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James  Steele

Dr James Steele

Associate Professor

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6465 ext. 6465 Room no. RM230C

Biography

James is Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at Solent University, and is also the principal investigator at the ukactive Research Institute.

He has extensive research and consultancy experience in physical activity, exercise, and sport - working with elite athletes across a range of sports, the general population across the lifespan, and both those who are healthy and diseased.

James was a member of the Expert Working Group revising the CMO Physical Activity Guidelines for the UK and the Expert Committee for Communications, and is a founding member of both the Strength and Conditioning Society, and the Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology. James is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Further information

  1. PhD supervision

    Follow the link below for a list of PhD students James has supervised.

    Completions

    • PhD External at Coventry University (Nikita Price) – The effects of exercise referral schemes upon physical activity.

    Current

    • PhD DOS (Craig Perrin) – Lumbar extensor fatigue in soccer and its impact upon sprint kinematics.
    • PhD DOS (Patrokolos Androulakis-Korakkakis) – Minimum effective training dose required to increase 1RM strength in powerlifters.
    • PhD DOS (Emily Budzynski-Seymour) – Physical activity, fitness, and physical literacy surveillance in school children.
    • PhD (Kevin Busuttil) – Effects of eccentric endurance exercise on glucose tolerance, cardiovascular risk factors, and heart rate variability recovery in people with type 2 diabetes.
    • PhD External at Coventry University (Samuel Tuvey) – Surveillance of children’s fitness levels and association with academic attainment.
    • PhD External at Coventry University (Nadja Willinger) – Member retention strategies in the UK physical activity sector.
    • PhD External at Bournemouth University (Shiva Manoharan) – The physical and psychological effects of a whole systems wellness intervention for older adults living in care home.

     

  2. Expert advisory positions

    Follow the link below for a list of James' expert advisory positions
    • Member of Communications Committee for Chief Medical Officers UK Physical Activity Guidelines
    • Member of Expert Working Group revising the Chief Medical Officers UK Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults, 2018 – Working Group paper
    • Member of Steering Group for NIHR Dissemination Centre Themed Review on Physical Activity
    • Member of Steering Group for British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Special Interest Group for Sport, Exercise, and Health Analytics
    • Member of Expert Panel – Emerging Themes for the Review of Everybody Active Every Day (EAED) - Five Years On.
    • Member of Versus Arthritis Physical Activity Expert Advisory Group
  3. Teaching experience

    James has previously taught on the following units: Introduction to physiology of exercise (year 1); Applied principles of biomechanics (year 2); Application of fitness testing and training (year 2); Research methods for sport and exercise (year 2); and Professional practice in physiology of exercise (year 3).
  4. Recent publications

    James' recent publications include several academic journal articles and conference presentations. Follow the link below for more information...

    Fisher, J. P. Carlson, L. Steele, J. Smith, D. (2015). Reply to 'Discussion of ‘The effects of pre-exhaustion, exercise order, and rest intervals in a full body resistance training intervention’ – Pre-exhaustion exercise and neuromuscular adaptations: an inefficient method?' Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 40(8), pp 852-853.

    Steele, J.,S. Bruce-Low, D. Smith, D. Jessop, and N. Osborne, (2015). 'A randomized controlled trial of the effects of isolated lumbar extension exercise on lumbar kinematic pattern variability during gait in chronic low back pain'. PM&R. Epub ahead of print.

    de Franca, H. S., P. A. N. Branco, D. P. Guedes Junior, P. Gentil, J. Steele, C. V. L. Teixeira, (2015). 'The effects of adding single-joint exercises to a multi-joint exercise resistance training program on upper body muscle strength and size in trained men'. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 40(8), pp 822-826.

    Steele, J., A. Fitzpatrick, S. Bruce-Low, and J. Fisher, (2015). 'The effects of set volume during isolated lumbar extension resistance training in recreationally trained males.' Peer J. 3, pp e878.

