Dr Ben

Dr Ben Dascombe

Senior Lecturer, Sports Science

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

HS3 216, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

Qualifications

PhD (Exercise Physiology); BHMSc (Hons), BHMSc

Role

Membership of professional associations

Exercise and Sports Science Australia; American College of Sports Medicine; European College of Sports Sciences

Area of study

Exercise physiology
Exercise science

Teaching units

Instance Coordinator: EXS3AEP: Advanced Exercise Physiology & EXS2ESP: Exercise and Sports Physiology

 

Recent publications

  1. Dunstan, R.H. Sparkes, D.L., Dascombe, B.J., Macdonald, M.M., Evans, C.A. Stevens, C.J., Crompton, M., Gottfries, J., Franks, J., Murphy, G. and Roberts, T.K. (In Press) Sweat facilitated amino acid losses in male athletes during exercise at 32-34ºC. Plos One.
  2. Delaney, J., Thornton, H.R., Benton, D., Dascombe, B.J. and Duthie, G.M. (In Press) Duration specific running intensities of international Rugby competition: Implications for training prescription. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
  3. Thornton, H.R., Duthie, G.M., Pitchford N.W, Delaney, J.A., Benton, D.T. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Sleep characteristics of professional rugby league athletes during a two-week high-intensity training camp.  International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
  4. Thornton, H.R., Delaney, J.A., Duthie, G.M. and Dascombe, B.J. Importance of various training load measures in predicting injury of professional rugby league athletes. (In Press) International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
  5. Scott, T., Delaney, J., Duthie, G., Sanctuary, C., Hickmans, J. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) The validity and contributing physiological factors to 30-15 intermittent fitness test performance in Rugby League. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
  6. Tredrea, M., Sanctuary, C., Dascombe, B.J. and Scanlan, A.T. (In Press) The role of anthropometric, performance, and psychological attributes in predicting selection into an elite development programme in older adolescent rugby league players. Journal of Sports Sciences. 
  7. Scott, B.R., Slattery, K., Sculley, D.V., Smith, S.M., Lockhart, C., Pieffer, J.J. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Acute physiological and perceptual responses to moderate-load resistance exercise in hypoxia. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
  8. Stevens, C., Taylor, L. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Cooling during exercise: An overlooked strategy for enhancing endurance performance in the heat. Sports Medicine.
  9. Scott, B.R., Hodson, J., Govus, A.D. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) The 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test: can it predict outcomes in field tests of anaerobic performance? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
  10. Vickery, W., Dascombe, B.J. and, Duffield, R. (In Press) Comparison of the physical and technical demands of cricket players during training and match-play. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 
  11. Delaney, J.A., Thornton, H.R., Duthie, G.M. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Factors that influence running intensity in interchange players within professional rugby league. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 
  12. Stevens, C.J., Thoseby, B., Sculley, D.V., Callister, R., Taylor, L. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) A comparison of mixed-method cooling interventions on pre-loaded running performance in the heat. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
  13. Stevens, C.J., Thoseby, B., Sculley, D.V., Callister, R., Taylor, L. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Running performance in the heat is improved by similar magnitude with pre-exercise cold-water immersion and mid-exercise facial water spray. Journal of Sports Sciences.
  14. Vickery, W.M., Dascombe, B.J. and Duffield, R. (In Press) The association between internal and external measures of training load in batsmen and medium-fast bowlers during net-based cricket training. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  15. Scanlan, A.T., Fox, J.L., Borges, N.R., Dascombe, B.J. and Dalbo, V.J. (In Press) Cumulative training dose alters the interrelationships between common training load models during basketball activity. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 
