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Efficacy of the Ionic Balance band to improve selected health and fitness parameters following a two week exposure intervention: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. (2016)
Thesis
MACDONALD, F.R. 2016. Efficacy of the Ionic Balance band to improve selected health and fitness parameters following a two week exposure intervention: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Robert Gordon University, MRes thesis.

A recent trend has seen products marketed towards the health and fitness industry that proclaim beneficial effects through properties and mechanisms more commonly associated with complementary and alternative medicine. These claims are largely unsubs... Read More about Efficacy of the Ionic Balance band to improve selected health and fitness parameters following a two week exposure intervention: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study..

Student transitions. (2015)
Presentation / Conference
BURGESS, K. and WALDRON, L. 2015. Student transitions. Presented at 2015 RGU learning and teaching conference, 5 May 2015, Aberdeen, UK.

This work was aimed to enhance student satisfaction at Stage 3. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of the Student Experience Questionnaire carried out, identifying areas of high and low satisfaction. Course leaders in high performing areas intervi... Read More about Student transitions..

Can selenium supplementation modify oxidative stress in-vitro? (2015)
Journal Article
LEIGHTON, D., GOUA, M., DOLAN, E., BURGESS, K. and BERMANO, G. 2015. Can selenium supplementation modify oxidative stress in-vitro? A role for selenium supplementation in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Journal of inflammation [online], 12(Supplement 1): abstracts from the 1st Annual meeting of the Scottish Society of Cytomics (SCC), 25 September 2014, Aberdeen, UK, article P7. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-9255-12-S1-P7

Two thirds of the UK population are either overweight or obese (body mass index (BMI) 25-29.9 and >30 kg/m2 respectively) and are typically characterised by systemic oxidative stress (OS); deemed to play a key role in cardiovascular disease (CVD) dev... Read More about Can selenium supplementation modify oxidative stress in-vitro?.

The role of selenium supplementation in cardiovascular disease prevention: an in vitro study to identify the molecular mechanism(s). (2015)
Presentation / Conference
LEIGHTON, D., GOUA, M., DOLAN, E., BURGESS, K. and BERMANO, G. 2015. The role of selenium supplementation in cardiovascular disease prevention: an in vitro study to identify the molecular mechanism(s). Presented at the 2015 Nutrition Society Scottish section meeting: diet, gene regulation and metabolic disease, 25-26 March 2015, Aberdeen, UK.

Obesity is a worldwide epidemic, with two thirds of the UK population either overweight or obese (body mass index (BMI) 25–29·9 and >30 kg/m2 respectively). Obesity is characterised by systemic oxidative stress (OS), which itself results from chronic... Read More about The role of selenium supplementation in cardiovascular disease prevention: an in vitro study to identify the molecular mechanism(s)..

Kinetic and kinematic changes during a 30-repetition bout of the barbell clean. (2014)
Journal Article
SWINTON, P.A., SHITANSHI, D., DOLAN, E., BURGESS, K., SINGH, B. and ASPE, R. 2016. Kinetic and kinematic changes during a 30-repetition bout of the barbell clean. Journal of athletic enhancement [online], 5(1). Available from: https://doi.org/10.4172/2324-9080.1000220

The purpose of this stduy was to investigate the biomechanical effects of performing a large number of repetitions with a technically demanding exercise, as is recommended in many extreme conditioning programs. Sixteen trained male participants (age:... Read More about Kinetic and kinematic changes during a 30-repetition bout of the barbell clean..

An investigation into potential methods of improving the fitness stimulus associated with small-sided games in soccer. (2014)
Thesis
MUNRO, H. 2014. An investigation into potential methods of improving the fitness stimulus associated with small-sided games in soccer. Robert Gordon University, MRes Thesis.

Background: Methods that simultaneously target physical, technical and tactical components of soccer could be an efficient use of training time. Small-sided games (SSGs) have previously been investigated demonstrating that variables, such as player n... Read More about An investigation into potential methods of improving the fitness stimulus associated with small-sided games in soccer..

