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Training for Optimal Power: The Influence of Resistance and Muscle Mechanics on Power Output


11 Jun 2014


Dr Dominic Farris, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland


When training to develop greater muscular power we desire to use a resistive load that maximises mechanical power output. This has commonly been assessed by examining the variation in whole body power output that occurs across different loads. However, this approach ignores the complex underlying interaction between muscle groups and within individual muscle-tendon units. In this talk Dominic will discuss findings from initial studies that aim to examine these underlying interactions in order to explain trends in whole body power output that are observed during leg power training.


Dr Dominic Farris joined the School of Human Movement Studies in January 2013 as a research officer specialising in muscle mechanics. Prior to this appointment he completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University (USA). This included a short period as a visiting scholar at Stanford University (USA). Originally from the UK, Dr Farris received his PhD in biomechanics from the University of Bath (UK) in 2010.

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