  16. Novak, A.R., Stevens, C.J. and Dascombe, B.J. (2016) Agreement between Garmin Vector and SRM cycle ergometers for measures of peak and mean power. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. 20(3): doi: 10.1080/1091367X.2016.1191496.
  17. Dunstan, R.H., Sparkes, D.L., Dascombe, B.J., Evans, C.A., McDonland, M.M., Crompton, M., Franks, J., Murhpy, G., Gottfires, J., Carlton, B. and Roberts, T.K. (2015) Sweat facilitated losses of amino acids in Standardbred horses and the application of supplementation strategies to maintain condition during training. Comparative Exercise Physiology. 11(4): 201-212. 
  18. Aldous, J., Chrismas, B., Akubat, I., Abt, G., Dascombe, B.J. and Taylor, L. (In Press) Hot and Hypoxic Environments Inhibit Simulated Soccer Performance and Exacerbate Performance Decrements When Combined. Frontiers in Physiology. doi:10.3389/fphys.2015.00421.
  19. Taylor, L., Chrismas, B.C.R., Dascombe, B.J., Chamari, K. and Fowler, P. (In Press) Sleep medication and athletic performance – the evidence for practitioners and future research directions. Frontiers in Physiology. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00101.
  20. Taylor, L., Chrismas, B.C.R., Dascombe, B.J., Chamari, K. and Fowler, P. (In Press) The importance of monitoring sleep within adolescent athletes: athletic, academic and mental-health considerations. Frontiers in Physiology. doi:10.3389/fphys.2016.00083.
  21. Delaney, J.A., Thornton, H.R., Duthie, G.M. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Factors that influence running intensity in interchange players within professional rugby league. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
  22. Novak, A.R., Stevens, C. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Agreement between LeMond Revolution and SRM cycle ergometers during power profile and ramp protocol assessments. Journal of Science in Cycling. 4(3), 37-43
  23. Delaney, J., Thornton, H., Bennett, K., Duthie, G. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Acceleration-based running intensities of professional rugby league match-play. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0424.
  24. Bennett, K.J.M., Fransen, J., Scott, B.R., Sanctuary, C.E., Gabbett, T.J. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Positional group significantly influences the offensive and defensive skill involvements of junior representative rugby league players during match-play. Journal of Sports Sciences. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1122206.
  25. Bennett, K.J.M., Scott, B.R., Fransen, J., Elsworthy, N., Sanctuary, C.E., Gabbett, T.J. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Examining the skill involvements of under-16 rugby league players during a small-sided game and match-play. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.
  26. Scott, B.S., Duthie, GM.., Thornton, H.R. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Training monitoring for resistance exercise: Theory and applications. Sports Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s40279-015-0454-0.
  27. Stevens, C.J., Thoseby, B., Sculley, D.V., Callister, R., Taylor, L. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) A comparison of internal pre-cooling and mid-exercise cooling strategies on 5 km running performance and physiology in the heat. Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. doi: 10.1111/sms.12555.
  28. Stevens, C., and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Changes in intragastric temperature reflect changes in heat stress following tepid fluid ingestion but not ice slurry ingestion. Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments. 12(1). doi: 10.7771/2327-2937.1067.
  29. Taylor, L. Watkins, S., Marshall, H., Dascombe, B.J. and Foster, N.  (2016) The impact of different environmental conditions on cognitive function: a focused review. Frontiers in Physiology. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2015.00372.
  30. Thornton, H.R., Delaney, J., Duthie, G.M., Scott, B.R., Ballard, D., Sanctuary, C., Chivers, W. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) The development of illness prediction models using self-report information for elite team-sport athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0330.v

