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Dr Greg Haff

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5416, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.399
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5416  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304-5036  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.399  


Greg is a Senior Lecturer and the Course Coordinator for Strength and Conditioning within the School of Exercise and Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • SPS4100 - Practicum
  • SPS4101 - Strength and Conditioning 1-Physiology
  • SPS5126 - Advanced Resistance Training


  • 2011-present: Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator Strength and Conditioning, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Western Australia
  • 2010-2011: Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
  • 2004-2010: Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
  • 2003-2005: Kinesiology Department Chair, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls TX.
  • 2002-2004: Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls TX.
  • 2000-2002: Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
  • 1999-2000: Lecturer of Exercise Science, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • European College of Sport Sciences
  • International Society of Exercise and Immunology
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Australian Weightlifting Association
  • USA Weightlifting
  • USA Cycling

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2011: National Strength and Conditioning Association William J. Kraemer Sport Scientist of the Year Award Winner

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2009: WVU School of Medicine Academy of Excellence In Teaching and Learning
  • 2008: WVU School of Medicine Distinguished Teaching Faculty Award Winner


  • 2010: Retiring Board Member Award National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • 2009-2010: National Strength and Conditioning Association Vice President
  • 2009: Who’s Who in Medicine
  • 2008: Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals Honours Edition
  • 2007: Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (FNSCA)
  • 2006: Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders
  • 2006: Who’s Who in the World
  • 2001: 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (1st Edition)
  • 2001: Who’s Who in America
  • 2001: N.S.C.A. Young Investigator of the Year
  • 2001: Curtis D. Williams Graduate School New Faculty Research Honour

Research Areas and Interests

  • Neuromuscular Adaptations to Strength and Power Based Training
  • Training Theory: Periodization Modelling
  • Tools for Evaluating Performance and Training
  • Methods of Recovery
  • Overtraining / Overreaching
  • Physiological and Performance Adaptive Responses to Sequential Periodized Training Models
  • Neuromuscular Adaptive Responses To Accentuated Eccentric Loading Models
  • Hypertrophic Responses to Strength and Power Training
  • Physiological and Performance Responses to Strength-Power-Potentiation Complexes

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), United States of America, 1999.
  • M (Master Degree), United States of America, 1996.
  • B (Bachelor Degree), United States of America, 1993.


Recent Research Grants

  • Surfing Collaborative Research Program: A partnership between Surfing Australia and Edith Cowan University,  Surfing Australia,  Surfing Australia - Grant,  2014 - 2017,  $508,820.
  • Resistance training frequency: Effect on motivation and adherence to train, overall health status and neuromuscular performance,  Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture,  Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture - Grant,  2014 - 2017,  $279,765.
  • The development and evaluation of a comprehensive sport-science testing protocol for competitive surfers,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2013,  $25,000.
  • Physiological and Performance Responses to Sequential Periodization Models,  National Strength and Conditioning Association,  NSCA - International Collaboration Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $46,386.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Haff, G., (2014), Peaking for Competition in Individual Sports. High Performance Training for Sports, 524-540, United States.
  • Haff, G., (2013), Periodization Strategies for Youth Development. Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes: Science and Application, 149-168, England.
  • Haff, G., (2012), Periodization of Training. Conditioning for Strength and Human Performance, 326-343, United States.
  • Haff, G., Burgess, S., (2012), Resistance Training for Endurance Sports. Developing Endurance, 135-180, United States.
  • Haff, G., Haff, E., (2012), Training Integration and Periodization. NSCA's Guide to Program Design, 209-254, United States.

