conference Publications

  • Walker, S., Hakkinen, K., Tufano, J., Trezise, J., Haff, G., Blazevich, T., Newton, R., (2014), Neuromuscular adapatations to traditional versus eccentric-overload resistance training. European Journal of Sports Studies Supplement to Volume 2, 2(23-24 October 2014), 122, Palermo, Italy, DOI: 10.12863/ejssxs1x-2014.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2014), Differential quadriceps femoris musculotendinous adaptations in response to slow-speed, high-load and fast-speed, light-load squat-lift training. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise , 46(s5), , s745.
  • 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 Fatigue And Biomechanical Alterations During High-intensity, Constant-load Cycling..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Neuromuscular Adaptations Of Joint Angle-specific Force Change After Isometric Training.
  • 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.
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Comparison Of The Physical,physiological And Perceptual Demands Of Small-sided Games And Match Play In Professional Football Players..
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Lower Limb Fatigue Asymmetry Of Preferred And Non-preferred Legs After A Repeated-sprint Test In Football Players With Previous Hamstring Injury..
  • 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.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Neuromuscular Factors Affecting Stretch-induced Torque Loss.
  • Effects Of Acute Passive And Dynamic Stretching On The Velocity-specific Force Decrement.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Mechanisms Affecting Post-activation Potentiation Following Voluntary Isokinetic Knee Extensions.
  • The Kinematics An Dkinetics Of Flat Foot Gait.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Relative Importance And Plasticity Of Anatomical And Neuromuscular Factors Affecting Joint Torque Production..
  • 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,  Muscle Damage And Metabolic Profiles Of Eccentric Cycling..
  • 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,  Pain Assessments And Possible Mechanisms Of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness..
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