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Prof. Alan Donnelly

Biography

Professor Alan Donnelly is Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology in the department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. A graduate of Strathclyde and Aberdeen Universities, he has worked in Ireland, the UK, USA and Australia. He is theme leader for Lifestyle and Health in UL's Health Research Institute (HRI), and also leads the HRI's "Physical Activity for Health" research cluster. His research encompasses the objective measurement of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and health. His current research projects focus on accurate measurement of physical behaviours, including sedentary behaviour, physical activity and standing. His current projects include both cross sectional and activity intervention studies. He works on populations including adolescents and older adults, where his team uses worn devices to explore the relationship between physical behaviours and health outcomes. Current projects include the Limerick Adolescent Study, a cross sectional study of activity behaviour and health markers in adolescents, the Youth-Fit pilot study for a national school based fitness and health measurement system, plus collaborations on the Mitchelstown Cohort Rescreen, the CSPPA study of child and adolescent activity and sports participation, and the Move for Life intervention in older adults.

Research Interests

Alan Donnelly's Core research interests include:

The objective measurement of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in adolescents and adults, and the consequences for health of these behaviours. This work includes developing and validating measurement systems, in addition to measurement of sedentary behaviour, standing time, and time spent in light, moderate and vigorous physical activity. This is linked to measures of adiposity and of health, to determine how behaviour patterns and health outcomes are associated. One large, cross-sectional study of adolescents is underway, and I am collaborating with UCC on a large cohort study "The Mitchelstown Cohort Study" where we are measuring sedentary behaviour and physical activity in the population. Similar work is also progressing in clinical populations.

As a part of the European "DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub" we have systematically reviewed methodologies for measurement of both physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

Skeletal muscle physiology, particularly the physiology of exercise-induced muscle damage. I have developed specific methods for safely inducing muscle soreness using an isokinetics system, and have employed this method to evaluate correlates of muscle damage, including changes to connective tissue and muscle antioxidant status. The same methodology has been employed by my group to evaluate treatments, including cold water cryotherapy and whole body cryotherapy.

Publications

Book Chapter

2000

Conference Publication

2016

The Comparison Of Free-living Sedentary Time Using The Activpal3 Micro And The ActiGraph Gt3x.
Hayes, G,Dowd, KP,Powell, C,MacDonncha, C,Donnelly, AE
Medicine and science in sports and exercise DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000485947.57746.1a

2015
2015

JPI HDHL Joint Action: DEDIPAC
Ahrens, W,Lakerveld, J,van der Ploeg, HP,Kroeze, W,Allais, O,Andersen, LF,Cardon, G,Capranica, L,Chastin, S,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Finglas, P,Flechtner-Mors, M,Hebestreit, A,Hendriksen, I,Kubiak, T,Lanza, M,Loyen, A,MacDonncha, C,Mazzocchi, M,Monsivais, P,Murphy, M,Nothlings, U,O'Gorman, DJ,Renner, B,Roos, G,Schuit, AJ,Schulze, M,Steinacker, J,Stronks, K,Volkert, D,van't Veer, P,Lien, NN,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,Brug, J,DEDIPAC Consortium
Annals Of Nutrition And Metabolism

2012
2010

An Examination of the Relationship Between Ageing, Cardiovascular Fitness and Aspects of Cognitive Functioning
Joyce, J; Smyth, PJ; Donnelly, AE
Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise

2005

The Physiological Society / FEPS joint meeting.
Donnelly A E, Kilgallon M, Shafat A.

2003

International Biochemistry of Exercise Conference
Shafat A., Butler P., Clohessy T. and Donnelly A.E..