Journal Articles

  • Young, K., Haff, G., Newton, R., Gabbett, T., Sheppard, J., (2015), Assessment and monitoring of ballistic and maximal upper-body strength qualities in athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10(2015), 232-237, United States, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0073.
  • Seitz, L., Trajano, G., Haff, G., (2014), The Back Squat and the Power Clean: Elicitation of Different Degrees of Potentiation. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(4), 643-649, United States, DOI: 10.1123/IJSPP.2013-0358.
  • Seitz, L., Riviere, M., De Villarreal, ES., Haff, G., (2014), The athletic performance of elite rugby league players is improved after an 8-week small-sided game training intervention. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(4), 971-975, United States, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182a1f24a.
  • Seitz, L., De Villarreal, ES., Haff, G., (2014), The Temporal Profile of Postactivation Potentiation is Related to Strength Level. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(3), 706-715, United States.
  • Seitz, L., Reyes, A., Tran, T., De Villarreal, ES., Haff, G., (2014), Increases in lower-body strength transfer positively to sprint performance: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Sports Medicine, 44(12), 1693-1702, New Zealand, DOI: 10.1007/s40279-014-0227-1.
  • Young, K., Haff, G., Newton, R., Sheppard, J., (2014), Reliability of a Novel Testing Protocol to Assess Upper-Body Strength Qualities in Elite Athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(5), 871-875, United States, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2013-0332.
  • Mizuguchi, S., Gray, H., Calabrese, L., Haff, G., Sands, W., Ramsey, MW., Stone, MH., (2014), Repeated change-of-direction test for collegiate male soccer players. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fintess, 54(4), 417-423, Italy.
  • Kavanaugh, A., Mizuguchi, S., Stone, M., Haff, G., Williams, D., Lamont, H., Ramsey, M., (2014), Whole-body vibration does not affect sprint performance in NCAA division 1 sprinters and jumpers. Journal of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, 22(4), 6-13, Helensvale, Town Centre QLS Australia.
  • De Villarreal, ES., Suarez-Arrones, L., Requena, B., Haff, G., Ramos-Veliz, R., (2014), Effects of dry-land vs. In-water specific strength training on professional male water polo players' performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(11), 3179-3187, United States.
  • Spiteri, T., Wilkie, J., Hart, N., Haff, G., Nimphius, S., (2013), Effect of strength on plant foot kinetics and kinematics during a change of direction task. European Journal of Sport Science, 13(6), 646-652, DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2013.774053.
  • Hornsby, W., Haff, G., Sands, W., Ramsey, M., Beckham, G., Stone, ME., Stone, MH., (2013), Alterations in strength characteristics for isometric and dynamic mid-thigh pulls in collegiate throwers across 11 weeks of training. Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche, 172(12), 929-940, Italy.
  • Sheppard, J., Nimphius, S., Haff, G., Tran, T., Spiteri, T., Brooks, H., Slater, G., Newton, R., (2013), Development of a Comprehensive Performance-Testing Protocol for Competitive Surfers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance , 8(5), 490-495, Champaign, Illinois, United States.
  • Beckham, G., Miziguchi, S., Carter, C., Sato, K., Ramsey, M., Lamont, H., Hornsby, G., Haff, G., Stone, M., (2013), Relationships of isometric mid-thigh pull variables to weightlifting performance. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness , 53(5), 573-581, Turin, Italy.
  • Crum, A., Kawamori, N., Stone, M., Haff, G., (2012), The Acute Effects of Moderately Loaded Concentric-Only Quarter Squats on Vertical Jump Performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(4), 914-925, United States.
  • Painter, K., Haff, G., Ramsey, M., McBride, J., Triplett, T., Sands, W., Lamont, H., Stone, M., Stone, M., (2012), Strength Gains: Block Versus Daily Undulating Periodization Weight TrainingAmong Track and Field Athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7(2), 161-169, United States.
  • Oberacker, L., Davis, S., Haff, G., Witmer, C., Moir, G., (2012), The Yo-Yo IR2 Test: Physiological Response, Reliability, and Application to Elite Soccer. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(10), 2734-2740, United States.
  • Leary, BK., Statler, J., Hopkins, B., Fitzwater, R., Kesling, T., Lyon, J., Phillips, B., Bryner, R., Cormie, P., Haff, G., (2012), The relationship between isometric force-time curve characteristics and club head speed in recreational golfers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(10), 2685-2697, United States.
  • Beckham, G., Lamont, H., Sato, K., Ramsey, M., Haff, G., Stone, M., (2012), Isometric Strength of Powerlifters in Key Position of the Conventional Deadlift. Journal of Trainology, 1(2), 32-35, Japan.
  • Haff, G., (2012), Current Research: Training for Strength, Power, and Speed. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 34(2 ), 76-78, United States, DOI: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31824f2a88.
  • Painter, KB., Haff, G., Ramsey, MW., McBride, J., Triplett, T., Sands, WA., Lamont, HS., Stone, ME., Stone, MH., (2012), Strength gains: Block versus daily undulating periodization weight training among track and field athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7(2), 161-169, United States.
  • Landow, L., Haff, G., (2012), Use of stability balls in strength and conditioning. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 34(1), 48-50, USA, DOI: 10.1097/01.ssc.0000411450.82590.22.
  • Haff, G., Nimphius, S., (2012), Training Principles for Power. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 34(6), 2-12, United States.
  • Peterson, M., Pistilli, E., Haff, G., Hoffman, E., Gordon, P., (2011), Progression of volume load and muscular hypertrophy during resistance exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 111(6), 1063-1071, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-010-1735-9.
  • Ryan, MJ., Dudash, HJ., Docherty, M., Geronilla, KB., Baker, BA., Haff, G., Cutlip, RG., Alway, SE., (2010), Vitamin E and C supplementation reduces oxidative stress, improves antioxidant enzymes and positive muscle work in chronically loaded muscles of aged rats. Experimental Gerontology, 45(11), 882-894, United States.
  • Ruben, RM., Molinari, MA., Bibbee, CA., Childress, MA., Harman, MS., Reed, KP., Haff, G., (2010), The acute effects of an ascending squat protocol on performance during horizontal plyometric jumps. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 24(2), 358-369, United States.

