Professor Shi Zhou MEd(BeijingInstPhysEd), PhD(Melb) 

Professor Shi Zhou is an exercise physiologist and has been lecturing in this University
since 1991. 

His current research interest is mainly in the area of neuromuscular responses and
adaptations to exercise and training. He also has research interests in exercise testing,
training and rehabilitation for selected populations, and nutritional supplementation for
health and performance. 

His current research projects include exercise intervention for improving muscle strength
and balance control in older adults; bilateral effects of unilateral exercise; traits of
mitochondrial DNA in relation to endurance performance; and effects of hypoxia
interventions on exercise performance and diabetes. 

He has published more than 70 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and 130
conference papers. He is advising research students at PhD, Masters and Honours levels.

Journal articles


Modulation of soleus H-Reflex during shortening and lengthening muscle actions in young and older adults (with Yung-Sheng Chen and Colleen M. Cartwright), Chinese Journal of Physiology (2015)

The Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex) is dependently modulated during isometric and anisometric muscle actions. However, the...



Potential role of maternal lineage in the thoroughbred breeding strategy (with Xiang Lin, Li Wen, Allan Davie, Xinkui Yao, Wujun Liu, and Yong Zhang), Reproduction, Fertility and Development (2015)

Many studies have focused on identifying the genes or single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with the...



Self-reported sun protection strategies among Australian surfers: are they heeding the message? (with Rudi A. Meir, Margaret I. Rolfe, Wendy L. Gilleard, and Rosanne A. Coutts), New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine (2015)


To establish the current sun protection strategies of Australian surfers and the incidence of...



The muscle appearance satisfaction scale: a factorial analysis of validity and reliability for its use on adult Chinese male weightlifters (with Xinhong Jin, Yahong Jin, Xinhao Li, Shun-nan Yang, Donglin Yang, Johanna Elizabeth Nieuwoudt, and Jiaxin Yao), Body Image (2015)

Muscle dysmorphia (MD) is the distorted perception of men’s own muscle appearance. The increasingpopularity of...



Assessing response time reliability in a simple 1-v-1 defensive scenario relevant to rugby football (with Ryan Holding and Rudi A. Meir), Journal of Australian Strength & Conditioning (2014)


Exercise physiology: human bioenergetics and its applications (1984) by GA Brooks & TD Fahey (Chinese translation) (with Xirang Yang and X M. Tao), School of Health and Human Sciences Papers (1988)

Book chapters


H-reflex assessment as a tool for understanding motor functions in postural control (with Yungsheng Chen), Posture: types, assessment and control (2012)

The Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex) has been extensively used to investigate spinal reflex function in clinical...



Postural control: changes with ageing and exercise (with Pedro Bezerra and Zachary Crowley), Posture: types, assessment and control (2012)

Ageing is frequently accompanied by a decrease of neuromuscular capacities which are associated with increased...



An fMRI investigation on brain activity in response to unilateral acupuncture, electroacupuncture and electromyostimulation on ST36 and ST39 (with Li-Ping Huang, Xi-Lian Hu, Xia Li, Heng Xiang, Na Xiao, Long-Jun Cao, Yong-Jun Wang, and Hui Wang), Acupuncture: concepts and physiology (2011)

The age-related changes in controlling force and posture across adulthood [Alterações do controle de força e postura ao longo da vida adulta] (with Pedro Bezerra), Health Promotion and Physical Activity: Contributions for Human development. [Promoção da Saúde e da Actividade Física: Contributos para o Desenvolvimento Humano (2010)

Este estudo teve como objectivos verificar se existem diferenças no rácio flexores:extensores do joelho (HQR)...


Thigh anthropometric changes in response to six weeks of voluntary and electromyostimulation-superimposed voluntary training in young men (Book chapter) (with Pedro Bezerra, Zachary Crowley, and Andrew Hooper), Kinanthropometry XI: 2008 Pre-Olympic Congress Anthropometry Research (2009)

The aims of this study were to determine the cross sectional area (CSA) of the...


Unpublished papers

An investigation on the ability in control of static balance and quadriceps muscle activation in patients with knee osteoarthritis (with Liping Huang, Liqin Zhang, Longjun Cao, and Qiang Tian), Motor Control Conference VI: From basic motor control to functional recovery (2009)

Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal complaints. Individuals with KOA suffer...


An investigation on the anthropometry profile and its relationship with selected physical performance measurements of elite Chinese women volleyball players (with Yuyi Zhang, Xiaorong Chen, Qin Zhang, and Ji Li), 8th Annual Conference of the Society of Chinese Scholars on Exercise Physiology and Fitness (2009)

The purposes of this study were to determine the anthropometric characteristics and physical performance in...


Does the left leg know what the right leg is doing? (with Liping Huang, Zhen Lu, Xia Li, Longjun Cao, Junhai Yu, Jun Liu, Xilian Hu, Heng Xiang, Xingfeng Ma, Na Xiao, Zhenghui Wang, Qiang Tian, Andrew Oakman, Pedro Bezerra, and Allan J. Davie), Does the left leg know what the right leg is doing? (2009)

It is known that unilateral resistance exercise or electromyostimulation (EMS) training can increase muscular strength...


Test-retest reliability of temporal and spatial gait characteristics at preferred walking velocity measured by Intelligent Device for Energy Expenditure and Activity (IDEEA) (with Fang Wang, Wendy Gilleard, Rosanne A. Coutts, and Yungsheng Chen), 8th Annual Conference of the Society of Chinese Scholars on Exercise Physiology and Fitness (2009)

The purpose of this study was to determine the test-retest reliability of temporal and spatial...


Effects of exercise on heart rate variability of individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome (with Anthony Alexander and Rosanne A. Coutts), Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science Conference: Science and nutrition in exercise and sport: from research to practice (2008)



Comparison of cumulative effects of fours day of alternate or continuous training on expression of selected mitochondrial genes in rat skeletal muscle (with Allan Davie, M Yao, Y L. Wang, and Liping Huang), 9th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (2014)


Adaptations to training include the accumulation of specific proteins. The ideal stimulus that alters...


Effects of two endurance training protocols with different exercise and recovery intervals on CaMKII, PGC-1α, NRFs and mtTFA proteins in the mitochondrial biogenesis signalling pathway in rat skeletal muscle (with Jiwen Qiu, Liping Huang, Gaiqing Yang, and Allan Davie), 10th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Science (2014)

Hypoxia intervention for diabetes: a brief review (with Y Wang, L When, Allan Davie, and Y Zhang), 5th International Conference on Nutrition and Physical Activity on Aging, Obesity and Cancer (2014)


Anthropometrics (body measurements) of people with physical impairments in Australia: a protocol and pilot study (with Karina Pont, Ev Innes, Jacqui Yoxall, Yvonne Pennisi, and Ashleigh Blake), Occupation Therapy Australia 25th National Conference & Exhibition (2013)

Bilateral effects of eight weeks unilateral acupuncture on ankle dorsiflexion strength (with Gang Xu, Zhaojun Wang, Qiang Tian, Liping Huang, Ming Ao, Meiling Ahao, Longjun Cao, and Jun Liang), Proceedings of the XIXth Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (2012)

INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have shown that acupuncture at acupoints on one limb can improve muscle...




An investigation of surf participation and injury prevalence in Australian surfers: a self-reported retrospective analysis (with Rudi A. Meir, Wendy L. Gilleard, and Rosanne A. Coutts), School of Health and Human Sciences (2011)