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Dr Andrew Lavender

Senior Lecturer, Exercise and Sports Science

School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Section/Portfolio:

Exercise and Sport

Location:

Mt Helen Campus, Online

Biography

Dr Andrew Lavender is an accredited exercise scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and has expertise in brain stimulation techniques for investigation of brain function and how it is affected by injury, disease and ageing. Dr Lavender’s current projects address acute and chronic effects of concussion and sub-concussion in humans and rodents.

Andrew joined Federation University Australia in January 2020 and is working towards establishing a neuroscience research laboratory at the Mount Helen campus. He has published research in leading physiology, neuroscience and sports science journals and presented at many international sports and neuroscience conferences.

Andrew has written nine articles for The Conversation, with more than one million reads, and been interviewed for television and radio more than 25 times in the last four years on topics related to exercise and health.

Andrew has supervised eight honours students and one PhD student to completion.

Blood–brain barrier disruption and ventricular enlargement are the earliest neuropathological changes in rats with repeated sub-concussive impacts over 2 weeks

Repeated sub-concussive impact (e.g. soccer ball heading), a significantly lighter form of mild...

An online critical thinking course reduces misconceptions in the knowledge of personal trainers

Personal trainers are a popular source of exercise guidance for the public but have been shown to...

Effect of aging on H-reflex response to fatigue

Injury as a result of tripping is relatively common among older people. The risk of falling...

Effects of sub-concussion on neuropsychological performance and its potential mechanisms: A narrative review

Concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are recognised as serious medical events that...

Misconceptions in the knowledge of vocational fitness students and graduates

The use of non-academic sources of health information is popular among both the public and...

  • Journals

Repeated Long-Term Sub-concussion Impacts Induce Motor Dysfunction in Rats: A Potential Rodent Model

Whilst detrimental effects of repeated sub-concussive impacts on neurophysiological and...

The effect of sub-concussive impacts during a rugby tackling drill on brain function

Concussion is known to detrimentally affect brain health. Rugby tackles commonly occur with high...

A comparison of task-based mental fatigue between healthy males and females

Background: The issue of cognitive sex differences has been a topic of interest for researchers...

Co-Creating Audiovisual Fall Prevention Messages with Older People

Grounded theories hold sensorimotor activation is critical to language processing. Such theories...

  • Conference Proceedings

Effect of paired associative stimulation on corticomotor excitability in chronic smokers

Chronic smoking has been shown to have deleterious effects on brain function and is an important...

Exploring purpose-designed audio-visual falls prevention messages on older people's capability and motivation to prevent falls

The number of falls and fall-associated injury rates among older people continues to rise...

Mental fatigue impairs simple reaction time in non-athletes More than athletes

Background: Cognitive enhancements are associated with persistent sport participation. The...

Misconceptions in the knowledge of tertiary exercise science and vocational fitness students

Misconceptions are persistent beliefs that contradict the accepted scientific views, impacting...

Increased intracortical inhibition in elderly adults with anterior-posterior current flow: A TMS study

Objective: All previous studies using TMS to assess short-interval intracortical inhibition...

Motor cortex plasticity induced by paired associative stimulation is enhanced in physically active individuals

Recent evidence indicates that regular physical activity enhances brain plasticity (i.e. the...

A light load eccentric exercise confers protection against a subsequent bout of more demanding eccentric exercise

This study investigated the hypothesis that a light eccentric exercise (ECC) that does not induce...

Changes in markers of muscle damage of middle-aged and young men following eccentric exercise of the elbow flexors

It is well documented that unaccustomed eccentric exercise induces muscle damage, but the...

Attenuation of muscle damage by preconditioning with muscle hyperthermia 1-day prior to eccentric exercise

This study investigated the hypothesis that muscle damage would be attenuated in muscles...

Fluctuations of isometric force after eccentric exercise of the elbow flexors of young, middle-aged, and old men

This study compared force fluctuations during isometric contraction following eccentric exercise...

Changes in fluctuation of isometric force following eccentric and concentric exercise of the elbow flexors

This study tested the hypothesis that eccentric exercise (ECC) would increase force fluctuation...

Comparison between old and young men for changes in makers of muscle damage following voluntary eccentric exercise of the elbow flexors

This study aimed to investigate if old men were more susceptible than young men to muscle damage...

Responses of old men to repeated bouts of eccentric exercise of the elbow flexors in comparison with young men

A bout of eccentric exercise confers protection against subsequent bouts of the same exercise....

Partial protection against muscle damage by eccentric actions at short muscle lengths

Purpose: This study investigated the hypothesis that maximal eccentric actions at a short muscle...

Changes in inflammatory mediators following eccentric exercise of the elbow flexors

The aims of this study were to examine the plasma concentrations of inflammatory mediators...

  • Journals