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Dr. Tony Kay

  • Job title: Associate Professor (Biomechanics)
  • Department: Health - Sport & Exercise

General information

Tony Kay first studied Sport & Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University.  After graduating in 1998 he went on lecture in Further Education colleges in Essex and Surrey for 5 years whilst gaining an MSc in Sport Science and PGCE.

He joined the University of Northampton in 2003 where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate level anatomy, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning.  During this time he pursued his PhD in Musculotendinous Biomechanics and graduated in 2010 from Edith Cowan University, Australia. 

The three studies from his thesis were published in the Journal of Applied Physiology and he has continued to publish his post-doctoral research in top-ranked, high-impact international journals.

Teaching

BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science. Teaching on the following modules:

  • Biomechanical Basis of Sport & Exercise
  • Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

MSc Strength & Conditioning. Teaching on the following modules:

  • Musculoskeletal Training & Adaptation
  • Applied Training Methods

Research

Tony’s main area of research interest is the acute and chronic impact of various forms of stretching and muscular contractions on joint range of motion and muscular force production.  He is currently researching the effects of a novel form of PNF stretching and eccentric exercise on muscle-tendon mechanics.

Tony also supervises two students in related fields – Minas Mina and Roshni Khatri who are studying the impact of variable resistance training in athletes and the use of splinting on stroke survivors, respectively.

Tony is also interested in physical therapies addressing neuromuscular and musculoskeletal functional decline in older and clinical populations, and would accept doctoral students in any of these areas.

Publications

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2016

  1. Kay, A. D., Dods, S. and Blazevich, A. J. (2016) Acute effects of contract-relax (CR) stretch versus a modified CR technique. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 116(3), pp. 611-621. 1439-6319.
  2. Kay, A. D., Dixon, J., Bligh, L. D. and Blazevich, A. J. (2016) Acute effects of lab- and field-based contract-relax (CR) and modified CR stretching on knee flexor muscle-tendon mechanics. Invited Presentation presented to: 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS 2016), Vienna, Austria, 06-09 July 2016. (Unpublished)
  3. Behm, D. G., Blazevich, A. J., Kay, A. D. and McHugh, M. (2016) Acute effects of muscle stretching on physical performance, range of motion, and injury incidence in healthy active individuals: a systematic review. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 41(1), pp. 1-11. 1715-5320.
  4. Mina, M. A., Blazevich, A. J., Giannis, G., Seitz, L. B. and Kay, A. D. (2016) Chain-loaded variable resistance warm-up improves free-weight maximal back squat performance. European Journal of Sport Science. 1746-1391. (In Press)
  5. Blazevich, A. J., Gill, N. D., Kvorning, T., Kay, A. D., Go, A., Hilton, B., Drinkwater, E. and Behm, D. (2016) Effect of static and dynamic stretching during a full warm-up on athletic performance in athletes. Invited Presentation presented to: 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS 2016), Vienna, Austria, 06-09 July 2016. (Unpublished)
  6. Kay, A. D., Richmond, D., Talbot, C., Mina, M. A., Baross, A. W. and Blazevich, A. J. (2016) Stretching of active muscle elicits chronic changes in multiple strain risk factors. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 48(7), pp. 1388-1396. 0195-9131.

2015

  1. Kay, A. D., Husbands-Beasley, J. and Blazevich, A. J. (2015) Acute effects of contract-relax stretching, static stretching and isometric contractions on muscle-tendon mechanics. Invited Presentation presented to: 25th Congress of the Internationl Society of Biomechanics (ISB 2015), Glasgow, Scotland, 12-16 July 2015. (Unpublished)
  2. Kay, A. D., Dods, S. and Blazevich, A. J. (2015) Acute effects of muscle length during the contraction phase of contract-relax stretching on muscle-tendon mechanics. Invited Presentation presented to: 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS 2015), Malmo, Sweden, 24-27 June 2015. (Unpublished)
  3. Mina , M. A., Blazevich, A. J., Giakas, G., Draper , N. and Kay, A. D. (2015) Biomechanical effects of elastic bands, chains and free-weight resistance on submaximal back squat exercise. Invited Presentation presented to: 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS 2015), Malmo, Sweden, 24-27 June 2015. (Unpublished)
  4. Kay, A. D., Husbands-Beasley, J. and Blazevich, A. J. (2015) Effects of contract–relax, static stretching, and isometric contractions on muscle–tendon mechanics. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 47(10), pp. 2181-2190. 0195-9131.

