Dr Ben Hoffman


Dr Ben Hoffman
NameDr Ben Hoffman
Email Addressben.hoffman@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleSenior Lecturer (Biomechanics)
QualificationsBAppSc(Hons) Qld, GCertHigherEd Qld, MPhil Qld, PhD Qld
DepartmentSchool of Health and Medical Sciences
AffiliationsCentre for Health Research
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8408-6192
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Biography

Ben began his research career undertaking a MPhil at The University of Queensland (UQ), where his thesis entitled “Increases in corticospinal responsiveness during a sustained submaximal plantar flexion” was awarded a Dean’s Commendation in 2009. Ben continued his research training at UQ, graduating from a PhD in 2015 entitled “A biomechanical analysis of exercise-induced muscle damage in humans” that resulted in first-author publications in journals such as Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise as well as Journal of Applied Physiology. Since joining UniSQ in 2016, Ben has continued to examine the role of muscle and tendon mechanics in exercise-induced muscle damage and strength training through collaborations at a number of Australian and international institutions as well as through supervising several postgraduate students. Ben is also interested in jump landing mechanics and the role of jump landing training in reducing ACL injury risk, particularly in female athletes. In addition to having a passion for teaching in biomechanics and motor control, Ben is also active in providing service to the biomechanics field as a past executive committee member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics as well as an advocate of National Biomechanics Day in Australia.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Lecturer (Biomechanics)University of Southern Queensland2016

Teaching

SES2202 Biomechanics

SES2102 Motor Control & Learning

SES3205 Independent Study in Sport & Exercise

SES4105 Independent Study in Sport & Exercise 2

Fields of Research

  • 420701. Biomechanics
  • 420702. Exercise physiology
  • 420703. Motor control

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
International Society of Biomechanics
Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics
BAppSc(Hons)
Qld
2005
GCertHigherEd
Qld
2013
MPhil
Qld
2009
PhD
Qld
2015

Supervision Interests

exercise-induced muscle damage

muscle and tendon mechanics

ultrasonography

strength training adaptations

jump landing training

ACL injury prevention

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Prevalence and associations between patellar tendon symptomology, movement quality, and physical performance characteristics in professional and collegiate court-sport athletes.Associate SupervisorDoctoral2021
The effect of martial arts-based breath control training program on the control and utilisation of intraabdominal pressure, force production and spinal compression during heavy load carriageAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
A Biomechanical Analysis of the Contralateral Repeated Bout Effect in the Human Triceps SuraePrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2021

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Exercise-induced muscle damage and the repeated bout effect in the human gastrocnemius muscleAssociateDoctoral2020
The effects of increased respiratory muscle work on biomarkers of muscle damageAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2024
Respiratory Limitations to Exercise in Healthy AgeingAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2022
Investigation into intra-abdominal pressure and neuromuscular activation to increase force production in traditional martial arts practitionersAssociate SupervisorMasters2020

Altered countermovement jump force profile and muscle-tendon unit kinematics following combined ballistic training

Hoffman, Ben W., Raiteri, Brent J., Connick, Mark J., Beckman, Emma M., Macaro, Angelo, Kelly, Vincent G. and James, Lachlan P.. 2022. "Altered countermovement jump force profile and muscle-tendon unit kinematics following combined ballistic training ." Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 32 (10), pp. 1464-1476. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.14211

Cyclic eccentric stretching induces more damage and improved subsequent protection than stretched isometric contractions in the lower limb

Pincheira, Patricio A., Hoffman, Ben W., Cresswell, Andrew G., Carroll, Timothy J., Brown, Nicholas A. T. and Lichtwark, Glen A.. 2021. "Cyclic eccentric stretching induces more damage and improved subsequent protection than stretched isometric contractions in the lower limb." European Journal of Applied Physiology. 121 (12), pp. 3349-3360. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-021-04787-1

The control of respiratory pressures and neuromuscular activation to increase force production in trained martial arts practitioners

Walters, Sherrilyn, Hoffman, Ben, MacAskill, William, Johnson, Michael A., Sharpe, Graham R. and Mills, Dean E.. 2021. "The control of respiratory pressures and neuromuscular activation to increase force production in trained martial arts practitioners." European Journal of Applied Physiology. 121 (12), pp. 3333-3347. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-021-04800-7

Pressure measurement characteristics of a micro‐transducer and balloon catheters

MacAskill, William, Hoffman, Ben, Johnson, Michael A., Sharpe, Graham R. and Mills, Dean E.. 2021. "Pressure measurement characteristics of a micro‐transducer and balloon catheters." Physiological Reports. 9 (8). https://doi.org/10.14814/phy2.14831

In vivo characteristics of respiratory neuromuscular responses with balloon catheters and skin surface EMG versus a micro transducer catheter integrated with EMG electrodes

MacAskill, William, Hoffman, Ben, Sharpe, Graham, Johnson, Michael and Mills, Dean. 2019. "In vivo characteristics of respiratory neuromuscular responses with balloon catheters and skin surface EMG versus a micro transducer catheter integrated with EMG electrodes." European Respiratory Society International Congress 2019. Madrid, Spain 28 Sep - 02 Oct 2019 Sheffield, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.congress-2019.PA761

Comparing response, relaxation and measurement characteristics of balloon versus micro pressure transducer catheters

MacAskill, William, Hoffman, Ben, Sharpe, Graham, Johnson, Michael and Mills, Dean. 2019. "Comparing response, relaxation and measurement characteristics of balloon versus micro pressure transducer catheters." European Respiratory Society International Congress 2019. Madrid, Spain 28 Sep - 02 Oct 2019 Sheffield, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.congress-2019.PA752

The repeated bout effect can occur without mechanical and neuromuscular changes after a bout of eccentric exercise

