David Rouffet

David Rouffet

David Rouffet's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Educational Background

  • Post-doctorate Training: Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
  • PhD, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology, University of Lyon, France
  • MSc, Exercise Physiology, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • BSc, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France

Courses taught

  • Research Methods (HSS-604)
  • Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology (EXP-607 and HSS-500)
  • Senior Seminar in Exercise Physiology (HSS-507)
  • Independent Study (HSS-598)
  • Advanced Biomechanics (upcoming course)

Research focus

  • Maximal power production in humans (from elite athletes to clinical populations)
  • Sprint cycling performance
  • Neuromuscular fatigue
  • Effect of neuromodulation techniques on motor function after Spinal Cord injury

Research funding


  • Project: "Effects of the serotonin precursor, 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), on the injured human spinal cord."
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Funding source: Wings for Life – Spinal Cord Research Foundation.
    Funding period: 07/01/2020-06/30/2022


  • Project: Neuromechanics of cycling exercises after SCI.
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Funding source: Leona M & Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust.
    Funding period: 12/1/2019-11/30/2019
  • Project: "Evaluating maximal power vs. cadence relationships and fatigue resistance of Olympic sprint cyclists"
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Funding source: Australian Sports Commission and AIS - High Performance Sport Research Fund.
    Funding period: 2011-2012

Recent Research Articles

  • Lamboley CR, Rouffet DM, Dutka TL, McKenna MJ, Lamb GD. (2020) Effects Of High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise On The Contractile Properties Of Human Type I And Type II Skeletal Muscle Fibers. Journal of Applied Physiology, 128(5), 1207-1216 (https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00014.2020).
  • D'Amico JM, Rouffet DM, Gandevia SC, Taylor JL. (2020) Unlike Voluntary Contractions, Stimulated Contractions Of A Hand Muscle Do Not Reduce Voluntary Activation Or Motoneuronal Excitability. Journal of Applied Physiology, 128(5), 1412-1422 (https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00553.2019).
  • Rudsits BL, Hopkins W, Hautier CA, Rouffet DM. (2018) Force-Velocity test on a stationary cycle ergometer: Methodological recommendations. Journal of Applied Physiology, 124(4), 831-839 (https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00719.2017).
  • Finn HT, Rouffet DM, Kennedy DS, Green S, Taylor JL. (2018) Motoneuron excitability of the quadriceps decreases during a fatiguing submaximal contraction. Journal of Applied Physiology 124(4), 970-979 (https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00739.2017).
  • O’Bryan SJ, Taylor JL, Billaut F, Rouffet DM (2017) Knee extensor fatigue developed during high intensity exercise limits lower-limb power production. Journal of Sports Sciences, Jul 18:1-8 (https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2017.1349922).
  • Altarawneh MM, Petersen A, Smith R, Rouffet DM, Billaut F, Perry BD, Wyckelsma VL, Tobin A, McKenna MJ (2016) Salbutamol effects on systemic potassium dynamics during and following intense continuous and intermittent exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(11-12): 2389-2399 (https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-016-3481-0).
  • Yeo BK, Rouffet DM, Bonnano D (2016) Foot orthoses do not affect crank power output during maximal exercise on a cycle-ergometer. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19 (5), pp. 368-372.
  • Morel B, Rouffet DM, Saboul D, Rota S, Clémençon M, Hautier CA (2015) Peak torque and rate of torque development influence on repeated maximal exercise performance: contractile and neural contributions. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0119719 ( https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0119719).