After receiving my PhD from Queensland University of Technology, I have been employed since 2012 within the School of Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University  as a lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Exercise Prescription.
My research is focussed on issues of sports performance with a particular focus on distance running. My early research investigated the way in which runners regulate their running speed outdoors, particularly focussing on the influence of positive and negative gradients. Recently I have looked at the effect of gait retraining on energy cost in distance runners, individual variability in respones to interval training and changes in physiological characteristics in elite adolescent athletes across a season. I have supervised three Honours students and three PhD students to completion who investigated contemporary issues in high performance sport.
As a result of my expeience as course coordinator of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree (2013-2017) I developed  a keen interest in the progression of undergraduate students through the programs offered within the school of Exercise Science at ACU. Following my initial exploratory work in this area, I led a  HEPP funded project investigating reasons for student attrition in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and also complted a part-time secondment to a project funded under the TSAR banner (Taskforce for Student Attrition and Retention).
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Speranza MJA, Gabbett TJ, Greene, DA, Johnston, RD, Townshend AD. (2018). Relationship between 2 standardized tackling proficiency tests and rugby league match-play tackle performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance, 13 (6), 770-776.
Murray NB, Gabbett TJ & Townshend AD.(2018). The use of relative speed zones in Australian Football: Are we really measuring what we think we are? International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance, 13 (4), 442-451.
Speranza MJA, Gabbett TJ, Greene, DA, Johnston, RD, Townshend AD, O'Farrell, B. (2018). An alternative test of tackling ability in rugby league players. International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance, 13 (3), 347-352.
Speranza MJA, Gabbett TJ, Greene, DA, Johnston, RD, Townshend AD. (2017). Tackle characteristics and outcomes in match-play rugby league: the relationship with tackle ability and physical qualities. Science and  Medicine in Football, 1(3), 265-271.
Murray NB, Gabbett TJ, Townshend AD & Blanch P. (2017). Calculating acute: chronic workload ratios using exponentially weighted moving averages provides a more sensitive indicator of injury likelihood than rolling averages. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(9), 749-754.
Townshend AD, Franettovich Smith MM & Creaby MW.(2017). The energetic cost of gait retraining: A pilot study of the acute effect. Physical Therapy in Sport, 23, 113-117.
Murray NB, Gabbett TJ & Townshend AD.(2017). Relationship between pre-season training load and in-season availability in elite Australian Football players. International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance, 12 (6), 749-755.
Murray NB, Gabbett TJ, Townshend AD, Hulin B & McLellan CP. (2017). Individual and combined effects of acute and chronic running loads on injury risk in elite Australian footballers. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 27 (9), 990-998.
Stein JG, Gabbett TJ, Townshend AD & Dawson BT. (2015). Physical qualities and activity profiles of sub-elite and recreational Australian football players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18 (6), 742-7.
Stewart IB, Townshend AD, Rojek AM & Costello, JT. (2013). Bomb disposal in the tropics: A cocktail of metabolic and environmental heat. J. Ergonomics, S2:001.
Townshend AD, Worringham CJ & Stewart IB. (2010). Spontaneous pacing during overground hill running. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42 (1), 160-9.
Townshend AD, Worringham CJ & Stewart IB. (2008). Assessment of speed and position during human locomotion using non-differential GPS. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40 (1), 124-32.
Townshend AD, Worringham CJ & Stewart IB (2010). The effects of an individualised pacing strategy on running performance over an undulating course. Proceedings of the 4th Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) conference and the 6th Sports Dietitian&rsquos Australia update. Gold Coast, Queensland, 9th &ndash 11th April.
Townshend A, Worringham C & Stewart I (2008). Speed regulation during hill running: A field study using GPS, ECG, accelerometry and a portable metabolic analyser. 13th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science (ECSS). Estoril, Portugal, 9th &ndash 12th July.
Townshend AD, Worringham CJ & Stewart IB (2008). Assessment of speed and position during human locomotion using non-differential GPS. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Science (AAESS) Conference and the 5th Sports Dietitian&rsquos Australia Update: From Research to Practice. Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 27th &ndash 30th March
Dr Townshend is interested in the following areas of research
HEPP T & L grant ($20,000)-2016- Investigating reasons for attrition in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science to increase retention and student success.
TSAR T & L grant ($18,631)-2017- Increasing retention in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
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