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Areas of expertise

  • Neuromuscular physiology
  • Motor control
  • Skeletal muscle & training

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About Steven O'Bryan

Dr O'Bryan received his PhD from Victoria University where he investigated the neuromuscular aspects which influence the capacity for individuals to generate force and power.

Specifically, his research explores the changes that occur within the brain, spinal cord, and skeletal muscle in response to acute exercise (i.e. fatigue) and exercise training (i.e. adaptation). In this way, he aims to provide innovative practical strategies that facilitate positive health outcomes, rehabilitative goals and sport practices.

Dr O'Bryan has also been involved in clinical research, where he investigated the neural pathways responsible for voluntary motor control in children with unilateral cerebral palsy.

Dr O'Bryan specialises in a number of experimental techniques, including electrical and magnetic nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation and surface electromyography. He also has expertise in evaluating skeletal muscle force and power generating capacities.

Dr O'Bryan is the current coordinator of the Exercise Physiology unit offered in a number of the sport and clinical exercise science related degrees. He is also a foundation member in the First Year College.


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science/Human Movement

Key publications

Year Citation
2020 O'Bryan, S., & Rouffet, D. M. (200101). Strengthening Knee Extensor Muscles In Healthy Individuals: Single-joint Or Multi-joint Exercises? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
2019 O'Bryan, S. (190707). Quantifying student learning within the zone of proximal development : Application in an accelerated program STARS.
2016 O'BRYAN, S., Taylor, J. L., & Rouffet, D. M. (160705). Effect of bilateral fatigue in the knee extensors on crank power during sprint cycling International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology.
2016 O'BRYAN, S., & Rouffet, D. M. (160414). Effect of isolated fatigue in the knee extensors on muscle activation and crank power during maximal cycling Exercise Sport Science Australia.
2015 O'BRYAN, S., BOURKE, R., & ROUFFET, D. M. (150624). Magnitude and origin of fatigue changes during repeated maximal knee extensions European College of Sport Science.

Year Citation
2020 Broatch, J. R., Brophy-Williams, N. ED., Phillips, E. J., O'Bryan, S. J., Halson, S. L., Barnes, S., & Bishop, D. J. (200301). Compression Garments Reduce Muscle Movement and Activation during Submaximal Running. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 52(3), (685-695).

doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002182

2018 O bryan, S. J., Billaut, F., Taylor, J. L., & Rouffet, D. M. (180706). Knee extensor fatigue developed during high-intensity exercise limits lower-limb power production. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(9), (1030-1037).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1349922

2014 O'Bryan, S. J., Brown, N. AT., Billaut, F., & Rouffet, D. M. (140725). Changes in muscle coordination and power output during sprint cycling. Neuroscience Letters, 576 (11-16).

doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2014.05.023

Research funding for the past 5 years

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