Other Publication

2018

A systematic literature review of reviews on techniques for physical activity measurement in adults: a DEDIPAC study
Dowd, KP,Szeklicki, R,Minetto, MA,Murphy, MH,Polito, A,Ghigo, E,van der Ploeg, H,Ekelund, U,Maciaszek, J,Stemplewski, R,Tomczak, M,Donnelly, AE
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-017-0636-2

2016

Accuracy Of Energy Expenditure Measurement Using The Sensewear Pro3 And The Activpal3 Micro Devices
Powell, C,Carson, BP,Hayes, G,Dowd, KP,Donnelly, AE
Medicine and science in sports and exercise DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000487431.91512.8d

2016

No Associations Between Novel Cardiometabolic Biomarkers And Directly Measured Sedentary And Activity Variables In Adolescent Females
Dowd, KP,Harrington, DM,Hannigan, A,Purtill, H,Hayes, G,Kelly, SM,Macken, AP,Moyna, NM,O'Gorman, CS,Donnelly, AE
Medicine and science in sports and exercise DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000485717.40527.fc

2016

Variation in population levels of physical activity in European adults according to cross-European studies: a systematic literature review within DEDIPAC
Loyen, A,Van Hecke, L,Verloigne, M,Hendriksen, I,Lakerveld, J,Steene-Johannessen, J,Vuillemin, A,Koster, A,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Deforche, B,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,Brug, J,van der Ploeg, HP,DEDIPAC Consortium
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0398-2

2016

Variation in population levels of sedentary time in European adults according to cross-European studies: a systematic literature review within DEDIPAC
Loyen, A,Verloigne, M,Van Hecke, L,Hendriksen, I,Lakerveld, J,Steene-Johannessen, J,Koster, A,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Deforche, B,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,Brug, J,van der Ploeg, HP,DEDIPAC Consortium
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0397-3

2016

Sedentary Behaviour and Vascular Endothelial Function in Male Adolescents with Low, Moderate and High Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Sheridan, SE,Dowd, KP,O'Connor, PL,Gray, C,Hurley, NR,Harrison, M,Donnelly, AE,Murphy, RP,Moyna, NM
Medicine and science in sports and exercise DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000485576.15596.56

2016

Variation in population levels of physical activity in European children and adolescents according to cross-European studies: a systematic literature review within DEDIPAC
Van Hecke, L,Loyen, A,Verloigne, M,van der Ploeg, HP,Lakerveld, J,Brug, J,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,Ekelund, U,Donnelly, A,Hendriksen, I,Deforche, B,DEDIPAC Consortium
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0396-4

2016

Variation in population levels of sedentary time in European children and adolescents according to cross-European studies: a systematic literature review within DEDIPAC
Verloigne, M,Loyen, A,Van Hecke, L,Lakerveld, J,Hendriksen, I,De Bourdheaudhuij, I,Deforche, B,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Brug, J,van der Ploeg, HP
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0395-5

2014

A Review of the Evidence for the Use of Ventilation as a Surrogate Measure of Energy Expenditure
Gastinger, S,Donnelly, A,Dumond, R,Prioux, J
Journal Of Parenteral And Enteral Nutrition DOI: 10.1177/0148607114530432

2013

The Effects of Cold Air (-110 degrees C) and Water (8 degrees C) Cryotherapy on Knee Skin Temperature
Costello, JT,Selfe, J,Hayes, GM,McInerney, CD,Donnelly, AE
Medicine and science in sports and exercise

2012

Comparison Of The Effects Of Cold Air (-110 degrees C) And Water (8 degrees C) Cryotherapy On Intramuscular Temperature
Costello, JT,Culligan, K,Selfe, J,Hayes, GM,McInerney, CD,Donnelly, AE
Medicine and science in sports and exercise

2012

Relation between Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Selected Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Adolescent Female
Dowd, KP,Hughes, SM,Gastinger, S,Hayes, G,Harrison, M,Macken, AP,O'Gorman, CS,Moyna, NM,Donnelly, AE
Medicine and science in sports and exercise

2011

Cadence (steps/minute) Patterns in High And Low Active Adolescent Females
Harrington, DM,Dowd, KP,Tudor-Locke, C,Donnelly, AE
Medicine and science in sports and exercise

