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Rattray, Dr Ben

Dr. Ben Rattray

Assistant Professor, Sport and Exercise Science

Course Convenor, Sport Studies - Honours
Faculty of Health

Bldg, Floor & Room: 12, C14
Telephone: (02) 6201 5145
Facsimile: (02) 6201 5615
Ben.Rattray@canberra.edu.au

Biography

Dr Ben Rattray has expertise in Exercise Physiology conducting teaching and research in the area. Dr Rattray has held a number of positions in the past including Senior Sport Scientist (Physiology) with the Scottish Institute of Sport (2003-5). This has followed experience with a range of Australian institutes including the ACT Academy of Sport and Australian Institute of Sport. Dr Rattray has published and presented work in sport and health nationally and internationally. Dr Rattray has research interests in muscle physiology, cognitive performance and exercise and sports performance.

Areas of Teaching

Dr Rattray teaches various aspects of exercise physiology, convenes the Health, Disease and Exercise unit and the Bachelor of Sport Studies (Honours) course into which he teaches research methods. Research has focused on sport physiology and muscle exercise physiology as well as the effects of physical activity on cognitive performance.

Research Interests

Dr Rattray's research has focused on sport physiology and muscle exercise physiology as well as the effects of physical activity on cognitive performance.

Qualifications Obtained

  • 2011 Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, University of Canberra (cross-institution)
  • 2009 PhD in Exercise and Sport Science (Exercise Physiology/Biochemistry), University of Sydney
  • 2002 Masters by Research in Sports Studies (Sports Physiology), University of Canberra
  • 1999 Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sports Science, Victorian University of Technology, Australia
  • 1997 Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise and Sports Science, University of South Australia

Recent Publications

Research Output

Edited book chapters

TEXTBOOK: Exercise Physiology: Theory and application to Fitness and Performance. McGraw Hill.
Chapter 3: Bioenergetics
Chapter 4: Exercise Metabolism
Chapter 14: Risk Factors and Inflammation: Links to Chronic Disease
Chapter 19: Factors Affecting Performance
Chapter 21: Training for Performance

Journal articles
Online First

  • Walker A, Driller M, Brearley M, Argus C and Rattray B. Cold Water Immersion and Iced Slush Ingestion are effective at cooling firefighters following a simulated search and rescue task in a hot environment. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Accepted April 2014. (2012 Impact factor: 2.009; Ranking by impact factor: Sport sciences: 25/84)
  • Walker A, Driller M, Argus C, Cooke J and Rattray B. The ageing Australian Firefighter: An argument for age based recruitment and fitness standards for urban Fire Services. Ergonomics. Accepted Jan 2014 (2012 Impact Factor: 1.674)
  • Martin K, Smee D, Thompson KG and Rattray B. Dietary nitrate does not improve repeated sprint performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance]. Accepted 9 Jan 2014. (2012 Impact Factor: 2.247)

2014

  • Clarke AC, Presland J, Rattray B and Pyne DB. Critical velocity as a measure of aerobic fitness in women’s rugby sevens. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 17(1): 144-148 (2012 Impact Factor: 2.899; 2010 ERA, FOR code 1106: A)

2013

  • Rattray B and Smee D. Exercise improves reaction time without compromising accuracy in a novel easy to administer tablet-based cognitive task. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 16(6): 567-570. DOI:10.1016/j.jsams.2012.12.007. (2011 Impact Factor: 3.034; 2010 ERA, FOR code 1106: A)
  • Rattray B, Thompson M, Ruell P, Caillaud C. Specific training improves skeletal muscle mitochondrial calcium homeostasis after eccentric exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 113(2): 427-436. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-012-2446-1 (2010 Impact Factor: 2.214; 2010 ERA, FOR code 1106: A)
  • Rattray B, Cooke J, Bail K and Ranse J. A Comparison of Open Access in Exercise Science Journals: 2010 to 2012. The Open Sports Science Journal. Accepted December 7 2012. Open access online 24 January 2013.
  • Bail K, Ranse J, Clarke R and Rattray B. (2013) Open access to nursing journals: an audit of the 2010 ERA journal list. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 30(4): 5-11. (2011 Impact Factor 0.59; 2010 ERA, FOR code 1110: C)

2012

  • Rattray B and Roberts A. (2012). Athlete assessments in orienteering: Differences between physiological variables in field and laboratory settings. European Journal of Sport Science. 12(4): 293-300. DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2011.566366 (2010 Impact Factor: 0.890; 2010 ERA, FOR code 1106: C)

2011

  • Rattray B, Caillaud C, Ruell P, Thompson M. (2011). Heat exposure does not alter eccentric exercise-induced increases in mitochondrial calcium and respiratory dysfunction. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 111(11): 2813-21. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-011-1913-4. (2010 Impact Factor: 2.214; 2010 ERA, FOR code 1106: A)

2010

  • Wisbey B, Montgomery PG, Pyne DB, Rattray B (2010). Quantifying movement demands of AFL football using GPS tracking. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 13(5): 531-536. (2010 Impact Factor: 2.542; 2010 ERA, FOR code 1106: A. Citations, December 2012: 32)
    Full conference papers[edit]
    In press[edit]
  • Mitchell LJ, Rattray B, Saunders PU and Pyne DB (2014). The interplay of critical velocity and anaerobic distance capacity and their relationship to competition performance. XIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming. Full conference paper http://www.bms2014.com.au/
  • Walker A, Rattray B, Argus C and Driller M. Physiological responses to design adaptations in firefighting PPC during simulated firefighting tasks. Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics (SSEPAT). Full conference paper. Nova Scientific, New York.

