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Associate Professor Chris Abbiss

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5740, Email: c.abbiss@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.3103
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5740  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5036  
Email: c.abbiss@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.3103  

 

Research Areas and Interests

Dr Abbiss’ research interests centre on applied human physiology and exercise performance, with a focus on cycling, fatigue, thermoregulation, pacing strategies, training modalities and recovery. He is actively researching the effects of various training techniques on fatigue, physiological adaptations and performance in elite cycling. In addition, Dr Abbiss also works with industry partners examining fatigue, hydration, immune function and recovery in occupations exposed to heat stress (i.e. fire-fighters and miners).

  • Exercise physiology
  • Cycling performance
  • Pacing strategies
  • Hyperthermia and thermoregulation
  • Recovery from exercise
  • Training adaptation

Staff Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Edith Cowan University .
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Coaching Cues in Striking Combat Sports,  Australian Institute of Sport,  Scholarship - AIS,  2014 - 2018,  $9,814.
  • Examination of Physiological Factors Influencing High Performance Sprint Cycling ,  Cycling Australia - Australian Cycling Federation Inc,  Cycling Australia - Australian Cycling Federation Inc - Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $395,040.
  • High resolution mass spectrometry for metabolomics and proteomics research,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2015,  $1,450,000.
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy facilities ? Advancing cutting-edge chemical, biological, energy and materials research in Western Australia,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2014,  $1,666,000.
  • Manipulating Mother Nature: A new model using heat and hypoxic exposure to fast track physiological adaption in elite athletes and gain the competitive edge,  Australian Institute of Sport,  The Big Idea Fund,  2013 - 2014,  $65,384.
  • The Effects of Acute Hypoxic Training on Post-Exercise Iron Status, Inflammatory Cytokine and Hepcidin Levels in Well-Trained Male Endurance Runners,  Australian Institute of Sport,  High Performance Sport Research Fund,  2013 - 2014,  $20,556.
  • The influence of exercise on the metabolic profile: discovering biomarkers associated with the development and treament of chronic disease,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011,  $18,326.
  • Modelling Performance in High Performance Cyclists,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,  CSIRO - Fellowship,  2008 - 2010,  $365,519.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Abbiss, C., (2014), The regulation of pace during prolonged exercise in the heat: influence on optimal pacing strategies. Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics, 35-42, New York.
  • Peiffer, JJ., Abbiss, C., (2011), Respiratory and Cardiovascular Physiology. Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications, 63-75, West Sussex, UK.