2010

24-Hour Objectively Measured Sedentary Behaviour in Adolescent Females
Harrington, DM; Donnelly, AE
Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise

2010

Whole Body Cryotherapy Reduces Isometric Force, Knee Proprioception and Tympanic Temperature
Costello, JT; Donnelly, AE
Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise

2010

The Examination Of Accelerometer Output: Age/Non-age specific Thresholding And Bout Duration
Dowd, KP; Harrington, DM; Donnelly, AE
Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise

2000

Changes in human knee angle-knee extensor force relation during eccentric muscle actions
Brown, SJ; Child, R; Day, S; Donnelly, A
JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON

Peer Reviewed Journal

2017

Simultaneous validation of five activity monitors for use in adult populations
Powell, C,Carson, BP,Dowd, KP,Donnelly, AE
Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports DOI: 10.1111/sms.12813

2017

Minimum Wear Duration for the activPAL Professional Activity Monitor in Adolescent Females
Dowd, KP,Purtill, H,Harrington, DM,Hislop, JF,Reilly, JJ,Donnelly, AE
Pediatric Exercise Science DOI: 10.1123/pes.2016-0188

2017

Determinants of diet and physical activity (DEDIPAC): a summary of findings
Brug, J,van der Ploeg, HP,Loyen, A,Ahrens, W,Allais, O,Andersen, LF,Cardon, G,Capranica, L,Chastin, S,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,De Craemer, M,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Finglas, P,Flechtner-Mors, M,Hebestreit, A,Kubiak, T,Lanza, M,Lien, N,MacDonncha, C,Mazzocchi, M,Monsivais, P,Murphy, M,Nicolaou, M,Nothlings, U,O'Gorman, DJ,Renner, B,Roos, G,van den Berg, M,Schulze, MB,Steinacker, JM,Stronks, K,Volkert, D,Lakerveld, J,DEDIPAC Consortium
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-017-0609-5

2016

Are Self-report Measures Able to Define Individuals as Physically Active or Inactive?
Steene-Johannessen, J,Anderssen, SA,Van der Ploeg, HP,Hendriksen, IJM,Donnelly, AE,Brage, S,Ekelund, U
Medicine and science in sports and exercise DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000760

2016

The Development of Activity Profiles in Adolescent Females and their Association with Adiposity
Dowd, K,Hannigan, A,Purtill, H,Macken, AP,Harrington, D,Kelly, SM,Moyna, N,O'Gorman, CS,Donnelly, AE
Pediatric Exercise Science DOI: 10.1123/pes.2015-0081

2015

The Development of Activity Profiles in Adolescent Females and their Association with Adiposity.
Dowd K, Harrington D, Hannigan A, Purtill H, Kelly SM, Macken AP, Moyna N, O'Gorman CS, Donnelly AE.
Pediatric Exercise Science

2015

Treadmill Stimulation Improves Newborn Stepping
Siekerman, K,Barbu-Roth, M,Anderson, DI,Donnelly, A,Goffinet, F,Teulier, C
Developmental Psychobiology DOI: 10.1002/dev.21270

2014

Towards the integration and development of a cross-European research network and infrastructure: the DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub
Lakerveld, J,van der Ploeg, HP,Kroeze, W,Ahrens, W,Allais, O,Andersen, LF,Cardon, G,Capranica, L,Chastin, S,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Finglas, P,Flechtner-Mors, M,Hebestreit, A,Hendriksen, I,Kubiak, T,Lanza, M,Loyen, A,MacDonncha, C,Mazzocchi, M,Monsivais, P,Murphy, M,Nothlings, U,O'Gorman, DJ,Renner, B,Roos, G,Schuit, AJ,Schulze, M,Steinacker, J,Stronks, K,Volkert, D,van't Veer, P,Lien, N,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,Brug, J,DEDIPAC Consortium
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-014-0143-7

