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Dr Sam Wu

Lecturer in Exercise Science


Sam is a Lecturer in Exercise Science with a focus on Exercise Physiology, and is currently involved in developing the Exercise Science degree at Swinburne University of Technology. He completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology, examining the performance of triathletes across different age groups, sex and race distances. His research interests include exercise and recovery in elite, healthy and clinical populations. 

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 lecturer at the University of Tasmania.

Research interests

Pacing; Endurance sports; Exercise for Health; Triathlon; Cycling; Swimming; Running; Recovery; Compression garments; 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 - 110602
  • Human Movement And Sports Science Not Elsewhere Classified - 110699

Teaching areas

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


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

  • 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)
  • 2019: Development of a web-based repository system for normative and pathology isokinetic muscle strength *; Lifecare Prahran Market Pilates

* Chief Investigator

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