Influence of exercise intensity on training-induced tendon mechanical properties changes in older individuals. (2014)
Journal Article
GROSSET, J.-F., BREEN, L., STEWART, C.E., BURGESS, K.E. and ONAMBÉLÉ, G.L. 2014. Influence of exercise intensity on training-induced tendon mechanical properties changes in older individuals. AGE [online], 36(3), article number 9657. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11357-014-9657-9

This study compared the effects of low vs. high intensity training on tendon properties in an elderly population. Participants were pair-matched (gender, habitual physical activity, anthropometrics, and baseline knee extension strength) and then rand... Read More about Influence of exercise intensity on training-induced tendon mechanical properties changes in older individuals..

Impact of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and/or selenium (Se) supplementation on oxidative stress and antioxidant status in active females. (2014)
Thesis
KEANE, K. 2014. Impact of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and/or selenium (Se) supplementation on oxidative stress and antioxidant status in active females. Robert Gordon University, MRes thesis.

Background: Cells continuously produce free radicals (FR) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) as part of metabolic processes. These free radicals are neutralized by an elaborate antioxidant defence system consisting of enzymes. An imbalance between ROS... Read More about Impact of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and/or selenium (Se) supplementation on oxidative stress and antioxidant status in active females..

Do Fitflops™ increase lower limb muscle activity? (2012)
Journal Article
BURGESS, K.E. and SWINTON, P.A. 2012. Do Fitflops™ increase lower limb muscle activity? Clinical biomechanics [online], 27(10), pages 1078-1082. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2012.08.011

Fitness toning shoes are becoming increasingly popular, they aim to increase muscle activity, raise energy expenditure and improve overall health while wearing them. Yet there is a lack of consensus in the literature regarding their effectiveness. On... Read More about Do Fitflops™ increase lower limb muscle activity?.

Do Fit FlopsTM increase muscle activity in the lower extremity whilst walking? (2011)
Journal Article
BURGESS, K.E., BAZAZI, Y., THOMSON, N. and SWINTON, P. 2011. Do Fit FlopsTM increase muscle activity in the lower extremity whilst walking? Journal of sports science [online], 29(supplement 2): abstracts of 2011 BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) conference, 5-8 September 2011, Colchester, UK, pages s119-s120. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.609363

Fit FlopTM shoes are widely available commercial products which are advertised with the strap line 'get a work out while you walkTM' (Fit FlopTM, from http://www.fitflop.com/). The basis for this product is the inbuilt Microwobbleboard technologyTM... Read More about Do Fit FlopsTM increase muscle activity in the lower extremity whilst walking?.

Influence of exercise intensity on the tendon mechanical properties of older individuals. (2011)
Journal Article
BURGESS, K.E., BREEN, L., STEWART, C.E. and ONAMBELE, G.I. 2011. Influence of exercise intensity on the tendon mechanical properties of older individuals. Journal of sports science [online], 29(supplement 2): abstracts of 2011 BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) conference, 5-8 September 2011, Colchester, UK, pages s98-s99. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.609363

Approximately one-third of people aged over 65 fall at least once a year and about half of these do so recurrently. The ability to maintain balance or stability has previously been associated with lower limb tendon structural and mechanical propertie... Read More about Influence of exercise intensity on the tendon mechanical properties of older individuals..

Serum relaxin levels affect the in vivo properties of some but not all tendons in normally menstruating young women: female tendons and hormone levels. (2011)
Journal Article
PEARSON, S.J., BURGESS, K.E. and ONAMBÉLÉ, G.L. 2011. Serum relaxin levels affect the in vivo properties of some but not all tendons in normally menstruating young women. Experimental physiology [online], 96(7), pages 681-688. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1113/expphysiol.2011.057877

Relaxin (hRLX) is a hormone reported to affect collagen synthesis. Its effects are also thought to be modulated by other sex hormones, including oestrogen, which has previously been found to be associated with alterations of in vivo tendon properties... Read More about Serum relaxin levels affect the in vivo properties of some but not all tendons in normally menstruating young women: female tendons and hormone levels..

Patellar tendon properties with fluctuating menstrual cycle hormones. (2010)
Journal Article
BURGESS, K.E., PEARSON, S.J. and ONAMBÉLÉ, G.L. 2010. Patellar tendon properties with fluctuating menstrual cycle hormones. Journal of strength and conditioning research [online], 24(8), pages 2088-2095. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181aeb12b

Debate continues over whether skeletal muscle performance and injury risk vary over the course of the menstrual cycle. Alterations in tendon properties may play a role in the potential fluctuations of both of these variables. The aim of the current s... Read More about Patellar tendon properties with fluctuating menstrual cycle hormones..