Journal Articles

  • Farley, O., Andrews, M., Secomb, J., Tran, T., Lundgren, L., Abbiss, C., Sheppard, J., (2014), The validity and inter-unit reliability of custom-made surftrax GPS units and use during surfing. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 22(5), 102-105.
  • Levin, G., Laursen, P., Abbiss, C., (2014), Reliability of physiological attributes and their association with stochastic cycling performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(2), 309-15, United States.
  • Skorski, S., Faude, O., Abbiss, C., Caviezel, S., Meyer, T., (2014), Influence of pacing manipulation on performance of juniors in simulated 400-m swim competition. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(5), 817-24, United States.
  • Abbiss, C., (2014), Current hydration guidelines are erroneous: dehydration does not impair exercise performance in the heat. British Journal of Sports Medicine, online(online), 1-8, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England, DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-.
  • Peeling, P., Sim, M., Badenhorst, CE., Dawson, B., Govus, A., Abbiss, C., Swinkels, DW., Trinder, D., (2014), Iron status and the acute post-exercise hepcidin response in athletes. PLoS One, 9(3), Article No. e93002, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093002.
  • Zadlow, E., Gordan, N., Abbiss, C., Peiffer, J., (2014), Pacing, the Missing Piece of the Puzzle to High-intensity Interval Training. International Journal of Sports Medicine, Stuttgart.
  • Menaspa, P., Impellizzeri, F., Haakonssen, E., Martin, D., Abbiss, C., (2014), Consistency of commercial devices for measuring elevation gain. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(5), 884-886, United States, DOI: 10.1123/IJSPP.2013-0232.
  • Ross, M., Stephens, B., Abbiss, C., Martin, D., Laursen, P., Burke, L., (2014), Fluid balance, carbohydrate ingestion, and body temperature during men's stage-race cycling in temperate environmental conditionsFluid balance, carbohydrate ingestion, and body temperature during men's stage-race cycling in temperate environmental conditions.Fluid balance, carbohydrate ingestion, and body temperature during men's stage-race cycling in temperate environmental conditions. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(3), 575-582, United States, DOI: 10.1123/IJSPP.2012-0369.
  • Wu, S., Peiffer, JP., Brisswalter, J., Nosaka, K., Abbiss, C., (2014), Factors influencing pacing in triathlon. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 5(1), 223?234, DOI: 10.2147/OAJSM.S44392.
  • Wu, S., Peiffer, JJ., Brisswalter, J., Lau, W., Nosaka, K., Abbiss, C., (2014), Influence of age and sex on pacing during Sprint, Olympic, Half-Ironman and Ironman triathlons. Part B. Journal of Science and Cycling, 3(1), 49-55, Spain.
  • Wu, S., Peiffer, J., Brisswalter, J., Lau, W., Nosaka, K., Abbiss, C., (2014), Influence of race distance and biological sex on age-related declines in triathlon performance. Part A. Journal of Science in Cycling, 3(1), 42-48, Spain.
  • Brisswalter, J., Wu, S., Sultana, F., Bernard, T., Abbiss, C., (2014), Age difference in efficiency of locomotion and maximal power output in well-trained triathletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(12), 2579-2586, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-014-2977-8.
  • Govus, A., Abbiss, C., Garvican-Lewis, L., Swinkels, D., Laarakkers, C., Gore, C., Peeling, P., (2014), Acute Hypoxic Exercise Does Not Alter Post-Exercise Iron Metabolism in Moderately-Trained Endurance Athletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(10), 2183-91, Berlin, Heidelberg.
  • Abbiss, C., Menaspa', P., Villerius, V., Martin, D., (2013), Distribution of power output when establishing a breakaway in cycling. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8(4), 452-455, United States.
  • Menaspa', P., Abbiss, C., Martin, D., (2013), Performance Analysis of a World-Class Sprinter During Cycling Grand Tours. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8(3), 336-340, United States.
  • Abbiss, C., Ross, M., Garvican, L., Ross, N., Pottgiesser, T., Gregory, J., Martin, D., (2013), The distribution of pace adopted by cyclists during a cross-country mountain bike World Championships. Journal of Sports Science, 31(7), 787-794, London, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2012.751118.
  • Abdullah, M., Abbiss, C., Lipski, M., Buchheit, M., Watson, G., (2013), Muscle Oxygenation and Blood Volume Reliability during Continuous and Intermittent Running. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 34(7), 637-645, Germany.
  • Menaspa', P., Quod, M., Martin, D., Victor, J., Abbiss, C., (2013), Physiological demands of road sprinting in professional and U23 cycling. A pilot study. Journal of Science and Cycling, 2(2), 35-39, Spain.
  • Farley, O., Coyne, J., Secomb, J., Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Sheppard, J., Abbiss, C., (2013), Comparison of the 400 metre time endurance surf paddle between elite competitive surfers, competitive surfers and recreational surfers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(2), 125-127, Australia.
  • Peiffer, JJ., Abbiss, C., (2013), Thermal Stress in North Western Australian Iron Ore Mining Staff. The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 57(4), 519-527, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1093/annhyg/mes084.
  • Ross, M., Abbiss, C., Laursen, P., Martin, D., Burke, L., (2013), Precooling methods and their effects on athletic performance. Sports Medicine, 43(3), 207?225, New Zealand.
  • Abdullah, M., Watson, G., Lipski, M., Abbiss, C., (2013), Influence of postexercise cooling on muscle oxygenation and blood volume changes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise , 45(5), 876-882, USA, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31827e13a2..
  • Burns, J., Peiffer, J., Abbiss, C., Watson, G., Burnett, A., Laursen, P., (2012), Effects of Short-Term Training With Uncoupled Cranks in Trained Cyclists. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7(2), 113-120, United States.
  • Ross, M., Jeacocke, N., Laursen, P., Martin, D., Abbiss, C., Burke, L., (2012), Effects of lowering body temperature via hyperhydration, with and without glycerol ingestion and practical precooling on cycling time trial performance in hot and humid conditions. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 17(9), art. no. 55 .