2014

  1. Talbot, C., Kay, A. D., Walker, N. and Price, M. J. (2014) A comparison of two anaerobic test measurement systems using an upper body Wingate test. Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal. 22(3), pp. 265-275. 1543-8627.
  2. Mina, M. A., Blazevich, A. J., Giakas, G. and Kay, A. D. (2014) Influence of variable resistance loading on subsequent free weight maximal back squat performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 28(10), pp. 2988-2995. 1064-8011.
  3. Blazevich, A. J., Cannavan, D., Waugh, C., Miller, S., Thorland, J. B., Aagaard, P. and Kay, A. D. (2014) Novel mechanisms of range of motion improvement in response to plantar flexor stretch training in men. Invited Presentation presented to: 6th Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, 10-12 April 2014. (Unpublished)
  4. Blazevich, A. J., Cannavan, D., Waugh, C., Miller, S., Thorlund, S., Aagaard, P. and Kay, A. D. (2014) Range of motion, neuromechanical, and architectural adaptations to plantar flexor stretch training in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology. 117(5), pp. 452-462. 8750-7587.
  5. Talbot, C., Kay, A. D., Walker, N. and Price, M. (2014) Six weeks of arm crank training improves peak power output and constant work load performance. Poster presented to: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference, Burton Upon Trent, UK, 25-26 November 2014. (Unpublished)
  6. Kay, A. D., Rubley, B., Talbot, C., Mina, M. A. and Blazevich, A. J. (2014) Six weeks of maximal eccentric knee extensor training affects muscle-tendon mechanics and muscle damage. Invited Presentation presented to: 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS 2014), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 02-05 July 2014. (Unpublished)
  7. Mina, M. A., Blazevich, A. J., Giakas, G. and Kay, A. D. (2014) The influence of chain-loaded resistance on subsequent 1-RM free-weight squat performance. Invited Presentation presented to: 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS 2014), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 02-05 July 2014. (Unpublished)

2013

  1. Khatri, R., Logan, P., Kay, A. D. and Lehner, A. N. (2013) A national survey to evaluate current splinting practice for stroke survivors. Paper presented to: 37th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the College of Occupational Therapists 2013, Glasgow, UK, 18-20 June 2013. (Unpublished)
  2. Blazevich, A. J., Waugh, C., Cannavan, D., Fath, F., Miller, S. and Kay, A. D. (2013) Factors influencing maximum ROM at the ankle joint: different results from cross-sectional vs. longitudinal studies. Invited Presentation presented to: 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Barcelona, Spain, 26-29 June 2013. (Unpublished)
  3. Talbot, C., Kay, A. D., Walker, N. and Price, M. (2013) Recommendations for high intensity upper body exercise testing. Invited Presentation presented to: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, 03-05 September 2013. (Unpublished)
  4. Kay, A. D., Richmond, D., Talbot, C., Mina, M. A. and Blazevich, A. J. (2013) The influence of 6 weeks of maximal eccentric plantarflexor training on muscle-tendon mechanics. Paper presented to: 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Barcelona, Spain, 26-29 June 2013. (Unpublished)
  5. Mina, M. A., Giakas, G., Blazevich, A. J. and Kay, A. D. (2013) The influence of acute variable resistance loading on subsequent free-weight maximal squat performance. Invited Presentation presented to: 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Barcelona, Spain, 26-29 June 2013. (Unpublished)

