Dr Brendan Scott
BESS (Hons), PhD

Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning

About me

Brendan is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology and 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 accredited as 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 athlete monitoring and resistance training strategies.

Brendan is the Lecturer and coordinator for EXS206 (Functional Human Anatomy) and EXS103 (Strength and Resistance Training; from 2016).

Teaching area

EXS206 (Functional Human Anatomy)

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

 

EXS103 (Strength and Resistance Training)

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.

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 to improve muscle size and strength.

 

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

  • The effects of inter-set rest periods on physiological responses to moderate-load resistance exercise
  • The efficacy of blood flow restriction exercise to enhance muscular development in trained athletes
  • Using repetition velocity to monitor resistance exercise performance

 

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)

Doctoral and masters supervisions

  • Mitch Forrest (PhD): Risk factors for injury in young cricket fast bowlers
  • Catriona Adams (PhD): Wheelchair basketball: physical demands and performance testing methodologies
  • Liam Hughes (Hons): The reliability and validity of load-velocity relationships for determining readiness to train in resistance exercise
  • Hannah Thomas (Hons): The acute physiological and perceptual responses to cycling exercise with blood flow restriction

Publications

Journals

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 -.
  • Marston, K., Peiffer, J., Newton, M., Scott, B., (2016), 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.
  • 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 (full text article requested email is sent by TR), International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, , , pages -.
  • Scott, B., Goods, P., Slattery, K., (2016), High-intensity exercise in hypoxia: Is increased reliance on anaerobic metabolism important?, Frontiers in Physiology, 7, Dec 2016 / Article 637, pages 1 - 4.
  • 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.
  • 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, , pages 452 - 470.
  • 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., Loenneke, J., Slattery, K., Dascombe, B., (2015), Exercise with blood flow restriction: an updated evidence-based approach for enhanced muscular development, Sports Medicine: reviews of applied medicine and science in sport and exercise, 45, , pages 313 - 325.
  • 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., Dascombe, B., (2015), Systemic Hypoxia Enhances Acute Responses to Moderate-Load Resistance Exercise, Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 23, 6, pages 12 - 15.
  • 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.

Textbook Chapters

  1. Dascombe BJ, Elsworthy N, Scott BR, Sculley DV and Raeburn PR. Physiological changes affecting performance of Masters athletes in Nutrition and Performance in Masters Athletes. CRC Press, Sydney, 2014.

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

  • Scott BR, Thornton HR, Duthie GM and Dascombe BJ. Training monitoring for resistance exercise: theory and applications. Sports Med, In Press.
  • Bennett KJM, Scott BR, Fransen J, Elsworthy N, Santuary CE, Gabbett TJ and Dascombe BJ. Examining the skill involvements of under-16 rugby league players during a small-sided game and match-play. Int J Sport Sci Coaching, In Press.
  • Bennett KJM, Fransen J, Scott BR, Santuary CE, Gabbett TJ and Dascombe BJ. Positional group significantly influences the offensive and defensive skill involvements of junior representative rugby league players during match play. J Sport Sci, In Press.
  • Thornton HR, Delaney JA, Duthie GM, Scott BR, Sanctuary CE and Dascombe BJ. The development of illness prediction models using self-report information amongst elite rugby league players. J Strength Cond Res, In Press.
  • Scott BR, Loenneke JP, Slattery KM, and Dascombe BJ. Blood flow restricted exercise for athletes: a review of available evidence. J Sci Med Sport, In Press.
  • Knight TJ, Scott BR, Jalivand F, and Lockie RG. The effect of changing player numbers on the physiological responsesand time-motion characteristics of a soccer-specific training drill. Int J Perform Analysis Sport. 15: 452-470, 2015.
  • Scott BR, Slattery KM, Sculley DV, Hodson JA and Dascombe BJ. Physical performance during high-intensity resistance exercise in normoxic and hypoxic conditions. J Strength Cond Res. 29: 807-815, 2015.
  • Scott BR, Loenneke JP, Slattery KM, and Dascombe BJ. Exercise with blood flow restriction: an updated evidence-based approach for enhanced muscular development. Sports Med. 45: 313-325, 2015.
  • Scott BR, Slattery KM, and Dascombe BJ. Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: is metabolic stress the key moderator? Med Hypotheses. 84: 145-149, 2015.
  • Scott BR, Dascombe BJ, Delaney JA, Elsworthy N, Lockie RG, Sculley DV, Slattery KM. Reliability of telemetric electromyography and near-infrared spectroscopy during high-intensity resistance exercise. J Electromyography Kinesiol. 24: 722-730, 2014.
  • Scott, BR, Dascombe, BJ, Delaney, JA, Elsworthy, N, Lockie, RG, Sculley, DV, and Slattery, KM. The validity and reliability of a customized rigid supportive harness during Smith Machine back squat exercise. J Strength Cond Res. 28: 636-642, 2014.
  • Scott BR, Slattery KM, and Dascombe BJ. Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: does it provide added benefit? Front Physiol. 5: 397, 2014.
  • Scott, BR, Slattery, KM, Sculley, DV, and Dascombe, BJ. Hypoxia and resistance exercise: a comparison of localized and systemic methods. Sports Med. 44: 1037-1054, 2014.
  • Elsworthy N, Dascombe BJ, Scott BR, Stevens CJ and Burke D. Physical and decision-making demands of Australian football umpires during competitve matches. J Strength Cond Res. 28: 3502-3507, 2014
  • Scott BR. Using blood flow restriction strategies to manage training stress for athletes. J Aust Strength Cond. 22: 48-52, 2014
  • Scott, BR, Lockie, RG, Davies, SJG, Clark, AC, Lynch, DM, and Janse de Jonge, XAK. The physical demands of professional soccer players during in-season field-based training and match-play. J Aust Strength Cond. 22: 7-15, 2014.
  • Scott, BR, Lockie, RG, Knight, TJ, Clark, AC, and Janse de Jonge, XAK. A comparison of methods to quantify the in-season training load of professional soccer players. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 8: 195-202, 2013.
  • Lockie, RG, Murphy, AJ, Scott, BR, and Janse de Jonge, XA. Quantifying session ratings of perceived exertion for field-based speed training methods in team sport athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 26: 2721-2728, 2012.