Older publications

  1. Delaney, J.A., Scott, T.A., Thornton, H.R., Ballard, D.A., Duthie, G.M., Wood, L.G. and Dascombe, B.J. (2016) Validity of skinfold-based meaures for tracking changes in body composition in professional rugby league players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 11(2), 261-266. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0244.
  2. Stevens, C.J. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) The reliability and validity of protocols for the assessment of endurance exercise performance: An updated review. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise. 19:4, 177-185. doi: 10.1080/1091367X.2015.1062381.
  3. Elsworthy, N., Burke, D., and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Physical and psychomotor performance of team sport officials during a match simulation. Journal of Sports Sciences.* 34(5), 420-428. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1057208.
  4. Scott, B.S., Loenneke, J.P., Slattery, K.M and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Blood flow restricted exercise for athletes: a brief review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport* doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2015.04.014.
  5. Delaney, J., Thornton, H., Bennett, K., Duthie, G. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Establishing duration specific running intensities for small-sided games from match-play analysis in rugby league. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 10(6): 725-31doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0092
  6. Scanlan, A., Tucker, P., Dascombe, B., Berkelmans, D., Hiskens, M., and Dalbo, V. (2015). Fluctuations in activity demands across game quarters in professional and semiprofessional male basketball. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 29(11), 3006-3015. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000967.
  7. Stevens, C.J., Hacene, J., Callister, R., Sculley, D.V., Taylor, L. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) The reliability of performance and physiological variables in a self-paced 5 km running time trial on a non-motorised treadmill. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 36(09): 705-709. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1398680.
  8. Delaney, J., Scott, T., Ballard, D.A., Hickmans, J.A., Lockie, R.G. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Contributing factors to change-of-direction ability in professional rugby league players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.* 10(6):725-31. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000960.
  9. Scott, T., Delaney, J., Duthie, G., Sanctuary, C., Hickmans, J. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) The reliability and usefulness of the 30-15 intermittent fitness test in rugby league. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. * 29(7):1985-90. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000846.
  10. Oliveria-Borges, T., Dascombe, B.J., Bullock, N. and Coutts, A.J. (In Press) Physiological characteristics of well-trained junior sprint kayak athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.* 10(5):593-599.  doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0292.
  11. Scanlan, A.T., Dascombe, B.J., Kidcaff, A.P. and Dalbo, V.J. (In Press) The gender-specific activity demands experienced during semi-professional basketball game-play. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.* 10(5):618-625. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0407.
  12. Secomb, J.L., Sheppard, J.M. and Dascombe, B.J. (In Press) Reductions in strength and power qualities following surfing training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.* 29(7):1937-42. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000843.
  13. Scott, B.S., Slattery, K.M. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: is metabolic stress the key moderator? Medical Hypotheses. 84, 145-149. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2014.12.001.
  14. Scott, B.S., Loenneke, J.P., Slattery, K.M and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Exercise with blood flow restriction: an updated evidence-based approach for enhanced muscular development. Sports Medicine.* 45 (3), 313-325. doi: 10.1007/s40279-014-0288-1.
  15. Novak, A. and Dascombe, B.J. (2014) Physiological and performance characteristics of various cycling disciplines. International Journal of Cycling Science. 3(3), 9-16.
  16. Stevens, C., J., Hacene, J., Wellham, B., Sculley, D.V., Callister, R., Taylor, L. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) The validity of a 5 km running time trial on the Curve non-motorized treadmill. Journal of Sports Sciences. 33 (11), 1141-1148. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2014.986502.