Pincheira, P. A., Hoffman, B. W., Cresswell, A. G., Carroll, T. J., Brown, N. A. T. and Lichtwark, G. A.. 2018. "The repeated bout effect can occur without mechanical and neuromuscular changes after a bout of eccentric exercise." Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 28 (10), pp. 2123-2134. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.13222

The impact of strength level on adaptations to combined weightlifting, plyometric, and ballistic training

James, L. P., Haff, G. Gregory, Kelly, V. G., Connick, M. J., Hoffman, B. W. and Beckman, E. M.. 2018. "The impact of strength level on adaptations to combined weightlifting, plyometric, and ballistic training ." Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 28 (5), pp. 1494-1505. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.13045

Protection from muscle damage in the absence of changes in muscle mechanical behavior

Hoffman, Ben W., Cresswell, Andrew G., Carroll, Timothy J. and Lichtwark, Glen A.. 2016. "Protection from muscle damage in the absence of changes in muscle mechanical behavior." Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 48 (8), pp. 1495-1505. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000000920

Muscle fascicle strains in human gastrocnemius during backward downhill walking

Hoffman, B. W., Cresswell, A. G., Carroll, T. J. and Lichtwark, G. A.. 2014. "Muscle fascicle strains in human gastrocnemius during backward downhill walking." Journal of Applied Physiology. 116 (11), pp. 1455-1462. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.01431.2012

A comparison of two Hill-type skeletal muscle models on the construction of medial gastrocnemius length-tension curves in humans in vivo

Hoffman, B. W., Lichtwark, G. A., Carroll, T. J. and Cresswell, A. G.. 2012. "A comparison of two Hill-type skeletal muscle models on the construction of medial gastrocnemius length-tension curves in humans in vivo." Journal of Applied Physiology. 113 (1), pp. 90-96. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00070.2012

Corticospinal contributions to lower limb muscle activity during cycling in humans

Sidhu, Simranjit K., Hoffman, Ben, Cresswell, Andrew G. and Carroll, Timothy J.. 2012. "Corticospinal contributions to lower limb muscle activity during cycling in humans." Journal of Neurophysiology. 107 (1), pp. 306-314. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00212.2011

Cortical and spinal excitability during and after lengthening contractions of the human plantar flexor muscles performed with maximal voluntary effort

Hahn, Daniel, Hoffman, Ben W., Carroll, Timothy J. and Cresswell, Andrew G.. 2012. "Cortical and spinal excitability during and after lengthening contractions of the human plantar flexor muscles performed with maximal voluntary effort." PLoS One. 7 (11), pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0049907

Increases in corticospinal responsiveness during a sustained submaximal plantar flexion

Hoffman, B. W., Oya, T., Carroll, T. J. and Cresswell, A. G.. 2009. "Increases in corticospinal responsiveness during a sustained submaximal plantar flexion." Journal of Applied Physiology. 107 (1), pp. 112-120. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.91541.2008

Corticospinal-evoked responses in lower limb muscles during voluntary contractions at varying strengths

Oya, T., Hoffman, B. W. and Cresswell, A. G.. 2008. "Corticospinal-evoked responses in lower limb muscles during voluntary contractions at varying strengths." Journal of Applied Physiology. 105 (5), pp. 1527-1532. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.90586.2008

Improving hands-off health care professionals using simulation: an intervention study

Spathis, Jemima G., Mahoney, John W. and Hoffman, Ben W.. 2020. "Improving hands-off health care professionals using simulation: an intervention study." Innovations in Education and Teaching International. 57 (6), pp. 632-643. https://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2019.1635903

Implementing an online student laboratory data repository in a first year undergraduate health science course

Engstrom, Craig, Bulmer, Michael, Newcombe, Peter and Hoffman, Ben. 2017. "Implementing an online student laboratory data repository in a first year undergraduate health science course." International Journal of Information and Education Technology. 7 (2), pp. 100-105. https://doi.org/10.18178/ijiet.2017.7.2.849

In reply to “On the phase definitions of countermovement jumps”

Hoffman, Ben and Raiteri, Brent. 2023. "In reply to “On the phase definitions of countermovement jumps” ." Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 33 (6), pp. 1034-1034. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.14359

The effects of age on dyspnea and respiratory mechanical and neural responses to exercise in healthy men

MacAskill, William, Hoffman, Ben, Johnson, Michael A., Sharpe, Graham R., Rands, Joshua, Wotherspoon, Shoena E., Gevorkov, Yaroslav, Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy L. and Mills, Dean E.. 2023. "The effects of age on dyspnea and respiratory mechanical and neural responses to exercise in healthy men." Physiological Reports. 11 (16). https://doi.org/10.14814/phy2.15794

Biomarkers to measure respiratory muscle damage following inspiratory pressure threshold loading in healthy young men

Iqbal, Muneeb, Bliss, Edward, Whiteside, Eliza, Hoffman, Ben and Mills, Dean E,. 2023. "Biomarkers to measure respiratory muscle damage following inspiratory pressure threshold loading in healthy young men." Journal of Applied Physiology. 134 (4), pp. 1038-1046. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00656.2022

The Effects Of Age On Exercise-induced Abdominal Muscle Fatigue In Healthy Younger And Older Men

Mills, Dean, Hoffman, Ben, Johnson, Michael A., Sharpe, Graham R., Rands, Joshua, Wotherspoon, Shoena E, Gevorkov, Yaroslav, Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy and MacAskill, William. 2022. "The Effects Of Age On Exercise-induced Abdominal Muscle Fatigue In Healthy Younger And Older Men." Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 54 (9S), pp. 539-239. https://doi.org/10.1249/01.mss.0000881828.14030.71