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Associate Professor Chris Abbiss

Associate Dean (Research)

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5740, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.3105
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5740
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5036
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.3105  


Chris is an Associate Professor within the School of Medical and Health Sciences and is the Associate Dean (Research).

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


  • Bachelor Of Science (Sports Science) 1st Class Honours, Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University.


Recent Research Grants

  • Optimizing performance in track sprint cycling ,  WA Institute of Sport,  Industry Engagement Scholarship to support PhD projects,  2018 - 2021,  $45,000.
  • High-Performance Cycling,  New Global Cycling Services SAGL,  Orica-GreenEDGE Sponsorship,  2018 - 2020,  $406,244.
  • Physiological and physical characteristics of successful road sprint cycling performance: European Competition Focus,  New Global Cycling Services SAGL,  Orica-GreenEDGE Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2016 - 2020,  $15,000.
  • Study of the effects of management of body temperature during sleep of children with cerebral palsy.,  Cerebral Palsy Centre of Research Excellence,  NHMRC Funded Scholarship Top up,  2017 - 2018,  $7,500.
  • Examination of Physiological Factors Influencing High Performance Sprint Cycling ,  Cycling Australia - Australian Cycling Federation Inc,  Cycling Australia - Australian Cycling Federation Inc - Grant,  2015 - 2018,  $395,040.
  • Impact of Augmented Feedback on Pacing and Performance in Striking Combat Sports,  Australian Institute of Sport,  Scholarship - AIS,  2014 - 2018,  $9,814.
  • Symposia to discuss the direction of future cycling research in Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $32,100.
  • High resolution mass spectrometry for metabolomics and proteomics research,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2015 - 2016,  $1,450,000.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Modelling Performance in High Performance Cyclists,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  CSIRO - Fellowship,  2008 - 2013,  $365,519.
  • 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 - 2013,  $18,326.
  • 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,  2012 - 2013,  $20,556.

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, Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Articles

