Research at the school aligns with he causes and manifestations of fatigue in the context of physical activity. That is, why does fatigue happen during physical activity and what forms does it take? The aim is to produce research that places it at the leading edge of worldwide scholarship concerning the theoretical understanding of fatigue. There are obvious reasons why fatigue is an important concern in the area of sports performance but fatigue is also of interest to those who study physical activity for well being. This is because fatigue limits and constrains the types and amount of physical activity that people want and feel able to do. In addition, fatigue is an important consideration in the study of certain disease states such multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and metabolic syndrome because physical activity is known to improve related symptoms and quality of life for people suffering these conditions.
Staff of the school conduct research in a variety of physical activity related sub-disciplines, addressing a variety of research questions. Some of these relate to fatigue. For example, Professor Marino is doing research into thermo-regulation to explain the role of heat production in fatigue onset. Likewise, other staff members (Dr Dionigi, Dr Cannon) study forms of exercise prescription that lead to improved musculoskeletal capacity amongst older people. This work sheds light on how we can help to delay muscular fatigue amongst older people, thus improving their physical independence and quality of life.
Professor Frank Marino
The main focus is related to understanding the mechanisms of fatigue during prolonged exercise. In particular, the relationship between the control of body temperature and central (Central Nervous System) fatigue.
Dr Jack Cannon
Age-Related Changes in the Determinants of Peak Force in Women and the Effect of Resistance Exercise.
The aim of this research is to determine the mechanism most responsible for the reduction in peak force with age in women and examine the effect of resistive exercise in attenuating such degenerative changes in muscle function. Specifically, this research will examine the contribution of changes in muscle cross-sectional area, central activation, neuromuscular recruitment, and the force generation capacity of the contractile apparatus to the age-associated reduction in isometric peak force in women. Furthermore, this research will investigate the effect of progressive high-intensity resistance training on these variables in young and older women, and examine the effect of high versus low training volumes on these relationships.
Dr Rylee Dionigi
Involves qualitative research into understanding the experiences of older adults who compete in sport.