Papers in Review                                      

  • Scott BR, Slattery KM, Sculley DV, Lockhart C and Dascombe BJ. Acute physiological responses to moderate-load resistance exercise in hypoxia. Med Sci Sports Exerc.
  • Scott BR, Slattery KM, Sculley DV and Dascombe BJ. Systemic hypoxia des not enhance acute responses to high-load resistance exercise. J Strengh Cond Res.

Conference Proceedings and Abstracts

  • Scott BR, Slattery KM and Dascombe BJ. Systemic hypoxia enhances acute responses to moderate-load resistance exercise. ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning. The Gold Coast, Australia, 2015.
  • Lockhart C, Scott BR, Thoseby B, Sutherland JF, Dascombe BJ. The acute physiological effects of varying inter-set rest durations during resistance exercise in normoxia and hypoxia. ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning. The Gold Coast, Australia, 2015.
  • Scott BR, Slattery KM and Dascombe BJ. Metabolic and neuromuscular responses to high-load intermittent hypoxic resistance training. ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning. Melbourne, Australia, 2014.
  • Issa JI, Scott BR, Lockie RG and Dascombe BJ. Post-match recovery of lower limb function in elite youth soccer players. ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning. Melbourne, Australia, 2014.
  • Bennett KJM, Scott BR, Sanctuary CE and Dascombe BJ. The technical contributions of under-16 and -18 elite junior rugby league players during small-sided games. ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning. Melbourne, Australia, 2014.
  • Scott BR, Slattery KM, Taylor L, and Dascombe BJ. Physical performance and perception of effort, fatigue and soreness during high-intensity resistance exercise in hypoxia. 6th Exercise and Sport Science Australia Conference and Sports Dietitians Australia Update: Research to Practice. Adelaide, Australia, 2014.
  • Scott BR, Dascombe BJ, Delaney J, Elsworthy N, and Lockie RG. Differences in the reliability of a linear position transducer to quantify measures of force and power during resistance exercise. Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. Phuket, Thailand, 2013.
  • Scott BR, Janse de Jonge, XAK and Lockie. A comparison of methods to quantify training load during field-based training for elite soccer. 5th Exercise and Sport Science Australia Conference and 7th Sports Dietitians Australia Update: Research to Practice. The Gold Coast, Australia, 2012.
  • Scott BR and Taaffe DR. A time-motion analysis of field training in elite soccer during the competitive season. Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. Freemantle, Australia, 2011.