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Fergal M. Grace
Federation University Australia
110Publications
17H-index
803Citations
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#1Kyle John Miller (FedUni: Federation University Australia)
#2Christopher Mesagno (FedUni: Federation University Australia)H-Index: 11
Last.Rapson Gomez (FedUni: Federation University Australia)H-Index: 27
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Background: Depression is a chronic condition that affects up to 15% of older adults. The healthogenic effects of regular exercise are well established, but it is still unclear which exercise-related variables characterise the antidepressant effects of exercise. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which exercise-related variables (exercise behaviour, exercise-induced mood, exercise self-efficacy, and social support) can predict depressive symptoms in a cohort of communit...
#1Rhona Martin-Smith (Edge Hill University)
#2Duncan BuchanH-Index: 10
Last.Fergal M. Grace (FedUni: Federation University Australia)H-Index: 17
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Background: This study examined the impact of a 4-week school-based sprint interval training program on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), daily physical activity (PA) behavior, and cardiometabolic r...
#1Amy K. Campbell (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 1
#2Fergal M. Grace (FedUni: Federation University Australia)H-Index: 17
Last.Nicholas Sculthorpe (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 16
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There is an emerging body of literature relating to the effectiveness of frequent aerobic exercise as a prophylactic for age-associated dysfunction of large arteries, yet systematic evaluation and precise estimate of this effect is unknown. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled studies examining flow mediated dilatation (FMD) of athletic older persons and otherwise healthy sedentary counterparts to (i) compare FMD as a determinant of endothelial function between athlet...
#1Alexander Beaumont (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 2
#2Fergal M. Grace (FedUni: Federation University Australia)H-Index: 17
Last.Nicholas Sculthorpe (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 16
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Background In contrast to younger athletes, there is comparatively less literature examining cardiac structure and function in older athletes. However, a progressive accumulation of studies during the past four decades offers a body of literature worthy of systematic scrutiny.ObjectivesWe conducted a systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression of controlled echocardiography studies comparing left ventricular (LV) structure and function in aerobically trained older athletes (> 45 years) ...
#1Alexander Beaumont (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 2
#2Amy K. Campbell (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 1
Last.Nicholas Sculthorpe (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 16
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INTRODUCTION: Ageing is associated with a progressive decline in cardiac and vascular health, resulting in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Lifestyle factors such as exercise have emerged as a primary therapeutic target in the prevention of CVD, yet older individuals are frequently reported as being the least active, with 1 in four adults failing to meet the physical activity guidelines. In contrast, well trained older individuals (Masters athletes) have superior functional cap...
#1Allan Knox (RU: Rutgers University)H-Index: 1
#2Nicholas Sculthorpe (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 16
Last.Fergal M. Grace (FedUni: Federation University Australia)H-Index: 17
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Background : The South Asian population have greater cardiovascular risk than their age-matched Caucasian counterparts, characterized by unfavorable biomarkers. South Asians may also be partially resistant to the pleiotropic benefits of physical activity on cardiovascular health. There is a current absence of studies that compare markers of cardio-metabolic health between Caucasians and South Asians employing resistance exercise. This study set out to compare the response in biomarkers of cardio...
#1Graeme G. Sorbie (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 1
#2Fergal M. Grace (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 17
Last.Ukadike C. Ugbolue (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 4
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ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to compare the electromyography (EMG) patterns of the thoracic and lumbar regions of the erector spinae (ES) muscle during the golf swing whilst using four different golf clubs. Fifteen right-handed male golfers performed a total of twenty swings in random order using the driver, 4-iron, 7-iron and pitching-wedge. Surface EMG was recorded from the lead and trail sides of the thoracic and lumbar regions of the ES muscle (T8, L1 and L5 lateral to the spinous-p...
#1Graeme G. Sorbie (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 1
#2Paul Darroch (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 1
Last.Ukadike C. Ugbolue (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 4
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ABSTRACTThe study aimed to determine whether or not commercial golf gloves influence performance variables and forearm muscle activity during golf play. Fifteen golfers participated in the laboratory based study, each performing 8 golf swings with a Driver and 7-iron whilst wearing a glove and 8 without wearing the glove. Club head speed, ball speed and absolute carry distance performance variables were calculated. Surface electromyography was recorded from the flexor digitorum superficialis and...
#1Peter Herbert (University of Wales)H-Index: 24
#2Lawrence D. Hayes (University of Cumbria)H-Index: 9
Last.Fergal M. GraceH-Index: 17
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High intensity interval training (HIIT) improves peak power output (PPO) in sedentary aging men but has not been examined in masters endurance athletes. Therefore, we investigated whether a 6-week programme of low volume HIIT would (i) improve PPO in masters athletes and (ii) whether any change in PPO would be associated with steroid hormone perturbations.Seventeen male masters athletes (60 ± 5 years) completed the intervention which comprised of nine HIIT sessions over six weeks. HIIT sessions ...
#1Lawrence D. Hayes (University of Cumbria)H-Index: 9
#2Nicholas SculthorpeH-Index: 16
Last.Fergal M. Grace (FedUni: Federation University Australia)H-Index: 17
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Testosterone is an important biological hormone, which displays a gradual decline with advancing age. Exercise training has been proposed as a first-line therapy for biochemical hypogonadism (clinically low serum testosterone). As such, the present investigation compared the incidence of biochemical hypogonadism (total testosterone <11.3 nmol·L-1) in a cohort of otherwise healthy lifelong sedentary men (SED [N=24], 63±5 years), compared with a positive control group of lifelong exercisers (LEX [...
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