2014

The Simon Task and Aging: Does Acute Moderate Exercise Influence Cognitive Control?
Joyce, J,Smyth, PJ,Donnelly, AE,Davranche, K
Medicine and science in sports and exercise DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182a77980

2014

Effects of Whole Body Cryotherapy and Cold Water Immersion on Knee Skin Temperature
Costello, JT,Donnelly, AE,Karki, A,Selfe, J
International Journal Of Sports Medicine DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1343410

2014

Light-Intensity Physical Activity Is Associated with Adiposity in Adolescent Females
Dowd, KP,Harrington, DM,Hannigan, A,Donnelly, AE
Medicine and science in sports and exercise DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000357

2012

Effects of whole-body cryotherapy (-110 degrees C) on proprioception and indices of muscle damage
Costello, JT,Algar, LA,Donnelly, AE
Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2011.01292.x

2012

The use of thermal imaging in assessing skin temperature following cryotherapy: a review
Costello, JT,McInerney, CD,Bleakley, CM,Selfe, J,Donnelly, AE
Journal Of Thermal Biology DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2011.11.008

2012

A Steps/Minute Value for Moderate Intensity Physical Activity in Adolescent Females
Harrington, DM,Dowd, KP,Tudor-Locke, C,Donnelly, AE
Pediatric Exercise Science

2011

Cross-Sectional analysis of levels and patterns of objectively measured sedentary time in adolescent females
Harrington, DM; Dowd, KP; Bourke, AK; Donnelly, AE
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-120

2009

Does Antioxidant Vitamin Supplementation Protect against Muscle Damage?
McGinley, C; Shafat, A; Donnelly, AE
Sports Medicine

2007

Tibialis anterior EMG activation pattern changes with walking speed during over ground and treadmill walking.
Barrett A., Donnelly A.E., Olaighin G.
Conference Proceedings : ... Annual International Conference Of The Ieee Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society. Ieee Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society. Conference

2007

Progressive resistance training temporarily alters hamstring torque-angle relationship
Kilgallon, M; Donnelly, AE; Shafat, A
Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2005.00491.x

2007
2006

The effects of impact and non-impact exercise on circulating markers of collagen remodelling in humans
Mackey, AL; Donnelly, AE; Swanton, A; Murray, F; Turpeenniemi-Hujanen, T
Journal Of Sports Sciences DOI: 10.1080/02640410500231470

2005

Rectus femoris surface myoelectric signal cross-talk during static contractions
Byrne, CA; Lyons, GM; Donnelly, AE; O'Keeffe, DT; Hermens, H; Nene, A
Journal Of Electromyography And Kinesiology DOI: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2005.03.002

2005

Rectus femoris surface myoelectric signal cross-talk during static contractions.
Byrne, CA; Lyons, GM; Donnelly, AE; O'Keeffe, DT; Hermens, H; Nene, A
J. Electromyography And Kinesiology

2005

Muscle connective tissue content of endurance-trained and inactive individuals
Mackey, AL; Donnelly, AE; Roper, HP
Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2005.00449.x

2004

Skeletal muscle collagen content in humans after high-force eccentric contractions
Mackey, AL; Donnelly, AE; Turpeenniemi-Hujanen, T; Roper, HP
Journal Of Applied Physiology DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01174.2003

2003

The development of a potential optimized stimulation intensity envelope for drop foot applications
O'Keeffe, DT; Donnelly, AE; Lyons, GM
Ieee Transactions On Neural Systems And Rehabilitation Engineering DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2003.817678

2003

The development of an optimised stimulation intensity envelope for drop foot applications.
O'Keeffe, DT; Donnelly, AE; Lyons, GM
Ieee Transactions On Rehabilitation Engineering

2001

Stimulus artifact removal using a software-based two-stage peak detection algorithm
O'Keeffe, DT; Lyons, GM; Donnelly, AE; Byrne, CA
Journal Of Neuroscience Methods DOI: 10.1016/S0165-0270(01)00407-1