 Full Conference Papers

In press

  • Mitchell LJ, Rattray B, Saunders PU and Pyne DB (2014). The interplay of critical velocity and anaerobic distance capacity and their relationship to competition performance. XIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming. Full conference paper http://www.bms2014.com.au/
  • Walker A, Rattray B, Argus C and Driller M. Physiological responses to design adaptations in firefighting PPC during simulated firefighting tasks. Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics (SSEPAT). Full conference paper. Nova Scientific, New York.

Recent Conference Proceedings

2014

  • Mitchell LJ, Rattray B, Saunders PU, Pyne DB (2014). Anthropometrical predictors of performance in elite age group swimmers. 19th Annual Congress of the European Congress of Sport Science. 2-5 July. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Poster presentation by Mitchell.
  • Rattray B, Argus C, Martin K., Northey JM and Driller M (2014). Recovery and the brain: the missing link. 6th Exercise and Sport Science Australia Conference: Research to Practice. 10-12 April. Adelaide, Australia.Poster presentation
  • Rattray B, Northey JM, Clark CE, Ball N and Pumpa K (2014). Cold-water immersion as a repeat-bout modulator. 6th Exercise and Sport Science Australia Conference: Research to Practice. 10-12 April. Adelaide, Australia.Poster presentation
  • Martin KM, Rattray B, Ball N, Keegan R and Thompson K (2014). Mental fatigue does not effect subsequent short-term exercise performance. 6th Exercise and Sport Science Australia Conference: Research to Practice. 10-12 April. Adelaide, Australia. Poster presentation by Martin
  •  McGowan CJ, Rattray B, Pyne DB and Thompson KG (2014). Additional dryland warm-up strategies improve sprint swimming performance. 6th Exercise and Sport Science Australia Conference: Research to Practice. 10-12 April. Adelaide, Australia. Poster presentation by McGowan
  • Walker A, Driller M, Argus C and Rattray B (2014). Does increasing age result in declining physical standards of firefighters? 6th Exercise and Sport Science Australia Conference: Research to Practice. 10-12 April. Adelaide, Australia. Poster presentation by Walker
  •  Mitchell L, Rattray B, Saunders PU, Pyne D (2014). The Interplay of Critical Velocity and Anaerobic Distance Capacity. XIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming. 28 April-2 May. Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia. Oral presentation by Mitchell
  • McGowan C, Rattray B, Pyne D, Thompson K, Raglin J (2014). Use of additional warm-up strategies in the pre-race transition period enhances sprint swimming. XIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming. 28 April-2 May. Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia. Oral presentation by McGowan

2013

  • Walker A, Rattray B, Argus C and Driller M (2013). Physiological responses to design adaptations in PPC during simulated firefighting tasks. Science of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity in the Tropics conference. 28-30 November. Cairns, Australia. http://www.jcu.edu.au/scisport/ Oral presentation by Walker.
  • Walker A, Driller M, Argus C and Rattray B (2013). The effect of different recovery methods in lowering core temperature following a simulated firefighting task. Science of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity in the Tropics conference. 28-30 November. Cairns, Australia. http://www.jcu.edu.au/scisport/ Oral presentation by Walker.

2012

  • Rattray B, Steele J and Abhayaratna W (2012). Use of a short-term eccentric cycling intervention in the treatment of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics. 17th European College of Sport Sciences Congress. 4-7 July, Bruges, Belgium. Poster presentation.
  • Pumpa KL, Cormie P, Rattray B, Spry N, Galvão DA and Newton RU (2012). The effects of high and low load upper body resistance training on limb strength and flexibility in women with breast cancer related lymphoedema. 17th European College of Sport Sciences Congress. 4-7 July, Bruges, Belgium. Oral presentation by Pumpa
  • TBC Cormie P, Pumpa K, Rattray B, Spry N, Galvão DA and Newton RU (2012). Safety and efficacy of high and low load upper body resistance exercise in women with lymphoedema secondary to breast cancer: A randomised controlled trial. 5th Exercise and Sport Science Australia Conference. 19-21 April 2012, Gold Coast, QLD. Oral presentation by Cormie.
  •  McGowan C, Rattray B and Lyons K (2012). Impact of controlled frequency breathing on performance and physiology in swimming. 5th Exercise and Sport Science Australia Conference. 19-21 April 2012, Gold Coast, QLD. Oral presentation by McGowan.

 


 

Grants

  • Rattray B,Pumpa K, Smee D, Anstey K, Cherbuin N, and Bielak A. (2013). Improving exercise prescription for cognitive wellbeing and healthy ageing. Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Early Diagnosis and Prevention - seed grants. $29,925.17
  • Rattray B and Blackall L (2011). Measuring the success of instructional and promotion videos in a niche sporting organisation. Orienteering Australia ASC participation grant. $19,320
  • Rattray B, Waddington G, Abhayaratna W, Deakin V and Ball N. (2010) The role of eccentric exercise and nutrition in the treatment of systemic inflammation and chronic disease. ACT Health and Medical Research Support Program grant. $50,000

 

Awards

  • Best Scientific Oral Presentation – Exercise Science; From Research to Practice, 2nd Annual Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS) Conference (September 2006, Sydney, NSW)
  • Finalist – Young Investigator Award – Oral; From Research to Practice, 2nd Annual Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS) Conference (September 2006, Sydney, NSW)