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    Dr Brendan Scott
    BESS (Hons), PhD

    Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning

    About me

    Brendan is a Senior Lecturer in the discipline of Exercise Science. He received a BESS (Hons) from the University of Newcastle in 2011, and completed his PhD investigating the effects of hypoxia on responses to resistance training in 2015. Brendan has consulted with professional athletes and officials from a range of sports including rugby league (NRL), Australian football (AFL), soccer (A-League) and elite powerlifting. He is also an Accredited Exercise Scientist and Level 2 Sports Scientist with ESSA, and a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the ASCA.

    Prior to taking his position at Murdoch University, Brendan was employed as a Sessional Academic at the University of Newcastle. His main research interests are in hypoxic and blood flow restriction training strategies, athlete monitoring, and novel approaches to resistance exercise.

    Brendan is the Lecturer and coordinator for EXS116 (Functional Human Anatomy; formally EXS206), and EXS223 (Strength and Resistance Training; formally EXS103), and co-teaches EXS124 (Introduction to Sports Science).

    Teaching area

    EXS116 (Functional Human Anatomy; formally EXS206)

    This unit provides students with detailed knowledge of human anatomy as it relates to movement.


    EXS223 (Strength and Resistance Training; formally EXS103)

    This unit covers the theoretical basis and practical applications of resistance training methods for a range of populations, including youth, healthy adults, the elderly and athletes.


    EXS124 (Introduction to Sports Science)

    This unit covers introductory information on the various disciplines of exercise science and sports medicine, with a focus on both athletic and clinical populations.

    Research areas

    Resistance Training Strategies

    Brendan has research interests in novel resistance training methods, such as using hypoxia (simulated altitude) to improve muscular development. He also has an interest in the use of blood flow restriction during light resistance training or cardiovascular exercise to improve fitness and functional outcomes for both young and older populations. Further to this, Brendan is engaged with research investigating the use of velocity and perceptual measurements to provide more specific resistance training prescription.


    Athlete Monitoring

    This work focuses on optimising strategies to monitor the training doses applied to high-performance athletes in order to avoid overtraining injury and enhance adaptation to training.

    Current projects

    • Understanding the factors which influence the overall intensity of different types of resistance training
    • The acute responses to resistance exercise performed in systemic hypoxia
    • The efficacy of blood flow restriction exercise to enhance muscular development in trained athletes
    • Blood flow restriction strategies to improve performance in team sport and endurance athletes
    • Using repetition velocity and perceptual ratings to monitor resistance exercise performance
    • Using microtechnology to understand the physical stress of cricket fast bowling
    • Biomechanical factors relating to fast bowling injury risk in youth cricketers
    • Force-velocity profiling to individualise training prescription for team sport athletes


    Awards and grants

    • Winner of the ASCA Best Student Poster Award at the ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning. The Gold Coast, Australia (2015)
    • Highly Commended for the ASCA Best Student Poster Award at the ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning. The Gold Coast, Australia (2015)
    • Awarded the Team Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning for the Faculty of Science and Information Technology. University of Newcastle (2015)
    • Winner of the Best Published Paper in the Theme of Exercise Science from the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition. University of Newcastle (2014)
    • Winner of the ASCA Best Student Poster Award at the ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning. Melbourne, Australia (2014)
    • Finalist for the University of Western Australia Poster Award at the 6th ESSA Conference and Sports Dietitians Australia Update: Research to Practice. Adelaide, Australia (2014)
    • Awarded the Central Coast Campus Friends Student Research Award for research most likely to make a significant contribution to the Central Coast (2012)
    • University of New Hampshire: International Research Opportunities Program- $11,317. Corticomotor function during blood flow restricted arm crank ergometry (International Mentor).    
    • WA Department of Health: Near-miss Funding for NHMRC Early Career Fellowship Application – $50,000. Low-intensity exercise with blood flow restriction: a novel training strategy to improve fitness and function in older people (CI).
    • WA Department of Health via Murdoch University: Future Health WA First Year Initiative: Supporting WA Health and Medical Research Mentoring Program- $8,000. (CI)
    • Murdoch University VC’s Small Steps of Innovation Funding Program – $5,000. Development of the Murdoch Applied Sports Science (MASS) Laboratory. (CI)

    Doctoral and masters supervisions


    • Mr Mitchell Forrest (Co-Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2016-Present): ‘An examination lower-back injury in cricket fast bowlers’ 
    • Mr Liam Hughes (Primary Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2017-Present): ‘Velocity-based approaches to resistance training’ 
    • Mr Sean Mansfield (Primary Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2019-Present): ‘Using wearable technologies to monitor training: Implications for professional cricketers’ 
    • Mr Thomas Walden (Primary Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2019-Present): ‘Methodological considerations for blood flow restriction exercise’ 
    • Mr Andrew Jonson (Primary Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2019-Present): ‘Novel implementation of load-velocity relationships for Australian football athletes’ 
    • Mr Nathan Smith (Co-Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2019-Present): ‘Interval cycling exercise with blood flow restriction’
    • Mr Shaun Markovic (Co-Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2019-Present): ‘Influences of sporting participation on markers of cognitive function’


