Training & Performance Lab

The Training and Performance Laboratory conducts research that addresses three critical questions:

  • How can we make exercise more accessible and effective for people with chronic health conditions
  • How can we use exercise training and assessment to help athletes achieve healthy high performance
  • How can we better understand the relations among physical activity, appetite and body composition in children and youth, both boys and girls

The laboratory is currently looking for:

  • Motivated undergraduate students interested in doing a research study or review of literature (PHE390-PHE490, PHE391)
  • Motivated graduate students (Ph.D. candidates preferred) with a track record of research activity
  • Participants for research studies on appetite and physical activity and studies on blood pressure regulation

Research

Research Area

Topic Question

Stage

Researchers

Exercise and Chronic Disease

What exercise routines are safe and effective for patients with hypertension?

Systematic Review on Risk Published (APNM)

S Thomas (lead)

J Goodman

Exercise and Chronic Disease

What exercise routines are safe and effective for patients with CAD or other CVD?

Systematic Review on Risk Completed

J Goodman (lead)

S Thomas

Exercise and Chronic Disease

How do older women with cardiovascular disease do in the community?

Data collection done

Write up started

Abstracts

S Thomas

K Yoshida

D Rolfe (PhD work)

Exercise and Chronic Disease

Does the best method of educating people with cardiovascular disease differ with their culture?

Several papers published

S Thomas

S Grace

M Evans

P Oh

G Melo-Ghisi (PhD work)

Exercise and Chronic Disease

How do older women with cardiovascular disease do in the community?

Data collection done

Write up started

Abstracts

S Thomas

K Yoshida

D Rolfe (PhD work)

Exercise and Chronic Disease

Does the best method of educating people with Cardiovascular disease differ with their culture?

Some completed more under development

Abstracts

S Thomas

S Grace

P Oh

G Guimaraes (Brazil)

G Melo-Ghisi (PhD work)

Exercise and Chronic Disease

How well do blood pressure responses to acute and chronic exercise match?

Paper published

Grant application development

S Thomas

J Goodman

R Nolan

D Bentley (PhD work)

Exercise and Chronic Disease

Can we create a safe and effective handgrip exercise to reduce blood pressure in older women?

Data collection in progress

S Thomas

D Bentley (PhD work)

Healthy High Performance

How to use the Critical Power Curve to improve performance?

Abstracts published

Papers in preparation

S Thomas (lead)

D Richards

T Taha

M Tsai (PhD work)

Physical Activity, Appetite – Youth and Children

Does the mix of carbohydrates and fat used in exercise affect post exercise appetite?

Data collection complete

Paper submitted

G H Anderson (lead)

S Thomas

S Hunschede (MSc work)

Physical Activity, Appetite - Youth and Children Does high intensity exercise modify endocrine regulators of food intake?
 
Ethics approved S Hunschede (PhD work)

Liu, S, Goodman J, Nolan R, Lacombe S, Thomas SG. (2012) Blood pressure responses to acute and chronic exercise are related in prehypertension. Accepted Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. MSSE-D-11-01118R1.

Burr JF, Goodman JM, Thomas SG, Jamnik VK., Gledhill N. (2012). Addressing the Cardiometabolic Risk of Working in Physically Demanding Occupations. Accepted. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports.

Tamam S, Bellissimo N, Patel1 BP, Thomas SG, Anderson GH. (2012). Overweight and obese boys reduce food intake in response to a glucose drink, but fail to increase intake in response to exercise of short duration" Accepted Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

Melo-Ghisi, G, Thomas SG, Oh P, Benetti M. (2012) Development and Validation of an English Version of the Coronary Artery Disease Education Questionnaire (CADE-Q)" Accepted Eur J Cardio.Prevent. Rehab-D-11-00431.

O’Hagan FT, Coutu MF., Thomas SG, Mertens DJ. (2011). Work reintegration in cardiovascular disease: Medical and rehabilitation influences. J Occupational Rehabilitation. Accepted. Manuscript Ref Number. JOOR588R1.

Belfry GR, Paterson DH, Murias J, Thomas SG. (2011). The effects of a Short-Work : Shorter-Recovery Intermittent Exercise versus continuous exercise on Breath-By-Breath VO2 and Muscle Deoxyhemoglobin Saturation. Accepted Eur J Applied Physiology. Online 17 Sept.