Menstrual cycle variations in oestradiol and progesterone have no impact on in vivo medial gastrocnemius tendon mechanical properties. (2009)
Journal Article
BURGESS, K.E., PEARSON, S.J. and ONAMBÉLÉ, G.L. 2009. Menstrual cycle variations in oestradiol and progesterone have no impact on in vivo medial gastrocnemius tendon mechanical properties. Clinical biomechanics [online], 24(6), pages 504-509. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2009.03.011

Tendon tissue contains oestrogen receptors and is therefore likely to be responsive to female sex hormones. Here we examine any effect of levels of female sex hormones associated with the menstrual cycle phase on corresponding tendon mechanical prope... Read More about Menstrual cycle variations in oestradiol and progesterone have no impact on in vivo medial gastrocnemius tendon mechanical properties..

Tendon structural and mechanical properties do not differ between genders in a healthy community-dwelling elderly population. (2008)
Journal Article
BURGESS, K.E., PEARSON, S.J., BREEN, L. and ONAMBÉLÉ, G.N.L. 2009. Tendon structural and mechanical properties do not differ between genders in a healthy community-dwelling elderly population. Journal of orthopaedic research [online], 27(6), pages 820-825. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.20811

Elderly women are reportedly at higher risk of falling than their male counterparts. Postural balance is highly associated with fall risk and is also correlated with tendon structural and mechanical properties. Gender differences in tendon properties... Read More about Tendon structural and mechanical properties do not differ between genders in a healthy community-dwelling elderly population..

Effect of acute tensile loading on gender-specific tendon structural and mechanical properties. (2008)
Journal Article
BURGESS, K.E., GRAHAM-SMITH, P. and PEARSON, S.J. 2009. Effect of acute tensile loading on gender-specific tendon structural and mechanical properties. Journal of orthopaedic research [online], 27(4), pages 510-516. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.20768

Stretching is commonly used prior to exercise, as it is thought to reduce the risk of injury, and it is also used in the preconditioning of tendon grafts. As tendon properties have been shown to be different between genders, it is proposed that stret... Read More about Effect of acute tensile loading on gender-specific tendon structural and mechanical properties..

Plyometric vs. isometric training influences on tendon properties and muscle output. (2007)
Journal Article
BURGESS, K.E., CONNICK, M.J., GRAHAM-SMITH, P. and PEARSON, S.J. 2007. Plyometric vs isometric training influences on tendon properties and muscle output. Journal of strength and conditioning research [online], 21(3), pages 986-989. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1519/R-20235.1

The purpose of this study was to concurrently determine the effect that plyometric and isometric training has on tendon stiffness (K) and muscle output characteristics to compare any subsequent changes. Thirteen men trained the lower limbs either ply... Read More about Plyometric vs. isometric training influences on tendon properties and muscle output..

Gender-specific in vivo measurement of the structural and mechanical properties of the human patellar tendon. (2007)
Journal Article
ONAMBÉLÉ, G.N.L., BURGESS, K. and PEARSON, S.J. 2007. Gender-specific in vivo measurement of the structural and mechanical properties of the human patellar tendon. Journal of orthopaedic research [online], 25(12), page 1635-1642. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.20404

Human patellar tendon stress (σ), strain (ε), stiffness (K), and tensile or Young's modulus (E), are determined in vivo through voluntary isometric contractions monitored with B-mode ultrasonography. The limitations in previous studies are: (1) they... Read More about Gender-specific in vivo measurement of the structural and mechanical properties of the human patellar tendon..

Creep and the in vivo assessment of human patellar tendon mechanical properties. (2007)
Journal Article
PEARSON, S.J., BURGESS, K. and ONAMBELE, G.N.L. 2007. Creep and the in vivo assessment of human patellar tendon mechanical properties. Clinical biomechanics [online], 22(6), pages 712-717. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2007.02.006

Owing to the viscoelastic nature of tendons it may be that the total excursion and hence strain experienced by the tendon under load may be affected by the duration of contraction. Here we examine the effect of contraction duration on the measured in... Read More about Creep and the in vivo assessment of human patellar tendon mechanical properties..