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Dr Christopher Latella

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3637
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.3103  

Chris is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Neurophysiology Research Laboratory located within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.


  • Lecturer – Deakin College, Burwood Victoria.
  • Casual Academic/Research Assistant – Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria.
  • Casual Academic – Victoria University, Footscray, Victoria.
  • Research Assistant – Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria.

Professional Associations

  • ASCA Level 1
  • NCAS
  • NSCA

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2018- Best presentation by and early career researcher, Australian Society for Psychophysiology conference, Geelong, Australia.
  • 2012 - Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) award.


Research Areas and Interests

  • Neurophysiological underpinning of fatigue ad recovery which impacts human performance and function, with a particular interest in the acute responses to resistance training.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2017.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Owen, P., Hart, N., Latella, C., Hendy, A., Lamon, S., Rantalainen, T. (2021). Identifying and assessing inter-muscular fat at the distal diaphyseal femur measured by peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (pQCT). Journal of Clinical Densitometry, 24(1), 106-111.
  • Harmsen, J., Latella, C., Mesquita, R., Fasse, A., Schumann, M., Behringer, M., Taylor, J., Nosaka, K. (2021). H‑reflex and M‑wave responses after voluntary and electrically evoked muscle cramping. European Journal of Applied Physiology, epub ahead of print(Nov 2020), 14p..

Journal Articles

  • Latella, C., Teo, W., Spathis, J., Van Den Hoek, D. (2020). Long-Term Strength Adaptation: A 15-Year Analysis of Powerlifting Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(9), 2412-2418.
  • Victora Ruas, C., Taylor, J., Nosaka, K., Haff, G., Latella, C. (2020). A time-efficient method to determine parameters for measurement of short-interval intracortical inhibition for quadriceps. European Journal of Neuroscience, 52(12), 4751-4761.
  • Harris, D., Kendall, K., Haff, G., Latella, C. (2020). Absolute and Relative Strength, Power and Physiological Characteristics of Indian Junior National‐ Level Judokas. Sports, 8(2), Article Number 14.
  • Latella, C., Haff, G. (2020). Global Challenges of Being a Strength Athlete during a Pandemic: Impacts and Sports-Specific Training Considerations and Recommendations. Sports, 8(7), Article Number 100.
  • Pearson, J., Spathis, J., Van Den Hoek, D., Owen, P., Weakley, J., Latella, C. (2020). Effect of Competition Frequency on Strength Performance of Powerlifting Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(5), 1213-1219.
  • Latella, C., Van Der Groen, O., Victora Ruas, C., Taylor, J. (2020). Effect of fatigue-related group III/IV afferent firing on intracortical inhibition and facilitation in hand muscles. Journal of Applied Physiology, 128(1), 149-158.

Journal Articles

  • Drinkwater, E., Latella, C., Wilsmore, C., Bird, S., Skein, M. (2019). Foam rolling as a recovery tool following eccentric exercise: Potential mechanisms underpinning changes in jump performance. Frontiers in Physiology, 10(JUN), Article number 768.
  • Latella, C., Van Den Hoek, D., Teo, W. (2019). Differences in strength performance between novice and elite athletes: Evidence from powerlifters. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(2019), S103-S112.
  • Latella, C., Grgic, J., Der Westhuizen, D. (2019). Effect of interset strategies on acute resistance training performance and physiological responses: A systematic review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(2019), S180-S193.
  • Latella, C., Teo, W., Drinkwater, E., Kendall, K., Haff, G. (2019). The Acute Neuromuscular Responses to Cluster Set Resistance Training: A Systematic Review and Meta‑Analysis. Sports Medicine, 49(12), 1861-1877.
  • Latella, C., Victora Ruas, C., Mesquita, R., Nosaka, K., Taylor, J. (2019). Test-retest reliability of elbow flexor contraction characteristics with tensiomyography for different elbow joint angles. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 45(April 2019), 26-32.
  • Harris, DM., Foulds, S., Latella, C. (2019). Evidence-Based Training Recommendations for the Elite Judoka. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 41(2), 108-118.
  • Latella, C., Goodwill, A., Muthalib, M., Hendy, A., Major, B., Nosaka, K., Teo, W. (2019). Effects of eccentric versus concentric contractions of the biceps brachii on intracortical inhibition and facilitation. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 29(3), 369-379.
  • Hendy, A., Ekblom, M., Latella, C., Teo, W. (2019). Investigating the effects of muscle contraction and conditioning stimulus intensity on short-interval intracortical inhibition. European Journal of Neuroscience, 50(7), 3133-3140.
  • Grgic, J., Schoenfeld, B., Latella, C. (2019). Resistance training frequency and skeletal muscle hypertrophy: A review of available evidence. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(3), 361-370.

Journal Articles

  • Latella, C., Hendy, A., Vanderwesthuizen, D., Teo, W. (2018). The modulation of corticospinal excitability and inhibition following acute resistance exercise in males and females. European Journal of Sport Science, 18(7), 984-993.

Journal Articles

  • Latella, C., Teo, W., Harris, D., Major, B., Vanderwesthuizen, D., Hendy, A. (2017). Effects of acute resistance training modality on corticospinal excitability, intra-cortical and neuromuscular responses. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 117(11), 2211-2224.

Journal Articles

  • Latella, C., Hendy, AM., Pearce, AJ., Vanderwesthuizen, D., Teo, W. (2016). The time-course of acute changes in corticospinal excitability, intra-cortical inhibition and facilitation following a single-session heavy strength training of the biceps brachii. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10(Dec 2016), Article Number: 607.

Research Projects

  • Lower-body injury risk stratification in female and male recruits through muscle-bone imaging., Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Defence Science Collaborative Research Grants, 2020 ‑ 2022, $150,000.
  • The role of motoneurones in strength and muscle fatigue: Changing the spinal cord with exercise training, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant – 2020, 2020 ‑ 2021, $29,348.
  • Effects of brief periods of hypoxia on serotonin release and the behaviour of human motoneurones., Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2019, 2019 ‑ 2020, $11,368.
  • Developing strategies to optimise athletic performance in elite athletes; Preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, Edith Cowan University, ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2018 Round 1, 2018 ‑ 2019, $7,270.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Neuromuscular characteristics of eccentric contractions of the knee extensors and their muscle damage profiles

Principal Supervisor

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