  17. Coull, N.A., Watkins, S.L., Aldous, J.W.F., Warren, L.K., Chrismas, B.C.R., Dascombe, B.J., Mauger, A.L. and Taylor, L. (2015) Effect of tyrosine ingestion on physical and cognitive performance utilising an intermittent soccer performance test (iSPT) in a warm environment. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 115: 373-386. doi: 10.1007/s00421-014-3022-7.  
  18. Scott, B.R., Slattery, K.M. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Intermittent hypoxic resistance training: does it provide added benefit? Frontiers in Physiology (Striated Muscle). 5, 1-3. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2014.00397.
  19. Scott, B.R., Slattery, K.M., Sculley, D.V., Lockie, R.G., and Dascombe, B.J. (2014) Reliability of telemetric electromyography and near-infrared spectroscopy during high-intensity resistance exercise. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 24, 722-730. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2014.07.008.
  20. Scott, B.R., Slattery, K.M., Sculley, D.V., Hodson, J.A., and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Physical performance during high-intensity resistance exercise in normoxic and hypoxic conditions. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 29 (3), 807-815.  doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000680.
  21. Scanlan, A., Dascombe, B. and Reaburn, P. (2015). The Basketball Exercise Simulation Test: A match-specific basketball fitness test. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 9, 700-712. doi:  10.14198/jhse.2014.93.03.
  22. Elsworthy, N., Scott, B.R., Burke, D. and Dascombe, B.J. (2014) The physical and perceptual-cognitive demands of Australian football umpires during competitive matches. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research*. 28 (12), 3502-3507. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000567. 
  23. Secomb, J., Shepphard, J. and Dascombe, B.J. (2015) Time-motion analysis of a two hour surfing training session. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance*. 10 (1), 17-22. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0002.
  24. Elsworthy, N., Burke, D. and Dascombe, B.J. (2014) Factors relating to the decision making performance of Australian football umpires. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 14(2): 401-410.* 
  25. Scott, B.R., Dascombe, B.J., Sculley, D.V. and Slattery, K.M (2014) Hypoxia and resistance exercise. Sports Medicine. 44(8), 1037-54. doi: 10.1007/s40279-014-0177-7.
  26. Slattery, K.M., Dascombe, B.J., Wallace, L.K., Bentley, D.J. and Coutts, A.J. (2014) Effect of N-acetylcysteine on cycling performance following intensified training. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. 46(6):1114-23.* doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000222.
  27. Dunstan, R.H., Sparkes, D.L., Roberts, T.K., Dascombe, B.J. and Crompton, M.J., (2014) Preliminary evaluations of a complex amino acid supplement, Fatigue RevivaTM, to reduce fatigue in a group of professional male athletes and a group of males recruited from the general public. Food and Nutritional Science. 5, 231-235.*
  28. Vickery, W., Dascombe, B.J., Duffield, R. (2014) Physiological responses, movement demands and technical characteristics during centre-wicket Battlezone, traditional net-based training and One-Day cricket matches: a comparative study of sub-elite cricket players. Journal of Sport Sciences. 32:8, 722-37.* doi: 10.1080/02640414.2013.861605.
  29. Vickery, W., Dascombe, B.J., Duffield, R., Baker, J., Higham, D.G. and Spratfield, W. (2014) Accuracy and reliability of GPS devices for measurement of sports-specific movement patterns related to cricket, tennis and field-based team sports. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 28(6): 1697–1705.* doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000285.
  30. Scott, B.R., Dascombe, B.J., Delaney, J.A., Elsworthy, N., Lockie, R.G., Sculley, D.V. and Slattery, K.M. (2014) The validity and reliability of a customized rigid supportive harness during Smith Machine back squat exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 28 (3), 636-642. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182a362df.
  31. Dunstan, R.H., Sparkes, D.L., Roberts, T.K., Crompton, M.J., Dascombe, B.J. and Gottfries, J. (2013) Development of a complex amino acid supplement, Fatigue RevivaTM, for oral ingestion: Initial evaluations of product concept, efficacy to reduce fatigue, improve symptoms of sub-health and alter homeostasis in a group of males. The Nutrition Journal. 12, 115-123. * doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-12-115.
  32. Stevens, C., Dascombe, B.J., Boyko, A., Sculley, D.V. and Callister, R. (2013) The effect of ice slurry ingestion on triathlon performance in the heat. Journal of Sports Sciences. 31:12, 1271-1279. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2013.779740.
  33. Dascombe, B.J., Laursen, P., Nosaka, K. And Polglaze, T. (2013) No effect of upper body compression garments in elite flat-water kayakers, European Journal of Sport Science. 13(4). 341-349 * doi:10.1080/17461391.2011.606842.
