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Professor Anthony Blazevich


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  


Anthony is a Professor of Biomechanics in the School of Exercise and Health Sciences and is Head of the Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research.

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


  • 2015-present: Professor of Biomechanics, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008-2015: 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 Associations

  • 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,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2014 - 2017,  $8,737.
  • Combat Fitness: Assessing and Developing Speed and Quickness for Improved Performance,  Australian Institute of Sport,  Scholarship - AIS,  2014 - 2017,  $16,041.
  • Effects of Dairy-Derived Nutritional Supplementation Combined with Physical Activity on Health and Physical Function in 40 - 60 Year-Old Women,  Fonterra Cooperative Ltd,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $729,998.
  • Biomechanical Factors Influencing Injury Risk in Elite (International Level) Tour Cyclists,  Australian Institute of Sport,  Scholarship - AIS,  2009 - 2016,  $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

  • Pugh, J., Gelder, L., Williams, A., Twigg, D., Wilkinson, A., Blazevich, T., (2015), Validity and reliability of an online extended version of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ-E2) to measure nurses' fitness. Journal of Clinical Nursing, Article in press(Article in press), 14p., United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12971.
  • Mina, MA., Blazevich, T., Giakis, G., Kay, A., (2014), 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, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000471.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00325.2014.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00204.2014.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 Fatigue And Biomechanical Alterations During High-intensity, Constant-load Cycling.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Neuromuscular Adaptations Of Joint Angle-specific Force Change After Isometric Training
  • 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.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Relative Importance And Plasticity Of Anatomical And Neuromuscular Factors Affecting Joint Torque Production.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Mechanisms Affecting Post-activation Potentiation Following Voluntary Isokinetic Knee Extensions
  • 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
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Comparison Of The Physical,physiological And Perceptual Demands Of Small-sided Games And Match Play In Professional Football Players.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Neuromuscular Factors Affecting Stretch-induced Torque Loss
  • 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
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  The Effect Of Vertically - And Horizontally - Directed Plyometric Exercise On Sprint Running Performance And The Muscle Architecture Of The Gastrocnemius Medialis
  • 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,  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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