2012

  1. Kay, A. D. and Blazevich, A. J. (2012) Effect of acute static stretch on maximal muscle performance: A systematic review. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. 44(1), pp. 154-164. 0195-9131.
  2. Blazevich, A. J., Cannavan, D., Waugh, C., Fath, F., Miller, S. and Kay, A. D. (2012) Neuromuscular factors influencing the maximum stretch limit of the human plantar flexors. Journal of Applied Physiology. 113(9), pp. 1446-1455. 8750-7587.
  3. Blazevich, A. J., Kay, A. D., Waugh, C., Fath, F., Miller, S. and Cannavan, D. (2012) Plantarflexor stretch training increases reciprocal inhibition measured during voluntary dorsiflexion. Journal of Neurophysiology. 107(1), pp. 250-256. 0022-3077.
  4. Kay, A. D., Warren, L. A. and Hammond, L. E. (2012) The influence of hip angle on dorsiflexion range of motion, passive angle moment and neuromuscular reflex activity of the triceps surae. Paper presented to: 17th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Bruges, Belgium, 04-07 July 2012. (Unpublished)

2011

  1. Kay, A. D. and Blazevich, A. J. (2011) A systematic review of the effects of acute static stretch on maximal muscular performance. Invited Presentation presented to: 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Liverpool John Moores University, 06-09 July 2011. (Unpublished)
  2. Talbot, C., Kay, A. D. and Price, M. (2011) Electromyography during Wingate upper body exercise. Poster presented to: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference: Fatigue: An interdisciplinary approach, University of Essex, United Kingdom, 06-08 September 2011. (Unpublished)
  3. Wing, A. E., Jones, P. G. W., Campbell, J. and Kay, A. D. (2011) Perception of pain intensity does not influence muscular performance in a maximal knee extension task. Invited Presentation presented to: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference: Fatigue: An interdisciplinary approach, University of Essex, United Kingdom, 06-08 September 2011. (Unpublished)
  4. Wing, A. E., Jones, P. G. W., Campbell, J. and Kay, A. D. (2011) The severity of experimentally induced pain influences muscular performance during maximal voluntary isometric knee extensor contractions. Invited Presentation presented to: 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Liverpool John Moores University, 06-09 July 2011. (Unpublished)

2010

  1. Talbot, C., Kay, A. D. and Price, M. (2010) A comparison of two Wingate anaerobic test software packages. Poster presented to: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference: Challenging the Dogma, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 6-8 September 2010. (Unpublished)
  2. Kay, A. D. and Blazevich, A. J. (2010) Concentric muscle contractions before static stretching minimize, but do not remove, stretch-induced force deficits. Journal of Applied Physiology. 108(3), pp. 637-645. 8750-7587.

2009

  1. Blazevich, A. J., Miller, S., Waugh, C., Fath, F., Kay, A. D., Thorland, J. B. and Aagaard, P. (2009) Influence of Plantarflexor stretch training on fascicle length and strain, H-Reflex amplitude and muscle force production. Seminar Presentation presented to: 14th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Oslo, Norway, 24-27 June 2009. (Unpublished)
  2. Kay, A. D. and Blazevich, A. J. (2009) Isometric contractions reduce plantar flexor moment, Achilles tendon stiffness and neuromuscular activity but remove the subsequent effects of stretch. Poster presented to: 5th Annual Conference of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA), Leeds, 5-7 June 2009. (Unpublished)
  3. Kay, A. D. and Blazevich, A. J. (2009) Isometric contractions reduce plantar flexor moment, Achilles tendon stiffness, and neuromuscular activity but remove the subsequent effects of stretch. Journal of Applied Physiology. 107, pp. 1181-1189. 8750-7587.
  4. Kay, A. D. and Blazevich, A. J. (2009) Moderate-duration static stretch reduces active and passive plantar flexor moment but not Achilles tendon stiffness or active muscle length. Journal of Applied Physiology. 106, pp. 1249-1256. 8750-7587.
  5. Baross, A. W., Wiles, J. D., Kay, A. D. and Swaine, I. (2009) The relationship between EMG and either heart rate or blood pressure during a single-leg incremental isometric exercise test. Poster presented to: Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Leeds, 1-3 September 2009. (Unpublished)

2008

  1. Kay, A. D. and Blazevich, A. J. (2008) Reductions in active plantarflexor moment are significantly correlated with static stretch duration. European Journal of Sports Science. 8(1), pp. 41-46. 1746-1391.
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