  • Farley, O., Abbiss, C., Sheppard, J., (2017), Performance analysis of surfing: A review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31(1), 260-271, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001442.
  • Govus, AD., Peeling, P., Abbiss, C., Lawler, NG., Swinkels, DW., Thompson, KG., Peiffer, JJ., Gore, CJ., Garvican-Lewis, LA., (2017), Live high, train low ? influence on resting and post-exercise hepcidin levels. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 27(7), 704-713, Denmark, Blackwell Munksgaard, DOI: 10.1111/sms.12685.
  • Halperin, I., Chapman, D., Martin, D., Abbiss, C., (2017), The effects of attentional focus instructions on punching velocity and impact forces among trained combat athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(5), 500-507, London, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1175651.
  • Skorski, S., Thompson, KG., Keegan, RJ., Meyer, T., Abbiss, C., (2017), A Monetary Reward Alters Pacing but Not Performance in Competitive Cyclists. Frontiers in Physiology, 8(September), 741, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00741.
  • Metcalfe, A., Menaspa, P., Villerius, V., Quod, M., Peiffer, J., Gorvus, A., Abbiss, C., (2017), The Within-Season Distribution of External Training and Racing Workload in Professional Male Road Cyclists. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 12(April 2017), 142-146, United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0396.
  • Menaspa, P., Abbiss, C., (2017), Considerations on the Assessment and Use of Cycling Performance Metrics and their Integration in the Athlete's Biological Passport. Frontiers in Physiology, 8(Nov 2017), Article no. 912, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00912.
  • Barley, O., Iredale, F., Chapman, D., Abbiss, C., (2017), Repeat Effort Performance is Reduced 24 h following Acute Dehydration in Mixed Martial Arts Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, article in press(article in press), pp. 25, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Lawler, N., Abbiss, C., Raman, A., Fairchild, T., Maker, G., Trengove, R., Peiffer, J., (2017), The influence of blood removal on pacing during a 4-minute cycling time trial. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12(8), 1085-1092, Champaign, USA, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0778.
  • Choo, H., Nosaka, K., Peiffer, J., Ihsan, M., Abbiss, C., (2017), Ergogenic effects of precooling with cold water immersion and ice ingestion: A meta-analysis. European Journal of Sport Science, epub ahead of print(epub ahead of print), 13p., United States, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2017.1405077.
  • Choo, H., Nosaka, K., Peiffer, J., Abdullah, M., Yeo, CC., Abbiss, C., (2017), Reliability of laser Doppler, near-infrared spectroscopy and Doppler ultrasound for peripheral blood flow measurements during and after exercise in the heat. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(17), 1715-1723, London, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1235790.
  • Peiffer, J., Abbiss, C., Sultana, F., Bernard, T., Brisswalter, J., (2016), Comparison of the influence of age on cycling efficiency and the energy cost of running in well-trained triathletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(1), 195-201, Germany, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-015-3264-z.
  • Abbiss, C., Thompson, K., Lipski, M., Meyer, T., Skorski, S., (2016), Pacing differs between time- and distance-based time trials in trained cyclists. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11(8), 1018-1023 , United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0613.
  • Choo, H., Nosaka, K., Peiffer, J., Abdullah, M., Yeo, V., Abbiss, C., (2016), Peripheral blood flow changes in response to postexercise cold water immersion. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, 38(1), 46-55, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/cpf.12380.
  • Farley, O., Abbiss, C., Sheppard, J., (2016), Testing protocols for profiling of surfers' anaerobic and aerobic fitness: A review. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 38(5), 52-65, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000252.
  • Farley, O., Secomb, J., Parsonage, J., Lundgren, L., Abbiss, C., Sheppard, J., (2016), Five weeks of sprint and high-intensity interval training improves paddling performance in adolescent surfers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(9), 2446-2452, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001364.
  • Abdullah, M., Watson, G., Abbiss, C., (2016), What are the Physiological Mechanisms for Post-Exercise Cold Water Immersion in the Recovery from Prolonged Endurance and Intermittent Exercise?. Sports Medicine, 46(8), 1095-1109, New Zealand, Springer International Publishing, DOI: 10.1007/s40279-016-0483-3.
  • Halperin, I., Chapman, D., Martin, D., Abbiss, C., Wulf, G., (2016), Coaching cues in amateur boxing: An analysis of ringside feedback provided between rounds of competition. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 25(2016), 44-50, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.04.003.
  • Wu, S., Peiffer, J., Peeling, P., Brisswalter, J., Lau, W., Nosaka, K., Abbiss, C., (2016), Improvement of Sprint Triathlon Performance in Trained Athletes With Positive Swim Pacing. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11(8), 1024-1028, United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0580.
  • Halperin, I., Hughes, S., Panchuk, D., Abbiss, C., Chapman, D., (2016), The Effects of Either a Mirror, Internal or External Focus Instructions on Single and Multi-Joint Tasks. PLoS One, 11(11), Article number e0166799, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166799.
  • Zadow, E., Gordon, N., Abbiss, C., Peiffer, J., (2015), Pacing, the missing piece of the puzzle to high-intensity interval training. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 36(3), 215-219, Stuttgart, Germany, Georg Thieme Verlag, DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1389973.
  • Wall, B., Watson, G., Peiffer, JJ., Abbiss, C., Siegel, R., Laursen, PB., (2015), Current hydration guidelines are erroneous: dehydration does not impair exercise performance in the heat. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(16), 1077-1083, London, United Kingdom, BMJ Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092417.
  • Menaspa, P., Martin, D., Victor, J., Abbiss, C., (2015), Maximal sprint power in road cyclists after variable and nonvariable high-intensity exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(11), 3156-3161, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000972.
