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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

Award Date: 1 Apr 2010

Master, Brunel University London

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

Bachelor, Canterbury Christ Church University

Award Date: 1 Jul 1998

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Research Output

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., 1 Jan 2020, In : Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science in Sports. 30, 1, p. 74-82 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Open Access
    File
  • 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
  • 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
  • Activities

    • 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

    BBC 2: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

    Tony Kay (Visiting researcher)
    Jul 2016

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    File