Department of Exercise Sciences


Research Theses Titles

Examples over the past 5 years for PhD, Master's Research Theses and Honours Dissertation Titles in: Exercise Sciences/Sport and Exercise Science and Taught Masters Dissertations in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

PhD Theses Titles in Exercise Sciences / Sport and Exercise Science


  • Neurophysiological effects of arm weight support: Implications for stroke rehabilitation
  • The role of brain catecholamines in exercise-induced oculomotor fatigue
  • Alternate motor pathways for upper limb control: Implications for noninvasive brain stimulation after storke
  • Mechanisms of Impulse Control - Potential Implications for Parkinson's Disease
  • Effect of dietary creatine supplementation and hypoxia on motor and cognitive function
  • From weapon to wall : investigating the link between cast-off bloodstain patterns, blood dynamics and assailant kinematics
  • The implications of childhood obesity on the musculoskeletal and locomotor systems: Biomechanical analyses and exercise intervention
  • Molecular and neuromuscular responses and adaptations to high-power, high-intensity resistance exercise in competitive weightlifters and resistance trained adults
  • Promoting use-dependent plasticity to improve upper limb recovery after stroke
  • The effect of an exercise intervention in peripheral sensorimotor function in neuropathic diabetics
  • Neural control of the proximal upper limb: Implications for recovery after stroke
  • Dynamics of Freestyle Skiing - equipment developemnt and implications for injury prevention strategies
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Snowboard Jump Landings: A Focus on the Ankle Joint Complex
  • Influence of post-aerobic exercise nutrition on protein turnover and mitochondrial biogenesis
  • Effect of age and endurance training on exercising diastolic function in healthy men
  • Pelvic floor muscle function in elite nulliparous athletes
  • Effect of altered peripheral input on sensorimotor integration
  • Effect of type 2 diabetes on the cardiovascular response to exercise
  • Exercise rehabilitation for non-specific low back pain
  • Neural basis of preventing movement
  • Effect of two cognitive-behavioural interventions on patient adherence to physiotherapy rehabilitation
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Taught Masters Dissertation Titles in Clinical Exercise Physiology



  • Cardiorespiratory fitness levels of pregnant women at low risk for gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Changes in Heart rate, VO2, and Power output during 1, 2, and 4 minute high intensity intervals in healthy adults over the age of 50
  • The relationship between Chronic Kidney Disease and Exercise: a narrative review
  • Does substituting a weekly high-intensity interval training session in place of a continuous moderate-intensity exercise training session result in a greater improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness in patients with coronary artery disease?
  • A comparison of heart rate and rating of perceived exertion-based methods for prescribing exercise intensity in individuals with permanent atrial fibrillation
  • Comparing a low repetition, high resistance to high repetition, low resistance training protocol for improving muscular strength in individuals with cardiac and metabolic disease
  • Peak oxygen uptake and pulmonary function during exercise in New Zealand adults with cardiovascular disease: a retrospective analysis
  • Impact of a 12 week clinical exercise rehabilitation program on free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
  • The Reliability of Predictive one Repetition Maximum Muscular Strength Testing, and the Prediction of OMNI Rating of Perceived Exertion for Resistance Training in an Older Clinical Population
  • To assess the effectiveness of moderate intensity interval training on submaximal exercise performance and progression factors for chronic kidney disease individuals not receiving dialysis 
  • Lifestyle Intervention For Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
  • The effects of acute whole body vibration on spatio-temporal parameters during gait and quiet standing in chronic stroke survivors.
  • An Exercise Intervention to Reduce Metabolic Syndrome Risk in Adolescent Pacific Island Females
  • A 12-­‐week community exercise program to improve mobility and walking function, and its long-­‐term  effects on chronic stroke
  • A preliminary study to assess gains in muscle quantity and function from exercise after breast cancer treatment
  • Establishing a Community-based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Effects of energy expenditure on pain, physical function, aerobic fitness and quality of life in individuals with lower-extremity osteoarthritis
  • Exercise for Mitigating Chronic Kidney Disease - A Community Based Clinical Approach
  • The complications of prescribing an exercise rehabilitation programme for people with Parkinson’s disease
  • The effect of a Community Based Exercise Programme on the Risk Factor Components of the Metabolic Syndrome - A Case Series
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Masters Research Theses Titles in Exercise Sciences / Sport and Exercise Science