  • Peiffer, JJ., Abbiss, C., (2011), Influence of Environmental Temperature on 40 km Cycling Time-Trial Performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 6(2), 208-220, United States.
  • Phillips, M., Petersen, A., Abbiss, C., Netto, K., Payne, W., Nichols, D., Aisbett, B., (2011), Pack Hike Test finishing time for Australian firefighters: Pass rates and correlates of performance. Applied Ergonomics, 42(3), 411-418, DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2010.08.020.
  • Buchheit, M., Abbiss, C., Peiffer, JJ., Laursen, P., (2011), Performance and physiological responses during a sprint interval training session: relationships with muscle oxygenation and pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(2), 767-799, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-011-2021-1.
  • Le Meur, Y., Bernard, T., Dorel, S., Abbiss, C., Honnorat, G., Brisswalter, J., Hausswirth, C., (2011), Relationships between triathlon performance and pacing strategy during the run in an international competition. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 6(2), 183-194, United States.
  • Ross, M., Garvican, LA., Jeacocke, NA., Laursen, P., Abbiss, C., Martin, DT., Burke, LM., (2011), Novel precooling strategy enhances time trial cycling in the heat. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43(1), 123-133, United States, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181e93210.
  • Brisswalter, J., Bouhlel, E., Falola, JM., Abbiss, C., Vallier, JM., Hauswirth, C., (2011), Effects of Ramadan Intermittent Fasting on Middle-Distance Running Performance in Well-Trained Runners. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 21(5), 422-427, DOI: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182293891.
  • Abbiss, C., Karagounis, LG., Laursen, P., Peiffer, JJ., Martin, DT., Hawley, JA., Fatehee, N., Martin, JC., (2011), Single-leg cycle training is superior to double-leg cycling in improving the oxidative potential and metabolic profile of trained skeletal muscle. Journal of Applied Physiology, 110(5), 1248-1255, Bethesda, USA, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01247.2010.
  • Sultana, F., Abbiss, C., Louis, J., Bernard, T., Hausswirth, C., Brisswalter, J., (2011), Age-related changes in cardio-respiratory responses and muscular performance following an Olympic triathlon in well-trained triathletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(4), 1549-1556, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-011-2115-9.
  • Abbiss, C., Straker, L., Quod, M., Martin, D., Laursen, P., (2010), Examining pacing profiles in elite female road cyclists using exposure variation analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(6), 437?442, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England.
  • Peiffer, J., Abbiss, C., Watson, G., Nosaka, K., Laursen, P., (2010), Effect of cold water immersion on repeated 1 km cycling performance in the heat. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(1), 112-116, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2008.08.003.
  • Peiffer, J., Abbiss, C., Watson, G., Nosaka, K., Laursen, P., (2010), Effect of a 5 min cold water immersion recovery on exercise performance in the heat. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(6), 461-465, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England.
  • Le Meur, Y., Hausswirth, C., Abbiss, C., Baup, Y., Dorel, S., (2010), Performance factors in the new combined event of modern pentathlon. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28(10), 1111-1116, London.
  • Peiffer, J., Abbiss, C., Watson, G., Nosaka, K., Laursen, P., (2010), Effect of cold water immersion on repeated 1-km cycling performance in the heat. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(1), 112-116.
  • Peiffer, J., Abbiss, C., (2010), The Influence of Elliptical Chainrings on 10 km Cycling Time Trial Performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 5(4), 459-468, United States.
  • Ross, M., Garvican, L., Jeacocke, N., Laursen, P., Abbiss, C., Martin, D., Burke, L., (2010), Novel Precooling Strategy Enhances Time Trial Cycling in the Heat. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 43(1), 123-133, United States, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181e93210.
  • Nosaka, K., Abbiss, C., Watson, G., Wall, B., Suzuki, K., Laursen, P., (2010), Recovery following an Ironman triathlon: A case study. European Journal of Sport Science, 10(3), 159-165, United Kingdom.
  • Abbiss, C., Burnett, A., Nosaka, K., Green, JP., Foster, J., Laursen, P., (2010), Effect of hot versus cold climates on power output, muscle activation, and perceived fatigue during a dynamic 100-km cycling trial. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28(2), 117-125 , London.

Conference Publications

  • Farley, O., Coyne, J., Secomb, J., Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Sheppard, J., Abbiss, C., (2013), Comparison of the 400 metre time endurance surf paddle between elite competitive surfers, competitive surfers and recreational surfers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(8-10 Nov 2013), 125-127, Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Analysis Of Road Sprint Cycling Performance.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Understanding And Improving Pacing Strategies During Standard Distance Triathlons In Age Group Triathletes..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Muscle Adaptations To Post-exercise Cooling.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Neuromuscular Fatigue Following A Singles Badminton Match.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Neuromuscular Fatigue And Biomechanical Alterations During High-intensity, Constant-load Cycling..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Practical Pre-cooling Strategies And Cycling Time Trial Performance..
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Peripheral Blood Flow Changes In Response To Post- Exercise Cold Water Immersion.
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Acute Physiological Effects And Perceived Enjoyment Of A Single Bout Of Aerobic Interval And Continuous Moderate-intensity Cycling In Obese Individuals..
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