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Professor Justin Kemp Name: Professor Justin Kemp
Executive Dean of Health Sciences
+613 9953 3031
+613 9953 3095
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
Building 460 - 250 Victoria Parade (250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002)-Level 8-Room 460.8.64
Biographical Information

2008       Doctor of Philosophy (discipline: muscle physiology/biochemistry)

Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia)
Thesis title: Structural and contractile alterations in skeletal muscles from the genetically obese (ob/ob) mouse: impairment or adaptation?

1994       Master of Science (discipline: exercise physiology)

Queen’s University (Canada)
Thesis title: Acid-base balance during recovery from exercise in pregnancy: examination of Stewart's quantitative analysis of acid-base status.

1991       Bachelor of Education
Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia).


My research interests are primarily in:

(i) muscle physiology and biochemistry
(ii) ergogenics and performance
(iii) training and performance
(iv) physical actviity and chronic disease
(v) science/arts collaborations



Kemp, J., & Farrow, D. (2010) It's True: Sport Stinks (Simplified Chinese translation). ChengDuShi, SiChuan: Sichuan Children’s Publishing House. 88 pages (ISBN: 978-7-5365-4859-6).

Kemp, J., & Farrow, D. (2006) It's True: Sport Stinks. Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin.
88 pages (ISBN: 1-74114-854-5)

Farrow, D., & Kemp, J. (2006) Why Dick Fosbury Flopped. Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin. 242 pages (ISBN: 1-74114-494-9).

Farrow, D., & Kemp, J. (2003) Run Like You Stole Something. Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin. 230 pages (ISBN: 1-74114-067-6).

Journal publications

Share, B.L., Naughton, G.A., Obert, P.,  Aumand, E., Peat, J.K., & Kemp, J.G. (2015). Effects of a multi-disciplinary lifestyle intervention on cardiometabolic risk factors in young women with abdominal obesity: A randomised controlled trial. PLoS ONE, In Press

McLean, B.D., Tofari, P.J., Gore, C.J., & Kemp, J. (2015) Changes in running performance following four weeks of interval hypoxic training in Australian Footballers: a single blind, placebo controlled study. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, In press

Share, B.L., La Gerche, A., Naughton, G.A., Obert, P., & Kemp, J.G. (2015). Young women with abdominal obesity have sub-clinical myocardial dysfunction. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, In press.

Mullins, A.K., Annett, L.E., Drain, J.R., Kemp, J.G., Clark, R.A., & Whyte, D.G. (2015) Lower limb kinematics and physiological responses to prolonged load carriage in untrained individuals. Ergonomics, In press. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2014.984775

Tofari, P.J., McLean, B.D., Kemp, J., & Cormack, S. (2015). A self-paced intermittent protocol on a non-motorised treadmill: A reliable alternative to assessing team-sport running performance. Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 14, 62-68

McLean, B.D., Kemp, J., & Gore, C.J. (2014). Application of 'live low-train high' for enhancing normoxic exercise performance in team sport athletes - a systematic review. Sports Medicine, 44(9), 1275-87  doi: 10.1007/s40279-014-0204-8

Joseph, C.W., Bradshaw, E.J., Kemp, J.G. & Clark, R.A. (2014) Musculoskeletal stiffness during hopping and running does not change following downhill backwards walking. Sports Biomechanics, 13(3),  241-258. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2014.914240

Share, B.L., Naughton, G.A., Obert, P., Peat, J.K., & Kemp, J.G. (2014) Cardiometabolic and behavioural risk factors in young overweight women identified with simple anthropometric measures. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17, 656-661.doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.09.011

Joseph, C.W., Bradshaw, E.J., Clark, R.A., & Kemp, J.G. (2013) The inter-day reliability of ankle, knee, leg, and vertical musculoskeletal stiffness during hopping, jumping and over-ground running. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 29(4), 386-94

McLean, B.D., Buttifant, D., Gore, C.J., White, K., & Kemp, J. (2013) Year-to-year variability in haemoglobin mass response to two altitude training camps. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47, i51-i58.

McLean, B.D., Buttifant, D., Gore, C.J., White, K., Liess, C., & Kemp, J. (2013) Physiological and performance responses to a pre-season altitude training camp in elite team sport athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8(4), 391-399.

Buszard, T., Farrow, D., & Kemp, J.G. (2013) Examining the influence of acute instructional approaches on the decision-making performance of experienced team field sport players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(3), 238-47. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2012.731516.