2000

Changes in human knee angle-knee extensor force relationship during eccentric muscle actions.
Brown, SJ; Child, R; Day, S; Donnelly, A
Journal Of Physiology

1998

Elevated serum antioxidant capacity and plasma malondialdehyde concentration in response to a simulated half-marathon run
Child, RB; Wilkinson, DM; Fallowfield, JL; Donnelly, AE
Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise DOI: 10.1097/00005768-199811000-00008

1998

The effect of severe eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage on plasma elastase, glutamine and zinc concentrations.
Gleeson, M; Walsh, NP; Blannin, AK; Robson, PJ; Cook, L; Donnelly, AE; Day, SH
European J. Applied Physiology

1997

Indices of skeletal muscle damage and connective tissue breakdown following eccentric muscle contractions.
Brown, SJ; Child, RB; Day, SH; Donnelly, AE
European J. Applied Physiology

1997
1996

Spectral analysis of electromyogram during repeated bouts of eccentric exercise in man.
Day, SH; Brown, SJ; Child, RB; Donnelly, AE
Journal Of Physiology

1996

Changes in human muscle contractile function following stimulated eccentric exercise.
Brown, SJ; Child, RB; Day, SH; Donnelly, AE
European J. Applied Physiology

1996
1996

Effect of eccentric exercise on human skeletal muscle damage and indices of collagen breakdown.
Brown, SJ; Child, RB; Day, SH; Donnelly, AE
Journal Of Physiology

1995

Effects of stimulated eccentric exercise on indices of human muscle contractility.
Brown, SJ; Child, RB; Donnelly, AE; Saxton, JM; Day, SH
Journal Of Physiology

1995

Effects of stimulated eccentric muscle actions at 20 and 100 Hz on indices of muscle damage in man.
Child, RB; Brown, SJ; Donnelly, AE; Saxton, JM; Day, SH
Journal Of Physiology

1995

The role of eccentric exercise duration in experimental skeletal muscle damage in man.
Brown, SJ; Child, RB; Day, SH; Donnelly, AE
Journal Of Physiology

1995

Spectral analysis of electromyogram from eccentrically exercised muscle in man.
Day, SH; Brown, SJ; Child, RB; Donnelly, AE
Journal Of Physiology

1995

Neuromuscular dysfunction following eccentric exercise.
Saxton, JM; Clarkson, PM; James, R; Miles, M; Westerfer, M; Clark, S; Donnelly, AE
Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise

1994
1994

Long lasting effects of eccentric work on muscle force production in man.
Donnelly, AE; Ford, JA; Saxton, JM
Journal Of Physiology

1993

The effects of light concentric work on exercise - damaged muscle in man.
Saxton, JM; Donnelly, AE
Journal Of Physiology

1992

Exercise induced muscle damage : effects of light exercise on exercise damaged muscle.
Donnelly, AE; Clarkson, PM; Maughan RJ
European J. Applied Physiology

1990

The effects of Ibuprofen on exercise induced muscle soreness and indices of muscle damage.
Donnelly, AE; Maughan, RJ; Whiting, PH
British Journal Of Sports Medicine

1988

Effects of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug on delayed onset muscle soreness and indices of damage.
Donnelly, AE; McCormick, K; Maughan, RJ; Whiting, PH; Clarkson, PM
British Journal Of Sports Medicine

1988

Serum creatine kinase activity and muscle soreness during and after prolonged walking in man.
Clarkson, PM; Donnelly, AE; McCormick, K; Maughan, RJ; Whiting, PH
Journal Of Physiology

1987

Delayed onset rise in serum lipid peroxide concentration following eccentric exercise in man.
Donnelly, AE; Gleeson, M; Maughan, RJ; Walker, K; Whiting, PH
Journal Of Physiology