Conference Publications

  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Weber, J., Dobbin, M., Joyce, D., Higgins, C., Haff, G., Newton, R., (2014), Muscle-bone differences between elite Australian football and rugby union players. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 99-101.
  • Blanco Ochoa, P., Haff, G., Hart, N., Seitz, L., Spiteri, T., Tufano, J., Nimphius, S., (2014), Bone; Body composition and isometric rate of force development are associated in female ballet students and university ballet students. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning , 106-110.
  • Conlon, J., Haff, G., Nimphius, S., Tran, T., Newton, R., (2013), Vertical jump velocity as a determinant of speed and agility performance. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(8 - 10 November), 88-90, Helensvale, Queensland, Australia.
  • 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.
  • Young, K., Gabbett, TJ., Haff, G., Newton, R., Watts, DG., Sheppard, J., (2013), The effect of initial strength levels on the training response to heavy resistance training and ballistic training on upper body pressing strength. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21 (8 - 10 November), 85-87, Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia.
  • Young, K., Sheppard, J., Haff, G., Newton, R., Watts, DG., Daley, S., (2013), Differences in upper body strength and power between international and national level water polo players. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21 (8 - 10 November), 54-56, Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia.
  • Tran, T., Lundgren, L., Nimphius, S., Haff, G., Newton, R., Sheppard, J., (2013), Physical profiles of an elite stand-up paddleboard surfer: A case study. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21 (8 - 10 November), 88-90, Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  The Development And Evaluation Of A Testing Protocol To Assess Upper Body Pressing Strength Qualities In High Performance Athletes
  • The Notion Of Masculinity In Male Collegiate Road Cyclists
  • Perceptual Changes And Sleep Disruption Following Pre-season Soccer Training
  • A Comparison Of Motivational Characteristics Of Male And Female Basketball Players In The Lone Star Conference
  • Changes In Cortisol, Testosterone, And Tc Ratio Of Collegiate Cyclists During Multiple Hill And Flat Time Trials
  • The Effects Of A High-intensity Quarter Squat Warm-up On Vertical Jump Performance At Different Time Intervals
  • The Acute Effects Of Sleep Deprivation On National-caliber Male Collegiate Weightlifters
  • Effect Of Carbohydrate Supplementation On Performance During An Acute Bout Of High Intensity Resistance Training
  • The Effect Of Different Degrees Of Pedal Float On Power During A 20 Km Time Trial In Elite Cyclists
  • Influence Of Different Relative Intensities On Power Output During The Hang Power Clean: Identification Of The Optimal Load
  • The Validity Of Accelerometer Technologies For Assessing Vertical Jump Performance
  • A Comparison Of Performance Characteristics Between Division I And Ii Women Volleyball Players
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Training Load Quantification In Professional Australian Basketball And The Use Of The Reactive Strength Index As A Monitoring Tool.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  The Creation And Validation Of A Youth Fundamental Hitting Scale: The Assessment Of Youth Baseball And Softball Hitting Fundamentals And The Perceived Psychological Barriers To Hitting A Pitched Ball.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Analysis Of Road Sprint Cycling Performance

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Mechanisms Affecting Post-activation Potentiation Following Voluntary Isokinetic Knee Extensions
  • The Effects Of A Multiple Step Antioxidant Supplementaion Protocol On High-intensity Cycling Performance
  • Anthropometric, Strength, And Power Determinantsof Throwing Performance In Collegiate Throwers
  • Aging-dependent Effects Of Training And Antioxidant Supplementation On Oxidative Stress In Skeletal Muscle
  • The Effect Of Balance Training On Performance In Division Ii Female Soccer Players
  • Acute Effects Of Whole-body Vibration On 30m Flying Sprint Performance
  • The Effect Of Resistance Exercise On Recovery Blood Pressures And Heart Rate In Normotensive And Borderline Hypertensive Males
  • The Relationship Between Isometric Force Characteristics And Vertical Jump Height Under Various Loading Condition
  • The Changes In Pitching Mechanics And Pitch Velocity During A Seven-inning Simulated Game In High School Baseball Pitchers: A Pprospective Descriptive Study
  • A Practical Comparison Between Traditional Periodization And Daily-undulating Weight Training Among Collegiate Track And Field Atheletes
  • The Effect Of Training In Elite Cyclists On Chronic Renal Function
  • Physiological And Performance Effects Of 11 Weeks Of Training In Division I Collegiate Throwers: An Exploratory Study
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