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Dr Sam Wu

Lecturer, Exercise Science


Sam is a Lecturer in Exercise Science with a focus on Exercise Physiology, and was involved in the development of the Exercise Science degree at Swinburne University of Technology. His research focus is in the area of health and exercise physiology, focusing on practical exercise outcomes for athletic, ageing, clinical populations and the general community.

His ongoing projects encompass the use of compression garments for running and recovery, pacing and performance in cycling, hormonal changes within elite athletes from modified resistance training interventions, subjective responses to exercise, respiratory control for improved psychological state and performance, and exercise to improve health in general and chronic populations.

He applies his research into teaching within the areas of exercise physiology, exercise prescription and delivery, strength and conditioning and exercise nutrition. He is currently supervising Honours and PhD students, and is an adjunct Associate Professor at Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Research interests

Pacing; Endurance sports; Triathlon; Cycling; Swimming; Running; Recovery; Compression garments; Exercise; Eccentric Exercise

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Eccentric exercise: a potential novel method of treatment for patients with Type II diabetes mellitus: It is known that exercise can produce cost effective benefits for the prevention and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). However, the most effective exercise in prevention and treatment of T2DM is still debatable. This project will elucidate the effectiveness of eccentric exercise as a treatment for T2DM patients. This can be translated into a PhD project.

Exploring associations between various perceptive scales during exercise: The perception of exercise intensity has been quantified using various models of measurement. However, perception and subjective rating can differ depending on various factors. This project will explore the similarities and delineation between various contemporary scales used to define exertion, intensity and effort during multiple exercise modalities. This can be translated into a PhD project.

Fields of Research

  • Exercise Physiology - 420702
  • Sports Science And Exercise Not Elsewhere Classified - 420799
  • Haematology - 320102

Teaching areas

Exercise Physiology;Exercise Science;Exercise Assessment and Prescription;Strength and Conditioning


  • 2018, Swinburne, ECR SUPRA Award, Swinburne University of Technology


Also published as: Wu, Sam; Wu, S.; Wu, S. S. X.; Wu, Sam S. X.; Wu, Sam Shi Xuan
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Assessment of the FemmeCore TM product for pregnancy support *; Lenny Rose Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Investigating the effects of synbiotic supplementation on functional movement, strength and muscle health in older Australians *; Lallemand Health Solutions Inc Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Development of a web-based repository system for monitoring of community fitness and muscle strength *; South Yarra Spine & Sports Medicine
  • 2021: Validation of a linear position transducer’s accuracy in resistance training exercises *; KINETIC PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY PTY LTD FUND SCHEME
  • 2020: An investigation into the utility of the Immune Cycle in muscle damage, inflammation and recovery *; Lifecycle Technologies
  • 2020: Complex Milk Lipids in Older Adults with Subjective Memory Complaints *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2020: Randomised controlled trial to determine the effects of short-term oral cannabidiol (CBD) ingestion on inflammation, muscle damage and functional recovery following downhill running *; Cannvalate Pty Ltd
  • 2020: The effects of short-term PeptAIde™ supplementation on recovery from acute endurance exercise performance in aerobically trained individuals. *; Nutrition Asia Research Grant
  • 2019: Development of a web-based repository system for normative and pathology isokinetic muscle strength  *; Lifecare Prahran Market Pilates

* Chief Investigator