Staff Profile

  • Tony Baross is an Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Physiology

    He first studied Sport & Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University. After graduating in 1996, he went on to undertake a MSc in Exercise and Health Behaviour at the City University, London before been employed as a Further Education lecturer at Bedford college until 1998.

    Tony joined the University of Northampton in 1998 where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate level sport and exercise physiology, and strength and conditioning. During this time, he completed a PGCE in post-compulsory education before undertaking his PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology and graduated in 2011 from the University of Kent.

    He continues to develop his post-doctoral research, supervising doctoral students, gaining external funding and presenting research at international conferences and publishing in top-ranked, high-impact international journals. Currently Tony is a research theme lead within the Faculty Research Centre at the University of Northampton. His main area of research is the effects of isometric resistance training (IRT) on cardiovascular parameters particular resting and ambulatory blood pressure.

  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science and MSc Strength and Conditioning on the following modules:

    BSc Sport and Exercise Science, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science and MSc Strength and Conditioning on the following modules:

    • SPO2003 Physiological Basis of Sport and Exercise
    • SPO3051 Applied Physiology
    • SPO4001 Sport Dissertation
    • SPOM039 Applied Physiology and Biomechanics
    • SPOM024 Dissertation MSc
    • SPOM023 Contemporary and Contentious Issues in Sport
  • Tony’s main area of research is the effects of isometric training on cardiovascular parameters (blood Pressure). He is currently undertaking collaborative research with the University of Windsor, Canada and Greenwich University, UK research teams.

    Tony is also on four PhD supervisory teams at the university which are focussed on the effects eccentric exercise and fall prevention, the determinants of postural sway and balance disturbances in young adults during blood flow restriction, recovery modalities and the validation of novel home-based isometric training devices.

    Tony is also interested in the hypotensive benefits of different exercise modes in young, older and clinical populations, and would accept doctoral students in any of these areas.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Anthony Baross’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

    • The relationship between EMG and either heart rate or blood pressure during a single-leg incremental isometric exercise test
      Baross, A. W., Wiles, J. D., Kay, A. D. & Swaine, I., 1 Sep 2009.
    • The effects of isometric exercise training on femoral and brachial artery dimension and blood flow in middle-aged men.
      Baross, A., Wiles, J. D. & Swaine, I. L., 8 Jul 2011
    • Effects of the Intensity of Leg Isometric Training on the Vasculature of Trained and Untrained Limbs and Resting Blood Pressure in Middle-Aged Men
      Baross, A., Wiles, J. D. & Swaine, I. L., 26 Jul 2012, In: International Journal of Vascular Medicine. 2012, 964697, p. 1-8.
    • The Effects of Training Involving Simultaneous Walking with Isometric Exercise on Resting Blood Pressure in Young Healthy Adults
      Baross, A., Hodgson, D., Padfield, S. L. & Swaine, I. L., 26 Jul 2013.
    • Establishing Equivalent Training Intensities for Isometric Bilateral-Leg and Handgrip Exercise Using the Category Ratio Scale
      Baross, A., Silvey, W., McGowan, C., Milne, K. & Swaine, I. L., 4 Jul 2014.
    • Isometric handgrip (IHG) training-induced reductions in resting blood pressure: Reactivity to a 2-minute handgrip task identifies responders and non-responders in young normotensive individuals
      Somani, Y., Hanik, S-A., Malandruccalo, A., Freeman, S. R., Caruana, N., Badrov, M., Baross, A., Swaine, I. L., Milne, K. & McGowan, C., 22 Oct 2014.
    • The Mechanism Underlying the Hypotensive Effect of Isometric Handgrip Training: Is it Cardiac Output Mediated?
      Hanik, S-A., Somani, Y., Baross, A., Swaine, I. L., Milne, K. & McGowan, C., 22 Oct 2014, p. 1.
    • Responses to an isometric leg-exercise test predicts sex-specific training-induced reductions in resting blood pressure after isometric leg training
      Baross, A., Milne, K., McGowan, C. & Swaine, I. L., 26 Jul 2015.
    • Using Bilateral and Unilateral Exercise to Better Understand the Blood Pressure Lowering Effects of Isometric Handgrip Training: Preliminary Findings
      Pearl, M., Zokvic, M., Somani, Y., Badrov, M., Hanik, S-A., Baross, A., Swaine, I. L., Milne, K. & McGowan, C., 14 Oct 2015.
    • Stretching of active muscle elicits chronic changes in multiple strain risk factors
      Kay, A. D., Richmond, D., Talbot, C., Mina, M., Baross, A. W. & Blazevich, A. J., 1 Jul 2016, In: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 48, 7, p. 1388-1396 9 p.
    • Acute response to a 2-minute isometric exercise test predicts the blood pressure lowering efficacy of isometric resistance training in young adults
      Baross, A., Somani, Y., Milne, K., McGowan, C. & Swaine, I. L., 27 Sep 2017, In: American Journal of Hypertension. 31, 3, p. 362–368 7 p.
    • Effects of Isometric leg Training on Ambulatory Blood pressure and Morning Blood pressure Surge in Young Normotensive Men and Women
      Baross, A., Milne, K., McGowan, C. & Swaine, I. L., 8 Sep 2017, p. 1.
    • Reductions in ambulatory blood pressure in young normotensive men and women after isometric resistance training and its relationship with cardiovascular reactivity
      Somani, Y., Baross, A. W., Levy, P., Zinszer, K., Milne, K., Swaine, I. & McGowan, C., 1 Feb 2017, In: Blood Pressure Monitoring. 22, 1, p. 1-7 7 p.
    • Reductions in resting blood pressure in young adults when isometric exercise is performed whilst walking
      Baross, A. W., Hodgson, D. A., Padfield, S. L. & Swaine, I. L., 7 May 2017, In: Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017, p. 1-6 6 p., 7123834.
    • Stretching of active muscle evokes greater acute increases in plantarflexor range of motion than static stretching
      Kay, A. D., Khan, S., Baross, A. W. & Blazevich, A. J., 7 Jul 2017.
    • Enhancing the Physiology and Effectiveness of Whole-Body Cryotherapy Treatment for Sports Recovery by Establishing an Optimum Protocol: A Review of Recent Perspectives
      Haq, A., Baross, A. & Ribbans, B., 28 Nov 2018, In: Journal of Physical Medicine. 1, 1, p. 41-52 12 p.
    • Stretch imposed on active muscle elicits positive adaptations in strain risk factors and exercise-induced muscle damage
      Kay, A. D., Rubley, B., Talbot, C., Mina, M. A., Baross, A. W. & Blazevich, A. J., 1 Nov 2018, In: Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science in Sports. 28, 11, p. 2299–2309 11 p.
    • D1.S4.5(4). The effects of age and body fat content on post downhill run recovery following whole body Cryotherapy
      Haq, A., Ribbans, B. & Baross, A., 8 Nov 2019.
    • Effects of Isometric Resistance Training and Detraining on Ambulatory Blood Pressure and Morning Blood Pressure Surge in Young Normotensives
      Baross, A., McGowan, C., Jay, G., Stoodley, L. & Swaine, I. L., 6 Jul 2019, p. 1.
    • Effects of isometric resistance training on resting blood pressure: individual participant data meta-analysis.
      Smart, N. A., Way, D., Carlson, D., Millar, P., McGowan, C., Swaine, I., Baross, A., Howden, R., Ritti-Dias, R., Wiles, J., Cornelissen, V., Gordon, B., Taylor, R. & Bleile, B., 1 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Hypertension. 37, 10, p. 1927–1938 12 p.