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Dr Kade Davison 

Position: Program Director: Clinical Exercise Physiology
Division/Portfolio: Division of Health Sciences
School/Unit: School of Health Sciences
Campus: City East Campus
Office: C8-31
Telephone: +61 8 830 21152
Email: Kade_dot_Davison_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Kade.Davison

Welcome to my homepage. I am a lecturer in clinical exercise science and the Program Director for Clinical Exercise Physiology here at UniSA. I have always been interested in the physiology of exercise and how this can influence human function and health. In addition to pursing this interest though teaching and research I have applied my interest practically in a number of modalities including performance enhancement, health and fitness coaching, and as an accredited clinical exercise physiologist in private practice, hospitals, GP Superclinics and university health practices. Today I mostly fulfil my passion for exercise and health through research to inform practice, educating new clinicians, and working to advance the profession through various leadership roles with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

Links to other sites

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Exercise and Sports Science Australia

Exercise is Medicine Australia

Exercise Right

Teaching interests

  • Exercise Science
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology

I teach the following courses

HLTH 3021Resistance Training
(This course is not currently being taught)
HLTH 5179Pathophysiology for Clinical Exercise Science
HLTH 3047Practice Education in Exercise Delivery

Professional associations

Exercise and Sports Science Australia - National Board Director (2009 - current)

Nutrition Society of Australia

American College of Sports Medicine (previous)

High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (previous)


PhD (Adelaide)

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)

Registered Nutritionist (NSA)

B Hlth Sc (HONS) (UniSA)

B App Sc (Human Movement) (UniSA)

Research interests

  • Novel methods for assessing physiological function and human performance.
  • Exercise and Nutritional therapy in cardiometabolic and musculoskeletal dysfunction.
  • General safety and efficacy of exercise therapy in chronic disease.
  • Models and standards of practice in exercise science

Research publications

Hood P, Davison K, Coutts R. Comparison of heart rate variability analysis techniques during incremental and ramped cycling exercise in healthy males. 2014 (in preparation).

Coy A, Coutts R, Davison K. Effects of exercise training on markers of arterial stiffness: A systematic review and meta analysis. 2014 (in preparation).

Askew C, Davison K, Groller H et al Exercise & Sports Science Australia Exercise Science Standards 2013. Published online at http://www.essa.org.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/ESSA-Exercise-Science-Elements_FINAL2013.pdf

Little C., Lee J., James D., Davison K. An evaluation of inertial sensor technology in the discrimination of human gait. 2013 Journal of Sports Sciences. Vol. 31,(12).

Hetherington, J., Coutts, R., Davison K. An Evaluation of a Novel Biomarker Feedback Intervention on Smoking Cessation - A Pilot Study. Journal of Smoking Cessation 2012 Dec;7(2).

Buckley N, Innes E, Davison K, Gilleard W. Lifting capacity during mid pregnancy: a case contrast between a woman in a physically demanding job and a woman in a sedentary job. 2011 Ergonomics Australia.11:17

Davison K, Bircher S, Hill AM, Murphy KJ, Coates AM, Howe PRC, Buckley JD. Differential effects of Cardirespiratory Fitness and Body Fatness on Cardiovascular Function. 2010 Journal of Obesity.

Berry NM, Davison K, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Effects of Acute Cocoa Consumption on the Blood Pressure Response to Exercise .British Journal of Nutrition. 2010. May;103 (10):1480-4

Davison K, Berry NM, Misan G, Coates, AM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Dose-related effects of polyphenol-rich cocoa on blood pressure in mild/borderline hypertension. Journal of Human Hypertension. 2010. 24, 568-576

Davison K, Coates A, Buckley J, Howe P. Cocoa flavanols and exercise improve cardio-metabolic risk factors in overweight and obese subjects International Journal of Obesity 2008 Aug;32(8):1289-96

Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Exercise Science

  • Clinical Exercise Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Cocoa Polyphenols
  • Cardiovascular Assessment

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