  • Effects of Healthy Aging and Cardiovascular Disease on Skin Blood Flow during Normothermic Exercise
  • Reducing gait asymmetry after stroke with strength training
  • The application of whole-body musculoskeletal modelling and simulation to estimate lumbar spinal loading and muscle forces in lifting activities
  • The optimal exercise order for aerobic, flexibility, neuromotor and resistance exercise with a single exercise session
  • Effects of exercise training volume on cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular disease risk factors in overweight/obese sedentary adults at moderate risk for cardiovascular disease : a randomized control trial
  • Effects of exercise training intensity on cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular disease risk factors in young and early middle-aged adults at moderate risk for cardiovascular disease
  • The effect of a 12 week cardiac rehabilitation and lifestyle programme on cardiovascular disease risk management
  • The effect of continuous moderate intensity exercise training combined with high intensity interval training on cardiovascular disease risk factors
  • The incidence of VO2 plateau at VO2 max in a Cardiac diseased population using different sampling techniques
  • The Comparison of Heart Rate to Oxygen Uptake Relationship with Autonomic Function in Trained People with Tetraplegia
  • Molecular responses to power resistance exercise and feeding in resistance trained men
  • The influence of fuel status and fatigue on visual performance
  • The slow component of oxygen uptake and its relationship to the contractile properties of knee extensor muscles
  • Modifying Dietary Caffeine Intake to enhance Caffeine's Ergogenicity during Exercise
  • Biomechanics of Martial Arts
  • Determining the Effectiveness of personalised vs. Prescribed self-talk on the performance of a Taekwon-Do Kicking Task
  • Investigation into the effects of hip muscle training upon predictors of low back pain in an asymptomatic population
  • Strength and Neuromuscular Changes following High Intensity, High Volume Training in Advanced, Resistance Trained Males
  • Core stability exercise in chronic non-specific low back pain : an investigation into muscle activity and movement patterns
  • Effect of eccentric loading on chronic patellar tendinopathy
  • Influence of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on the physiological and thermoregulatory responses to prolonged exercise in the heat
  • Web-based exercise inteventions for chronic non-specific low back pain : tailored versus targeted delivery
  • Effects of exercise on cortisol, depression and memory : a pilot study
  • Fluid balance and thermoregulation in female soccer players
  • Functional characteristics of the hamstring muscles in low back pain : an investigation of the flexion-relaxation response, extensibility, and strength of the hamstring muscles
  • Influence of body mass and physical activity on postural stability in children
  • Relationship between trunk stability measures and ankle stability measures
  • Role of the parietal cortex during motor imagery : a combined TMS and fMRI study
  • Adolescent physical activity : an integrated social cognitive approach
  • Ankle instability and muscle activation : a pilot study
  • Diabetic foot in New Zealand : morphology and biomechanics in different ethnicities
  • Effect of varied shoe-sole geometry on lower extremity joint loading during sport specific manoeuvres on artificial turf
  • Skeletal muscle collagen protein breakdown after resistance exercise
  • Development of a field testing protocol for the biomechanical analysis of snowboard jump landings
  • Impact of type 2 diabetes on maximal oxygen consumption, cardiac output and arterio-venous oxygen difference in adolescents
  • Obesity and inactivity information as a source of adolescent exercise motivation : a test of protection motivation theory
  • Molecular mechanisms of myostatin-induced skeletal muscle atrophy

 

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Honours Dissertation Titles in Exercise Sciences / Sport and Exercise Science


  • The effect of physical inactivity on reaction time and motor preparation
  • The Heart Rate Response to Incremental Treadmill Exercise in the HEART Study: An Examination of Chronotropic Incompetence in Older Adults with Ischemic Heart Disease.
  • The Effect of Moderate Intensity Exercise on Primary Motor Cortex Inhibition
  • Does moderate-intensity aerobic exercise enhance use-dependent plasticity in healthy adults?
  • Effects of acute hypoxia on the central nervous system- Implications for saccade kinematics, visual perception and cognitive performance
  • Muscle Ankyrin Repeat Proteins in Skeletal Muscle of Resistance Exercise Trained Men
  • Quantification of Joint Kinematics and Kinetics of the Lower-Limb during Variations of the Barbell Squat
  • The Role of Inhibition in the Primary Motor Cortex during Motor Skill Learning
  • Comparison of intensities and rest periods to standardise VO2max verification testing procedures in healthy individuals
  • The Glycaemic Index & Brain Function – Acute effect on cognition and corticomotor excitability
  • Caffeine and Fatigue - Influence on the human visual system
  • The Role of Motor Cortex in Hand-Foot Coordination
  • The Relationship between the Slow Component of Oxygen Uptake Gain and Changes to the Contractile Properties of the Knee extensors
  • Tuning sensory connections: effects of stimulation parameters and Neuromodulation on afferent inhibition
  • The Effect of Myostatin Deficiency on Murine Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Function
  • How the Brain Changes its Mind: The Role of the Pre-supplementary Motor Area during Selective Inhibition
  • Tuning muscle synergies - Cathodal TDCS of the primary motor cortex improves selective muscle activation in the ipsilateral arm
  • The validity of GPS devices for quantifying the demands of human movement.
  • Immediate Energy Signalling: The effect of carbohydrate on motor output and brain activity
  • High intensity short duration interval training: a potent training method to improve oxidative function in males
  • Effects of Oral Carbohydrate on Central Fatigue - Sensory Mechanisms and Signalling Pathways"
  • Bilateral Effects of Central Fatigue
  • Does soaking clothing in an alcohol cooling liquid reduce heat stress during exercise?
  • Kinematic Analysis as a Viable Tool for Assessing the Effect of Self-talk on Golf Swing Technique.
  • Acute Changes in Serum Myostatin and Growth Hormone with Resistance Exercise.
  • Association between Left Ventricular Size and Mass in Elite Male Olympic Weightlifters.
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