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Biography

Tony Kay first studied Sport & Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University.  After graduating in 1998 he went on lecture in Further Education colleges in Essex and Surrey for 5 years whilst gaining an MSc in Sport Science and a PGCE in post-compulsory education.

He joined the University of Northampton in 2003 where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate level anatomy, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning.  During this time he pursued his PhD in Musculotendinous Biomechanics and graduated in 2010 from Edith Cowan University, Australia. 

He was appointed as an Associate Professor in 2012, continuing his post-doctoral research, supervising doctoral students, gaining external funding and presenting research at international conferences and publishing in top-ranked, high-impact international journals.  After 20 years in academia he was apponted as full Professor in 2017 and currently leads a Research Centre at the University of Northampton.

Research Interests

Tony’s main area of research interest is the acute and chronic impact of various forms of stretching and muscular contractions on joint range of motion, muscular strength and mass in healthy adult, clinical, and older populations.  He is currently researching the effects of eccentric exercise on neuromusculoskeletal characteristics in older people.

Tony has several doctoral completions and continues to supervise doctoral students in related fields including dose-response effects of eccentric exercise in older people, effects of cryotherapy on exercise-induced muscle damage, impact of variable resistance training on muscle force in athletes, and efficacy of splinting on stroke survivors.

Tony is also interested in physical therapies addressing neuromuscular and musculoskeletal functional decline associated with fall risk in older and clinical populations, and would accept doctoral students in any of these areas.

Supervision

Brett Baxter; Sport, Exercise and Life Science

The chronic effects of eccentric exercise on neuromusculoskeletal characteristics in older people.

 

Saul Cuttell; Sport, Exercise and Life Science

Effects of different forms of eccentric exercise and cryotherapy on exercise-induced muscle damage and the repeat bout effect.

 

Dominic Langdon; Staffordshire University

Bloodflow Restriction Training in the Ageing Population: Potential Benefits to Increase Physical Activity and General Wellbeing.

 

Minas Mina; University of Derby

Optimisation of warm-up strategies using free-weight and variable resistance loading on lower extremities for the development of strength and power.

 

Adnan Haq; Moulton College

An Evaluation of the Effects of Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) Treatment for Sports Recovery.

Teaching Interests

BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science. Teaching on the following modules:

  • Biomechanical Basis of Sport & Exercise
  • Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

MSc Strength & Conditioning. Teaching on the following modules:

  • Musculoskeletal Training & Adaptation
  • Applied Training Methods

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Edith Cowan University

Master, Brunel University London

Bachelor, Canterbury Christ Church University

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Muscles Medicine & Life Sciences
Articular Range of Motion Medicine & Life Sciences
Muscle Stretching Exercises Medicine & Life Sciences
Tendons Medicine & Life Sciences
Knee Medicine & Life Sciences
Electromyography Medicine & Life Sciences
Mechanics Medicine & Life Sciences
Exercise Medicine & Life Sciences

Projects 2018 2018

RDS EM Public Involvement Fund

Kay, T.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

1/10/181/11/18

Project: EnterpriseConsultancy Charity

Research Output 2008 2019

Effects of seated isokinetic eccentric training and detraining on mobility, balance, strength, muscle size and architecture in older adults

Kay, A. D., Ashmore, L., Hill, M., Mina, M. A. & Blazevich, A. J., 4 Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstract

Muscle Strength
Postural Balance
Ankle
Education
Lower Extremity

The effect of isokinetic dynamometer deceleration phase on maximum ankle joint range of motion and plantar flexor mechanical properties tested at different angular velocities

Pinto, M., Wilson, C., Kay, A. D., Cochrane, J. & Blazevich, A. J., 19 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Biomechanics. 92, p. 169-174 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

ROM
Ankle Joint
Deceleration
Dynamometers
Angular velocity

The effects of stretching rate on plantar flexor neuromechanical properties and maximum ankle range of motion

Pinto, M., Wilson, C. J., Kay, A. D. & Blazevich, A. J., 6 Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstract

Articular Range of Motion
Ankle
Joints
Electromyography
Athletic Performance

The External Validity of a Novel Contract-Relax Stretching Technique on Knee Flexor Range of Motion

Kay, A. D., Dixon, J., Bligh, L. D. & Blazevich, A. J., 23 Sep 2019, In : Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science in Sports.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
Contracts
Articular Range of Motion
Knee
Activities of Daily Living
Prescriptions

Variable, but not free-weight, loaded countermovement jump exercise potentiates jump performance following a comprehensive task-specific warm-up

Mina, M. A., Blazevich, A. J., Tsatalas, T., Giles, D., Kalotyhos, S., Giakas, G., Hooton, A. & Kay, A. D., 14 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstract

Exercise
Weights and Measures
Quadriceps Muscle
Electromyography
Muscles

Variable, but not free-weight, resistance back squat exercise potentiates jump performance following a comprehensive task-specific warm-up

Mina, M. A., Blazevich, A. J., Tsatalas, T., Giakas, G., Seitz, L. B. & Kay, A. D., 1 Mar 2019, In : Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 29, 3, p. 380-392 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Quadriceps Muscle
Electromyography
Exercise
Weights and Measures
Warm-Up Exercise

Changes in postural sway and gait characteristics as a consequence of anterior load carriage

Roberts, M., Talbot, C., Kay, A. D., Price, M. & Hill, M., 1 Oct 2018, In : Gait & Posture. 66, p. 139-145 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
File
Gait
Pressure
Walking
Weights and Measures
Wounds and Injuries

Changes in postural sway and gait characteristics as a consequence of anterior load carriage

Hill, M., Roberts, M., Talbot, C., Kay, A. D. & Price, M., 4 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstract

Open Access
File
Gait
Pressure
Walking
Weights and Measures
Research

Activities 2011 2019

  • 13 Participating in a conference or workshop
  • 3 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 1 Participating in a Television or Radio Show

24th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS)

Tony Kay (Participant)
3 Jul 20196 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS)

Tony Kay (Participant)
4 Jul 20187 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

22nd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS)

Tony Kay (Participant)
7 Jul 201710 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS 2016)

Tony Kay (Participant)
6 Jul 20169 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

BBC Two's Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

Tony Kay (Visiting researcher)
Jul 2016

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachParticipating in a Television or Radio Show

25th Congress of the Internationl Society of Biomechanics (ISB 2015)

Tony Kay (Participant)
13 Jul 201516 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS 2015)

Tony Kay (Participant)
24 Jun 201527 Jun 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

Department of Physical Education& Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Greece.

Tony Kay (Visiting researcher)
2 May 201516 May 2015

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachVisiting an external academic institution

Press / Media

Increasing muscle strength through imagery

Tony Kay

12/07/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media

The right way to stretch before exercise

Tony Kay

21/01/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media

The importance of stretching

Tony Kay

8/12/15

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media

Getting the most from your stretching routine

Tony Kay

8/12/15

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media

To stretch or not to stretch

Tony Kay

22/06/11

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media

Thesis

Physiological and biomechanical responses during high intensity upper body exercise

Author: Talbot, C., 2013

Supervisor: Price, M. (Supervisor), Kay, T. (Supervisor) & Walker, N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

File

The influence of pressure stimulus intensity on pain perception and neuromuscular performance in healthy males

Author: Wing, A. E., 2013

Supervisor: Jones, P. (Supervisor), Kay, T. (Supervisor) & Campbell, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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