  • Abbiss, C., Peiffer, J., Meeusen, R., Skorski, S., (2015), Role of Ratings of Perceived Exertion during Self-Paced Exercise: What are We Actually Measuring?. Sports Medicine, 45(9), 1235-1243, New Zealand, Springer International Publishing, DOI: 10.1007/s40279-015-0344-5.
  • Menaspa, P., Quod, M., Martin, D., Peiffer, J., Abbiss, C., (2015), Physical Demands of Sprinting in Professional Road Cycling. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 36(13), 1058-1062, Stuttgart, Germany, Georg Thieme Verlag, DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1554697.
  • Wu, S., Peiffer, J., Brisswalter, J., Nosaka, K., Lau, W., Abbiss, C., (2015), Pacing strategies during the swim, cycle and run disciplines of sprint, Olympic and half-Ironman triathlons. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(5), 1147-1154, Heidelberg, Germany, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-014-3096-2.
  • Govus, A., Garvican-Lewis, L., Abbiss, C., Peeling, P., Gore, C., (2015), Pre-Altitude Serum Ferritin Levels and Daily Oral Iron Supplement Dose Mediate Iron Parameter and Hemoglobin Mass Responses to Altitude Exposure. PLoS One, 10(8), e0135120, San Francisco, USA, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135120.
  • Garvican-Lewis, L., Halliday, I., Abbiss, C., Saunders, P., Gore, C., (2015), Altitude Exposure at 1800 m Increases Haemoglobin Mass in Distance Runners. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 14(2), 413-417, Bursa, Turkey, Georg Thieme Verlag.
  • Abdullah, M., Markworth, J., Watson, G., Choo, HC., Govus, A., Pham, T., Hickey, A., Cameron-Smith, D., Abbiss, C., (2015), Regular postexercise cooling enhances mitochondrial biogenesis through AMPK and p38 MAPK in human skeletal muscle. American Journal of Physiology Regulatory Integrative and Comparitive Physiology, 309(3), R286-R294, Bethesda, USA, American Physiological Society, DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00031.2015.
  • McCabe, S., Blackmore, M., Abbiss, C., Langdon, K., Elliot, C., (2015), Sleep concerns in children and young people with cerebral palsy in their home setting. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(12), 1188-1194, West Sussex, UK, Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jpc.12933.
  • Farley, O., Raymond, E., Secomb, J., Ferrier, B., Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Abbiss, C., Sheppard, J., (2015), Scoring Analysis of the Men?s 2013 World Championship Tour of Surfing. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 9(1), 38-48, Champaign, Illinois, United States, Human Kinetics, Inc., DOI: 10.1123/ijare.2014-0072.
  • Schumann, M., Yli-Peltola, K., Abbiss, C., Hakkinen, K., (2015), Cardiorespiratory Adaptations during Concurrent Aerobic and Strength Training in Men and Women. PLoS One, 10(9), e0139279, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139279.
  • Skorski, S., Faude, O., Abbiss, C., Caviezel, S., Wengert, N., 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, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2013-0469.
  • 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, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093002.
  • 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, Human Kinetics, 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, Human Kinetics, 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, Dovepress, 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, Cycling Research Center.
  • 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, Cycling Research Centre.
  • 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, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-014-2977-8.
  • Abdullah, M., Watson, G., Choo, HC., Lewandowski, P., Papazzo, A., Cameron-Smith, D., Abbiss, C., (2014), Postexercise muscle cooling enhances gene expression of PGC-1?. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(10), 1900-1907, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000308.
  • 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), 2183-2191, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-014-2938-2.
  • 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), 309-315, United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/IJSPP.2013-0048.
  • 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, Cycling Research Centre.
  • 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, Adis International Ltd, DOI: 10.1007/s40279-012-0014-9.
  • 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, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2012.751118.
  • 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, Human Kinetics.
  • 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, Human Kinetics.
  • 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, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/annhyg/mes084.
  • 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, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31827e13a2.
  • 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, Georg Thieme Verlag, DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1331771.

Conference Publications

  • 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, 102-105, Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • 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, Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Muscle Adaptations To Post-exercise Cooling
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Analysis Of Road Sprint Cycling Performance
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  The Effects Of Acute Dehydration Of 5% Body Mass On Performance And Physiology Of Mixed Martial Arts Athletes
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Regulation Of Human Iron Metabolism In Hypoxia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Understanding And Improving Pacing Strategies During Standard Distance Triathlons In Age Group Triathletes.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Performance Analysis Of Power Output In Professional Male Road Cyclists
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Effects Of Augmented Feedback On Pacing And Performance Of Elite Combat Athletes

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Assessment Of Competitive Requirements, Repeated Sprint Paddle Ability And Trainability Of Paddling Performance In Surfers
  • 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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