    Steele, J., (2014). Regarding the article 'Effect of lumbar stabilization and dynamic lumbar strengthening exercises in patients with chronic low back pain'. Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine. 38(6), pp 876-878.

    Fisher, J., and J. Steele, (2014). 'Questioning the resistance/aerobic training dichotomy: A commentary on physiological adaptations determined by effort rather than exercise modality'. Journal of Human Kinetics. 44, pp 137-142.

    Steele, J., S. Bruce-Low, and D. Smith, (2014). 'A review of the clinical value of isolated lumbar extension resistance training for chronic low back pain'. PM&R. In press.

    Giessing, J., J. Fisher, J. Steele, F. Rothe, K. Raubold, and B. Eichmann, (2014). 'The effects of low volume resistance training with and without advanced techniques in trained participants'. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. In press.

    Steele, J., S. Bruce-Low, D. Smith, D. Jessop, and N. Osborne, (2014). 'Lumbar kinematic variability during gait in chronic low back pain and associations with pain, disability and isolated lumbar extension strength'. Clinical Biomechanics. In press.

    Fisher, J., J. Steele, P. McKinnon, and S. McKinnon, (2014). 'Strength gains as a result of brief, infrequent resistance exercise in older adults'. Journal of Sports Medicine. Pp 1-7.

    Steele, J., S. Bruce-Low, D. Smith, N. Osborne, and A. Thorkeldsen, (2014). 'Can specific loading through exercise impart healing or regeneration of the intervertebral disc?'  The Spine Journal. In Press.

    Fisher, J., L. Carlson, J. Steele, and D. Smith, (2014). 'Effects of pre-exhaustion, exercise order and rest-intervals in a full body resistance training intervention in trained participants'. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. Epub ahead of print.

    Fisher, J., J. Steele, M. Brzycki, and B. DeSimone, (2014). 'Primum non nocere: A commentary on avoidable injuries and safe resistance training techniques'. Journal of Trainology. 3(1), pp 31-34.

    Steele, J., and J. Fisher, (2014). 'Scientific rigour: a heavy or light load to carry?' Sports Medicine. 44(1), pp 141 – 142.

    Steele, J., S. Bruce-Low, and D. Smith, (2014). 'A Reappraisal of the Deconditioning Hypothesis in Low Back Pain: Evidence from a Triumvirate of Research Methods on Specific Lumbar Extensor Deconditioning'. Current Medical Research and Opinion. 30(5), pp 865-911.

    Fisher, J., J. Steele, and D. Smith, (2013). 'Evidence Based Resistance Training Recommendations for Muscular Hypertrophy'. Medicina Sportiva. 17(4), pp 217 – 235.

    Steele, J., S. Bruce-Low, and D. Smith, (2013). 'A review of the specificity of exercises designed for conditioning the lumbar extensors'. British Journal of Sports MedicineOnline First.

    Steele, J., S. Bruce-Low, and D. Smith, (2013). 'Controlling Resistance Training Variables in Interventions for Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain: Letter to the Editor regarding 'The Effects of Dynamic Isolated Lumbar Extensor Training on Lumbar Multifidus Functional Cross-Sectional Area and Functional Status of Patients with Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain.'' Spine. 38(18), pp 1609 – 1610.

    Steele, J., S. Bruce-Low, D. Smith, D. Jessop, and N. Osborne, (2013). 'A Randomised Controlled Trial of Limited Range of Motion Lumbar Extension Exercise in Chronic Low Back Pain'. Spine. In Press.

    Steele, J., (2013). 'Intensity; in-ten-si-ty; noun. 1. Often used ambiguously within resistance training. 2. Is it time to drop the term altogether?' British Journal of Sports MedicineOnline First.

    Steele, J., J. Fisher, D. McGuff, S. Bruce-Low, and D. Smith, (2012). 'Resistance training to momentary muscular failure improves cardiovascular fitness in humans: A review of acute physiological responses and chronic physiological adaptations'. Journal of Exercise Physiology.15(3), pp 53 – 80.

