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Professor David Pyne is a sports physiologist with 30 years practical and research experience in sport, exercise and physical activity. Pyne served as an adjunct member of UCRISE in 2014 and 2015 and joined as a full-time Research Professor in 2016.  He completed both an undergraduate (Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Coaching) and graduate (Masters in Exercise Physiology) degree at UC, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Australian National University. He held adjunct status at UC between 1997 and 2016 in sport science.

Pyne has a long history of service as a sports physiologist and researcher at the Australian Institute of Sport (1987-2016).   Pyne has extensive experience with basketball, rugby union, rugby league, Australian Football, cricket and swimming at the AIS and national levels. He attended four Olympic Games and numerous international competitions with the Australian Swimming Team.  Between 2013 and 2018, David served as the Discipline Lead – Physiology for Swimming Australia.

Pyne's research work in the areas of exercise and the immune system, environmental physiology, the applied physiology of swimming, and fitness and conditioning for team sports is recognised internationally.  This work has focussed on both practical interventions for enhancing sports performance and physiological mechanisms that explain variations in performance, health and fitness.

Pyne is Theme Leader at UCRISE for High Performance Sport and Exercise and contributes to research training and mentoring of students and staff, and other UCRISE activities. His international research links stretch to the US, New Zealand, France, Portugal, UK, Spain and the Middle East.  Leadership, collegiality, and mentoring with students, researchers, coaches and athletes alike are seen as high priorities. He was awarded the Researcher of the Year at the University of Canberra in 2018.

Prof Pyne has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in exercise and sports science journals, an H-Index of 68, and supervised 20 PhD students to completion. He was Foundation Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance from 2004-2009 and currently serves as a Consulting Editor.  Pyne is a member of Sports Medicine Australia, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University

1 Aug 199020 Aug 1994

Award Date: 20 Apr 1995

Master, University of Canberra

1 Feb 198530 Nov 1986

Award Date: 30 Apr 1989

Bachelor, University of Canberra

1 Feb 198230 Nov 1984

Award Date: 30 Apr 1989

External positions

Research Professor, Australian Institute of Sport

1 Nov 201630 Jun 2018

Physiologist, Australian Institute of Sport - Canberra

1 Oct 198731 Oct 2016

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Research Output

5 km front crawl in pool and open water swimming: breath-by-breath energy expenditure and kinematic analysis

Zacca, R., Neves, V., da Silva Oliveira, T., Soares, S., Rama, L. M. P. L., de Souza Castro, F. A., Vilas-Boas, J. P., Pyne, D. B. & Fernandes, R. J., 26 Jun 2020, In : European Journal of Applied Physiology. p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • An Examination and Critique of Current Methods to Determine Exercise Intensity

    Jamnick, N. A., Pettitt, R. W., Granata, C., Pyne, D. B. & Bishop, D. J., 30 Jul 2020, In : Sports Medicine. p. 1-28 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Can exercise affect immune function to increase susceptibility to infection?

    Simpson, R. J., Campbell, J. P., Gleeson, M., Krüger, K., Nieman, D. C., Pyne, D. B., Turner, J. E. & Walsh, N. P., 2020, In : Exercise Immunology Review. 26, p. 8-22 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 20 Citations (Scopus)

    Classification of Players Across the Australian Rules Football Participation Pathway Based on Physical Characteristics

    Haycraft, J. A. Z., Kovalchik, S., Pyne, D. B. & Robertson, S., 12 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. p. 1-8 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Contemporary practices of high-performance swimming coaches on pacing skill development and competition preparation

    McGibbon, K. E., Pyne, D. B., Shephard, M. E., Osborne, M. A. & Thompson, K. G., May 2020, In : International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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