    • Mr Sean Mansfield (Primary Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2018): 1stClass Hons: The role of blinding in autoregulation: does blinding impact estimates of repetitions to failure in resistance trained individuals’ 
    • Mr Thomas Walden (Primary Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2018): 1stClass Hons The role of resistance training in hypoxia: muscular adaptations and the influence of metabolic responses’
    • Mr Andrew Jonson (Primary Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2018): 2A Class Hons: Resistance training to failure or in hypoxia: implications for performance and post-exercise fatigue’ 
    • Mr Andrew Bailey (Co-Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2018): 2A Class Hons: ‘Can low dose Nordic hamstring exercises reduce the risk of hamstring injury? A randomised control study’ 
    • Mr James Reyburn (Primary Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2017): 1stClass Hons: ‘Contributions from different training modalities to the overall loads imposed on semi-professional Australian rules footballers’ 
    • Mr Liam Hughes (Primary Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2016): 1stClass Hons: ‘The reliability and validity of a load-velocity relationship for predicting variations in maximal strength’ 
    • Miss Hannah Thomas (Co-Supervisor; Murdoch University; 2016): 1stClass Hons: ‘The cardiovascular demands of moderate-intensity interval cycling with blood flow restriction’ 
    • Miss Catriona Lockhart (Assistant Supervisor Role; University of Newcastle; 2015): 1stClass Hons: ‘The acute effects of inter-set rest duration on physiological and perceptual responses to resistance exercise in hypoxia’