    Steele, J., and S. Bruce-Low, (2012). Steiger et al. '2011: relationships and specificity in CLBP rehabilitation through exercise'. European Spine Journal. 21(9), pp 1887.

    Fisher, J., and J. Steele, (2012). 'Is truth in authority or authority in truth? Limitations to the publication of scientific research'. Journal of Exercise Physiology. 15(1), pp 57 – 64.

    Fisher, J., J. Steele, S. Bruce-Low, and D. Smith, 2011. 'Evidence Based Resistance Training Recommendations'. Medicina Sportiva. 15(3), 147 – 162.

    Conference Presentations

    Steele, J., J. Giessing, B. Eichmann, and J. Fisher, (2015). 'A comparison of two ecologically valid resistance training methods upon strength, body composition, and subjective assessments of training'. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Conference,St. George’s Park, UK.

    Hill, A., and J. Steele, (2015). 'A pilot study for inter-user variability of dietary analysis with MyFitnessPal by exercise professionals'. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science ConferenceSt. George’s Park, UK.

    Fisher, J., J. Steele, and D. Jessop, (2015). 'Muscle Activation and Force production for a novel resistance training approach in trained males, suitable for Space Flight and Micro-Gravity environments'. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Conference, St. George’s Park, UK.

    Steele, J., (2015). 'Questioning the aerobic/resistance training dichotomy – does exercise mode impact adaptations?' International Symposium – Scientific Advances in Strength Training, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    Steele, J., (2015). 'Questioning the aerobic/resistance training dichotomy – does exercise mode impact adaptations?' Kieser Training Medical Congress, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden.

    Steele, J., (2015). 'Positive health outcomes from resistance training'. Royal Society of Medicine Exercise Medicine Conference, Royal Society of Medicine, London.

    Steele, J., (2014). 'A synthesis of modern exercise physiology and evolutionary theory'. Ancestral Health Symposium, UC Berkeley, San Francisco.

    Steele, J. S. Bruce-Low, D. Smith, D. Jessop, and N. Osborne, (2013). 'Isolated lumbar extension resistance reduces lumbar kinematic variability during gait in chronic low back pain participants'. World LBP Congress, Dubai Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza Hotels.

    Steele, J., (2013). 'An Ancient Perspective on Deconditioning in Low Back Pain'. Ancestral Health Symposium, Atlanta Sheraton Hotel.

    Steele, J.S. Bruce-Low, D. Smith, and D. Jessop, (2012). 'Limited Range of Motion Lumbar Extension Resistance Exercise in Chronic Low Back Pain Participants'. Physiology, Edinburgh International Conference Centre

    Steele, J., and S. Bruce-Low, (2010). 'Effect of training with and without pelvic restraints, on development of lumbar extension strength and lumbar muscle activity'. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Student Conference, University of Aberystwyth.

    Steele, J., and S. Bruce-Low, (2009). 'Effect of training with and without pelvic restraints, on development of lumbar extension strength and lumbar muscle activity – A Research Proposal'. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Student Conference, University of Hull.

    Other academic activity

    Associate editor (exercise physiology) – Journal of Evolution and Health.

    Journal reviewer for: 

    • Peer J.
    • The Spine Journal.
    • PLoS One. 
    • Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.
    • Biology of Sport.
    • Journal of Pain Research. 
    • Medical Science Monitor.
    • Saudi Medical Journal. 
  5. Qualifications

    Follow the link below to see a list of James' qualifications including his BSc and Ph.D...
    • First class honours, BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science, Southampton Solent University, May 2010.
    • Postgraduate certificate in research methods, Southampton Solent University, October 2010 to May 2011.
    • Ph.D in exercise physiology/biometrics, Southampton Solent University, October 2010 to May 2014.
    • PDU in enhancing teaching and learning in higher education, Southampton Solent University, October 2011 to December 2011.