Lacombe SP, Goodman JM, Spragg CM, Liu S, Thomas SG. (2011). Interval and Continuous Exercise Elicit Equivalent Post-Exercise Hypotension in Pre-Hypertensive Men, Despite Differences in Regulation. Appl Physiol, Nutrition, & Metab. 36:(6) 881-891.

O'Hagan FT, Thomas SG. (2011). Work Adjustment in Cardiovascular Disease: Job Characteristics And Social Support. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention DOI: 10.1097/HCR.0b013e318228a2ff.

Patel BP, Bellissimo N, Thomas SG, Hamilton JK Anderson GH. (2011). Television viewing at mealtime reduces caloric compensation in peri-pubertal, but not post-pubertal, girls. Pediatric Research 70(5):513-517.

Goodman J, Burr J, Thomas SG. (2011) Evidence-based risk assessment and recommendations for exercise testing and physical activity clearance: Apparently Healthy Individuals. Appl Physiol Nut and Metab. 36:S14-S32.

Thomas SG, Goodman J, Burr J. (2011). Evidence-based risk assessment and recommendations for exercise testing and physical activity clearance: Individuals with cardiovascular disease. Appl Physiol Nut and Metab.36:S190-S213.

Schwandt, M, Harris JE, Thomas SG, Keightley M, Snaiderman A, Colantonio A. Feasibility and effect of aerobic exercise for lowering depressive symptoms among individuals with traumatic brain injury: a pilot study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 26(3): 2011.

Hamilton CJ, Thomas SG, Jamal SA. (2010) Associations between leisure physical activity participation and cortical bone mass and geometry at the radius and tibia in a Canadian cohort of postmenopausal women. Bone 46(3):774-779.

Banerjee A, Grace S, Thomas SG, Faulkner G. (2010). Factors Facilitating Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation among South Asians: A Qualitative Study. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. 39(6):494-503.

Scientific Team

Graduate Students

Student /Program

Research Topic Area

Location/Contact

Danielle Bentley/PhD

Exercise and blood pressure regulation

Warren Stevens Bldg Room 2030/UofToronto

Zack Goodman/MSc

Blood Pressure responses to acute intermittent exercise

Warren Stevens Bldg Room 2030/UofToronto

Celeste Hamilton/ PhD

Relation of Physical Activity to Bone Quality in Older Women Physical Act

Women’s College Hospital U of Toronto

Gabriela Melo-Ghisi/ PhD

Cross-cultural comparison on heart health education

Benson Bldg/U of Toronto

Danielle Rolfe/ PhD

Meeting Women's Health Needs in the Community Older Women Living with Cardiovascular Disease

Ottawa/ Ottawa Heart Institute

Ryan Seeto/ MSc

Is the stroke volume exercise intensity relation modified by oxygen availability in athletes?

Warren Stevens Bldg Room 2030/UofToronto

Ming Tsai/PhD

Modeling Training and Performance in the Context of the Critical Power Relation

Warren Stevens Bldg Room 2030/UofToronto

Sarah West /PhD

Physical function and bone health in end stage renal disease

Women’s College Hospital U of Toronto

 Collaborators

Person

Affiliation

Research

Dr. G. Harvey Anderson

Dept Nutritional Sciences, U of Toronto

Physical Activity, Appetite – Youth and Children Macronutrient Use and Appetite

Dr. Jack Goodman

Fac. Kinesiology and Phys. Ed., U of Toronto

Exercise and Chronic Disease/Cardiovascular regulation

Dr. Sherry Grace

York University and University Health Network

Exercise and Chronic Disease/ Cultural Factors in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dr. Rob Nolan

Behavioral Cardiology, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Exercise and Chronic Disease/ Hypertension, Heart Failure

Dr. Paul Oh

Cardiac and Secondary Prevention Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network

Exercise and Chronic Disease/ Cultural Factors in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dr. Shawn Rhind

Defence Research and Development Canada- Toronto

Healthy High Performance/ Diving and Decompression Illness

Dr. Greg Wells

Fac. Kinesiology and Phys. Ed., U of Toronto

Healthy High Performance/ Previous Exercise and Cardiac Kinetics

Dr. Karen Yoshida

Grad Dept of Rehabilitation Sciences, U of Toronto

Exercise and Chronic Disease/ Women’s Health Needs in the Community

 

KPE Faculty

  • Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • Professor