    • Markovic, S., Fitzgerald, M., Peiffer, J., Scott, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Sohrabi, H., Brown, B., (2021), The impact of exercise, sleep, and diet on neurocognitive recovery from mild traumatic brain injury in older adults: A narrative review, Ageing Research Reviews, 68, , pages 101322 -.
    • Walden, T., Girard, O., Jonson, A., Dempsey, A., Marston, K., Scott, B., (2020), Sessional work-rate does not affect the magnitude to which simulated hypoxia can augment acute physiological responses during resistance exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 10, 1, pages 2159 - 2169.
    • Tufano, J., Omcirk, D., Malecek, J., Pisz, A., Halaj, M., Scott, B., (2020), Traditional sets vs rest-redistribution: a laboratory-controlled study of a specific cluster set configuration at fast and slow velocities, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 45, 4, pages -.
    • Forrest, M., Scott, B., Hebert, J., Dempsey, A., (2020), Exercise-based injury prevention for community-level adolescent cricket pace bowlers: a cluster-randomised controlled trial., Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 25, 5, pages 475 - 480.
    • Forrest, M., Hebert, J., Scott, B., Dempsey, A., (2020), Modifying bowling kinematics in cricket pace bowlers with exercise-based injury prevention: a cluster-randomised controlled trial, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 23, 12, pages 1172 - 1177.
    • Catriona, L., Scott, B., Thoseby, B., Dascombe, B., (2020), Acute effects of interset rest duration on physiological and perceptual responses to resistance exercise in hypoxia, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34, 8, pages 2241 - 2249.
    • Girard, O., Sarah, W., Purnelle, M., Scott, B., Millet, G., (2019), Separate and combined effects of local and systemic hypoxia in resistance exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119, 10, pages 2313 - 2325.
    • Hughes, L., Banyard, H., Dempsey, A., Scott, B., (2019), Using load-velocity relationships to predict 1RM in free-weight exercise: a comparison of the different methods, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33, 9, pages 2409 - 2419.
    • Hughes, L., Banyard, H., Dempsey, A., Peiffer, J., Scott, B., (2019), Using load-velocity relationship to quantify training-induced fatigue., Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33, 3, pages 774 - 782.
    • Patterson, S., Hughes, L., Warmington, S., Burr, J., Scott, B., Owens, J., abe, T., Neilsen, J., Libardi, C., Laurentino, G., Neto, G., Bradner, C., Martin-Hernandez, J., Loenneke, J., (2019), Blood flow restriction exercise position stand: considerations of methodology, application and safety, Frontiers in Physiology, 10, May 2019, pages 533 -.
    • Forrest, M., Scott, B., Hebert, J., Dempsey, A., (2018), Injury prevention strategies for adolescent cricket pace bowlers, Sports Medicine, 48, 11, pages 2449 - 2461.
    • Thomas, H., Scott, B., Peiffer, J., (2018), Acute physiological responses to low-intensity blood flow restriction cycling, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21, 9, pages 969 - 974.
    • Scott, B., Peiffer, J., Thomas, H., Marston, K., Hill, K., (2018), Hemodynamic responses to low-load blood flow restriction and unrestricted high-load resistance exercise in older women, Frontiers in Physiology, 9, , pages 1324 -.
    • Brown, H., Binnie, M., Dawson, B., Bullock, N., Scott, B., Peeling, P., (2018), Factors affecting occlusion pressure required for ischemic preconditioning, European Journal of Sport Science, 18, 3, pages 387 - 396.
    • Cook, S., Scott, B., Hayes, K., Murphy, B., (2018), Neuromuscular adaptations to low-load blood flow restricted resistance training, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, , , pages -.
    • Scott, B., Slattery, K., Sculley, D., Dascombe, B., (2018), Hypoxia During Resistance Exercise Does Not Affect Physical Performance, Perceptual Responses, or Neuromuscular Recovery, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32, 8, pages 2174 - 2182.
    • Scott, B., Slattery, K., Sculley, D., Smith, S., Peiffer, J., Dascombe, B., (2017), Acute physiological and perceptual responses to high-load resistance exercise in hypoxia, Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, , , pages -.
    • Scott, B., Goods, P., Peiffer, J., (2017), The effects of supplementary low-load blood flow restriction training on morphological and performance-based adaptations in team sport athletes, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31, 8, pages 2147 - 2154.
    • Scott, B., Hodson, J., Govus, A., Dascombe, B., (2017), The 30:15 Intermittent Fitness Test: Can it predict outcomes in field tests of anaerobic performance?, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31, 10, pages 2825 - 2831.
    • Forrest, M., Hebert, J., Scott, B., Brini, S., Dempsey, A., (2017), Risk factors for non-contact injury in adolescent cricket pace bowlers: A systematic review of the literature, Sports Medicine, 47, , pages 2603 - 2619.
    • Scott, B., Slattery, K., Sculley, D., Lockhart, C., Dascombe, B., (2017), Acute physiological responses to moderate-load resistance exercise in hypoxia, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31, 7, pages 1973 - 1981.
    • Marston, K., Peiffer, J., Newton, M., Scott, B., (2017), A comparison of traditional and novel metrics to quantify resistance training. Scientific Reports, Scientific Reports, 7, 5606, pages -.
    • Scott, B., Duthie, G., Thornton, H., Dascombe, B., (2016), Training Monitoring for Resistance Exercise: Theory and Applications, Springer Science Reviews, 46, 5, pages 687 - 698.
    • Scott, B., Goods, P., Slattery, K., (2016), High-Intensity Exercise in Hypoxia: Is Increased Reliance on Anaerobic Metabolism Important?, Frontiers in Physiology, 7, DEC, pages 637 to 637.
    • Bennett, K., Fransen, J., Scott, B., Sanctuary, C., Gabbett, T., Dascombe, B., (2016), Examining the skill involvements of under-16 rugby league players during a small-sided game and match-play, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, , , pages -.
    • Scott, B., Loenneke, J., Slattery, K., Dascombe, B., (2015), Exercise with blood flow restriction: an updated evidence-based approach for enhanced muscular development, Sports Medicine, 45, 3, pages 313 - 325.
    • Scott, B., Lockhart, C., Thoseby, B., Sutherland, J., Dascombe, B., (2015), The Effects of Varying Inter-Set Rest Durations During Resistance Exercise in Normoxia and Hypoxia, Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 23, 6, pages 21 - 25.
    • Scott, B., Slattery, K., Dascombe, B., (2015), Systemic Hypoxia Enhances Acute Responses to Moderate-Load Resistance Exercise, Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 23, 6, pages 12 - 15.
    • Knight, T., Scott, B., Jalilvand, F., Lockie, R., (2015), The effect of changing player numbers on the physiological responses and time-motion characteristics of a soccer-specific training drill, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 15, 2, pages 452 - 470.
    • Scott, B., Slattery, K., Dascombe, B., (2015), Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: is metabolic stress the key moderator?, Medical hypotheses, 84, 2, pages 145 - 149.
    • Scott, B., Slattery, K., Sculley, D., Hodson, J., Dascombe, B., (2015), PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE DURING HIGH-INTENSITY RESISTANCE EXERCISE IN NORMOXIC AND HYPOXIC CONDITIONS, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29, 3, pages 807 - 815.
    • Scott, B., Lockie, R., Davies, S., Clark, A., Lynch, D., Janse de Jonge, X., (2014), The physical demands of professional soccer players during in-season field-based training and match-play, Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 22, , pages 7 - 15.