Cicioni-Kolsky, D., Lorenzen, C., Williams, M.D., & Kemp, J.G. (2013) Endurance and sprint benefits of high-intensity and supramaximal interval training. European Journal of Sport Science, 13(3), 304-311.

Blackah, N., Bradshaw, E.J., Kemp, J.G., & Shoushtarian, M. (2013). The effect of exercise-induced muscle damage on shock dissipation during treadmill running. Asian Journal of Exercise & Sports Science, 10(1), 16-30.

Gabbett, T.J., Stein, J.G., Kemp, J.G., and Lorenzen, C. (2013). Relationship between tests of physical qualities and physical match performance in elite rugby league players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(6), 1539-45. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318274f236

Kupcis, P., Slater, G., Pruscino, C. & Kemp, J.G. (2012) Influence of sodium bicarbonate on performance and hydration in lightweight rowing. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7(1), 11-18.

Loader, J., Montgomery, P., Williams, M.D., Lorenzen, C., & Kemp, J.G. (2012) Classifying training drills based on movement demands in Australian Football. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 7(1), 57-67.

Olcina, G., Muñoz, D., Kemp, J., Timón, R., Maynar, J., Caballero, M.J., & Maynar, M. (2012). Total plasma fatty acid responses to maximal incremental exercise after caffeine ingestion. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness, 10(1), 33-37.

Kemp, J., Blazev, R. Stephenson, D.G., & Stephenson, G.M.M. (2009). Morphological and biochemical alterations of skeletal muscles from the genetically obese (ob/ob) mouse. International Journal of Obesity, 33, 831-841.

Share, B., Sanders, N., & Kemp, J.G. (2009) Caffeine and performance in clay target shooting. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(6), 661-666.

Goodman, C.A., Blazev, R., Kemp, J., & Stephenson, G.M.M. (2008) E-C coupling and contractile characteristics of mechanically skinned single fibres from young rats during rapid growth and maturation. Pflügers Archiv, 456, 1217-1228.

Welsh, L., Kemp, J.G., & Roberts, R.G.D. (2005) Effects of Physical Conditioning on Children and Adolescents with Asthma. Sports Medicine, 35(2), 127-141.

Welsh, L., Roberts, R., & Kemp, J. (2004) Fitness and Physical Activity in Children with Asthma. Sports Medicine, 34(13), 861-870.

McCarrick, M.J., & Kemp, J.G. (2000) The effect of strength training and reduced training on rotator cuff musculature. Clinical Biomechanics, 15, Suppl. 1, S42-S45.

Patterson, M.F., Stephenson, D.G., Kemp, J.G., & Stephenson, G.M.M. (2000) Ca2+-activation characteristics of single fibres from chemically skinned rat muscle incubated with glucose-6-phosphate.  Pflügers Archiv, 439(6): 845-852.

Snow, R.J., McKenna, M.J. , Selig, S.E., Kemp, J., Stathis, C.G. , Zhao, S., & Li, J.L. (1998) The effect of creatine supplementation on sprint performance and muscle metabolism.   Journal of Applied Physiology, 84(5), 1667-1673.

Wolfe, L.A., Kemp, J.G., Heenan, A.P., Preston, R.J.,  & Ohtake, P.J.  (1998) Acid-base regulation and control of ventilation in human pregnancy.  Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 76(9), 815-827.

Kemp, J.G., Greer, F.A., & Wolfe, L.A. (1997) Acid-base regulation after maximal exercise testing in late gestation.  Journal of Applied Physiology, 83 (2): 644-651.

Press Publications

2003 - 2005       50 articles in The Age newspaper

1999 - 2001       84 articles in The Australian Financial Review newspaper

2001 - 2002       9 articles in Bicycling Australia.

2001                   2 articles in Tennis World.


1. Diversity and plasticity of skeletal muscle:
- muscle structure and function in disease
- fibre type transition

2. Physical activity and chronic disease:
- metabolic syndrome
- obesity
- cardiovascular disease
- asthma

3.Nutritional/ergogenic strategies for elite sports performance:
- sodium bicarbonate
- caffeine
- creatine monophosphate
- sports drinks

4. Applied sports science and performance
- fatigue mechanisms in sports performance
- hypoxic training techniques
- recovery and sleep for sports performance



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