Karate kid vs Rocky Balboa: The science of strength and power

13 March 2019, 19:30 - 21:00
Chelmsford campus

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Presented by Dr Dan Gordon

Dr Dan Gordon discusses the principles of skeletal muscle physiology and how a series of mechanical and chemical events lead to the generation of force. The talk will consider muscle actions and how training produces both gains in size and speed of the muscle action. The session will address some of the perceived misconceptions about strength and power training through appreciation of the underlying muscle physiology.


Dr Gordon is a Principal Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and the course leader for the BSc Hons Sport & Exercise Sciences. His work focuses on the limitations to human athletic performance with an emphasis on the role of oxygen delivery and utilization. He has published extensively in the field of exercise physiology across a breadth of topics from cardiovascular responses to exercise through to impact of menstruation on both muscle and cardiac physiology. He has published a textbook on Coaching Science that brings together his scientific and sporting knowledge. As an athlete, Dan competed for Great Britain in three sports (athletics, swimming and Cycling). He won medals at European level in athletics and competed at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games in track cycling. He still holds a World record in this discipline. Additionally to being a researcher in this field on exercise science, Dan has worked as a consultant physiologist to athletes across a range of sports from GB Paralympic endurance runners to channel swimmers and trans-Atlantic rowers.

Event Details

13 March 2019, 19:30 - 21:00
Chelmsford campus
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