  34. Vickery, W., Dascombe, B.J., Duffield, R., Kellet, A. and Portus, M. (2012) The influence of field size, player number and rule changes on the physiological responses and movement demands of cricket players during Battle Zone. Journal of Sports Sciences. 31 (6) 629-638.* doi: 10.1080/02640414.2012.744080.
  35. Vickery, W., Dascombe, B.J., Duffield, R., Kellet, A. and Portus, M. (2012) Battle Zone: An examination of the physiological responses, movement patterns and reproducibility of small-sided cricket games. Journal of Sports Sciences. 31 (1) 77-86.* doi: 10.1080/02640414.2012.720706.
  36. Scanlan, A.T., Dascombe, B.J. and Reaburn, P.R. (2012) The construct and longitudinal validity of the Basketball Exercise Simulation Test (BEST). Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 26 (2) 523-531. doi: 10.1519/jsc.0b013e318220dfc0.
  37. Scanlan, A.T., Dascombe, B.J., Reaburn, P.R. and Dalbo, V.J. (2012) The physiological and activity demands experienced by Australian female basketball players during competition. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 15, 341–347.* doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2011.12.008.
  38. Elsworthy, N. and Dascombe, B.J. (2011) Match performance responses of Australian Football umpires. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 6(4). 559-571.*
  39. Scanlan, A.T., Dascombe, B.J. and Reaburn, P.R. (2011) A comparison between the activity demands of elite and sub-elite Australian male basketball competitions. Journal of Sports Sciences. 29(11): 1153-60.* doi: 10.1080/02640414.2011.582509.
  40. Dascombe, B.J., Hoare, T.K., Sear, J.A., Reaburn, P.R. and Scanlan, A.T. (2011) No effects of wearing under-sized lower-body compression garments on endurance running performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 6 (2), 160-173.*
  41. Goh, S., Laursen, P., Dascombe, B.J. and Nosaka, K., (2011) Effect of lower body compression garment on running performance in cold and hot environments. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 111, 819-826.* doi: 10.1007/s00421-010-1705-2.
  42. Scanlan, A.T. and Dascombe, B.J. (2011) The anthropometric and performance characteristics of high-performance junior lifesavers. Serbian Journal of Sports Sciences. 5 (2) 61-66.
  43. Sear, J., Hoare, T. Abt, G. and Dascombe, B.J. (2010) The effects of whole-body compression garments on prolonged high-intensity intermittent exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 24 (7), 1901-1910.* doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181db251b.
  44. Dascombe, B.J., Karunaratna, M., Cartoon, J., Fergie, B. and Goodman, C. (2010) Nutritional supplementation habits and perceptions of elite athletes within a state-based sporting institute. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 13 (2) 274-280.* doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2009.03.005.
  45. Reaburn, P.R. and Dascombe, B.J. (2009) Anaerobic performance in masters athletes. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity. 6 (1) 39-53. doi: 10.1007/s11556-008-0041-6.
  46. Scanlan, A.J., Reaburn, P., Osborne, M. and Dascombe, B.J. (2008) The effects of lower-body compression garments on endurance cycling performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 3, 424-438.*
  47. Spencer, M. Dawson, B., Bishop, D., Goodman, C. and Dascombe, B. (2008) Performance and metabolism in repeated short-sprint exercise: Effect of recovery intensity: effect of recovery intensity. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 103, 545-552.* doi: 10.1007/s00421-008-0749-z.
  48. Reaburn, P.R. and Dascombe, B.J. (2008) Do metropolitan Queensland fire fighters meet the international fire fighting standards for aerobic fitness? Journal of Occupational Health and Safety. 24(4) 321-382.*
  49. Reaburn, P.R. and Dascombe, B.J. (2008) Endurance performance in masters athletes. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity. 5 (1), 31-42. doi: 10.1007/s11556-008-00.
  50. Duncan, M, J., Mummery, W, K. and Dascombe, B. (2008) Utility of global positioning systems to measure active transport in urban areas. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 39 (10), 1851-1857. doi: 10.1249/mss.0b013e31811ff31e.
  51. Dascombe, B., Reaburn, P.R.J., Sirotic, A.C., and Coutts, A. (2007) The reliability of the i-STAT clinical portable analyser in sports science. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 10 (3), 135-140. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2006.05.023.
  52. Coutts, A.J., Murphy, A.J. and Dascombe, B. (2005) The influence of supervision on strength and power development in young rugby league players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 18 (2), 316-323. doi: 10.1519/00124278-200405000-00021.
  53. Stanton, R., Evans, G., Dascombe, B. and Peddle, M. (2002) Biometric and biomechanical correlates to outrigger canoe paddling. Strength and Conditioning Coach, 10 (2), 19-26.