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Associate Professor Chris Abbiss

Associate Professor

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.

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

  • 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.
  • Optimizing performance in track sprint cycling ,  WA Institute of Sport,  Industry Engagement Scholarship to support PhD projects,  2017 - 2020,  $45,000.
  • High-Performance Cycling,  New Global Cycling Services SAGL,  Orica-GreenEDGE Sponsorship,  2018 - 2020,  $406,244.
  • 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.
  • 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,  $5,000.
  • High resolution mass spectrometry for metabolomics and proteomics research,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2015 - 2016,  $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,  2012 - 2013,  $20,556.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lawler, N., Abbiss, C., Raman, A., Fairchild, T., Maker, G., Trengove, R., Peiffer, J., (2017), Blood Removal Influences Pacing During a 4-Minute Cycling Time Trial. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, In Press(In Press), 25p., United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0778.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Article in press(Article in press), 1-10, 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.
  • Wu, S., Peiffer, J., Peeling, P., Brisswalter, J., Lau, W., Nosaka, K., Abbiss, C., (2016), Positive Swim Pacing Improves Sprint Triathlon Performance in Trained Athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, early online(early online), 18p., United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0580.
  • 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, Online first(Online first), 20p., United States, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0613.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Buchheit, M., Abbiss, C., Peiffer, JJ., Laursen, P., (2012), 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, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-011-2021-1.
  • 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 .
  • 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, Human Kinetics.
  • Sultana, F., Abbiss, C., Louis, J., Bernard, T., Hausswirth, C., Brisswalter, J., (2012), 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, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-011-2115-9.

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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